Petz to Roam on Wii this Holiday
With new, Wii-exclusive games rumored from Ubisoft in 2008.
By Andrew Joy 06/06/2007 08:50:19 PST

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Dogz (Nintendo DS)

While Nintendogs really kicked off the pet sim genre on the Nintendo DS, spawning countless other copycats and cash-ins, the Wii has yet to see a single game of that sort (though a Super Smash Bros. Brawl trailer did reveal a Nintendogs-themed item, but I digress). However, plenty of them have been announced, including The Sims 2: Pets and, and of course Ubisoft’s Petz line. Frightening though the prospect was to those of us who’ve actually played the games, Petz represents the best chance of exploiting the underrepresented genre on Nintendo’s new console, and it could certainly draw in new gamers.

While we imagine Ubisoft, who has been a rather firm supporter of the Wii, would try to make good use of all the system’s unique features, details have been unfortunately scant. However, if video game blog Game/Life is to be believed, we my now have a better idea of when we’ll be seeing the games. According to Chris Kohler, Wii versions of Dogz, Catz and Horsez should hit stores this Holiday season.

"I spoke with Ubisoft's vice president Tony Key for an article on the Wii that I'm still working on," Kohler says in one post. "And he confirmed that the three Petz titles (announced in May as part of the company's casual-games initiative) would be available this Christmas."

Kohler also claims that Mr. Key stated that we should see a new, Wii-exclusive IP from Ubisoft sometime in 2008, though there was no indication as to what it might be (but if it is true, we’ll likely hear something about it at E3). As always, though, we will continue to follow this story and if we learn anything more, you’ll see it right here. So be sure to check back at VGGEN often!

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