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Super Meat Boy Should be on the WiiWare Menu Soon

Posted by Trevor Chan

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If you're looking forward to Team Meat's upcoming Super Meat Boy then you're in luck, as the latest post on the developers' official blog has announced that the Xbox Live Arcade version is now content complete. With the XBLA game nearing the finish line, that means Team Meat will be able to concentrate its considerable talents on the forthcoming WiiWare release.

The game promises a return to the hardcore platformer era with titles like Ghouls 'n Ghosts, Mega Man 2, and Super Mario Bros. 2 cited as influences.

This game hits that target dead on and even seems to take it a step further. This game is twitch-platformer in a very pure form.

Super Meat Boy will feature seven chapters, with an extra bonus chapter that the developers aren't ready to chat about yet. To find out what you can expect from this latest dish that Team Meat's cooked up, you can read the first part of our Super Meat Boy First Impressions, and the second part here.

There's certainly a fair amount of buzz around this title as earlier this year, Super Meat Boy was one of three WiiWare titles nominated for the Direct2Drive Vision Award at the Independent Games Festival in San Francisco, California. Other categories that it was nominated in were Excellence in Audio and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize.

Stay tuned to Nintendo Life as it shouldn't be too long until release dates and pricing details are revealed.


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User Comments (68)



Belgicario said:

Meh, not really interested. Still have my platforming-hands full with other games.



James said:

Commander Video is going to appear in Super Meat Boy, and Meat Boy is going to appear in BIT.TRIP FATE



Swiket said:

I wanna get the Steam version for the extra features and the WiiWare version for the NES style controller.

Decisions, decisions...



WolfRamHeart said:

You're not the only one Corbie. I'm pretty darn excited about it too. I just have to figure out which version I'm going to get, WiiWare or XBLA.



Corbs said:

Well I'll be getting the WiiWare version for review, but I'm all over this XBLA version since it comes out first. Bring it on!



WolfRamHeart said:

I know that Commander Video is supposed to be a Wii exclusive character and Xbox 360 has Tim from Braid. Corbie, do you know if that boy from Limbo will be in the XBLA version too?



Corbs said:

Ed says that there will not be a PSN version. And as for unlockable characters, they're being very tight-lipped about them.



Omega said:

They promise a return to the hardcore era with titles like Ghouls'n'Ghosts? This means the game is insanely difficult, has no save-feature, almost nobody can beat it and you can't defeat the final boss unless you go through the game all over again? I don't know if this is good or bad. Do they want to scare people away before it is even released?



Punny said:

Get that meat cooked on WiiWare, soon! It's been frozen for far too long!



Corbs said:

The whole point of this game is to get killed over and over and over again, that's what makes it so much fun. The levels are short, just tough as nails. And it has a save feature. I think they were just describing the game as similar in style to Ghouls & Ghosts in the way the game requires a lot of trial and error. And if your gaming skills aren't up to par, I hear they're working on a new My Little Pony game for WiiWare.



Egg_miester said:

i wont get the game after on how the company sold out to make this a mutisystem game and then bringing to the wii at last they can suck donkey meat i refuse to support them



MARl0 said:

Definitely getting the 360 version. Because well, it comes out first. That and the whole high definition thing.



Tar said:

What could possibly be worst than a fetus flicking you off?

It being Corbie's Avatar



edhe said:

An old school game inspired by classic NES games...

I suppose we should be grateful it's even coming on the WiiWare.



Aviator said:

@Swiket If your computer has Bluetooth, you can set up so it can read your Wii Remote, and play it as a your were controlling it on the Wii.



Egg_miester said:

@Chicken Brutus i wouldn't mind if they did it at start but to start to dev the game on the wii only then a year later they say that it wont be a exclusive and the wii is getting it last pissed me off they should have released on the wii at the start and then a few weeks later on the 360 i feel like this was deliberately do this to the wii audience



edhe said:

Super Meat Boy was never intended to be a WiiWare exclusive.


