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USA WiiWare Update: LIT

Posted by Damien McFerran

Allow us to shed some light (haha!) on this week’s WiiWare release – it’s Wayforward’s angst-em-up LIT, which we first clapped eyes on some time ago.

Based inside a sinister looking school, you assume the role of Jake as he attempts to locate his girlfriend so they can presumably bunk off lessons and attach fireworks to the tails of local cats, or whatever it is that kids get up to these days.

Whatever the reason, Jake’s progress through this deranged place of education isn’t as easy as you might think – if he strays into darkened areas he is overwhelmed by the evil spirits that plague the college. Therefore (as the game’s title suggests) use of existing illumination is vital if you want to succeed.

The game costs 800 Wii points and promises over 30 levels of spooky fun, as well as some boss battles to get stuck into. Naturally our review will be live shortly, but in the meantime be sure to check out our exclusive interview with developers WayForward.

If the idea of moodily stalking school halls sounds a little too close to your real life, then why not hop over to Virtual Console Reviews where we’ve got the lowdown on today’s retro-related software: namely Sega’s conversion of the classic Capcom shooter Mercs.

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ALDAWGZ

#2

ALDAWGZ said:

cant wait till i go home so i can play this looks great im a big horror fan hopefully we'll get more wiiware games like this

longtimegamer

#5

longtimegamer said:

@ALDAWGZ - Well, that explains your Jason avatar.:)
Like to watch horror myself and Love playing horror or supernatural games. Been looking forward to this myself.

Link79

#6

Link79 said:

Looks like a mini version of Silent HillI. I hope this gets a good review. For some reason I smell a 7/10 though. I love horror games so I'll be hoping for a good score. I just hope the stages and music are varied enough. I don't like repetitive games.

Nintendork

#7

Nintendork said:

Both of these games don't look like my type of game, and WHAT'S WITH THE ONE-ONE UPDATE!?!?! :(

KnucklesSonic8

#10

KnucklesSonic8 said:

@Nintendork: Same here...

This update is disappointing for me... But I'm happy you guys are getting LIT. I know how badly some of you wanted it.

"If the idea of moodily stalking school halls sounds a little too close to your real life...." XD! Nice touch. :P

tkubas1

#11

tkubas1 said:

Wait for the review. Its not going to very good, I predict 6 or 7 out of ten.

Atlantis1982

#12

Atlantis1982 said:

Slim pickings this week, I am starting to feel a little annoyed with this, but it's not like I am going to get a game every week let alone time to finish ones I started (like Secret of Mana).

WeeGee

#13

WeeGee said:

Please get the review up quickly, I really want this game but want to see a review first.

Nickname

#14

Nickname said:

Cool concept and gameplay too. I think I will give it a shoot when it reaches Europe...

PALgamer

#15

PALgamer said:

Was interested in this game before the first trailer, but that video killed the mood I wished this game had (second one is way better, but what the first one showed, the game will have...). I think gameplay will still be fun, but it isn't as thrilling as I hoped it be. Hope the review proves me wrong because I was really looking forward to this game before.
PS: Update seems fine to me, your typical European pace :P

Pablo17

#16

Pablo17 said:

I think this game looks interesting but I am going to hold off on buying it until I read how it plays. 800 points for 30 levels seems like a good deal if the game is fun.

longtimegamer

#17

longtimegamer said:

@tkubas - OOOk... What makes you think this game will be bad? By the way a 6 or 7 is not technically a bad score on this site. 6 is not bad, 7 is good.

Bahamut_ZERO

#20

Bahamut_ZERO said:

I dont want this at all honestly. I just have this feeling that is will suck. I predict 6, or a 7 if Corbies reviewing it :P

DazzaAdmin

#21

Dazza said:

I'll be getting it for sure and so will Corbie so you'll probably see a few comments from us later today. I am quite expectant that this game will deliver, fingers crossed!

We've got another new reviewer by the name of Scott who is doing the honours for the review this week. I trust that you'll all give him a warm WWW welcome!

