- Platform: Nintendo 3DS
- PEGI Rating: Ages 7 and Over
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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Rodea: The Sky Soldier (Nintendo 3DS)
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- Touch the Sky
- Delightful Tinkering
- Colossal Battles
- Endless Hours of Fun
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Hardware Platform: Nintendo 3DS
1,000 years ago, Emperor Geardo of the Naga Empire sent an army of machine soldiers to invade the sky kingdom of Garuda. Thanks to the efforts of Princess Cecilia and Rodea, a machine soldier who promised to protect Garuda, Emperor Geardo's assault was thwarted. In present day, a spirited inventor named Ion discovers an abandoned robot that has fallen into disrepair in the heart of a scorching desert. Upon completing her repairs, the robot stirs to life and reveals itself to be none other than Rodea. Stunned to find himself in the future, Rodea learns that the Naga Empire is no more and that Garuda has known peace for 1,000 years. But this peace was not meant to last, for the forces of Naga have returned to wage war against Garuda. Remembering the promise he made 1,000 years ago, Rodea takes to the skies to defend Garuda from the Naga Empire once again.
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The reason is that the game has been in production for many years, and was designed for the original Wii. It was then delayed for a Wii U release – yet the preorder versions of the game included the Wii version.
The game is designed with Wii motion controls in mind. You point the target reticule and flick the Wiimote to fly the character through the air and attack enemies. It’s quite easy to get to grips with and you can get a decent flow going with a few minutes practice. It’s not perfect – the idea of pushing the target to the side of the screen to turn the camera is almost disastrous – but overall the scheme makes sense, it’s unique, and a lot of fun.
Now imagine this control scheme on Wii U, translated into stick control. You’re moving the reticule around with one stick while commanding the camera with the other. It’s a nightmare. I couldn’t see an option to revert to Wiimote controls (in fact, I couldn’t see an Options screen at all, meaning I couldn’t reverse flight controls either), therefore it’s not possible to recommend this utterly broken game on Wii U. Moreover, the graphics are barely improved from the Wii version.
There is a fantastic Wii game here – but an absolute dog of a Wii U game. Even the designer, Yuji Naka (of Sonic the Hedgehog fame) has said the Wii version is the true one.
Purchase with care. If you’re not getting the Wii version in the package, it’s honestly not worth it.