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Tecmo Partnering with Nintendo, Grasshopper on Fatal Frame Wii

by Greg Leahy - January 31, 2008, 11:54 pm EST
Total comments: 3 Source: Wired

Nintendo will distribute a new entry in Tecmo's survival horror series co-directed by Suda 51.

Tecmo have officially announced that Fatal Frame: Mark of the Lunar Eclipse, a new instalment in its renowned survival horror series, will be launching on Wii in 2008.

Marking the series' debut on a Nintendo platform, this instalment will be the product of a partnership between Tecmo, Nintendo, and Grasshopper Manufacture. The project will be co-directed by Grasshopper head Goichi Suda, the creator of Killer 7 and No More Heroes, alongside Tecmo's Makoto Shibata. Nintendo will also be involved in the game's development, in addition to serving as its distributor.

Given the widely held perception that its highly successful console suffers from a dearth of software targeting adult audiences, it is notable that Nintendo is taking an active role in bringing Fatal Frame to Wii. Nintendo's cooperation in development (alongside a studio with a track record of developing adult-oriented content for GameCube and Wii) appears to have convinced Tecmo of the viability of its IP on the booming platform.

Stating that the deal was struck with the global market in mind, it would appear that Tecmo will also be able to utilise Nintendo's considerable distribution resources in regions outside of Japan.


This is an interesting twist on Nintendo's GC strategy of getting third parties to develop Nintendo IPs (Star Fox, F-Zero). I wonder if Fatal Frame and Monster Hunter 3 are Nintendo's version of doing the same, but with third party IPs instead?

DjunknownFebruary 01, 2008

Thinking the same thing...

Its nice that Nintendo is taken an interest with 3rd parties, but the choice of franchises? Granted, I haven't played the Fatal Frame series, it seems like its lost in the shuffle when compared to Resident Evil and Silent Hill...

Nevertheless, Suda and Fatal Frame are a perfect match.

Bill AurionFebruary 01, 2008

I have absolutely no qualms with more niche franchises...Especially one that involves a Nintendo/Grasshopper co-op!

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