Why Isn't Ashes Cricket 2009 Coming To Wii?

Codemasters is releasing Ashes Cricket 2009 on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC in Australia this week. But it's not coming to the most popular console.

In fact, a Wii version is not even listed on the upcoming release schedule supplied this week by Codemasters' Australian distributor, Namco Bandai Games.

Which is odd... because Ashes Cricket 2009 is getting released on Wii in the UK this week, alongside all the other versions.

When asked what happened to the Wii version in Australia, Namco Bandai told us it would be "released later in the year closer to our summer of cricket."

When we asked why they chose to delay the Wii version, specifically, Namco Bandai rather cryptically suggested that it wouldn't be called Ashes Cricket. It would appear the Wii version may, in fact, be localised under a different title.

Recently, Codemasters has attached the names Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara to their cricket sims. While a decade ago, the series was called Shane Warne Cricket. Looks like we can expect to see the Wii version receive a similar endorsement makeover when it arrives in November.

Shane Warne Cricket for Wii, anyone?


    Are you sure the PC version comes out this week? I thought that that ps3 version was coming out before PC and 360. I hope not, ben loving the demo and want it on PC as soon as possible? Have you heard it will be out this week?

      Looks like the PC version is actually next week.

    Wii Cricket!!!!!!!!

    Really?! Foolish. I would've thought it would make business sense to ONLY develop this for the Wii.

    How many 'hardcore gamer' 360/PS3/PC owners are really into 5-day long "yeah we got a draw, awesome!" test cricket?

    Shane Warne Cricket huh? Would there be 'slegde' and 'counter sledge' buttons? Maybe a sledging mini-game?

      What would be the waggle motion for "Get embroiled in an SMS cheating scandal and seperate from your wife while watching your Cricket career spiral into nothingness" ?

        Maybe the real challenge would be playing as his manager? Final boss? The possibilities are endless.

    Will be worth the wait if it means implementing motion plus controls

      I understand there will be no substantial difference between our delayed version and the UK version out this week. We're getting a new name, that's all.

    actually, i bet you'll find the next Shane Warne endorsed game will probably end up being a poker game...

    After that he should be making a guest appearance in Trauma Center as a patient needing a colostomy bag from years of alcohol abuse.

    if you want it early just import

    Import or piracy... either way, you dont have to wait. You never have to wait, not anymore

    Cricket on Wii? Could be good.

    i love my cricket, but i can't say the same for cricket games. low expectations.

    As far as I know they haven't even coded a version for the Wii.
    And I know the lead Programmer on the project.

      Well, they better get cracking then, it goes on sale in the UK on Friday...

      One developer made the PC/PS3/XBox360 titles and a separate developer made the Wii title.

    Will It have motion Plus control? Im Confused

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