A new game called Art Style: Orbient was released on the USA WiiWare service yesterday to little fanfare. I almost overlooked it myself actually until I read the very familiar description and realised that it is actually a big screen remake of skip’s GBA game bit Generations: Orbital.
It seems that Nintendo has finally decided to make the bit Generations series of lo-fi, high-gameplay titles available to people outside of Japan and has even taken the trouble to redo all of the graphics and sounds. I guess this is why skip was advertising for new staff to work on a similar project a while ago. It’s interesting that Nintendo would change the label of the series from ‘bit Generations’ to ‘Art Style’. Perhaps they wanted to distance themselves from the Touch Generations label, or maybe they wanted to create a brand to rival Sony’s very similar PixelJunk label.* Or maybe, just maybe, they’re intending to create more games under the Art Style brand, beyond those already available on GBA.
I downloaded Orbient last night and it really is a very good remake. The new graphics are much more attractive and do a much better job of indicating how the gravitational fields are working. The actual levels seem like they might be different too which is good. Regardless, I thought Orbital was one of the better bit Generations games so I’m chuffed to see it up on WiiWare and would recommend that everyone gives it a go, even if they’ve played the original before.
ALSO: newtonica fans – there’s now an upgrade to ver 1.5 available that will allow 3G users to access an online leaderboard and will kit the ‘space chick’ out with a space helmet. Route24 has also released a FREE app called ‘newtonica player’ that seems to be some kind of rolling demo that lets you play around with the sphere while listening to Kenji Eno’s soundtrack.
*Incidentally, the PixelJunk games are made by Q Games, who also worked on the bit Generations series with skip and were responsible for the traffic management game Digidrive. I strongly suspect that they got the idea for PixelJunk while working on bit Generations. But that’s just speculation for now.