(8th comment's response - from the developer Edmund McMillen)



theblackdragon said:

@Egg miester: devs don't do things just to spite fans. they do things in order to get their product(s) out to the biggest amount of people possible in hopes they'll actually make some money off of them. in this case, media picked up on the 'wiiware exclusive' part and neglected the 'for now' afterward, and they wound up getting the MS contract later on.

that said, a level editor for the PC version sounds mighty fine. i might pick it up in that incarnation...



HipsterDashie said:

So if I love the challenge of Bit Trip, should I get this?

(Really I just want it to play as chibi Commander Video)



edhe said:

I do remember someone commenting on a newpost on this site that the revelation of Super Meat Boy appearing on Xbox and Steam (at a lower price no doubt, AND with extra content) would effectively kill the sales of the WiiWare version (after it was (wrongly) hyped as a WiiWare exclusive)

But we can't blame Team Meat for that - they never said it was going to be an exclusive.

I myself - a proud owner of a PC computer might opt for the Steam version if it's considerably cheaper and sod the so called novelty of playing a retro game with a retro controller.



Corbs said:

Okay Ed says that CommanderVideo will definitely be in all versions of Super Meat Boy, but he's not sure about the others. He's trying to get some WiiWare characters to replace some of the XBLA exclusive characters to make them more recognizable to Wii owners.



WolfRamHeart said:

Hmm, that is surprising that Commander Video will be appearing in the XBLA version as well. Does this mean that we will be seeing a Bit. Trip game on other consoles in the near future?



Swiket said:

@SoulSilver IV:

He's the hero WiiWare deserves, but not the one it needs right now.

So we won't buy Bit.Trip.Fate, because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight.



MrPanic said:

They just need to chop the xbla version so it will fit the file size limit of WiiWare, which is kinda a shame but I'll be getting the xbla anyway so whatever.



XD375 said:

To all who said it was weird to have Commander Video on the Xbox version:
This game also has Tim, from Braid, a game not released on WiiWare.



Egg_miester said:

i love all the nintendo loyal fans.................... rather buy the game on the 360 then the wii



Guybrush_Threepwood said:

I will get this on XBLA since I was never a fan of WiiWare. I prefer Virtual Console and XBLA.

PS: And I won't start downloading WiiWare games anyway as long as Nintendo keeps Virtual Console starving. That's not a difficult decision for me since Castlevania Rebirth is the only exclusive game on WiiWare I'm really interested in.



theblackdragon said:

@Egg miester: so long as Super Meat Boy gets purchased (e.g. the developer is being supported), what difference does it make which system it gets purchased for? last i checked you weren't buying it anyway, so what do you care?



jackaroo said:

This looks alot like Jumper on PC. And that is in no way a bad thing. Im pretty sure that was the inspiration though since Ogmo (the main character of Jumper) is in the game. But that just makes it all the more awesome. Cant wait for this one.



LordJumpMad said:

unless there going to put some really good content for the Wiiware one,
then there no point on getting it for the Wii.

a Mario Meat would be Cool



Egg_miester said:

@theblackdragon your right i am not buying the game because its also on the 360 i don't support sell outs or greed but i find it funny that in america given a choice people rther buy a game on the 360 i feel sorry for japanese consoles now days

@Guybrush_Threepwood i feel sorry for you you have missed a lot of great games on wiiware and you can't blame nintendo on VC they have released all of their games it the 3rd party dev and they stoped supporting vc because its not selling in america



brandonbwii said:

As often as you say that, I doubt you have a single 3rd party Wii game. You even said that about de blob, puhleeese. It's just an excuse for you to save money at this point.

I wouldn't go that far now. That whole NBA Jam thing still feels like EA giving big N fans the finger.

Because it's a nintendo site duh. Show me someone on a 360 site waiting for a Wii version of a game "instead".

