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Legend of Dragon - First Look - Wii

by Steven Williamson on 15 December 2006, 14:57

Tags: Legend of Dragon, Nintendo (TYO:7974), Wii, Action/Adventure

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The Game Factory today announced it is publishing the forthcoming 3D fighting title, Legend of the Dragon, for Nintendo’s Wii. The game is due for release in Q2 2007.

Legend of the Dragon for Nintendo Wii will be the publisher’s first release for the next-generation games machine, which enjoyed a record-breaking UK launch last weekend when it sold 105,000 consoles. The game is based on the hugely popular children’s TV show.

“We are delighted to be publishing for the Nintendo Wii,” said Henrik Mathiasen, Game Factory’s President. “While the Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 next-gen consoles have really captured the imagination of the more mature gamer, at Game Factory we’re really excited about the potential impact Nintendo’s Wii will have on the children’s market, as this is obviously our forte.”

Allen Bohbot, BKN Group CEO stated: “We have been thrilled with the success of Legend of the Dragon on the BBC and the subsequent launch of the first thirteen episodes on DVD by BKN Home Entertainment and have no doubt that this will provide the perfect backdrop against which to launch this excellent title on Wii. The success of the series in the UK has been emulated across Europe with the series sold widely to key television partners including Super RTL in Germany, Rai2 in Italy and TVE in Spain where toys and comics have just launched. The Game Factory have proved to be masters at translating the action, drama and excitement of Legend of the Dragon into brilliant videogames, and the Wii version will take this to the next level”

The Legend of the Dragon story begins against the backdrop of China’s sacred temples and just as a new Golden Dragon is selected. The Golden Dragon is the honourable title given to the chosen warrior set to fight the evil Zodiac Master, Woo Yin.

Each of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs has its own temple protected by a guardian; all guardians have individual powers unique to their zodiac symbol to help them defend their temple. The Zodiac Master – Woo Yin - plans to capture these powers; with them he will be unstoppable in his fight for the dark side to reign over China.

Ang Leung has been chosen as the new Golden Dragon over his twin sister Ling, but the surprise and humiliation of this decision is too much for Ling and she quickly defects to the dark side. In her new position as the Shadow Dragon, she will fight against her brother and old friends in a bid for revenge.

Gamers can choose to play as one of 19 characters, each with unique fighting techniques, strengths and movements. All characters wear magical wristbands that enable them to transform into mystical warriors. Once transformed, each character takes on the exact likenesses and superhuman powers of the zodiac creature they represent. An innovative real time spell casting system enhances the classic experience of a fighting arcade style of gameplay in addition to blending RPG elements through various available power-ups.

The videogame captures not only the compelling story of the cartoon series by using cell shading technology but also dramatic fighting scenes that will grip any gamer. It also mirrors a variety of locations from the cartoon series, using them as destructible combat areas, including Hong Kong Bay, The Dragon Dojo and The Great Wall of China.