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LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias Coming to North America on Monday

Posted by Corbie Dillard

It seems the wait for a North American release wasn't as long as expected.

Frontier has just announced that their brand new WiiWare sequel LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias will be released on the North American WiiWare service on Monday, October 19th for 1000 Wii Points.

You can check out the official press release detailing the game's release below for more information.

Frontier Developments Ltd. (‘Frontier’) today announced that LostWinds®: Winter of the Melodias will be released on Monday 19th October 2009 by Nintendo of America on the innovative WiiWare™ service.

David Braben, Frontier’s Chairman and Founder, said: “The original LostWinds was embraced by the US, and the sequel has major new gameplay features and improvements across the board. After the incredible reception in Europe for Winter of the Melodias, we’re excited to see what the American reaction will be.”

The eagerly awaited follow-up to last year’s best selling, award-winning WiiWare launch title has received high praise across the board in Europe including:

IGN UK 91% “With satisfyingly challenging puzzles expertly woven between engaging platforming and a thoroughly charming narrative, Winter of the Melodias represents an essential purchase. It's not simply the best WiiWare title on the market, but one of the best Wii games full stop”.

Eurogamer 90% “If this is the kind of thing WiiWare can do, let's have some more of it, frankly.”

Vandal Online 93% “LostWinds was probably one of the most attractive and interesting games on the Wii (not only WiiWare), and Winter of Melodias completely surpasses it.”

zConnect 96% “Even if you’ve never played the first game, make sure to pick up this wondrous little gem.”

Videogamer 90% “the game's overall aesthetic is so powerful that Winter of the Melodias might well be one of the most beautiful games ever created.”

Once again puts the power of the wind in the palm of your hand, as you experience Toku and Enril’s new adventure to save Toku’s mother, lift an ancient curse and thwart the evil Balasar. The elemental powers of Enril the Wind Spirit are used 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.

Players can 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 rock of Mistralis’ diverse, richly interactive Chilling Peaks and Melodia City areas.

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

Pricing: 1000 Wii™ Points. WiiWare is accessible through Wii.

For those looking to pick up the game on Monday you can check out our full review of the game to help you make up your mind. As if you need any help. :D

Special thanks to JayArr for bringing us this great tidbit of news! And also to Vendetta for bringing it to my attention.

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User Comments (32)

pixelman

#1

pixelman said:

Grr, I guess Cave Story will be out at the end of the month then. Oh well, two good Mondays for WiiWare in a row is awesome - I just hope the VC releases will be decent. :/

WaLzgiStaff

#3

WaLzgi said:

What a coincidence! I bought 1000 points today and didn't know what to spend them on! :D

odd69

#5

odd69 said:

Thanks for the great news Corbie. Atleast something good is coming our way. I have been extra excited for this game too. Thank you Frontier,we love you

Bones00

#7

Bones00 said:

Good thing I finally decided to finish LostWinds last week. I'm ready for the next chapter. Just have to try not to stop playing and forget about it again after getting about halfway through the story.

Stevie

#10

Stevie said:

Wow, the reviews have been shining for this game, even from site's that usually give the wii a hard time. I live in the UK but will not be able to download this until my internet is fixed in a week. :$

WolfRamHeart

#12

WolfRamHeart said:

Well, I do care because I have been saving my points for a good game like LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias.:D

thewiirocks

#13

thewiirocks said:

Wouldn't it be funny if Monday brought us BOTH Lost Winds 2 and Cave Story? Get your 2000 point cards ready... ;)

Pastry

#18

Pastry said:

What if both Cave Story and LostWinds comes out on Monday... I won't know which to play!!

rhythmheavenfan

#21

rhythmheavenfan said:

Yay! Will get it on Monday. Does anybody know if there is a map in this game? I got lost in the last game.

Omega

#22

Omega said:

^ I haven't played it yet but I quote from Marcel's review: "Frontier has made the great decision to add a map you can view at any time, so you can view exactly which rooms connect to which, and how many collectibles you're missing in each of them."

rhythmheavenfan

#23

rhythmheavenfan said:

Thanks Omega. I am really glad they added a map. I have a strong feeling I am going to like this one a lot more than the first just because of the map. I would get lost and have no idea where I was or where I was supposed to go and it got so bad that I had to quit playing the game because of it. Did anyone else have trouble because of the lack of a map or am I just not very direction oriented?

Twilight_Crow

#27

Twilight_Crow said:

I just have 1000 points now, so this will have to wait after I get Cave Story :(.
Praying for both games to come out this monday though.

MayhemStaff

#29

Mayhem said:

Argh... too much on plate currently. This is gonna have to sadly wait to be bought and played (still not started NyxQuest either yet!).

Objection

#30

Objection said:

Finally, something to spend some points on. I won't be able to get this on day one because of the stupid WIFI policy here, but first chance I get, I'll be picking this and NyxQuest up! :)

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