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The Walking Dead to Wii U? Walkers don’t talk, neither does Telltale Games?

October 29, 2012
Somebody, or THING, needs some coffee.

Coffee Beans
The Walking Dead episodic games series by Telltale Games is currently available for PC/MAC owners, PlayStation 3 owners, Xbox 360 owners, and iPhone/iPad owners. The series currently has four episodes available to play, and Episode 5 is scheduled for release in December.

After seeing the first two seasons of The Walking Dead on Netflix and finding it interesting, I contacted Telltale Games about the possibility of The Walking Dead episodic games series releasing for the Wii U, since I have the system reserved and because they do have a history of developing an episodic games series on a Nintendo platform.

No answer is usually an answer, but in this situation I have no clue what that answer might be. Maybe my questions weren’t clear enough? I know walkers don’t talk, at least that’s what I have heard, but apparently from my email communications neither does Telltale Games. Brew yourself some coffee, and hit the jump to see my questions emailed to Telltale Games.


The Brew
The video above contains more communication attempts from walkers, than I have received from Telltale Games in regards to my questions. Nintendo has the famous (or, infamous) policy that when someone asks them about a rumor, news leak from a developer/publisher, or information that Nintendo hasn’t said directly themselves, even if the information is true, they respond with, “We do not comment on rumors or speculation.”

Well, I have now reached out to Telltale Games four times by email, and once on their Twitter account. Here is the timeline of my emails to them, and the questions specifically about if The Walking Dead games series is coming to the Wii U:

  • October 7, 2012 – “Are there any plans, perhaps not yet announced, to bring The Walking Dead series to the Wii U?”
  • October 13, 2012 – “Are there any plans to bring The Walking Dead games series to the Wii U’s eShop?”
  • October 16, 2012 – “Are there any plans to bring The Walking Dead games series to the Wii U’s eShop?”
  • October 18, 2012 – “Are there any plans to bring The Walking Dead games series to the Wii U’s eShop?”
If you’re wondering, every email was not just asking only that question. In one of the emails, I linked Telltale Games to the data report on Strong Bad’s Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner that I had written, and I even specified that I am planning on picking up a Wii U Deluxe Set day one. To make sure that the emails weren’t being filtered, I even used a different contact email from their site for one email, seeing if I could perhaps get a response from that one. No such fortune though, not even a walker growl, or moan, for response.

Say…cheese?

Caffeinated Thoughts
Telltale Games could have easily pulled a Nintendo type of response with, “We have worked with Nintendo in the past, but we don’t have anything to announce now.” Or, “We don’t respond to questions about games series for consoles that haven’t been announced yet.”, but nothing. Not a “Yes, it is in the works, more later.”, or a “No, it’s not happening at this time.”, or even “Maybe, we’re not sure.”
With The Walking Dead episodic games series being on the other consoles and mobile platforms via the iPhone and iPad, I imagine that Telltale Games would like the series to have the largest audience possible. I also imagine that Nintendo would like more digital game choices for Wii U owners the day the system releases. With how popular this particular episodic games series has become, I would think this would a great offering for Wii U owners, and a great opportunity for Nintendo and Telltale Games.

I’m hoping this will be a surprise announcement before the Wii U launches, and that The Walking Dead episodic games series will be available for Wii U owners to purchase day one from the eShop. If not, I’m planning on grabbing the game for my PC, because I have heard a lot of good feedback on the writing in the games and the tough decisions that players are faced with making.

Questions
Do any of you think The Walking Dead episodic games series will release for the Wii U’s eShop, like I’m hoping it will? If it does, are any of you interested in getting the series on the Wii U, and perhaps selecting your choices by tapping them on the Wii U GamePad?

Are any of you fans of The Walking Dead show/novels in general, but perhaps haven’t played the episodic games yet?
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Charming? Suave? Awesome? Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Really Attractive People Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner Hours Report

August 5, 2012



Coffee Beans
     Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Really Attractive People Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner was released on August 11, 2008 for the Wii through the WiiWare service at a price point of 1,000 Wii Points, which is $10. The game was developed and published by Telltale Games, and received an ESRB rating of “Teen” with “Crude Humor, Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes” being listed for gamers and parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have U.S. Wii owners reported playing one of the longest titled WiiWare games released for the service? If you’re a PC gamer, or a PS3 owner, how many hours can you expect from the first game in the series according to the Wii’s data? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Strong Bad’s Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner has approximately 32,604 U.S. Wii owners that have reported game-play data through the Nintendo Channel, and the average play-time per day/session is 1 Hour 2 Minutes.
     The game has a “professional” critic review score average of 76.76%, based on 25 reviews GameRankings.com. Like most other WiiWare titles though, there’s no great location to find customer review scores for just the WiiWare release.
     The Nintendo Channel does provide some player feedback though with a “What people are saying…” section. When asked, “To whom does this title most appeal?”, the answer “Everyone” has been chosen by 75% of respondents with the remaining 25% voting “Gamers” as their choice. The second question “What gaming mood best suits this title?” has 83% that selected “Casual” and the remaining 17% selecting “Hardcore”. The final question, “Is this title more fun alone or with friends?” had 73% of voters respond with “Alone” and the remaining 27% voting for “With Friends”.

     How much has the game made for Telltale Games since it released though? According to the reported data for U.S. Wii owners, it has made about $326,040 for Telltale Games since it released based on just the number of players that have reported data and the game’s $10 price point.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I have not played Strong Bad’s Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner, or any of the games from the series actually. As a matter of fact, I have never played any of Telltales’ games that I am aware of, but before we get there take a look at a trailer for Strong Bad’s Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner:

     All 5 episodes of Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People can still be purchased on the Wii’s Shop Channel for 1,000 Wii Points each, which is $50 for all the games. If you have a PC or Mac though you can purchase the full series on Steam for just $29.99, or if you shop around you might be able to find the full retail PC version for just $19.99.
     What about PlayStation 3 owners? From what I can tell PS3 owners get the best deal on the games, because they can get all five episodes for just $15. If each game in the series averages 6 hours of game-play like Episode 1 on the Wii does, this would mean PS3 owners could be looking at a solid 30 hours of game-play for only $15, which I think is really great and an even better buy if you’re a fan of the web series.

     I remember watching the trailer above when Episode 1 was releasing for the WiiWare service, but I haven’t really followed the Strong Bad series. That being said, Telltale Games’ newest episodic game series which they have already released two games for and are currently developing three more for, The Walking Dead, has me very interested. A friend is playing through the PlayStation 3 games, and the last I talked with him he was really enjoying them. He is a fan of the television series by the same name, The Walking Dead, and he thought that was one big reason he was enjoying the games so much. I ended up watching the first season after his comments, and I thought it was well done for what it was, enough so that I checked to see if there was a Season 2 available on Netflix. Unfortunately, there wasn’t.

Questions
     Have any of you perhaps played the entire Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People game series? If so, did you play the Wii, PC, Mac, and/or PlayStation 3 version and do you remember about how many hours it took you to complete the full series? If you don’t remember the total hours, do you perhaps remember if Episode 1 is the longest as of game-play hours?


     If you have started playing The Walking Dead game series from Telltale Games and you have enjoyed the television series as well, would you recommend the games to fans of the television show? Also, do you know about how many hours Episode 1 and Episode 2 take to finish?


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