AMN has word that a new Nintendo title (and property) for the Wii, Disaster: Day of Crisis, is nearing completion. As you'll recall, Disaster features the adventures of Ray, a man who... um, that is, when chaos falls upon the city of... ah... well, this is embarrassing. As it turns out, nobody really knows anything about Disaster beyond the fact that it exists. Aside from a teaser clip shown back at E3 2006, Nintendo has said nothing about the game. We don't know about the plot, we don't know about the gameplay, and we really don't know what the game is all about as a whole. Nintendo is certainly known for its secrecy, but has the company ever been this silent about an announced game? At least with new Super Mario or Metroid games we kind of know what to expect. Disaster could very well be just about anything. Here's what little we do know (courtesy of Nintendo's press site):
Survive nature's most devastating catastrophes in Disaster: Day of Crisis, a panic-inducing survival game for Wii. In a devastatingly short period of time, an unprecedented wave of natural disasters has pummeled the United States. On top of this inexplicable series of disasters, a rogue special forces unit has taken advantage of the chaos and seized a nuclear weapon. Only Ray, a former member of an elite rescue task force, has decided to take a stand. Cutting-edge physics and gripping visuals re-create the sheer terror of major catastrophes. Players race a car down a mountain to escape a roaring pyroclastic flow, dodge toppling buildings during a devastating earthquake and swim for their lives in a raging flood. No matter what happens, fight to survive.
With the development nearing completion does anyone else think the game will be a surprise launch game, jumping from the vault to the stores in a span of a few weeks? It's been done before. Diddy Kong Racing had been in development for quite a while before it was announced in August 1997, and once it was officially revealed the game shipped to stores three months later. The game went on to become the fastest selling game of all time (for a while, at least), selling approximately 800,000 copies in two weeks. Is Nintendo about to "Diddy Kong" us all over again with Disaster in the hope that the game's mysterious allure could drive sales to a new record?