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MDK2 hitting WiiWare in May

The WiiWare edition of BioWare's comic shooter finally has a firm release date, launching in May for $10.


Originally slated to launch this past winter, the WiiWare edition of MDK2 (aka Madonna Dates Kylie 2) is now due to finally launch on May 9.

The BioWare-developed sequel to Shiny Entertainment's 1997 MDK (aka Mother's Day Kisses) is being brought to WiiWare by Beamdog, a studio and digital distributor co-founded by long-time BioWare veteran Trent Oster. It'll cost a perhaps-slightly-beyond-impulse-purchase-point 1,000 Wii Points ($10).

Beamdog is additionally working on an 'HD' version of MDK2 (aka Mission: Deliver Kindness 2) for PC, scheduled to launch some time this year. It'll be released through the company's eponymous digital distribution service. The original, non-HD versions of MDK and MDK2 are already available through a number of digital distributors.

Forever mining its catalogue of vintage titles, MDK2 publisher Interplay is also bringing Parallax's classic dizzying shooter Descent to WiiWare. It was most recently scheduled for the first quarter of 2011, but there's no update from Interplay on this now-missed window.

To refresh your memory of MDK2, here's a trailer for the WiiWare edition:

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    April 19, 2011 8:00 AM

    Comment on MDK2 hitting WiiWare in May, by Alice O'Connor.

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      April 19, 2011 9:11 AM

      Those graphics still look to good for the Wii to handle. :P

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        April 19, 2011 2:48 PM

        Back in the day, PC Gamer was using MDK2 for performance testing alongside Quake 3 Arena. I got the MDK2 demo on a PC Gamer disc, and it did look pretty awesome, though it really didn't catch me enough to go buy it (plus I was almost broke at the time).

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      April 19, 2011 3:29 PM

      It's still weird to realize it was a Bioware game. Love me some MDK2 though. "I have invented: TOAST!"

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      April 19, 2011 4:36 PM

      Ahhh, memories.

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      April 19, 2011 8:34 PM

      Such a great game, with a great sense of humor.

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        April 19, 2011 8:45 PM

        Too bad humorous games don't sell that well.

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          April 19, 2011 9:43 PM

          At least Portal 2 seems to be doing ok. Maybe some game publishers that don't know wtf will be like "Well this game had jokes in it, we should make a game with jokes" and a couple of those will turn out to be ok.

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            April 19, 2011 10:46 PM

            You can have jokes, but games that seem to be based on humor don't seem to do well.

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      April 19, 2011 8:53 PM

      No MDK HD? Why do the sequel but not the first game? Odd.

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        April 19, 2011 9:14 PM

        Shiny did the first game. I don't know where it stands in terms of IP ownership, but it's most likely a mess of some sort. I'm guessing Interplay has some involvement in MDK2 releasing to WiiWare.

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          April 19, 2011 9:39 PM

          No, Interplay owns the rights to the first, but chances are the resources can't be found or are just too low poly or the engine can't be ported. This game was done by the coder that made the original engine.

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      April 19, 2011 10:48 PM

      I want MDK3.

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      April 19, 2011 10:57 PM

      Here's a review of the original:

      The guys are kind of annoying, but they show a lot of the game.

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      April 20, 2011 10:00 AM

      Thanks for the interest in the title fellows. It is indeed a fun (and funny) title. We did MDK2 Wii and are working on MDK2 HD because we have intimate knowledge of the engine. My partner in Beamdog is Cameron Tofer, he was the Lead Programmer and Producer on MDK2 at Bioware. He used to routinely take the engine home over a weekend and bring it back witch twice the framerate.

      The original MDK was developed by Shiny and they were not interested in developing a sequel. The sequel was then offered to Bioware as a replacement to the cancelled "Shattered Steel 2" project.


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