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[Wii] Sam & Max Season 1 is $30 and OUT RIGHT NOW, mofos!

LunkerLunker Registered User regular
edited October 2008 in Games and Technology
UPDATE 2: There was a manufacturing delay, but now the game is showing as in-stock at GameStops in my area. I'm picking this up tonight. Support your local 6-foot tall anthropomorphic dogs and hyperkinetic rabbity things!

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(I know we had another thread somewhere, but I couldn't find it.)
SAN RAFAEL, September 17, 2008 – Telltale and The Adventure Company are announcing that the highly-anticipated Sam & Max Season One for Wii™ will be in retail stores across North America starting October 7. Thanks to this console debut, for the first time Telltale's award-winning comedy series can be enjoyed in the comfort of the living room, bringing you closer than ever to the experience of playing your favorite television show.

The Sam & Max series is structured like a TV series, with self-contained episodes that tie into a larger overarching storyline as the season progresses. The Wii version collects the first six-episode "season" of Sam & Max games on one retail disc. In Season One, straight-laced canine detective Sam and his psychotic "rabbity-thing" sidekick Max are on the hunt for the mastermind behind a baffling hypnosis conspiracy. Players get to interrogate suspects (with amusing results), uncover clues, solve puzzles, and ultimately piece together the underlying mystery that links the episodes.

The story-focused gameplay and simple "point and click" interface have a low learning curve, and a new tutorial ensures that even players new to the Sam & Max experience will be up to speed in minutes. Sam & Max Season One for Wii also has a few technical improvements over the PC original, including widescreen support.

This was a compelling buy for me at $50, but at $30 it's a no-brainer, since I haven't played the PC version (which is apparently dirt cheap nowadays). The Wii version also adds widescreen and a tutorial for people either not familiar with Sam & Max or with point-and-click adventures; it's hard to tell from the PR speak.

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But yeah! Sam & Max! Fuck yeah! Also, Telltale has a GameStop preorder exclusive:
Customers who reserve the game in stores or through GameStop.com before the October 7 release will receive a CD containing Sam & Max bonus content, including a behind-the-scenes "making of" featurette, trailers, concept art, a soundtrack sampler, and desktop wallpapers. More details can be found here.

I might actually be compelled to preorder, for once.

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    VyolynceVyolynce Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Man, the only bonus feature I would want is Sam & Max hit the Road squirreled away on the disc somewhere.

    But even without that: so bought'd.

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    cloudeaglecloudeagle Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Oooooh, nice! I've been waiting for this, and $30 is a damn good price for the whole season.

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    UncleSporkyUncleSporky Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Yeah, I'm so glad I didn't buy any of it earlier. I'm waiting on Strong Bad too, to see if they release a disc version of the whole thing.

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    LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Yeah, I'm so glad I didn't buy any of it earlier. I'm waiting on Strong Bad too, to see if they release a disc version of the whole thing.

    I'm kind of waiting for the same reason—that and lack of desire to clean out the fridge, anyway. :) Also being able to play the entire game at my beck and call appeals to me more than the episodic approach. It's also the reason why I can't watch TV regularly and only really pick up DVD box sets anymore.

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    VyolynceVyolynce Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    They will not release a disc version of Strongbad -- for Wii, at least. Nintendo decrees that any WiiWare game not be available for Wii via any other means.

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    Dr SnofeldDr Snofeld Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Do we have a topic about SBCG4AP? I haven't seen one.

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    Nite-ManNite-Man Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I totally thought this was due to hit in August, but I guess it got delayed. I wonder how the controls are. Anyway, I would love to see more and more point & click games on the Wii.
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    Do we have a topic about SBCG4AP? I haven't seen one.

    Make it so, Doctor, make it so.

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    Dr SnofeldDr Snofeld Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Nite-Man wrote: »
    I totally thought this was due to hit in August, but I guess it got delayed. I wonder how the controls are. Anyway, I would love to see more and more point & click games on the Wii.
    Dr Snofeld wrote: »
    Do we have a topic about SBCG4AP? I haven't seen one.

    Make it so, Doctor, make it so.

    Damn it Nite-Man I'm a doctor not a technician!

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    BTPBTP Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Vyolynce wrote: »
    They will not release a disc version of Strongbad -- for Wii, at least. Nintendo decrees that any WiiWare game not be available for Wii via any other means.

    Source? Because if that's the case, then what's happening with Bomberman Blast?

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    VyolynceVyolynce Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    BTP wrote: »
    Vyolynce wrote: »
    They will not release a disc version of Strongbad -- for Wii, at least. Nintendo decrees that any WiiWare game not be available for Wii via any other means.

    Source?

    This LJ Discussion with one of the guys on Telltale's staff. Specifically, this post.

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    cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Vyolynce wrote: »
    Man, the only bonus feature I would want is Sam & Max hit the Road squirreled away on the disc somewhere.

    But even without that: so bought'd.

    they'd never put that game on a disc with the less good Season One. but id love it too.

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    TimestonesTimestones Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Even though I already played this through GameTap I'm definitely going to pick this up once it's out, especially if it means they'll bring out Season 2 as well.

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    LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Updated with a slight delay—apparently there's been a manufacturing delay, so the game won't reach stores by Wednesday like it was originally supposed to.