ALDAWGZ

#23

ALDAWGZ said:

@ longtimegamer
this month seems 2 b a great month 4 horror wit some good horror games n movies n its not even october lol

CorbsAdmin

#24

Corbs said:

Yeah, I'll be picking up LIT here in a bit. I'm looking forward to trying it out. Like Daz, I've got my fingers crossed on this one. I'm also looking forward to Scott's review. :)

Did anyone notice that Tetris Party and My Aquarium both have passed World of Goo on the charts?

Mik

#26

Mik said:

This game looks frightfully (haha!) good and I can't wait to see a European release soon enough!

CorbsAdmin

#27

Corbs said:

Yeah we decided to retire and hire reviewers to do all our work for us. Think of us as upper management now. I'm now Vice President of Content Management. :P

Popyman

#28

Popyman said:

Yay LIT! So getting this!

BTW, Play Magazine has reviewed it. It got a 8, I'm on the Wii so I can't give the link, sorry.

Omega

#29

Omega said:

This is one of the few WiiWare games that I am interest in at the moment. Looks like a mix of Zelda-Phantom-Hourglass-Dungeon-Gameplay and Eternal-Darkness- or Obscure- atmosphere. But as always I wait for the review before spending my precious WiiPoints. (And maybe a little longer until it's out in Europe.)

Outrunner

#30

Outrunner said:

Since when was 7 out of 10 a bad score??
Anyway think I'll pass on this. Doesn't look interesting to me. Also, where the heck is Gradius?!

CorbsAdmin

#32

Corbs said:

So far LIT is pretty cool. Very good use of the Wii Remote. Creepy too. I like the puzzle-solving elements in each room and it's beginning to get pretty tricky. This is already much better than I expected.

Wiiloveit

#33

Wiiloveit said:

Ooh - since you're handing out jobs, can I be the "Executive of being me"? I'd be happy to do so.

Also, LIT looks good, and I can't wait until we get a European release. Hopefully it can live up to it's potential, since I can see this one being ace.

worrybomb

#34

worrybomb said:

While Bit.Trip.Beat may be the only WiiWare title I'm anticipating for in February (if it does come out this month), I've been also keeping a close eye on LIT. Judging from Corbie's quick impressions, it seems like a good title so far. I'm hoping WayForward does deliver with this title because I would definitely love to see Shantae on WiiWare.

I'll be looking forward to Scott's first WWW review. Welcome aboard!

Mik

#35

Mik said:

@Corbie - will anyone who entered to become a member of the writing staff be accepted or replied to?

bwaybuddy26

#36

bwaybuddy26 said:

Okay, downloaded and played the first five levels of LIT and first boss -

VERY good game. Addictive and intuitive. Reminds me a little like Toki Tori with the puzzle solving. Surprisingly low block count. Phone call sequences are well written. Second great WiiWare game of 2009 (Jungle Speed was the first).

CorbsAdmin

#37

Corbs said:

We've replied to all applicants so far, but we're not accepting any more applications at this time. We got tons of applications and thank everyone who applied. Once DSiWare hits we might be adding another reviewer, so keep an eye out for the application submission link again in the future.

Mik

#40

Mik said:

What do you mean? :P

Edit: Right just got it P: thanks P:

Further Edit: Albeit, this isn't the email I used to submit my application because I wasn't registered when I applied.. was my application actually received? :S

Further FURTHER Edit: I don't want this to sound bad or anything but I'm not 100% sure that my application was received let alone read! Corbie, if you could clear this up for me it'd be great, thanks!

Bass_X0

#41

Bass_X0 said:

Wow... 1 and 1? Ninty needs to step it up.

Yes. I think Nintendo should give Americans/Canadians three games a week without fail... minimum. Because WiiWare games are being produced right now, it is understandable to think that there may not always be WiiWare games ready to be put up on the Shop. And since there has to be at least one WiiWare game every week, its also understandable that they stagger their releases just to have enough games to put out.

But I do think they should make it up with another VC game when they can only put out one WiiWare game.

Bahamut_ZERO

#45

Bahamut_ZERO said:

@Corbie: Whats the DSi site gonna be called anyway?

And about that Retro Rated site you're making now, is going to be on a scale from 1-10 or 1-5. I prefer 1-10 myself.