I find it terrible that, before anyone even knew it was a rail shooter, people said "I'm getting Ghost Recon on 360". The same happened with PoP:TFS and the sales prove it. We came up with all sorts of excuses as to why we didn't buy some action game while the same publisher released just dance to around 3 million. That's just sad.



theblackdragon said:

@brandonbwii: lol, it's certainly a costly way to spite the fans, then... more like cutting off their noses to spite their own faces, really. getting contracts with publishers/game companies/whatever, having to develop a game for more than one system, going through different lotcheck processes and dealing with different percentages of payout and whatnot, it's all too costly and arduous a process for a dev to simply be doing it because they don't like a portion of the available fanbase. companies don't do things just to get back at people, not if they want to stick around for a while.

also, regarding 51, why do i have to show anyone anything? i don't care what system people buy a game on, and neither should anyone else; it's none of anyone's business but the people buying the game, and so long as they're not pirating it that's money toward the developers (once whatever initial quotas are met, idk how much they have to sell in order to finally see royalties). get the version that interests you the most, and if Nintendo wants to keep people buying games on their system(s), they need to relax their restrictions on size/content and whatnot, step up their game for the next-gen Wii so that the WiiWare versions will match up evenly with (or better than) the PSN/XBLA versions.



Guybrush_Threepwood said:

@brandonbwii: It's an obvious fact that a high ratio of Nintendo (hardcore-)gamers owns also a PS3 or Xbox360 this generation. Why should those people buy Wii ports with inferior graphics and online capabilities if they have other options? Last generation multiplatform games on Gamecube were on a par with the competition or even better. But the hardware gap between Wii and PS3/Xbox360 is just too big. So most people who have a Wii and a HD console will only be interested in Wii exclusives when they're looking for Wii games.



brandonbwii said:

True, even I have a 360. I have to be one of the few that buys more Wii games than 360 (that'll change though, with back to school and all). I admit to being a bit of a fanboy and I don't think the Wii was treated properly by devs since the beginning. As for the whole I'll get it on 360 comments, there are times the Wii version is superior or at least different enough to warrant attention, sports titles as a prime example. Instead the first comment on a Nintendo site is still "I'll get it on another platform". That's what I find a bit annoying.



theblackdragon said:


Instead the first comment on a Nintendo site is still "I'll get it on another platform". That's what I find a bit annoying.

it took six comments before someone even mentioned Steam, and they said they were torn between which version to buy... and it's not like it wasn't already mentioned in the article that the XBLA version's content is complete. bringing up which version one will buy is very relevant in this case. :3



brandonbwii said:

I guess this is really a topic I'd like to discuss in more detail in the forums, but I'm not just talking about this story, as I have no problem with what Team Meat is doing. I mainly have a problem with the way mainstream treats Wii. I don't care that people consider Wii casual or anything like that. I care more about the amount of crap being poored on the system. It may be last-gen tech but so is DS but there seems to be more quality games on that platform. If by chance a great piece of software comes Wii's way, it's mostly ignored, especially 3rd party exclusives.



MeloMan said:

I took this game off my radar as I got tired of waiting for it, but looks like the hype machine has got me started once again. Come hither SMB w/ the quickness!



Corbs said:

I always find it hilarious how people associate greed with the Xbox 360, but not the Japanese console makers, as if there's really any less greed among the three.

And I believe many (including myself) will buy the XBLA version mainly because it's coming out first, possibly quite a bit earlier, in fact.



Silverfang said:

Can't wait to get this.
I will be getting it on XBLA since it's coming out first and it will more then likely be cheaper then wiiware.



Philip_J_Reed said:

I'll go with whatever's cheapest, because I'm an awful human being with no loyalty except to my own finances.



Ernest_The_Crab said:

For anyone complaining about the release dates for the game...several multiplatform games have had the Xbox360 version come out first. It's timed exclusivity, usually involving a contract they have with Microsoft.

Another thing I'm a hard core gamer yet I only own a Wii (and a PC). See multi-platform games really aren't a problem if you have a PC.



Corbs said:

I want to play this game so badly, I'd even play it on 3DO.

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