By Spencer . March 13, 2008 . 12:08am
Go Nintendo pointed me to a massive Hudson Q&A thread over at NeoGAF. One of the topics brought up was Star Soldier R, which about to be transmitted via WiiWare at the end of this month. John Lee, VP of Sales and Marketing, Hudson Entertainment explains plenty about the shmup.
Super Star Soldier R for Wii Ware is a unique game. It's a lot like Pacman Championship edition, in that it's a time based attack mode, where you prove you can get the highest score.
The whole concept originated many years ago on the Hudson Caravan. A traveling showcase Hudson did around Japan where hundreds of thousands of people would come out, meet celebrities, play games, and compete (Bomberman, Star Soldier, etc). One of the original Star Soldier games featured a 5 minute mode, specially designed for competition. And we'd used that to prove who was the best out there. That mode is designed to be very complex, and there are many ways to rake up combo points, so trying to master it requires some testing out of different attack patterns.
Anyways, it was hugely popular in Japan, so this updated Wii Ware version was originally planned just for that market. We're evaluating bring out for the US, since most people have never heard of Star Soldier, or the 5 minute mode or the Hudson Caravan.
Or 16-shot. But that's for another thread.
Evaluating? Chances look pretty good that we will see Star Soldier R in North America since the ESRB gave it an “E” rating earlier this week. Also the time attack focus implies Star Solider R is not the Gamecube remake Hudson released only in Japan despite the striking similar graphics.