Matt from IGN did a recent interview with Julian Eggebrecht president of Factor 5 on the Wii-k in review podcast about the new game they are developing exclusive for the Wii, here is some of the info below:
Q -- How far along in development are you?
A -- We are pretty much at a state where we are almost done with the engine. We've also worked on content quite a bit. Biggest milestone is the engine, it does everything (pretty much) the PS3 does and then some. So we're happy with that.
Q -- Something to generate hype, a hint?
A -- At least what we're working on will blow you away with the technical achievement. We hope that we can blow you away by the innovation in controls, accessibility, and new experiences. As for what property, is it a Nintendo property, Third party property, internal property, I won't comment.
Matt seemed quite impressed with Juilan's comments about the Engine being able to do everything the PS3 could, even though he was kinda skeptical with a "wait and see" comment. Like I've said before, Factor 5 knows the Wii better than anyone and they even said in a previous interview that the Wii could in fact do everything the PS3 could do but only using a different method to get there.
Julian also said that their Engine would be perfect for other Third Parties to use for their Hardcore games, so hopefully this won't be the last time we see the Wii pushed hard with graphics.
My response to Matt and Mark's defense of IGN's NMH review:
To go a little off topic, in the Wii-k in Review podcast Matt and Mark talk a little about the flak that Mark got for his 7.8 review of No More Heroes. They said that in a year or so everyone will agree that their review was the correct one since after the style and presentation wears off, you will notice all the "issues" the game has and you will realize that the game is good but not great........??? If you read my review below you will see that I don't ignore that the game has technical issues but that didn't warrant a score that was below an 8. This is a game that is so great and incredibly unique. If No More Hereos didn't have those graphical issues, I would have given it a perfect 10 out of 10 or close to it. I'm on my way to beating the game for a second time and I like it more now than I did going through it the first time. Matt's reasoning on looking back on the game in a year and thinking it wasn't that great is a comment that makes no sense because usually normal people judge games on how they like them when they play through it for the first or second time. Obviously if you hate a game the first time you play it and you play the game until you beat it, do you really think you're going to like it any better the second time you play through it? You probably wouldn't ever touch that game again and you'll try to forget about it...fast.
Video games (that are good) equate to moments of time that are enjoyable for the person playing. Those moments turn into experiences that are remembered forever and thus makes the game that you enjoyed even more special and close to your heart. No More Heroes is definitley that kind of game. A few nagging technical issues don't do very much to hurt this game in the long run and they really aren't that big of a deal!