That's what I'm saying... Nintendo probably isn't going to buy the title for an unconfirmed American release, but they might see if they can get the title through goodwill. EA and Nintendo have been pretty chummy lately (with Mario appearing in NBA Street and Punch-Out!! in Fight Night 2, neither of which were "bought"), so I wouldn't be surprised if Nintendo could get it that way.
I suspected that Yoot Saito might be connected to Vivarium. Is there a website of the company's history? I didn't think Nintendo had 'acquired' them, but were just publishing a couple of their games (though I wouldn't be surprised if they had).
I'm pretty sure they knew about Nintendo beforehand... I don't think there's a single Japanese company, game-related or not, who doesn't.
But Seaman was an original and interesting game that was unpopular. Nintendo obviously wanted the talent there intermixed with their own clout to help push this "new ways of gaming" Nintendo we see today.
Post by mrmolecule on Apr 13, 2005 16:20:37 GMT -5
DS would make use of the "point and click" method.
STORY OF The TOWER...A LONG STORY OF QUITS AND ACQUISTIONS... 1994 The Tower is made by Yoot Saito. It is ported to America with Maxis under the title "SimTower" 1997 Yoot Saito licenses The Tower to Sony (The Tower: Bonus Edition) for PSX (Japan) 1998 The Tower II is released in Japan, under Saito's recent company OpenBook 9003. Sega PC gets US rights. It is called Yoot Tower. 1999 OpenBook 9003 releases a Statue of Liberty add-on. OpenBook9003 is acquired by someone else. Sega PC pulls the plug on the Yoot Tower project. 2001? Saito forms Vivarium, and makes Seaman for DC. 2005? www.Vivarium.co.jp/ stops updating. Odama and The Tower SP are previewed. So now, if they wanted to make "The Tower III" Nintendo would have to form a PC division.
Post by Andronicus on Apr 13, 2005 21:43:11 GMT -5
Yoot Saito is a man! He's not a company... He's a game designer.
I agree with Masamune totally - this game should have been made for the DS - touch screen would have made this easier to use, and the top screen could either show the part of your tower above the screen where you do the action bits, or it could show stats and stuff.
Last Edit: Apr 13, 2005 21:43:32 GMT -5 by Andronicus
Well, if it takes off on GBA, and if Vivarium's Nintendo links prove fruitful, then maybe The Tower DS isn't far off. I mean, why else would they put "SP" at the end, if not to distinguish it from other planned versions
Yes, alright, to distinguish it from earlier "The Tower" games...