|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Ganbarion||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Namco Bandai||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Jan. 22, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Vaughn Smith
May 15, 2006 - One Piece: Unlimited Adventure is based on the anime/manga One Piece, the story of several bands of pirates searching for the ultimate treasure. As far as we know, One Piece: Unlimited Adventure will be a Wii exclusive, since the gameplay is being completely centered on the Wii-mote and the systems motion-sensing capabilities.
The demo shown featured El Capitano Monkey D. Luffy exploring an island, looking for - what else? - buried treasure and pirate booty. Not that kind of pirate booty.... Once you come across the treasure chest which yields a pick axe, Luffy can then dig in the ground for glowing orb-things or smash rocks. Like your typical 3D action/platformer, movement is handled with the analog stick on the nunchuck while jumping is mapped to the Wii-mote. Using the pickaxe comes courtesy of the Wii-mote motion-sensors as you swing it up or down or side to side to smash things onscreen.
The game will feature many cool puzzles, the first of which we discovered when we located the Orb of Time which is used to speed time up (at a cost). We used the Orb of Time to grow a tree several hundred years into the future, which helped move a large boulder blocking our path. The next area was much larger but we weren't allowed to play any further as someone else was rushed in ahead of us. We watched him play the next area which involved catching butterflies with a net (using the Wii-mote) and jumping onto red mushrooms that allowed Luffy to jump higher into the air. Next came a fishing demo using the Wii-mote, much like we saw Link do in the Twilight Princess demonstration.
The look of the game captures the anime-stylings of the series and the control, while in need of tweaks here and there, is shaping up to be quite engaging and entertaining. With its large areas completely geared for exploration and action and the unique control scheme, One Piece: Unlimited Adventure is one game that is shaping up to live up to its title.
CCC Former Site Director