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Square Enix to Publish Lostwinds Sequel in Japan

by Andy Goergen - December 18, 2009, 8:44 am EST
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Winter of the Melodias is headed to Asia.

Today Frontier Developments announced that Square Enix will be publishing LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias in Japan and Asia. The game, which has been available in North America and Europe since October and Australia since November, will finally see its Japanese release on December 22.

Winter of the Melodias is the sequel to LostWinds, which launched alongside WiiWare in 2008. It has received much critical acclaim, being cited by Metacritic as one of the top 10 Wii retail or download titles of the year.

The game arrives almost a full year after the original title, also published by Square Enix. LostWinds was released in Japan on WiiWare on December 24, 2008. In North America, the game was published by Frontier Developments, who also developed the game.

Partnership brings the Season Switching "Best WiiWare Game of 2009" to Asia.

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/

Media Enquiries: Alison Beasley, Lincoln Beasley PR.

E: alison@lincolnbeasley.com M: +44 (0) 7966 449130

* http://features.metacritic.com/features/2009/the-best-games-of-2009/3/

“LostWinds” is a registered trademark of Frontier Developments Limited.

Nintendo trademarks are used under license by Nintendo. WiiWare is accessible through the Wii console.


TJ SpykeDecember 18, 2009

With download games, the "publisher" doesn't really do much. All they do is pay the fee to have the game rated (by ESRB, CERO, PEGI, etc.), and maybe do some advertising. The developer does the actual programming.

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