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Hudson's Upcoming WiiWare Games Revealed

Posted by Darren Calvert

News splurge! We’d only just finished our morning cup of coffee here at WiiWare World towers when our good friends at Hudson gave us exclusive screenshots and information for their upcoming WiiWare line-up for Europe (and hopefully North America at roughly the same time).

After the excellent Alien Crush Returns which came out this week for both North America and Europe it seems that Hudson can do no wrong. As such we have high hopes for these games even if Pit Crew Panic! does seem very different from what we were expecting!

Feast your eyes on the delights which Hudson has in store. Don’t forget to check out the screenshot galleries for lots more images.

Cue Sports: Snooker vs Billiards
Release date: End Nov 2008 (Europe)
Genre: Sports / Pool

Cue Sports: Snooker vs Billiards is the perfect WiiWare pool game for experts and newcomers alike. Featuring realistic controls in which players use the Wii Remote just like an actual cue, the game lets anyone try their hand at pool in the comfort of their living rooms. If you’re not ready to use an “actual” pool cue, you can set the strength of the shot using the buttons on the controller.

Players can choose from the most popular variants of pool, including eight ball, nine ball, rotation, and snooker. Players can try their hands at trick shots too, or even set up their own! Once they feel like true pool sharks, they can go online to play with up to four players in a Wi-Fi Matchup.

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Pit Crew Panic!
Release date: Dec 2008 (Europe)
Genre: Wacky (No really! No genre quite fits this game.)

Have you ever seen an all-female pit crew fix a giant broken toilet? Of course not, but now you sure want to, don’t you? Pit Crew Panic! is full of frantic action in which your pit crew fixes a variety of wacky “whatsits” as fast as they can! Race against the clock by yourself or challenge some friends to see whose team can fix that giant wedding cake the fastest! You can even play online and see if your girls can out-fix the opponent’s girls on, say, an aircraft carrier!

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Snowboard Riot
Release date: Jan 2009 (Europe)
Genre: Sports

Are you one of the few people who thinks snowboarding isn’t exciting enough? Then go ahead and Riot! Snowboard Riot! This game takes snowboard cross to the next level with action-packed racing with weapons! Play online with up to 4 people, even using the Balance Board if you want to.

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User Comments (37)

danik

#3

danik said:

Looking good! not really interested in the snooker game as i have midnight pool and i havnt got a clue what pit crew panic is all about lol. Snowboard riot could be a good though with the fact theres weapons involved although i am already going to own shaun white.

Djungelurban

#6

Djungelurban said:

Snowboard Riot actually look like a decent game... Seems they take a page from Snowboard Kids there which I wouldn't mind at all...

Rawk_Hawk

#7

Rawk_Hawk said:

Wow! this is certainly different from Hudson

I have always been a sucker for snowboarding games. I'll keep my eyes on that one

Starwolf_UK

#8

Starwolf_UK said:

[i]Snooker vs Billiards Cue Sports
Release date: End Nov 2008 (Europe)[/i]
Geuss that means the 20th (or NOE dropping the daft alternating weeks)...and as for "1 a month" since Alein Crush Returns was supposed to be out on 24th October I'd hope Nintendo would forgive.

Nintendude92

#10

Nintendude92 said:

I was wondering what they would do after Alien Crush.

I hope for more of the great fan service. Adventure Island and Bonk. I'm sure what they try will be worth checking out, though.

Hudson FTW

Terra

#11

Terra said:

I was not expecting Pit Crew Panic to be such a cartoony looking game. I had a more realistic vision in my head and was thinking that it would mainly be different cars not a giant toilet.

As for Snowboard Riot, that looks essential. I think that it looks like it easily be what a new 1080 game could be (without weapons), which i'd so love. Additional Balance Board support seems like a must-have now for Snowboarding games.

As for Snooker vs Billiards Cue Sports, i've wanted that for awhile and i think it could easily be the better Pool/Snooker game on the WIi (WiIWare and Retail). Seriously, great to see Hudson releasing so many great games when they haven't had many Retail releases on the Wii so far.

I have to say that when i saw the article, i thought that there would be information on Cue Sports and Pit Crew Panic. I was hoping for more information on the new Adventure Island but seeing as they also revealed a new game that looks ace, i don't mind too much. I do wish more information will be revealed about it soon but all this is great for the moment. Can't be too greedy, can we?

Ricardo91

#12

Ricardo91 said:

@Wariofan. It may be reiculous, but it's also delicious! :D

Nothing here interests me much, save for maybe Cue Sports, but it is nice to see some more Wiiware love from Hudson. Hopefully new entries in older series like Bonk and Star Soldier (with a campaign mode this time!) will follow as well.

Bass_X0

#13

Bass_X0 said:

Have you ever seen an all-female pit crew fix a giant broken toilet? Of course not, but now you sure want to, don’t you?

No... not really.

SmaMan

#14

SmaMan said:

I'm very impressed with Hudson's WiiWare entries so far. They've been getting most of my Wii Points lately. It looks like their fire is not gonna burn out anytime soon!

MrPoo6321

#15

MrPoo6321 said:

Snowboard Riot seems pretty cool. I hope they can make good use of the Balance Board, and that the online play is smooth.

