XGen Studios is best known as a developer and publisher of Flash Games on the Internet, which since its inception of 2001 has grown into a company with a user base of over 3 million players. It announced in January that it was expanding to create a secret project for the Nintendo WiiWare service - something we now learn is an updated port of its popular Flash title, Defend Your Castle.
Originally released in March 2003, Defend Your Castle challenges players to defend their castle from the never-ending onslaught from an invading army. Killing foes is as simple as picking them up with a left-click of the mouse and flinging them into the air (allowing gravity to bring them back down to earth with an almighty, bloody bump) - a gesture that suits the Wii Remote perfectly for gameplay up to four players.
Other attacks include firing arrows and kamikaze tactics, while defensive measures can also be taken to fortify your castle. NGamer reports that the WiiWare version of Defend Your Castle will include enhanced graphics and new abilities (including an eraser that can be used to rub out enemies and converting them into minions to fight on your side).
“We’re thrilled to announce that the classic game play enjoyed by Millions is coming to your living room in the form of a new title with compelling additions,” said Skye Boyes, president, XGen Studios, Inc. on the date of the original announcement in January 2008. “We’re taking advantage of the creative freedom afforded by WiiWare to bring fans a captivating co-op game, with great competitive elements and irresistibly charming art direction.”
“We can’t wait to show fans what we’re building,” added Jordan Dubuc, director of operations for XGen Studios. “The jump-in, jump-out casual style appeals to a broad audience for both quick and extended play sessions.”
Defend Your Castle will launch alongside WiiWare on March 12 in North America and cost 500 Wii Points.
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