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Spirit Hunters Inc. Trailer Shows Augmented Reality in Action

Posted by James Newton

Get into the party, spirit

Nnooo has made a name for itself on the downloadable Nintendo scene, with titles as varied as Pop+ Solo and myDiary, and now it's ready to show off the latest game in its line-up, the spirit-hunting DSiWare title Spirit Hunters Inc. Shadow/Light.

Using the DSi's camera to perform augmented reality actions, where in-game graphics merge with the real world, the first developer diary shows off the game's artificial intelligence along with its graphical technology. Nnooo head Nic Watt talks us through the game in this first video, so stay tuned for more on Spirit Hunters Inc. here and on the game's official website.

Nnooo release video footage of Spirit Hunters Inc and launch website.

Australian based games developer Nnooo have released the first in a series of developer video diaries showcasing their next game, Spirit Hunters Inc™, for Nintendo DSiWare™.

Spirit Hunters Inc is a role playing game in which the player hunts, battles and captures spirits which inhabit our physical world. The game uses the Nintendo DSi’s front facing camera to create an augmented reality, merging computer generated spirits with the player’s real environment where battles take place.

“We have worked really hard to create a great augmented reality system which will really engage the user and encourage them to explore their local environment”, said Nic Watt, Creative Director at Nnooo. When the player is battling these spirits on their Nintendo DSi, the augmented reality will give them a real feeling that the spirits actually exist in the physical world. This literally adds a new dimension to the RPG genre.”

The player is part of an international task-force called Spirit Hunters Inc which is charged with capturing mischievous spirits and sending them back to the spirit world. Players will have to hunt down these spirits and coax them out of their hiding places before doing battle with them through their Nintendo DSi. On capturing spirits, players will be rewarded with either experience points or in-game currency with which they will be able to level up, replenish health, buy useful spirit hunting items and traps and learn new battling abilities.

The game will be released in 2 versions, Light and Shadow. Both versions will have the same core spirits but each will contain a certain number of unique spirits to battle and capture.

“We have released video footage showing how the augmented reality and artificial intelligence works”, said Watt. “We will be providing more updates over the coming weeks featuring different parts of the game and gameplay. Go to the new Spirit Hunters Inc page on our website, www.spirithuntersinc.com and www.nnooo.com for the latest updates, videos, spirit portraits and screen shots.”

Spirit Hunters Inc is scheduled for release in the next few months.

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User Comments (21)

KrazyKain

#4

KrazyKain said:

looks alright, but i'm skeptical, this idea has been done already, and as the NL review will tell you, it sucked

PhillaLoup

#6

PhillaLoup said:

I think they should wait for the 3DS and make a reaaaally cool game ... with 3D, better graphics and the tilt sensor and all that...

cheapogamer4life

#8

cheapogamer4life said:

@JN:
I was under the impression that they had cancel this version and had made these two games 3DS versions only from a article you guys did a while back. Guess I didn't read between the lines or something. Anyways, think I'll have to wait review.

LuWiiGi

#11

LuWiiGi said:

Finally, another actual game. One question though - who the hell would play their DS outside the Sydney Opera House (see picture)? The problem with augmented reality games is that no-one would play them outdoors.

Nnooo

#17

Nnooo said:

Thanks for all the great feedback :)

We think we have something special here and cannot wait for you to try it out. Unlike other augmented reality games we do not rely on having to put down cards to line up the baddy placement and so forth.

With Spirit Hunters Inc you really can battle and capture spirits anywhere in the world!

IanUniacke

#18

IanUniacke said:

Looks interesting. I think this style of moving the hardware to "shoot" at things is going to be massive going into the future, especially with the 3ds's advanced hardware.

Morphbug

#19

Morphbug said:

looks so much better than that other game that did something similar, i will follow this closely, it has a lot of potential!

and maybe we can get sequels (or a generation II lol) for the 3DS!

btw, dead or alive? arent they supposed to be ghosts?... also... i hope you don't mind me using shadow felion as my new avatar!

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