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Frontier Officially Announces LostWinds Sequel

Posted by Corbie Dillard

A wealth of new information on the highly-anticipated WiiWare sequel.

We just recently featured news on the upcoming LostWinds sequel LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias, but Frontier have decided to unleash a barrage of new information on the upcoming title, including some gameplay and story line information that you can check out in the official press release below.

Frontier today revealed LostWinds®: Winter of the Melodias, the follow-up to last year’s best selling, award-winning WiiWare™ launch title LostWinds. This all-new game is packed with intuitive new gameplay mechanics and feels as fresh and compelling as the original.

The power of the wind is once again in the palm of your hand as you wield your Wii Remote™ to use the elemental powers of Enril the Wind Spirit to protect and guide the young boy Toku - power his jumps and glides, suspend and smash new enemies, and explore all-new expanses of the stunningly presented, magical land of Mistralis as you experience Toku and Enril’s new adventure to save Toku’s mother, lift an ancient Curse and thwart the evil Balasar.

Players are able to instantly transform Mistralis between Summer and Winter, harnessing the brilliance of nature: frozen Winter ponds and waterfalls become deep, teeming Summer pools and chambers in which to dive and unlock secrets, enemies can be frozen or doused, and the very air itself used to form snowballs or moisture-laden clouds. Other amazing new abilities include the cyclone, which can be used to transport Toku, smash powerful enemies and even drill through the rocks of the Mistralis’ diverse, richly interactive Chilling Peaks and Melodia City areas.

LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias will delight both new and returning players.” said David Braben, Chairman and Founder of Frontier “Every aspect has been extended and polished, and the major new gameplay elements dovetail perfectly to give a fantastically rich, fun, innovative experience.”

With production values to match the very best Nintendo Wii system disc titles, LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias will be available to download directly to the living rooms of millions of families in Europe and The Americas exclusively via Nintendo’s WiiWare service.

The Events of LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias

Little time has passed since the events which unfolded between Toku, Enril, Deo and Magmok in “LostWinds”.

Notéa's sudden return from an expedition brings with it saddening news. Whilst searching for the ruins of the Melodia City Toku's mother, Magdi, has mysteriously disappeared. The only clues to her whereabouts lie within the tattered remains of her treasured journal.

As repayment for saving his life, the ancient Guardian Magmok pledges his assistance to Toku and Enril as they head up into the mountains in search of Magdi.

Toku and Enril arrive at Summerfalls Village, a picturesque location that has been beset by an eternal winter. Even more worryingly, its people now live in fear of ferocious monsters who hide in the snow.

Fearing the worst, and with the chilling cold taking its toll, Toku and Enril seek the help of Sonté the Spirit of Seasons. Sonté's season changing powers will provide the key to unravelling the plight of Summerfalls, and Toku and Enril come to realize that Magdi’s immediate fate has been entwined with that of the ancient Melodia people centuries ago by the shadowy hand of Balasar.

As events continue to take unexpected turns Toku and Enril venture onward. wielding their new powers with care and in the face of potentially fatal dilemmas, Toku and Enril are plunged into a race against time to save not only the life of Toku's mother but also the future of Mistralis...

We'll have more information on LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias as it becomes available, as well as a full review of the game when it hits the WiiWare service.

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User Comments (31)

Syr

#1

Syr said:

Looks great! I'm glad they decided to increase the length over the original, that was what really stopped me from buyinh it. Now I'll buy 'em both!

Omega

#3

Omega said:

I'm glad that they keep it as WiiWare. I'd rather buy a WiiWare- than a retail game.

DazzaAdmin

#5

Dazza said:

This looks really good, with both this and Cave Story coming up we're being spoilt rotten.

jordanr

#6

jordanr said:

Can't wait. They have released a short trailer too, just search for it on youtube.

TourianTourist

#8

TourianTourist said:

It looks great, but I'm disappointed. Why only Summer and Winter, what's wrong with Spring and Fall? Especially Fall would have looked great with the colored trees and all. * goes back playing Zelda Oracle of Seasons *

motang

#9

motang said:

Still need to finish up the first one, but I will be getting this one for sure when it comes out!

Rawk_Hawk

#10

Rawk_Hawk said:

Maybe this is just me but I love games that have lots of snow and ice levels. I always feel the ice level of any game is always one of my favorites.

Kirk

#11

Kirk said:

I'm hoping they added some realtime lighting to the flames/fire because that was the one thing that I thought looked slightly off in the original game and if included would have really just given the graphics that final level of polish imo.

I didn't actually think the original was that much fun, kinda just slow and monotonous wandering to me, but I'll keep an eye on this just to see what they've improved and what not. I mean being able to change the seasons between summer and winter is kinda cool. I wonder if they will have spring and autumn too.

JoeDiddley

#12

JoeDiddley said:

Lostwinds has always been on my "I'll get it next time" list. Now I want to play it before the sequel comes out.

Kid_A

#18

Kid_A said:

Sounds really fantastic. The first one was great and this looks even better!

Chrono_Cross

#19

Chrono_Cross said:

Great news!
The Winter setting is awesome and the ability to not only change the seasons, but with the Wind Power, you can make snow balls and steam balls! :D

This is my most anticipated Wiiware title next to Cave Story.

wanderlustwarrior

#20

wanderlustwarrior said:

@TourianTourist:
Probably because summer and winter actually can change gameplay. Unless enemies can only be seen when the leaves change color in fall, I don't see what the other two seasons would bring. Also, not everywhere has as pronounced changes in the seasons as everywhere else.

@Golgo: I'm hoping the winter theme points to a tomorrow release.

Martin1

#21

Martin1 said:

David Braben is such a legend. I play his games since Elite and he alway creates innovative games for the indrustry. This one is no exception!

theblackdragonAdmin

#24

theblackdragon said:

it's about time, though I must say I'll be waiting to hear whether or not it completes the story before i make the purchase. i like to play through my games all at once, not have to wait a year before the next installment comes out. :/

Twilight_Crow

#25

Twilight_Crow said:

Alright! It looks fantastic. Now, I really hope this doesn't end up like CaveStory, and it actually comes out "soon".

Jockolantern

#26

Jockolantern said:

Looks beautiful visually and I love the sound of the new gameplay mechanics being added in for this sequel. Great-looking game thus far and I can't wait to see it released. The original was quite the treat and this one should be just as delightful.

JimLad

#27

JimLad said:

The first game was the perfect tease, it's short length only made you want more. I think if it had been twice the length not as many people would be bothered with the next one, that's just my opinion though.

calculon

#28

calculon said:

That is the dullest trailer EVER

Hopefully the game will be longer and far more difficult that short and uninspired original. And yes, the game does look 'pretty' for WiiWare but damn those ugly black holes in the screen where the foreground platforms sit are just horrible.

cpl1701

#31

cpl1701 said:

This sounds awesome. I am hoping for a fall to early winter release. I am also really excited about Furry Legends, Max and the Marker, & And Yet It Moves. Time to start saving points again.

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