DazzaAdmin

#46

Dazza said:

We've decided not to do a DSiWare site now, we're just going to bolt it on to WWW. Don't worry there will be separate lists to keep DSiWare from getting mixed up with WiiWare. We'll stick with our scale of 1-10 of course.

longtimegamer

#47

longtimegamer said:

I'm up to the 9th room right now. The level five boss fight had a nice creepy atmosphere.

@Corbie - Do do you think that you can finish the game without getting all the phone calls in time and still just redo the rooms where you missed the calls to unlock the extra for that?
I wasn't sure about that.
Right now if I don't get there in time I step into the darkness on purpose to restart immediately.

KnucklesSonic8

#48

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Looking forward to it Dazza! DSi is right around the corner. DSiWare is one of the biggest reasons behind my decision to get it after all.

worrybomb

#49

worrybomb said:

Understandable. It's probably a bit premature to ask but when DSiWare hits, will the "WiiWare-World" name change?

I second the 1-10 scale. =)

CanisWolfred

#50

CanisWolfred said:

Cool. After the long wait, I had finally given up on this game, so it's release doesn't interest me. Still, I'll be interested in what the review says.

DazzaAdmin

#51

Dazza said:

@worrybomb - We're not planning to change the WiiWare World name yet, who knows maybe one day we'll combine it with VC Reviews and NintendoLife and do a huge rebranding! Who knows what will happen!? :D

Here are my thoughts on LIT by the way. Seems pretty good so far!

longtimegamer

#52

longtimegamer said:

Here's couple of things that I thought was cool. When you turn on the game the main character is running from something when you move your Wiimote/flashlight the light uncovers the the different areas of the start screen as you move it around. Another thing that I thought was cool was the fact that your phone calls come from the wiimote speaker, so you actually put the wiimote to your ear to listen to the phone call.

anthonyb

#53

anthonyb said:

@tkubas: Agreed. Nothing new here most likely. Going out in the backyard with a real flashlight at night would get a better review than this game. Maybe I'm being too harsh on the flashlight idea and all. :P Let's just see the review.

@longtimegamer: The features you speak of are pretty neat- I like the cell phone/wiimote thing. I haven't seen many good uses for that speaker, nice to see someone put it in use.

tatemon555

#54

tatemon555 said:

LIT!!!!!!
Finally! I've been wanting this for so long, and now I can finally get it. Me want now or else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
@anthonyb: You are so wrong, that you are now far from being my friend.
@Outrunner: I totally agree. Defend Your Castle and Gyrostarr are 2 of my fave games on my Wii. Sevens rule!!!!!!!!

Kaeobais

#55

Kaeobais said:

Though it was only 2 games it wasn't a bad update. This looks good but I'll wait for the review ... actually I won't be buying this until after March 10th because MadWorld is coming out.

Bass_X0

#56

Bass_X0 said:

maybe one day we'll combine it with VC Reviews and NintendoLife and do a huge rebranding! Who knows what will happen!?

One big site would be convenient. Is NintendoLife active yet or if not when do you plan it to be?

Wiiloveit

#59

Wiiloveit said:

One big site would be convenient. Is NintendoLife active yet or if not when do you plan it to be?
I myself prefer the websites separate, since there aren't too many posts going online at once (if you get me), and Nintendo-Life is sort-of active Bass, yes. Could you not have just looked for yourself?

7/10.net wouldn't work... only Corbie could post. How about 7/10+theotherguys.net ?

CorbsAdmin

#60

Corbs said:

...only Corbie could post

Ahhh in a perfect world. :P You could call it www.corbinator.com. :)

DazzaAdmin

#61

Dazza said:

Poor old Corbie, he'll have to give his next review a 6 or a 8 even if it is the perfection definition of a 7/10 thanks to you lot! :D

ness

#62

ness said:

@ Bass X0 (#56): "Is NintendoLife active yet or if not when do you plan it to be?"

I didn't know the site, but it took me around 5 seconds to find it out ;).

@ Dazza: Why isn't it possible to login with my VC/WW-W account there?

Kaeobais

#63

Kaeobais said:

I checked the site out, pretty bitchen. I also read that Sonic and the Dark Knight will be out the same day as MadWorld. Sucks because I want them both so bad. I'll be picking up MadWorld no doubt, but I don't want to wait too long to buy SatBK.

