After well over a year with flirting with fan’s hearts by hinting that Sam & Max might one day be playable on anything other than a PC Telltale finally told the public that the insane duo would be thwarting crime on the Wii this Fall. This retail disc will contain all of Season one in one handy package. While it isn’t required for you to buy it to continue being my friend it is highly advised.
Press release follows:
SAN RAFAEL, CA, April 4, 2008 – As part of a continuing effort to extend
episodic gaming to new audiences and platforms, Telltale is officially
announcing that Sam & Max Season One will be coming to Nintendo's
Wii(tm) console. This collection of the first six Sam & Max episodes
will introduce a brand new audience to the popular and
critically-acclaimed game series. The Wii release is expected to ship to
retail stores worldwide this fall, thanks to a partnership between
Telltale and JoWooD/DreamCatcher.
Sam & Max's journey to the Wii platform has been fueled by fan
excitement. Just before the episodic series' PC debut, fans launched an
email campaign clamoring for a Wii version of the series. Continuous
rumors and rampant speculation online led to developer and publisher
enthusiasm for the title. With Telltale now focusing on console
development in addition to PC, the company can finally bring Sam & Max
to Wii in response to this overwhelming demand.
The Sam & Max episodes let players guide the Freelance Police through a
series of bizarre-and often sidesplitting-mysteries. Sam & Max Season
One has already experienced enormous success, both as an episodic series
available for download through Telltale's website and other services,
and at retail. Honors include Adventure Game of the Year from GameSpy
and IGN, and inclusion on Games for Windows' list of Top 10 Games in
Nintendo's Wii is a perfect fit for the Sam & Max games. The series'
story-driven gameplay and episodic structure has often been favorably
compared to TV sitcoms. The new Wii version will present Sam & Max in a
format that can be enjoyed from the comfort of the living room, either
alone or with a group of friends-a setting perfectly suited for this
kind of experience. The game's easy-to-use interface has a low learning
curve, making it ideal for the Wii's broad consumer audience.
Sam & Max first hit the indie comic scene in 1987, courtesy of franchise
creator Steve Purcell. In the twenty years since, they have appeared in
an animated TV series, an Eisner-winning webcomic, and numerous video
games. The success of the Sam & Max episodic series has fueled a
renaissance for the franchise. Telltale recently released a special 20th
Anniversary Edition of the complete Sam & Max comic collection, Surfin'
the Highway, after nearly a decade out of print, and a DVD box set of
the 1997 animated series has just been published by Shout Factory. Both
are available in Telltale's online store (www.telltalegames.com/store),
along with other Sam & Max merchandise.
Sam & Max Season One for Nintendo Wii will be published by
Dreamcatcher/The Adventure Company in North America, and by JoWooD in
Europe. In addition to English language, the game will be fully
localized in French and German, and subtitled in Italian and Spanish.
All versions are expected to ship during the fall 2008 season.