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Rage of the Gladiator to Cost 1000 Wii Points

Posted by Corbie Dillard

The game goes on sale before it's even released!

You might recall that we posted an article about the upcoming release of Ghostfire Games' Rage of the Gladiator WiiWare title being released on March 15th and costing 1500 Wii Points. Well Ed Roman, CEO of Ghostfire Games has just told us that they've spoken to Nintendo and managed to convince them to drop the price down to 1000 Wii Points when the game releases on March 15th.

We at Ghostfire Games have heard your feedback. Based on the opinions of Nintendo Life readers, we have spoken with Nintendo on the price point of “Rage of the Gladiator” for WiiWare, slated to come out on 3/15. Instead of releasing it at 1500 points, we have agreement from Nintendo that it will be released at 1000 points instead! Hopefully this will give everyone a break on their wallets. Thanks for the feedback on the price, everyone!

Will it be worth it though? You'll have to check out our first impressions to find out!

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Porky said:

Thats good news for people considering Rage of the Gladiator.




AWESOME. This is probably my most anticipated Wiiware game. I really hope it's as good as i think it will be.



Strofan7 said:

This is fantastic because I will definitely spend $10 on this, $15 for a downloadable game is just too tough to swallow considering you can get 2 or maybe even 3 downloadable games for that price. If only every developer listened as much as ghostfire!



Ravage said:

It is good that they listened, sometimes it can be hard to judge what others may value a game you worked so hard at. Not saying its not worth it for 1500, but it can be hard to sell something at the same price as some other big name games, or critically acclaimed (which will remain to be seen I suppose) games. But, I digress, it will benefit in the long run I`m sure.



Objection said:

Wow, that was fast. Go NL~! As silly as it might sound, that doubles the chances that I get this. Of course, the rest is dependent on the review.



TheBaconator said:

That is great news now I can get warioware and this with one points card! Let's keep the $15 games on all the other systems.



greyelephant said:

You guys have me sold! I promise you that I'll be downloading this one on my console. Thanks!



Supermarioman said:

Well thanks, I still need to buy Helix and a lot of other WiiWare Games, I buy way more retail! I'll try to pick this up soon.



Awesome5 said:

Wow, Ghostfire is pulling all of the stops for this game. This is probably a first in the history of wiiware. Even if the game sucks (which is highly improbable) i think that they would still deserve support for sheer effort and dedication. Best of luck to you ghostfire and consider my copy already purchased.



Thomas_Joseph said:

You know what ... I was on the fence with this game, but this pushed me over into the "Will buy." category now.



cheapogamer4life said:

@ Token girl:Yea right, who knew
Would have never thought about download this game at 1500 points. Considering I have yet to DL anything from the Wii shop, two quaity games for with one 2000 points is a big factor for me. Price drops for Nintendo is always great to hear about though. Nice work Ghostfire



AVahne said:

Thank you so much Ghostfire! you guys are awesome! and thank goodness that Nintendo agreed



jangonov said:

This is amazing, I will have enough points to purchase this on day one. And I can guarantee you that the SECOND it hits the store, it will be purchased by me. I think I am looking forward to this more than most other games. Heck they lowered the price, maybe I will go out and buy Helix that day too.



XCWarrior said:

That increases the chances I will be picking it up. Still will wait for the Nintendo LIfe review though, but great job GhostFire games!



BulbasaurusRex said:

Personally, I think this game will be worth 1500 points, and I'd buy it Day 1 anyway, but this is still good news, especially since I won't have to buy 1000 more points to get it when I really prefer to keep that $10 much more liquid at the moment.



Viper6391 said:

Wow, way to go Ghostfire! I can't believe you guys actually got Nintendo to lower the price. This will definitely help with sales now. Now just give us a good game and I will be happy.
What does that have to do with their confidence? What Nintendo was doing was BS and Ghostfire got them to change their ways. How would you like it if you made a game for Nintendo that should cost around $30 and Nintendo instead charged $50 for your game? That's basically what happened with Halo 3 ODST and Microsoft. I bet the game would've sold more if it was $40 instead of $60. It still sold well in fact more than 3 mill, but doing BS things like that makes people not want to buy your game.



siavm said:

Wow, game makers really do listen? This site is great and so is ghostfire. I may just buy this first day now. And thanks for listening to me and all the other complainers here.



CoffeeWithGames said:

I was buying it day 1 regardless. I may now "gift" this to a friend. Hmmm.

Anyway, I thought the game was worth 1500, because it looks like a quality WiiWare game, not shovelware.
Graphics and attention to details looked great for the game.

I really, really hope this game sells well to warrant a sequel(maybe retail?)
I guess the good news is that Ed was watching the comments from the people upset at the 1500 points, and he acted on it.
I'm glad to see a developer being pro-active with their product and pricing.



Hardy83 said:

I'd like to think that this means Nintendo realizes their ridiculous pricing structure but I can only assume it's just a rare moment were Nintendo sees some logic.
Definitely a buy for me though.



TeMPO said: many people eager to spend 1000 points on this thing and I can't for the life of me see why. It looks like a big pile of fail waiting to happen. Of course they dropped the price. I know I'd be pissed if I wasted a whole 1500 points on a game that turned out to be rubbish. On the other hand, I do have to admit that I did like this game the first time I saw it...back when it was called Punch-Out!!



