Is the beloved arcade shooter in the works?
For a company that seemed to have a great relationship with Nintendo during the GameCube's lifespan, Namco's been oddly quiet regarding the Wii. With the exception of Final Furlong, no other titles have been revealed by the company. However, that may not be the case for long, as rumblings are making their rounds on the internet that Namco may be bringing the popular Time Crisis franchise to Nintendo's next console.
According to Spong, Namco-Bandai has three Wii games in development, including the aforementioned Final Furlong, with whispers of an RPG (presumably a Tales iteration), and an action game as well. While there's nothing official yet, the infamous gaming site claims that PR reps have been telling journalists that the action game may just be a new Time Crisis game. Spong, saying that the inclusion the famous light gun series on the console is a “distinct possibility," claims to have heard the same from several other sources, although none are listed.
Time Crisis seems like a perfect fit for the console, with the Zapper shell for the Wii remote being similar to the light gun from the arcade game. In fact, Nintendo had a shooting demo (including a brief level based on Duck Hunt) at E3, and it didn't even need the Zapper shell. Even so, there's not much evidence to support this rumor, and the vague explanation only furthers my cynicism. I'd love to see it happen, but until I hear something more concrete, it's safe to file this rumor under "fan-driven."
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