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Wii To Finally Line Up At The Crease

Posted by Anthony Dickens

Codemasters announce a long awaited Wii Cricket game in the form of Ashes Cricket 2009 will be released later this year.

Ever since the initial Wii release we've heard countless sports fans in the UK want a Cricket game for Wii and we're glad to report that Codemasters has finally fulfilled this dream with Ashes Cricket 2009.

The game is currently set for release on PC, XBOX 360 and PS3 this summer with a Wii version to follow later in the year - presumably because of the extra control development time.

Here's the official chatter:

Providing gamers with the most authentic Ashes experience possible without having to don their whites, Ashes Cricket 2009 is fully licensed by the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board), the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club, the world's most famous cricket club and owner of the Ashes urn) and Cricket Australia, providing the game with all the official players, kit, stadia – including Lords and The Brit Oval – and equipment from this year’s npower Ashes Series.

Coming from the home of video game cricket, Ashes Cricket 2009 is set to build on the heritage that Codemasters has enjoyed with its best-selling Brian Lara series and will continue to lead the field with great batting, bowling and fielding gameplay and authenticity that made the series a huge hit with cricket fans the world over. Produced by Codemasters, the game is currently being developed by Transmission Games (Brian Lara 2007 Pressure Play (PSP)).

Delivering all the exciting, athletic, skilful and technical elements of the sport, the game’s comprehensive ‘Ashes’ mode will feature all five Tests played out at carefully detailed recreations of each authentic venue. In addition, gamers will also be able to play Test matches, One Day Internationals, 20 over games and a series of challenge modes. The high definition current generation versions will feature full online multiplayer as well as support for local multiplayer games.

We'll have more on the title as the Wii version approaches later this year. In the meantime, stick to silly mid-off.

[via codemasters.com]

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User Comments (13)

timp29

#1

timp29 said:

Yay cricket. Probably won't buy, but it will be interesting to see how well the wii controls adapt to bowling LOL

MickEiA

#2

MickEiA said:

this is old news i found out about this a week ago anyway just face it you poms youll lose the ashes I dont like how codemasters are making it EA versions are much better

LEGEND_MARIOID

#3

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

AT LONG FRACKING LAST!

But does it use WiiMotionPlus? I would have preferred a world cricket game, but hey...

I can't see it working that well if it doesn't use wii motion plus tbh..

Mik

#6

Mik said:

Chicken Brutus: Americans know about cricket..? hmm...

I've been longing for this game for too long!

Ren

#7

Ren said:

I'd love to play this somehow, but it'll never come here. (I Made a documentary about Cricket in the US a few years back) ,I always wanted to play a good Cricket game especially on the Wii but they never release any here for the obvious reason. Too bad.

calculon

#8

calculon said:

If it's Codemasters you just know it's going to be another PSP back port. Ugh. I remember when the Codies had a soul.

-TR

#9

-TR said:

About time! I've been looking for a Cricket game on Wii for ages.

Now somebody get to work on a game to tie in with next year's Rugby Six Nations, or just ANY Rugby game! Please!

I hope they include the option to play as Glamorgan in AC09, mind.

motang

#10

motang said:

Too bad US won't get this game. I was enjoying the IPL season 2 while I was in India 2 weeks ago.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#13

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

You must've never heard of the excellent Brian Lara cricket games on the PS2 then? They were made by Codemasters too weren't they?

Aussies and Brits would generally take a cricket game over a basketball, American Football or maybe even a baseball game any day of the week. They've all been well served on the consoles

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