Sunday, June 5, 2011
Jaws to Resurface on Nintendo This Fall
For 3D monster shark fans, this fall is going to be an unprecedented shark-a-palooza. Not only are we getting Shark Night 3D and Bait 3D in the theaters this September, but Majesco Entertainment announced that they will be releasing Jaws: Ultimate Predator this fall for both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii systems. Majesco previously released Jaws Unleashed back in 2006 and with the new game designed for play on the 3DS, we will finally have a Jaws console game that's in 3D.
According to Majesco's press release, Ultimate Predator takes place 35 years after the original Jaws movie. Like Unleashed, the new game will have you playing as the monster shark, protecting your turf from both humans and other ocean predators. The game's environments will include Hawaii, the Great Barrier Reef, and Amity Island itself. Whether this game will refer to any of the Jaws movie sequels or the previous Unleashed game has yet to be determined.
Ultimate Predator will be the first Jaws game to appear on a Nintendo console in almost a decade. The last two Jaws games for the Nintendo consoles were Jaws for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987, which was based on Jaws: The Revenge, and the Universal Studios Theme Parks Adventure game for the GameCube in 2001, which featured a Jaws mini-game.
Since Unleashed was intended to capitalize on the 30th anniversary of Jaws and the release of a special edition Jaws DVD, I'm thinking that Ultimate Predator is likewise expected to capitalize on the upcoming Blu-ray release of Jaws. However, until a release date for the Jaws Blu-ray is confirmed, this is just speculation on my part.
I'm hoping that this new Jaws game will take full advantage of the unique controls on both the 3DS and Wii, and that it will be a better game than its predecessor. Come to think of it, I'm surprised that a Jaws game didn't appear on the Wii sooner, since its Endless Ocean games proved that the Wii is well suited for a deep sea adventure. As long as Majesco provides a wide enough variety in game controls, locations, missions, enemies and an all-you-can-eat buffet of humans, then I think that Jaws: Ultimate Predator will be engaging enough for any sharksploitation junkie.