Cthuloops

#64

Cthuloops said:

Just went to NintendoLife and basically just carried this account over there. The site is awesome and I hope you guys update it more. Also thank you for telling me that Dead Space was coming to Wii! You guys made my day! :D

DazzaAdmin

#65

Dazza said:

@ness - Ant, the chap who runs NintendoLife and does the technical developments for VCR & WWW has planned to merge the user accounts for a long, long time. He just hasn't got around to doing it yet. I would recommend that all you new found NintendoLife fans send a friendly message requesting one account for all:

http://www.nintendolife.com/contact

He's more likely to listen to you than me! hehe :p

KnucklesSonic8

#66

KnucklesSonic8 said:

@Shadx: It's SatBK, not SatDK. But I'm glad someone else is hyped for it. Actually, Shadx, the date is in fluctuation right now. Retailers are hinting an earlier release than what was previously stated. Things seem to suggest March 5th/10th now.

worrybomb

#67

worrybomb said:

If you happen to like the soundtrack for LIT, WayForward has a treat for you. Check out LIT's site for a free ZIP download of the soundtrack to LIT.

http://www.wayforward.com/LIT/

Just check out the red lettered link over to the right.

CorbsAdmin

#69

Corbs said:

You guys obviously don't register many domain names, do you? You can't have a "/" in the name before the .net or .com. Sheesh. :P

You could name it 7outof10.net or 7slash10.net. :)

RadioShadow

#72

RadioShadow said:

We want.... I' fed up of waiting. orders Japan Wii Points

At least I can get Bubble Bobble, Pole's Big Adventure and Gradius Rebirth (hopes 3000 points will be enough) .

Adam

#73

Adam said:

I was barely interested in this game before, but reading all the positive comments here and elsewhere, I got it on a whim, and only three or four levels in I'm impressed. This is not the kind (or quality) of game I'd normally associate with WiiWare.

EdEN

#74

EdEN said:

Another Lit review:

http://wii.ign.com/articles/952/952808p1.html

For them, it's a 71 out of 100 game. So right now where at 7.5 between this an the other available review.

After reading both reviews, and while waiting for the one from Wiiware World, I have to say it seems Lit is a definitive buy.

EdEN

#75

EdEN said:

Unfortunately, I'm waaaaay behind on my Wiiware purchases as I have to still buy Madstone, Alien Crush Returns, the rest of the Space Invaders Get Even DLC, Platchen and Gyrostar, in that order.

And the dolar going from 10 pesos to 14.35 DOES NOT HELP AT ALL.

StarDust4Ever

#78

StarDust4Ever said:

Shovel [couch] ware...
This might have been appealing to me if I was still in [cough] 6th grade, but I'm 28 now, so I think I'll give this a pass...

@75. EdEN: Wow, the US dollar went up.With the economy messed up and fewer people spending their hard-earned monies, prices drop, and lower prices make the spending power of the dollar worth more. A few months ago, it made significant strides against the Euro, almost equaled it, and then lost again - but I definitely agree that for now, currency trading is BECOMING a lot more lucrative than the failing stock market [END RANT]

longtimegamer

#79

longtimegamer said:

@ALDAWGZ - So what horror games came out this month besides Lit? I think the last horror game I played recently was Left for Dead on my brothers 360.

By the way.. did you get to play Lit yet?

Speaking of horror is there no horror discussion thread yet on the forums?

@Stardust - Shovel COUCH ware?? Heh, heh.

StarDust4Ever

#80

StarDust4Ever said:

@24 - Corbie: "Did anyone notice that Tetris Party and My Aquarium both have passed World of Goo on the charts?"
NNnoooooooooooooooooooooo...

