Capcom Confirms Two Resident Evils for Nintendo Wii
It may not be RE5, but both games sound promising nevertheless.
By Jared Black 04/07/2007 06:47:45 PST

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Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition

Capcom officially confirmed on Friday (they don't call it Good for nothing!) that it will bring two new Resident Evil titles to the Nintendo Wii. Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition will arrive this summer, while Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles will arrive at a later date.

“Resident Evil has become one of the premier franchises in the games industry, with more than 30 million RE games sold around the world,” said Jack Symon, director, product marketing, Capcom Entertainment. “The innovative controller functionality of the Wii will allow us to design innovative, original game play never before seen in a Resident Evil game. With RE4, we’re challenging the Wii hardware to meet Resident Evil, while in The Umbrella Chronicles, we’re adapting Resident Evil to the innovations of the Wii.”

Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition will of course integrate Wii Remote and Nunchuk support. Although the press release doesn't specifically mention how, one screenshot indicates that sprinting will be accomplished by wagging the Remote from side to side, and others show attacks done with similar motions.  Also, previous reports out of Japan suggest that the Wii Remote will be used for aiming. As we previously speculated, the Wii version will also include the bonus content that was released with the PS2 version, giving GameCube owners a good reason to upgrade.

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles is an action/shooter hybrid, that reveals the backstory behind the fall of the Umbrella Corporation. Locations from RE's 0, 1, 2, and 3, as well as new locales such as Umbrella's stronghold, will be included in the game. Combat will be "first-person, light-gun style," which we hope means that the Wii Blaster (or whatever Nintendo ends up calling it) is indeed on the way in the new future. Capcom also released screens and artwork for the title, which you'll find here.

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