Wii Chess Announced and Dated for Europe

December 19, 2007, 3:11 pm PST
Total comments: 17

Coming early in the new year with regional online play.

Wii Chess comes to Wii

13 December, 2007- Make sure your mind is sharp and you’re ready for battle as Wii Chess comes to Wii. Whether you are pitting your wits against the computer, or taking on a friend, strategic thinking and planning ahead are the order of the day, so make sure you’ve drawn up your battle plan as Wii Chess launches across Europe on 18 January 2008, only on Wii!

Following the rules of a traditional game of chess, Wii Chess is a must for any fan of the original board game. Players will play on an 8x8 chequered board, with the usual 16 pieces each, and must aim to ‘checkmate’ their opponent. Wii Chess emphasises long-term strategy and requires both players to have a good understanding of their opponent’s potential movements, whether playing against the Wii console or a friend.

Featuring one of the best chess-dedicated Artificial Intelligences on the market, Wii Chess allows players the ultimate opponent in chess. The Artificial Intelligence can be adjusted from a low to high level allowing players to match their skills to their opponent. The game also allows players to record their games, which they can then watch back, or even jump into at any point and play a move differently. Effectively players can re-play a saved match, correcting an error and reversing the course of history! Alternatively, gamers can play a friend using the two-player function, or take on other Wii Chess owners using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. With so many options to choose from you’ll never be stuck for an opponent!

The interactive elements of Wii Chess allow users to customise the look of the game they are playing. Whenever they wish, players can change the style of their pieces and background to create a different atmosphere. There is also a visual aid to help beginners which can be turned on or off at any point. In addition to this, the status window displays data such as the player’s name, enemy pieces captured so far and a summary of players’ moves in the game. At any point in the game, players can press the B Button, which will display an extensive menu offering the players options such as reconfiguring the game, changing options or even quitting the game.

Make sure you are ready to play your pawns as Wii Chess launches across Europe on 18 January 2008 for the estimated retail price of £21 / €30.

Talkback

ZapDecember 19, 2007

Great, a port of a 500 year-old game

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusDecember 19, 2007

I read that while this has online there are no specific wii controls you just play using the wii remote in NES position.

MorariDecember 19, 2007

CENSORED FOR YOUR PROTECTION

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 19, 2007

I thought it was going to be Wii Ware... ?

SheckyDecember 19, 2007

They need to make a good Battle Chess remake.

If this were Wii Ware I'd buy it in a second, but if it's a disc I probably won't get it at all.

T-Thirty Euros for a friggin CHESS GAME? Wow. ...Then again, I got stiffed 6 Euro for a "litre" of mineral water at a restaurant. I know the US dollar sucks and all right now, but both of these prices are still absurd.

YoshidiousGreg Leahy, Staff AlumnusDecember 19, 2007

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Originally posted by: TheYoungerPlumber
T-Thirty Euros for a friggin CHESS GAME? Wow. ...Then again, I got stiffed 6 Euro for a "litre" of mineral water at a restaurant. I know the US dollar sucks and all right now, but both of these prices are still absurd.


Agreed, the price quoted in the release exceeds the level that you can commonly find budget titles like Endless Ocean and Big Brain Academy at retail, which while not the most substantial games must surely constitute better value than a chess programme.

IceColdDecember 20, 2007

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Originally posted by: MJRx9000
Great, a port of a 500 year-old game
Ahahahaa.. good one. face-icon-small-smile.gif

KDR_11kDecember 20, 2007

Restaurants are friggin expensive anyway, especially when it comes to drinks.

Thirty Euros is probably the lowest price publishers (or Nintendo?) are willing to release games at. This applies to DS games too, AFAIK none were released below 30€, they merely dropped later.

A propos DS, I've seen two chess games come out for that thing recently.

BTW,
Agreed, the price quoted in the release exceeds the level that you can commonly find budget titles like Endless Ocean and Big Brain Academy at retail, which while not the most substantial games must surely constitute better value than a chess programme.

That's not true, Endless Ocean and BBA both cost 30€. Maybe the UK price differs.

BTW, the price of US games might be why the US doesn't get reward programmes. 50$ for a console game is dirt cheap, 30$ for a DS game is a steal.

PlugabugzDecember 20, 2007

Endless Ocean and Big Brain Academy are normally £19. I've seen them both for £15 and both for £30.

Glad0sSeptember 07, 2012

Nintendo should localize this to America, so the Wii can have an awesome 1st party title in its last days. Oh yeah.

ejamerSeptember 07, 2012

Quote from: Glad0s

Nintendo should localize this to America, so the Wii can have an awesome 1st party title in its last days. Oh yeah.

Have you read the reviews? I was excited about this game when it was first announced because you expect that Nintendo could do a great Chess game if they wanted to. It's really stripped down though, and not really worth the budget price. Get Fritz Chess instead if you can find it - even better, get the DS version so you can play on the go.


Oh, and as for having "an awesome 1st party title in its last days"... there are a handful of games that really would be better options to bring across. Fatal Frame, anyone?

Glad0sSeptember 07, 2012

That was....supposed to be sarcasm....

Mop it upSeptember 07, 2012

Now that's a bump...

ejamerSeptember 07, 2012

Quote from: Glad0s

That was....supposed to be sarcasm....

I'd try to claim that running on under 2 hours is what made me miss it... but I'm pretty dense at the best of times.

Glad0sSeptember 08, 2012

That IS a bump. I mainly just did it so that everyone could see that Greg had a new avatar. Gasp!

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