EDIT:
@79. longtimegame: Hey, I've unscrupulously invented a new term:
:D :D :D COUCH-ware! :D :D :D

Dark_Jinjo

#82

Dark_Jinjo said:

I have been playing through this all afternoon and it is definitely a unique approach to the puzzle genre. I wouldn't call it a great game, but it is certainly much better than most of what is on offer for WiiWare games. I had the hardest time at the beginning of this game though because there is absolutely no semblance of a tutorial. But since I figured out the controls it has been enjoyable. It doesn't offer much in the way of horror, but it has a really nice atmosphere and there has been some tension during the puzzle solving process. From what I have played though tit doesn't seem like there would be much reason to play through it again. Most of the levels seem like they only have one solution. I really do admire the effort that went into this game though, like I said the presentation is really good for a WiiWare game. That's just my impressions so far.

diegoesgriam

#83

diegoesgriam said:

@EdEN: También aquí en Chile el cambio subio mucho. Cuando salió Wii Ware los $10 USD = $4500 pesos Chilenos. En diciembre me salían $6500 y por suerte ahora esta a la baja a $6000 pesos. Lo ideal (y normal) es que estuvieran entre los $5000-5500.
$1000 significan pan para un día en mi familia, y con la crisis donde todo a subido, golpea harto el bolsillo.
Aquí han subido tanto todas las cosas relacionadas con Nintendo, que Wii es más cara que cuando salio!

Here in Chile also the dolar going up a lot. When Wii Ware started $10 USD = $4500 pesos, in december went up to $6500, an lucky of me now is down to $6000. Sweet point for economy here is $500-$550 a dollar.
$1000 is bread for one day for my family, and with the crysis, everything is more expensive, it's a punch for my pockets
Here also, everything related with Nintendo (and most of videogames) are stupidly expensive. Even the Wii is most expensive than when it launch in 2006 (and that isn't for supply constrain problems here).

kitroplious

#84

kitroplious said:

Japan is starting to run away with the game count now... OVER 70 games / 4 new ones tomorrow! NOA + NOE, step it up! :(

ALDAWGZ

#87

ALDAWGZ said:

@ lomgtimegamer
well house of the dead overkill and dead rising r coming out 4 wii this month i believe the 17th and 24th i played LIT last night 4 bout 20 mins thought it was really good should have gotten @ least an 8/10 maby even a 9

Twilight_Crow

#88

Twilight_Crow said:

Is official, everybody has WoG now :P.

Good for all who ware waiting for LIT, this update got nothing for me thou, so lets wait for the next one.

longtimegamer

#89

longtimegamer said:

@ALDAWGZ - OH yea. That's right. If you play those gamrs tell me how they turn out. I played a little of the Dead Rising on my brother's 360 already. Be interesting to see how it compares. Also I've been interested in the new House of the Dead. Would be nice if the put the first HOTD in as an unlockable. I don't know why they never put it out like they did with the other two HOTDs.

ALDAWGZ

#90

ALDAWGZ said:

@ longtimegamer
no prob will def b gettin HOTD when it comes out Dead Rising still pondering whether 2 get it or not i wouldnt mind HOTD 1 being on there 2 games 4 the price of 1 sounds good 2 me

Wiiloveit

#91

Wiiloveit said:

I agree with ALDAWGZ about HOTD and Dead Rising, but you guys can't honestly think Sega would put the original on as an unloackable can you? I mean, it would be nice, but to be honest, it would be a little too nice in my opinion, and is very unlikely that they'd put in so much extra work porting the original just as an unlockable, since the game will sell well enough without it. Anyone who's been checking out Nintendo-Life recently would've seen that Sega just don't have the money right now.

ALDAWGZ

#92

ALDAWGZ said:

@ wiiloveit
not expecting it jus said i wouldnt mind if it was on there im still buying HOTD no matter what looks really good

longtimegamer

#93

longtimegamer said:

@WiiLoveit - Well you're probably right. I just wan't them to put it out again like they did the other two. I'm just annoyed that they never put it out again like 2 and 3. I'd like to know why they didn't.Doesn't make much sense to me. I've noticed this in other series too where they put out the others but not the first. Kind of an ignorant thing to do. Be nice to have them all for the Wii.

jpfan1989

#94

jpfan1989 said:

I purchased Lit.. its pretty addictive especially for an Obsessive gamer. I'm stuck on the 3rd boss if anyone can give me a tip that would be great

longtimegamer

#95

longtimegamer said:

@jpfan1989 - I just beat those two. I could give you a hint, but I really don't want to ruin it for others by posting something like that here. Are you on the vc forum?

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