Online diving sim among latest wave of video game releases.
When the Nintendo Wii diving sim Endless Ocean (originally called Forever Blue) was first shown, the public only caught a brief glimpse of it before it was swallowed up by footage of other more mainstream games. However, since then, we’ve learned more and more about it and interest in this particularly niche title has continued to grow and grow. For those of you who don’t know, the game is sort of an undersea and free-roaming version of Pokemon Snap and includes several locations to explore, dozens of treasures to discover and hundreds of species to catalog, as well as the ability to join up with a buddy for a dive over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Now, if that sounds like the sort of thing that’s right up your alley, I have some good news: Today, Nintendo announced that the game has shipped for the Nintendo Wii and should be available at retail soon. For more information on Endless Ocean, be sure to check out the official press release below:
REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 22, 2008 – Nintendo invites you to dive into a new genre of video games. Launching this week for Wii™, Endless Ocean™ lets users discover a vast undersea adventure at their own pace. It’s like a virtual scuba vacation in the tropics that includes interaction with hundreds of different animal species, relaxing swims through brilliant coral reefs and exploratory dives on wrecks of ships and warplanes. With the game’s intuitive controls and beautiful underwater visuals, every member of the family will want a chance to dive in.
Endless Ocean contains everything you might find on a real ocean scuba dive. Divers can find dozens of different treasures, from gold bullion to ancient artifacts. The marine biology encyclopedia lets divers record the different animals they spot and learn facts about each one. Divers might encounter more than 230 types of creatures, including penguins, tropical fish, sharks, whales and trainable dolphins. The stunning visuals will make you feel like your TV has transformed into an undersea portal. Navigation is simple too: To swim, just point the Wii Remote™ and press the B Button; to examine an object, just point at it and press the A Button.
"Endless Ocean is a siren song for adventurers, family gamers and the just plain curious,"says Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales & marketing. "Kids will love meeting and cataloguing all the sea life they meet, while their parents can lose themselves in a seemingly unlimited underwater landscape."
When connected to Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection, Nintendo’s wireless gaming service, two divers who have exchanged Friend Codes can dive and explore their environment together. Divers can listen to diving music by international best-selling artist Hayley Westenra or play audio files from an SD card.
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