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Sorry Antipodean Gamers: No Bejeweled 2 For You

Posted by James Newton

PopCap confirms download title staying away from Australia and New Zealand

Fans of WiiWare in Australia and New Zealand are used to seeing titles face long delays or not make it across at all, but it still stings every time. Sadly there's more bad news: we recently interviewed PopCap's Ty Roberts who confirmed to us that Bejeweled 2 won't be heading to Nintendo's download platform Down Under.

Ty Roberts: We are working on the European release for sure. I’m hoping that will get out shortly. We’re not doing Australia or New Zealand this time around. Since we typically release digitally downloadable titles, people all over the world have access to our games already.

It's disappointing to hear this very promising title won't be available for players in Australia and New Zealand to download.

The full interview will be posted later tonight on Nintendo Life, with Ty chatting freely about the difficulties of Wii development, PopCap's ethos and who's the best Robotron player in the team. Don't miss out.

In the meantime, if you're upset about the lack of Bejeweled 2 for your antipodean Wii, here's some Bejeweled you can play without even switching on your Wii. You're welcome.

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User Comments (11)



Terra said:

Too bad for you guys down under but there's always lots of other versions available.



Chris720 said:

Wow... That sucks. Poor Austrailians and New Zealanders (?).
I'd find that a bit annoying though, getting the games later than everyone else, or just not at all. That just stinks!



RichIcon said:

There is a reason for many titles not releasing in Aus - the age ratings fee there, combined with pretty poor sales results.

So usually it is just a business decision that financially it isn't viable.

That said though I would have though Bejeweled would have done well given the name and popularity of the IP.




Hopefully Europe gets Bejeweled Twist, Peggle Dual Shot and Bookworm. I've imported the latter two though. I'd like a DSiWare release especially.

How about doing a compilation cart Popcap eh



TJ_Spyke said:

Free maybe, but it is NOT more fun. Not to mention that you can't play the Facebook one if you are having problems with your Internet connection.



MasterGraveheart said:

Wait a second, did you just call them "arthopod gamers?"

reads again

Whoops, sorry. I was about to say... gaming scorpions... it's the begining of the end... @.@



Omega said:

@Yasume: Yes and no. Bejeweled is only similar to Columns in the way that it is a puzzle game. I think Columns is more like Tetris and is more interesting. Bejeweld is a very simple game.
You can play the free Bejeweled from Popcap (aka Diamond Mine) in your web browser to test it out. It's nothing special. If you know a programming language, you could code it yourself, really.
Bejeweled AKA Diamond Mine



Kawaiipikachu said:

Well most Aussie gamers have it available of one version or another like i have it for my iPod Touch.

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