Wiiloveit

#16

Wiiloveit said:

I don't care much for the first two, although CS does look pretty good, but if the snowboarding title's better than the dissappointing 1080 on VC, I'll definitely take a look.
Oh, and keep up the good work, Hudson! You're the number one WW dev right now, edging ahead of Nintendo and Gameloft

GabboStaff

#17

Gabbo said:

"Players can try their hands at trick shots too, or even set up their own! Once they feel like true pool sharks, they can go online to play with up to four players in a Wi-Fi Matchup."

Hmmm. Shall I assume that Hudson read my review of Midnight Pool and made some last minute changes?

Yes. I think I shall. :)

Jogurt_the_Yogurt

#19

Jogurt_the_Yogurt said:

Kudos on "North America"! Hray!
The billiards game actually looks interesting, but billiards games tend to get kind of boring after relatively few plays. Might try it, but might stick to live-action stuff.

EJD

#20

EJD said:

It will interesting to see how SVBCS holds up to Midnight Pool.

PCP looks ok, if it's priced around 600 points I would consider getting it.

Snowboard Riot looks great, let's hope it can take the title of best snowboarding Wii game. If it's as good as 1080 was, I'll definitely get it.

AlexSays

#21

AlexSays said:

Good thing they got out all their good games before they started giving us this whateveryouwannacallit.

KnucklesSonic8

#22

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Knew about Pool game, could care less. I am SOOO getting Snowboard Riot!!!! This is GREAT news!!! Reminds me of SBK!! :D

EJD = Shaun White Snowboarding won already! :D

shadows262

#23

shadows262 said:

i cant wait for both that pool game and the snowboard riot.
hopefully nintendo comes out with some games(for example: super mario world 3, metroid side scroller, earthbound, kirby, etc.)

Serpent

#24

Serpent said:

I was expecting another Retro Game revival :(
Most interested in Snowboard Riot from that list.

Objection

#26

Objection said:

The Pool game looks very polished. The Pit Crew game has that Katamari Damaci-type Japanese quirkiness that could be awesome. The snowboarding game looks like it could be the first good racing game on Wiiware. Hudson Win tally: 3. (Based on this info)

Twilight_Crow

#27

Twilight_Crow said:

Nice games from Hudson, I hope the snowboarding one controls well, but I'm not that interested, not a single game for my tastes.

Wiiloveit

#28

Wiiloveit said:

Maybe they could do another Bonk game in future, a la Mega Man 9 - though maybe with improved graphics. A remake of TG puzzler Chew Man Fu wouldn't go amiss either, since that's actually one of my favourite VC discoveries so far.

Chunky_Droid

#29

Chunky_Droid said:

Have you ever seen an all-female pit crew fix a giant broken toilet? Of course not, but now you sure want to, don’t you?

Yes, yes I do. Since I can't fix my car, I might as well fix a cake.

Starwolf_UK

#30

Starwolf_UK said:

Maybe they could do another Bonk game in future, a la Mega Man 9 - though maybe with improved graphics.
When you said Bonk in the future I instantly thought Zonk only not a shump :P

On the Gamecube they released Bonk's Adventure with 3D graphics. There was also the Cubic Lode Runner, Star Solider (I think the 2 and 5 minutes modes from this became Star Soldier R) and Adventure Island.

Wiiloveit

#31

Wiiloveit said:

@Starwolf_UK: Didn't realise that - I'll see if I can find an old copy in the local games shops. Well - the ones that still have about 10 GameCube games hidden in the bottom corner of their shelves.
In fact, there's a shop nearby that I recall still has a few Resident Evil's for GameCube that they had brand new in the Wii section for about £15. Shops never cease to amaze me. (Like the time I saw that GameCube Resident Evil 4 chainsaw controller at about £140. It's been there for about half a year now, I think - no-one in Yorkshire cares for chainsaws - we've got our fists :D. And 4,000 copies of Age of Conan.)

Terra

#32

Terra said:

"On the Gamecube they released Bonk's Adventure with 3D graphics. There was also the Cubic Lode Runner, Star Solider (I think the 2 and 5 minutes modes from this became Star Soldier R) and Adventure Island"

@WiiLoveit &Starwolf_UK
Those gamecube versions of Star Soldier, Lode Runner, Bonk and Adventure Island were Japan-Only games and they aren't exactly a treat on the eyes or ears. Gameplay is about the same as the original games fortunately.

You'd be hard-pressed to find them in shops in WiiLoveit. Try Play-Asia. Make make sure you have a freeloader and a Gamecube, seeing how Nintendo blocked the Gamecube and Wii Freeloaders on the Wii. (This is pretty obvious but it has to be said)

SmaMan

#33

SmaMan said:

@Starwolf_UK
Wait so if the 2 and 5 min. modes were from a GCN Star Soldier, then why did Hudson say that they might be interested in expanding Star Soldier R into a full Star Soldier game someday?

Wiiloveit

#34

Wiiloveit said:

@Terranigma: Meh - I'll just give them a miss then, and keep dreaming of Wiimakes. (see what I did there? I never tire of using Wii in a sentence)

gameking23

#36

gameking23 said:

I hear ya Mickeymac these games do not grab me either. Oh, well they can not please everyone at one time.

Chachafance

#37

Chachafance said:

Just bought Pit Crew Panic! and played it for about an hour straight. It's better than I thought it would be! Wish it had online play though so I can complete LIVE with others. Would be nice.

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