Date: July/August 2013 Author: Evan Source: Nintendo Force, Issue 4, p. 19
Sixteen years after its debut, the Oddworld series is finally coming to a Big N home console.
THE Wii U is about to get a bit odder.
“We strive to be a completely platform-agnostic micro-publisher,” said Lorne Lanning, founder and co-owner of Oddworld Inhabitants, in a press release. “As such, we were very happy when Nintendo asked if we could release [Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty and Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD] on the Wii U via their eShop distribution system.”
The arrival of these two titles will mark the Oddworld franchise’s first foray onto a Nintendo home console, beginning with a revamp of the series’ 1997 PlayStation debut, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee. Now re-subtitled as “New ‘n’ Tasty,” it’s an adventure that centers on the odd-looking Abe – a slave who finds out his “employer” has an evil idea to send stock prices soaring with a food product based on meat from his own Mudokon kind. After discovering the frightening news, Abe escapes with the help of players in a side-scrolling adventure featuring a healthy helping of oddball humor and dialogue.
Along with some fart jokes and standard running and jumping, Abe also can possess enemies via chants to solve environmental puzzles. Players take full control of his adversaries, helping clear the way of any stumbling blocks so Abe can proceed.
Stranger’s Wrath HD, meanwhile, is a high-definition update to a 2005 Xbox esclusive. (Well, a former exclusive now.) It shifts the perspective to a 3D world following the titular bounty hunter, Stranger. Not only do players control the hunter from a third-person view, but you also shoot weapons in first-person. And this game definitely brings a whole new meaning to the term “live ammunition,” as Stranger utilizes various creatures as ammo – like a squirrel that distracts enemies and bees that fire like an automatic rifle. Add this action element to the intriguing health-stamina system as well as some RPG-like aspects, and you have quite a unique title.
Both games are scheduled for release on Wii U before the end of the year. Get ready to get odd!