Hey - remember that really big Wii game Sean Brennan, managing director of Bethesda Europe, mentioned back in May? No? Well anyway, it's recently been revealed as a racing game developed by Awesome Play.
Called Wheelspin (Speed Zone in America, and that version is published by Deten8 games) features a variety of tracks set in the future and is played similarly to Excitetruck (so Wii Wheel play would be awkward). To gain speed is a pretty standard procedure, you just drive your vehicle over "speed pads".
It's already out in America, and should be arriving in Europe "sometime in Autumn". It's not exactly the big mature game we were all expecting from Bethesda, but this title promises to "push the hardware further than any other Wii racing game to date", so hopefully Bethesda won't let us down!
/sigh next racing game, please step up.
Hooray for Fallout Wii!
Man I hope Bethesda releases some amazing minigame collection. The Wii could really use some more filling-out of that genre.
"push the hardware further than any other Wii racing game to date",...
I expect they're joking beacuse these graphics could be perfectly of a PS1!! I can't understand why wii has these types of games when Gamecube hadn't. What a pity!
Contrary to what you might believe about this game, it actually rocks. It's one of my best games already because of how fun it is. And when they say they're pushing limits, I think they're talking about the local 8 player modes running at 60 fps.
@4: I was thinking the exact thing. Graphicly, this game doesn't look that impressive.
@CharlieisEverywhere: Anything else you can say about it? That's great you enjoy it. I have yet to see it for purchase over here.
so hopefully Bethesda won't let us down!
Well, I think they just did.
I am THAT desperate for a futuristic racing game that I WILL buy this. And I know I'm gonna hate it, but really hope I'm wrong. :S
Look forward to a review, send me a copy if you guys are busy, lol.
I read a preview of this in the latest ONM. Sounds decent, but also sounds like your bog standard racer. Still if its works well as a package, I may get this
wow this is depressing news thanks a lot bethesda
Who needs a Fallout Wii game when you have gold like this? </cynical sarcasm>
oh.. lame... i was so expecting a wii exlusive elder scrolls spin off...
They made Star Trek Conquest; beyond that I don't know...
Whoever said this was available or almost availbale in america was WRONG.
@MattL-No, but we could beat you with a wet noodle, if it will make you feel better.
I want to see Fallout for the Wii! But this might be a worthy purchase.
No Elder Scrolls Wii?
The only place I have seen this game is via Gamefly. They have had it for rent for a week or more.
Pleeeeease let there be more to this. That racer looks awful.
Bethesda is one of the greatest developers on the planet so Im sure its a great game. Bethesda made a racing game...... Hey I guess anything is possible.
this game is the worst game on the wii played it and i cant even play it for more than a hour bethesda should take there name off this quick what are they thinking!!!!!!!
this looked fun from a trailer i saw on youtube but I've been hearing that the control is horrible.
I want to know where is the next F-ZERO for the wii?
Its been a while nintendo, and dont let someone else do it this time, fair enough sega did a good job at it, but i think the next installment should be handled back inhouse.
After playing fallout3 and oblivion i must say that this is really a BIG let down for me.
With a name like "Awesome Play" it can't be bad! Okay, maybe it can.
8 player split screen.
I looked at the youtube footage and read a revw from someone obscure online. Doesn't look or sound good at all. The graphics are just slightly above N64 level and the controls slightly unresponsive. I know people will quote the FX Zero example but this doesn't seem to match up to that racer's lofty heights. I'll wait for the reviews from this site and maybe a couple of others.
Saw this game at the store recently and thought it looked like another cash-in piece of shovelware garbage... and the screenshots have done nothing to dissuade me from that notion. Not to mention the terrible reviews the game is getting.
I was expecting Bethesda to develop a game from the ground up for the Wii, not merely publish one by another development crew. Ugh. Way to let us all down big time, Bethesda. This game looks horrible. I mean... have they seen the visuals Speed Racer and especially Excitebots put out? Speed Zone looks like an N64 title by comparison. Bleck.
The best part is that when this release flops, Bethesda can say, "It's not profitable to develop for the Wii" and then we'll never get anything more interesting from them.
I have to say, I'm usually a positive guy when it comes to judging by screenshots, but if choosing this one is the best anyone could find for a game it really doesn't bode well. Even in motion that looks like it'd be nice-price bin leftover. Maybe something to put into a pinata for a toddlers birthday so someone thinks they got an expensive prize.
Seems like a lot of potentially good racers suffer from the same lack of interaction. Racing is about interaction with lots of other cars (CPU or friends), no matter how great the graphics are there needs to be lots of bumping around and intense competition with other cars. Circling around a track alone or trying to just find the other racers is so boring.
Only the Excite series comes close to delivering the crazy physics that makes a solo race almost fun and even there they learned to add more competition in the sequel (Bots).
Ok, theres nothing that says this game isn't intense but based on that screen alone the scale and look of it is way too dull and sparse. I guess F-zero once looked like that in screens but that was a different age when that kind of speed was something new so it was excusable. Just 'whoa, I'm going really fast!' doesn't cut it anymore.
Plus when you find yourself enjoying "time trials" in a racer to beat your own last record, in a racer it's a sure sign you need to get out of the house more. Or try watching paint dry, at least then you know something in your house got painted.
"I want to know where is the next F-ZERO for the wii?
Its been a while nintendo, and dont let someone else do it this time, fair enough sega did a good job at it, but i think the next installment should be handled back inhouse."
Agree!!! My favorite F-Zero is still the one for N64...
Agreed, the best F Zero is F Zero X of the 64 IMHO too. Hopefully E3 2010 will reveal F Zero Wii.
All we need is either Excitebots or a new F-Zero.
GET EXCITEBOTS TO EUROPE NINTENDO!!!
I like it. Do you remember the Mega Race series on PC from the early 90s? Well, this has similar gameplay (I think).
Here is a video and more screenshots:
8 player split screen.
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