I love WiiWare – I love it for the simplicity of being able to pick up a new game from the comfort of my couch.Â I love it because it makes me feel comfortable with the eventual dominance of digital distribution and the abandonment of disc media.Â Mostly though, I love WiiWare because it opens doors for small independent developers to unleash their crazy, fun, artsy, and ridiculous ideas on the world.
Today’s example? Eduardo the Samurai Toaster – a side scrolling arcade platform game that looks like a cross between Metal Slug and Squidbillies.Â With game art created with charcoal, acrylic paint, and pen & ink drawings, Eduardo has a seriously unique visual style, and boasts classic arcade style “drop-in” co-op play.
Eduardo The Samurai Toaster is due out in WiiWare this Winter.Â Head past the break for a press release and screenshots.
Colorado, USA – January 5th, 2009 ”“ Indie developer Semnat Studios is excited to finally announce the upcoming Wiiâ„¢ release of Eduardo the Samurai Toaster, an incredibly fast and frenetic sidescrolling, run”˜n’gun 2D shooter. The game will be released exclusively for WiiWareâ„¢ this winter, developed and published by Semnat Studios.
With visuals drawn and scanned in from several different art mediums such as pen & ink, acrylic paint and charcoal, Eduardo sports an untraditional aesthetic design for a videogame. Jump, shoot, whip, drive, fly and throw your way through hordes of Peking Opera pastries, spear toting carrots, robotic mangos, and more. Play with friends as you learn to cooperate effectively, or be annoying by throwing each other around the screen and attacking one another.
– Drop in co-op play for up to four players.
– Ride scooters equipped with laser-blasters and fly around in rocket packs in single player or co-op.
– Use 5 different pastry pickups to upgrade your firepower.
– Battle enemies through 13 unique levels.
– Several different difficulty options to choose from, allowing players to pick their desired level of challenge.
Eduardo the Samurai Toaster has been Rated E for everyone by the ESRB.