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MDK2 Coming to WiiWare

by Pedro Hernandez - June 28, 2010, 8:56 am PDT
Total comments: 16

Bioware's classic action title is reborn as a downloadable title.

Interplay has announced that Bioware's classic third-person shooting game, MDK2, is being re-released as a WiiWare title. The port will be handled by Beamdog, a development studio founded by Bioware employee Trent Osner.


MDK2 was first released on the Sega Dreamcast on March 31, 2000. The title starred Kurt Hectic, Max the mechanical six-legged dog, and Doctor Fluke Hawkins. All three characters were playable and featuring different gameplay mechanics. 


The WiiWare version is set to be released this winter.



Special thanks to Shaymin from the NWR forums for the news tip!

Talkback

BlackNMild2k1June 28, 2010

This game is gonna fit in a 40MB file size?

broodwarsJune 28, 2010

Quote from: BlackNMild2k1

This game is gonna fit in a 40MB file size?


Yeah, that's bothering me as well.  We can't fit Tales of Monkey Island episodes within 40 MB without the games having serious issues, yet we can fit an entire Dreamcast game on the service?  I have to wonder if Nintendo's finally lifting the file size restriction.

vuduJune 28, 2010

Quote from: BlackNMild2k1

This game is gonna fit in a 40MB file size?

Yes.

Quote:

Code & gameplay is fitting in the 40MB. We won’t use any pre-rendered videos in between levels, but also most the original textures of MDK2 weren’t compressed, so it will fit. - Interplay's Eric Caen

BlackNMild2k1June 28, 2010

Quote from: vudu

Quote from: BlackNMild2k1

This game is gonna fit in a 40MB file size?

Yes.

Quote:

Code & gameplay is fitting in the 40MB. We won’t use any pre-rendered videos in between levels, but also most the original textures of MDK2 weren’t compressed, so it will fit. - Interplay's Eric Caen

That just goes to show how bloated games were back in the day and that CD's and DVD's weren't exactly necessary for most games.
I can only imagine how much space was left empty on the average PS1, PS2, DC & Xbox disc.

Remember that Animal Crossing fit into GameCube's RAM and could be played for hours with the lid open and disc removed. GameCube only had about 40MB of RAM (plus some for audio)... so maybe Animal Crossing could be put on WiiWare? Maybe this is also the explanation for the WiiWare size limit, which I've heard is related to hardware restrictions and is not as arbitrary or easy to fix as you might think.

BeautifulShyJune 28, 2010

Sounds interesting. Did anybody play it on Dreamcast?

RizeDavid Trammell, Staff AlumnusJune 29, 2010

I played it on my PC.  It was a fairly strong game with interesting visuals and a very good sense of humor.

vuduJune 29, 2010

I played the demo of the first MDK about a hundred times on my PC.  I didn't have any money back then.

NWR_KarlKarl Castaneda, Contributing EditorJune 29, 2010

Quote from: Jonnyboy117

Remember that Animal Crossing fit into GameCube's RAM and could be played for hours with the lid open and disc removed. GameCube only had about 40MB of RAM (plus some for audio)... so maybe Animal Crossing could be put on WiiWare? Maybe this is also the explanation for the WiiWare size limit, which I've heard is related to hardware restrictions and is not as arbitrary or easy to fix as you might think.

Considering it's a glorified 64DD game, I wouldn't doubt it.

AVJune 29, 2010

i saw Mk2 in the title and got excited thinking it was a SNES remake of Mortal Kombat 2. My favorite MK game...now i'm sad it's a totally different game.

Mop it upJune 29, 2010

For what is MDK an acronym?

BlackNMild2k1June 29, 2010

Murder Death Kill

if my serves me correctly

TJ SpykeJune 29, 2010

Quote from: BlackNMild2k1

Murder Death Kill

if my serves me correctly

Officially it doesn't stand for anything, and they never actually mention it in the games either. It was actually a running joke about what it could stand for; "Murder. Death. Kill" was one of them, along with stuff like "My Dear Knight".

BlackNMild2k1June 29, 2010

But isn't this the game where the guy has a sniper rifle for a head?

Just asking to make sure I'm remembering the right game.

KDR_11kJune 29, 2010

Quote from: TJ

Quote from: BlackNMild2k1

Murder Death Kill

if my serves me correctly

Officially it doesn't stand for anything, and they never actually mention it in the games either. It was actually a running joke about what it could stand for; "Murder. Death. Kill" was one of them, along with stuff like "My Dear Knight".

I think a common one was Max, Doctor, Kurt.

vuduJune 30, 2010

Quote from: BlackNMild2k1

Murder Death Kill

if my serves me correctly

Murder Death Kill is actually from the movie Demolition Man.

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