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Square Enix to Publish LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias in Japan

Posted by Sean Aaron

Impressive British downloadable title keeps the attention of the big guns of Japanese RPGs.

The LostWinds WiiWare games from Frontier have gotten loads of praise around the gaming industry and are two of the strongest selling titles on WiiWare. Noteworthy for containing boatloads of character, great design and compelling play mechanics which take advantage of the unique capabilities of the Wii remote, we cannot recommend them enough.

Square Enix published the first Lost Winds title last December, and they seem to be sufficiently impressed to publish the second part next week. Congratulations to Frontier with their success as the flag-bearer for quality platforming on WiiWare!

Here's the full press-release from Frontier for your reading enjoyment:

Square Enix to Publish LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias in Japan Partnership brings the Season Switching “Best WiiWare Game of 2009” to Asia. 18th December 2009.

Frontier Developments, one of the games industry’s leading independent developers, is delighted to announce a further partnership with Square Enix to publish ’the best WiiWare game of 2009’ (IGN) LostWinds®: Winter of the Melodias in Japan and Asia.

The game will be released in Japan on 22nd December 2009.“We’re very pleased to be joining forces again with Square Enix to bring the sequel to gamers in Japan and Asia.” said David Braben, Frontier’s Chairman and founder “We’re excited to see gamers’ reaction to the incredible new gameplay mechanics such as Season Switching, the all-new, expansive, beautiful settings and the story of Toku and Enril the Wind Spirit’s and adventure to save Toku’s mother.”

Illustrating the widespread acknowledgement of the game as one of the better Wii titles - disc or download - LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias was rated as No.8 in the Metacritic* chart of Wii titles for the year and is the onlyWiiWare game to feature in the Top 10 alongside established franchises like Tiger Woods, Guitar Hero and Metroid Prime. Influential IGN.com also voted LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias as the the best WiiWare game of 2009 for the Nintendo Wii, describing the game’s use of the Wii Remote as ‘masterful’.

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User Comments (13)

cheetahman91

#1

cheetahman91 said:

Let's see if the Japanese like it as much as everyone else. Good for Square for releasing it there. (or about to release it)

SmaMan

#4

SmaMan said:

I definitely see this game catching on in Japan. Maybe this will change their perception that Americans can't make good games.

Incognito_D

#5

Incognito_D said:

why do Square Enix have to publish it when it's on Wii Ware? Why does it need a publisher at all for that matter? I thought the whole point of WiiWare was to remove the publisher from the process?

MayhemStaff

#6

Mayhem said:

I imagine the publisher here does the same as for a physical product - handle the nitty gritty on contracts, agreements, licensing and communications.

@SmaMan - except Frontier are a British company headed by one half of the team that produced Elite 25 years ago...

moomoo

#8

moomoo said:

Wow. That's really good for Frontier, getting published by Square. Enjoy, Japan.

SmaMan

#13

SmaMan said:

@WhoKnew&Mayhem
Oh... whoops! Dang, usually I get this information right... Still, getting a big name like Squeenix to publish you, that's bound to turn some heads over there.

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