When Tecmo announced Family Fun Football for Wii last Friday, one question ran through my head: what happened to Tecmo Bowl Wii? Gamers (including myself) loved the old school DS update released last year, but we haven't heard anything about the Wii version since it was announced by Tecmo back in 2007.
The bad news? Tecmo has confirmed to me that Tecmo Bowl Wii is on hold, replaced by Family Fun Football. The good (better!) news? Tecmo Bowl is coming to Xbox Live Arcade early next year.
"As much as we’d like to say this [Family Fun Football] is a completely different game, it did start out as the 'Tecmo Bowl Wii' project," a Tecmo spokesperson told me this morning. "However, given the recent trend on the Wii and its target audience, Tecmo made a business decision to switch the project into a family oriented football game. So then what happens to Tecmo Bowl? For now, we're focusing on bringing Tecmo Bowl to the Xbox LIVE Arcade [in] early 2010."
No details are available on Tecmo Bowl for Xbox Live Arcade, but we expect more to be revealed at E3. For gamers looking forward to Wiimote-enabled Tecmo Bowl, however, you'll have to keep waiting.
"The Tecmo Bowl Wii [project] is indefinitely on hold," said the same spokesperson.
Even though Tecmo Bowl on Wii sounded like it had potential, downloadable Tecmo Bowl (hopefully with online multiplayer) sounds much, much cooler. Good move, Tecmo!