GC-161 said:

For some this has become a "be careful what you ask for" thing, because... Now it's the NintendoLifer's turn... they have to respond using Wii points.



CoffeeWithGames said:

@Egg miester:
I would give you 500 Wii points if I knew you were buying the game...but there's no way for me to know, so no points!

If you don't like Punch-Out, then you can't see why. If you like Punch-Out, then you should easily see why people are excited for this.



odd69 said:

The developers at ghostfire are the nicest guys to have done so much for us readers here at NL, they have answered our questions personally in these threads and now going through alot to get the price down for us is just amazing i still can't get over this. So if anyone from ghostfire is reading this, i feel you have done so much and i have so much respect for you guys. I am buying no questions asked just, wont be able to buy it the day it's released



WolfRamHeart said:

Whoa, that was totally unexpected! I have to say that I am really impressed that Ghostfire Games managed to convince Nintendo to drop the price by 500 points. Depending on the outcome of the Nintendo Life review, I may reconsider getting this game. Thanks for making the price more reasonable Ghostfire.



Knux said:

Wow, Ghostfire actually convined Nintendo to lower the price? Awesome, I actually might buy this game when it is released!



Malouff said:

I too will now be getting this with the price drop.
Thank you GhostFire Games (Ed Roman)

GhostFire now needs to update their Official site with release date and price.



WiiLovePeace said:

Well that's awesome news, I hope that's the price for us Aussies too, or cheaper Still waiting for a release date for PAL regions though. Pretty excited for this Wiiware game!



V8_Ninja said:

Isn't "going on a permanent sale before release" like saying "we lowered the initial price"? Anyways, good to see developers take the feedback from fans.



Kirk said:

Well done Ghostfire.

I think the higher price was putting a lot of people off and this game deserves to sell based on what I have seen so far so this is very smart on your part.

I really still don't see why Nintendo has to decide the price of these games normally however.



Sneaker13 said:

Ahh, 1000 Wii Points is better. Still need a review to know if it's any good, but the price drop might make me get it earlier.



Malouff said:

@TwilightV, I think 1200 points would also be hard (until Nintendo offers single point purchases)

In my mind at 1200 I am thinking that I will have to buy 2000 points just to get this game and will have 800pts left over.

If there is already a good 800pt game that I have been wanting that it would be a good price. However, if there is nothing at 800pts than I would not purchase as I don't want points just sitting there collecting dust.

I will admit that I have passed up many good games just because there are priced odd and could not be paired with another game. (The lowest number of points that can be purchased is 1000 pts)

If Nintendo would offer a person the option to buy single points then I would not be looking at prices like I am now.

They also really need to make a pool for every DSi and Wii systems in a household as it stinks having separate banks to hold the points for each system.



Imerion said:

Good to hear this! While I am sure the game would be worth 1500 points, I think it will sell better at 1000 points, and in the end more sales should be better. The last video I saw of this pretty much decided for me. I will get it unless reviews are really low. Now I'm just waiting for the EU release date.



LittleIrves said:

I love that they listen to their fans, as a 1500 price point would have been disastrous for a game like this... but I still have little interest. The art and mechanics (from what I've seen on videos) just do not appeal to me. A Punch-Out clone with mythology sounds cool, but what's fun about PO!! is the smooth, perfectly timed gameplay, and I just can't see Ghostfire duplicating what Nintendo's able to do. I'll stick with my icon. But I hope they prove me wrong. Always a good thing when a 3rd-party does well. And a game with M+ support! What a concept.
So, I amend my entire statement: Please do well, RotG, so others are inclined to use M+!



vherub said:

I think the 1500 price point on wiiware is trouble in general- and not because the quality of games doesn't deserve $15- many of them do.
It's just that never having any sales, and not having demos means the expensive titles lose out to the 500 point titles.



brandonbwii said:

Back on my radar. May actually buy this before Mega Man 10 now. Now it just comes down to a couple of trusted reviews.



TwilightV said:

@Malouff: Well, 1000 is good too. I'm just hoping they make more money than what they put into the game. But i'm sure that'll happen.



Crunc said:

I asked in the preview thread, but then realized this is the current one. Do we know if this supports dual WM+/Wii Remotes as a control option, or how else does this work with WM+? Wish they'd explain that.



A1234 said:

for 500 points I would buy it, depending on the review of course.



RonF said:

I am undecided with this price point, which is much better than my previous decision to pass with the higher price.



DarkEdi said:

A very good new. I´m a fan of Ghostfire when i buyed Helix. Now i see this new game in Nintendo Channel i think i´ll download when it comes.

Ghostfire, tell to Nintendo we need demos from VC and Wiiware games (not 5 lonely games limit time)



Yanagi said:

I must say, I am impressed with how far Ghostfire went out of their way to insist on a $10 price point.

If this game does turn out to be great, I still would not mind paying $15 for it, if it will support quality game developers. Maybe I'll send them a $5 check in the mail...



bboy1 said:

Wow, I really have to give credit to Ghostfire. It's rare that you see a company that actually wants to cooperate and listen to people. Regardless of how this game turns out, you'll have earned respect, so well done.



Kirk said:


I don't think it needs to because you only have one hand with a weapon in it and the other with the shield. I assume you will use the Wiimote with M+ in your right hand, since that's the one with the sword and will require more precise motions, and then you use the Nunchuck with basic motion control for the shield.

If that's the case I assume it should work just fine.

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