Austrian developer Bplus was the first team to announce a project for Nintendo’s WiiWare download service, with its extremely unusual puzzle game Plättchen: Twist ‘N’ Paint being revealed. What caused even more of a stir was how the group was planning on supporting Nintendo’s long forgotten GameCube peripheral, the Donkey Kong Bongos. Sadly, though, it would appear that Nintendo does not want the Bongos to be used at all.
In a move that might surprise a few readers, Nintendo has actively stepped up and requested that Bplus ditch the plans to use the bongo-style controller from Plättchen: Twist ‘N’ Paint, the company’s first ever WiiWare effort. The bongos were meant to be used during multiplayer, but Nintendo feels that it would alienate customers who have never even heard of the GameCube peripheral, since the Kyoto Company itself even dropped support for them in Donkey Kong Jet Race, which hit Europe earlier this year, and of course we all remember how Donkey Konga 3 never got a release outside of Japan. It would appear that it would be better if we all just forgot about them…even Reginal Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s president, has spoken in recent times about them being somewhat of a bad move due to them being terribly under-supported.
“On the one hand we are very sad that we had to remove the DK Bongo-Feature at the very last moment in development. However, we understand that Nintendo wants to focus on Wii hardware. On the other hand we are glad to present the Bomb Rain Party Mode which is one of the most hectic game modes ever seen in any videogame.”
- Bernd Geiblinger, Art Director at Bplus, talking exclusively to N-Europe
For those interested, the now removed Plättchen Tank Mode was to feature “eight players working together using either a Wii Remote or Nunchuk to control their Fantasy MEs (player-controlled avatars), four additional players commandeering the DK Bongos would take control of the menacing Plättchen Tanks. Drumming the Bongo drum pads within the music’s beat would turn the Tanks either clockwise or anti-clockwise, depending on which pad was whacked.” On top of this, the player would be able to clap into the bongos’s microphone in order to shoot drills at the Fantasy MEs. “This bitter war would be limited for the seemingly invincible Tanks however, who would be paralysed and vulnerable if the Bongos were bashed on the beat.”
Replacing this old mode, though, is a fresh one called Bomb Rain Party Mode, which will aloow between four and eight gamers, armed with their Wii Remotes and Nunchuks, to start off what looks like a regular of Plättchen, but an extra twist occurs when explosives start to rain down on the black and white Plättchen (Belgian for ’tiles’) from either side of the screen. Controlling the FantasyMEs, players will have to expertly dodge the bombs, which can obviously destroy them as well. As Bernd Geiblinger says, the new mode is “pure chaos, pure fun”.
Development of the game is now complete and has already received a European PEGI rating of 7+, so should hopefully be on the WiiWare service in the near future. Does this sound like the sort of game you would eagerly download? Be sure to air your thoughts by posting below and stick around for more updates…