18th December 2009. Cambridge, UK. Frontier Developments, one of the games industry’s leading independent developers, is delighted to announce a further partnership with Square Enix to publish’the best WiiWare game of 2009’ (IGN) LostWinds®: Winter of the Melodias in Japan and Asia. The game will be released in Japan on 22nd December 2009.
“We’re very pleased to be joining forces again with Square Enix to bring the sequel to gamers in Japan and Asia.” said David Braben, Frontier’s Chairman and founder“We’re excited to see gamers’ reaction to the incredible new gameplay mechanics such as Season Switching, the all-new, expansive, beautiful settings and the story of Toku and Enril the Wind Spirit’s and adventure to save Toku’s mother.”
Illustrating the widespread acknowledgement of the game as one of the better Wii titles - disc or download - LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias was rated as No.8 in the Metacritic* chart of Wii titles for the year and is the only WiiWare game to feature in the Top 10 alongside established franchises like Tiger Woods, Guitar Hero and Metroid Prime.
Influential IGN.com also voted LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias as the the best WiiWare game of 2009 for the Nintendo Wii, describing the game’s use of the Wii Remote as‘masterful’. http://uk.bestof.ign.com/2009/wii/best-wiiware-game.html
If you haven’t downloaded LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias yet, visit www.frontier.co.uk for a chance to win a free copy of the game.
Praise for LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias:
“This is not only the best WiiWare game out there, it's also one of the highest quality Wii titles… LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias is an outstanding achievement for all of gaming...period.” GoNintendo <9.5/10>
“Might well be one of the most beautiful games ever created" Videogamer <9/10>
"It's not simply the best WiiWare title on the market, but one of the best Wii games full stop” IGN 9.1/10 Editor's Choice
“A brilliant sequel that improves on the original in every conceivable department. Essential.” Official Nintendo Magazine UK <9/10>
The original LostWinds picked up Develop Magazine’s‘Best New IP’ award in July 2008, a prestigious accolade voted on by Frontier’s games industry peers.
For more information about the game visit: http://lostwinds.frontier.co.uk
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Frontier, headed by founder David Braben, co-author of the seminal“Elite”, is based in Cambridge, UK, and has an outstanding track record of gameplay innovation, critical acclaim and commercial success.
It received three BAFTA nominations and several awards for its console games "Dog's Life" and "Wallace&Gromit in Project Zoo", and scored a Christmas 2004 No.1 position in the USA with its“RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3” PC game, which has also been the recipient of various awards and a prestigious Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences nomination. RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3: Soaked!", the first expansion pack for RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3, was released in June 2005 and went on to win 'Expansion Pack of the Year' award from PC Gamer magazine in the US, with a second expansion pack "RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Wild!" released in November 2005. Frontier's game of the Oscar® winning“Wallace&Gromit: Curse of the Were-rabbit” movie was published by Konami in September 2005.
“Thrillville” was released by LucasArts on Xbox, PlayStation® 2, and PSP and became the best selling original kid’s title in North America in 2006. 2007’s sequel“Thrillville: Off the Rails” for Xbox 360, Windows PC, PlayStation® 2, Wii, and PSP has been publicly reported as being the 35th best selling game in North America and the EU of the 12 month period ending March 2008. In 2008 Frontier released“LostWinds” for WiiWare which was awarded‘Best New IP’ by Develop Magazine, and is working on its original IP title“The Outsider” on PlayStation® 3, Xbox 360, Windows PC, plus other as-yet-unannounced major projects. All trademarks are acknowledged as the property of their respective owners.