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Astro Boy Coming to Wii and DS

by Pedro Hernandez - May 10, 2009, 5:34 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: SiliconEra

The creators of The Conduit, High Voltage Software are working on bringing the famed Japanese character to Wii.

High Voltage Software along with publisher D3 announced earlier this week that they are working on a new game based on the upcoming CG film, Astro Boy for Wii.

While the team at High Voltage Software handles the Wii version, Art Co. will be handling the DS version. The game will be released in October to coincide with the release of the film. A Playstation 2 and PSP version will also be released.

Astro Boy, created by Osamu Tezuka, is the story of a robot boy living and fighting evil in a futuristic world. The television series broadcasted in Japan from 1963 to 1966 and is revered as one of the most influential anime series of its time.

This isn’t the first time the robotic hero has graced videogame consoles. In 2003 Sega published two games, a PlayStation 2 title created by Sonic Team and a Game Boy Advance version developed by Treasure. Both games were released to celebrate the latest Astro Boy re-incarnation in anime form.

The new CG animated feature film will be handled by Imagi Animation Studios, known for their work on TMNT, released in 2007.


EnnerMay 10, 2009

I pray that this game won't be as bad as Sonic Team's efforts for Astro Boy. If High Voltage can get close to Treasure's take, then huzzah! I'm a bit worried about how much development time was set aside for this since the new film is due this year.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMay 10, 2009

I had to make a correction. Astro Boy is NOT a Wii or DS exclusive. High Voltage Game is also working on the PS2 and PSP versions. Forgive our mistake.

High Voltage has been making licensed games like this for many years, and most of them are pretty bad.  The Conduit will (hopefully) be an exception to their crappy record.  With Astro Boy coming out so soon, I expect it to be more the norm.


If High Voltage can get close to Treasure's take...

Treasure made the awesome GBA game, but High Voltage is making the console versions this time.  I doubt there will be any reasonable comparison.  The last console Astro Boy game was widely considered to be terrible -- I guess that's the one by Sonic Team that you mentioned.

Yeah, that GBA game was awesome....

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