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LostWinds Coming to iOS, Which Is a Very Good Thing

You didn't play it on WiiWare, but you should play it on your iPhone.

There was just something gentle and calming about playing with the air in LostWinds.

I won't hold it against you if you haven't played Frontier Development's excellent LostWinds series--it was released on WiiWare, after all. I've been waiting for Frontier Development to bring LostWinds elsewhere, and according to Eurogamer, that's happening on the iPhone and iPad.

It looks like both LostWinds and LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias are coming to start off, with the potential for additional installments down the line. Whatever gets me more LostWinds, I'm game.

It also appears the games will be coming to Android, as well.

The original LostWinds was one of the first great games released for Nintendo's underappreciated service. On the Wii, the remote manipulated the wind and propelled objects and your character around the environment, leading to some clever puzzles.

The official announcement hasn't come down the pike yet, so while using our minds to imagine how the motion controls translate to touch (it's pretty easy to figure out, actually), we'll have to wait for Frontier Development to release details.

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Posted by patrickklepek
There was just something gentle and calming about playing with the air in LostWinds.

I won't hold it against you if you haven't played Frontier Development's excellent LostWinds series--it was released on WiiWare, after all. I've been waiting for Frontier Development to bring LostWinds elsewhere, and according to Eurogamer, that's happening on the iPhone and iPad.

It looks like both LostWinds and LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias are coming to start off, with the potential for additional installments down the line. Whatever gets me more LostWinds, I'm game.

It also appears the games will be coming to Android, as well.

The original LostWinds was one of the first great games released for Nintendo's underappreciated service. On the Wii, the remote manipulated the wind and propelled objects and your character around the environment, leading to some clever puzzles.

The official announcement hasn't come down the pike yet, so while using our minds to imagine how the motion controls translate to touch (it's pretty easy to figure out, actually), we'll have to wait for Frontier Development to release details.

Posted by TotalEklypse

hmm cool

Posted by weehughie

damn

Posted by mrangryface

Looks nice- kind of makes me think someone should port Aquaria to iPad too ;) I think it'd work well.

Posted by beard_of_zeus

I played the first game on WiiWare (didn't even know there was a sequel!), and it was a lot of fun; I'm glad it's coming to some more pervasive digital platforms.

Posted by The_Bowman_007

Played the first one and enjoyed it quite a bit, and I can see the touch controls working extremely well with the wind mechanic.

Posted by MisterChief

Underappreciated service? It was a shit show.

Posted by Surkov

That actually doesn't look half bad. 

Posted by patrickklepek

@MisterChief said:

Underappreciated service? It was a shit show.

Lotta great games on that service, lotta great games no one played.

Posted by darkjester74

Looks neat, might have to check it out on my iPad.
Posted by MisterChief
@patrickklepek said:

@MisterChief said:

Underappreciated service? It was a shit show.

Lotta great games on that service, lotta great games no one played.

I'm not arguing with that. I'm saying the service itself was poor. If it wasn't then you wouldn't have to mention how no one played these great games. Remember that some devs didn't get a cent because they didn't even sell 1000 copies. That's pretty shitty.
Posted by waypoetic

Never heard of it until now. AppStore > WiiWare

Posted by MisterMouse

man that is awesome, that is going to be really cool on an iPad

Posted by buft

Eshop thats where this should go, i dont have a wii or an Iphone/ipod

Posted by Vexxan

This actually looks very good.

Posted by MEATBALL

Oh man, I'd love to see some new Lost Winds, both were legitimately good games, not just "Good for WiiWare" games.

Posted by Claude

They should bring it to PSN, so the Move people can play it. Oh yeah, and in HD. Very nice series.

Posted by Shaanyboi

I played both of em, and they're both great.  Though I'd check it out on Android, sure.
Edited by MattyFTM

Whenever someone mentions Lostwinds I think of a totally different game. I'm obviously getting the names mixed up. I'm thinking of a DS game that was a strategy game where you would control wizards. You would draw shapes on the screen with the stylus to cast magic. I'm pretty sure it was called Lost-something. Everytime someone mentions Lostwinds I think "oh, that weird DS game about wizards" before realizing that it isn't.

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Posted by 49th

I completely forgot about those games even though I played them. This brought back a lot of memories, it was a great series.
It's just unfortunate that Nintendo's system means they can't be longer games or look as nice as they could.

Posted by CosmicQueso

Lost Winds was fantastic, but the controls really got in the way for me. Can't wait to give it a crack on the ipad. Should be the perfect control device for it. Nice!

Posted by Emilio

I still need to give the sequel a buy. 
At first I didn't like the first game, it was so short. But now I appreciate it more.

Posted by lord_canti

dam couldent play it last time coz i dont own a wii now i cant get it coz ive not got a iphone ... o well

Posted by falco_eagle
@MattyFTM: I think your talking about LostMagic.
Posted by vinsanityv22

I played 'em both on Wiiware. But I hate Wiiware (thanks mostly to Nintendo points). So it's about time these got ported to SOMETHING. I would've thought a Steam and PSN and XBLA would be the smarter choice, but whatever. 
 
I hope more worthwhile Wiiware games get ported to places gamers will actually play them. Both the Crystal Chronicles games, Shin'En's stuff (Jett Rocket, Art of Balance, and FAST Racing League), and stuff like Icarian/NyxQuest really need better exposure. Wiiware sucks. The wii is dead. Even Nintendo doesn't want to put games on it right now. And all their dumb*ss "blue ocean" fans are now happily playing the same kinds of dumb sh*t on their Kinect.

Posted by Hyperfludd

These are fantastic Wiiware games, I'm glad to see them launch somewhere else. These games should be played!

Posted by joelalfaro

I played lost winds with my then girlfriend and it was a great experience.

Edited by MeatSim

iPhone and WiiWare two places I don't want to play games.