    But this gives us a week to salivate and build up hype, anyway. :) Who else is grabbing this next week?

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    DirtyDirty Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    SBCG4AP reminded me why I don't like to buy P&CA games. Once I go through them once, I feel no reason to replay them. I probably won't get the remainder of the episodes.

    That's why its nice to see Sam & Max get a disc release, since I can just rent it.

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    GimeCGimeC Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Seriously, if you haven't played these games on the PC, totally buy them here. They're really fantastic, especially the music and the writing. (The first season's gameplay was a bit too simplistic but even then it got better about halfway through the season, and the first few episodes are worth it just for the experience.)

    Coincidentally, the Strong Bad games are only 9$ a pop on the PC, and only 35$ for the whole set, plus with the whole set you get a physical copy at the end of the season with some bonus features to boot. Good times.

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    LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
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    It's out! Go buy it! I'm picking it up on my lunch break, will report back with impressions if I can get some time in tonight.

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    LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    No love? :(

    I put in about an hour and a half last night and I'm really digging it so far. Note that I loved and adored the PC S&M Hit the Road and have been completely oblivious as to the PC release of this, but so far Season 1 is pretty good. It feels a little bit low-budget at times—some of the voice clips cut short a second or two randomly, the graphics seem a little rough and the tutorial (which is optional and kind of a hand-holding walk through the first part of the first case) felt very disjointed, although it was made specifically for the Wii version so Sam references the actual buttons and pointing you have to do—but the best reason to play this, obviously, is the writing, and so far it's been great.

    Anyone else pick this up?

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    DusdaDusda is ashamed of this post SLC, UTRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    This might actually get me to dust off the Wii. Haven't even touched it since...Brawl, I think. Yea, Brawl.

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    LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Dusda wrote: »
    This might actually get me to dust off the Wii. Haven't even touched it since...Brawl, I think. Yea, Brawl.

    Point and click just feels so right on the Wii. It's relaxing to have a one-handed game (...:winky:) to kick back on the couch and just enjoy. There are also some controller shortcuts, so you can use Minus to bring up your inventory and use the D-pad to select different lines of dialogue, which is faster than pointing at the dialogue and clicking it since they're a little close together and easy to miss.

    Also, I don't know how the PC games were when you bought the full season, but all six episodes are unlocked and selectable right from the beginning of the game, so if you've played it before you can just skip ahead. It also has a liberal auto-save function and even tells you in the instruction manual that you can have three different manual save files "to come back to parts you enjoy."

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    UncleSporkyUncleSporky Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I really want to pick it up but I have bought so much recently that I feel like I shouldn't. But I'll have it eventually.

    I really hope the rest of it comes out on Wii too, I hate owning just part of a collection on a given system.

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    Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Planty of love for Telltale's Sam and max from me. It was just however many years ago when they first came out on PC.

    Heartily reccommended to all fans of the genre.

    In fact much love for Telltale in general. S&M 1 and 2 were both great, as is Strongbad so far. I can't wait to see what they do with Wallace and Gromit :D

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    VyolynceVyolynce Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Picked it up this past weekend and have already blown through the first three episodes. It probably would have been the whole season had World of Goo (which I completed, including having 300 goos in the playground) not consumed the majority of my free time.

    I find myself anticipating the gags that change between each episode (Sylvia, the TV, the gumball machine, Bosko, et al) more than the actual plot. Is that wrong?

    I think my favorite part so far has been the psychoanalysis in Episode 1. Least favorite was chasing the rats in Episode 2.

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    Mr_GrinchMr_Grinch Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Buying the instant it's out in this country.

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    VyolynceVyolynce Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Oh man... I played 'Abe Lincoln Must Die!" last night. That was hilariously timely. :D

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    apotheosapotheos Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2008
    I really need to get on this quickly.

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    bloodatonementbloodatonement Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Rad. S&MHTR was wonderful. It's about time the Wii was used to resurrect adventure games like we were promised it would.

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    King RiptorKing Riptor Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Lagomorph.

    Max is a Lagomorph.


    Also so bought once I can find a copy.

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    KrentzKrentz Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I liked Season 1 and loved Season 2. Season 2 was better you see.

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    VyolynceVyolynce Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Finished Season 1 this weekend. Frothing in anticipation for Season 2 to be announced as Wii-bound.

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    LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I finished up Episode 1: Culture Shock today. This is one of the best games I've played all year in terms of writing and humor—several definite laugh-out-loud moments, though it helps that I really like the characters. I've heard it only gets better in the second half of Season 1 so I'm totally expecting to be blown away.

    I really hope this game doesn't get lost in the shuffle of this fall. Let's not forget that Telltale specifically made the Wii version due to the overwhelming fan requests for the game to be ported to the Wii. If no one buys it as a result, they might not bring over Season 2 ... and I need Season 2, so none of you had better screw this up for me. :x

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    tsmvengytsmvengy Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    It would be nice if I could actually find it in a store to buy it...

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    LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Played through Episode 2 yesterday. Right now I'm loving that the game comes in very discrete chunks; as someone who doesn't have a lot of time anymore, it feels like a DVD box set in that I can spend a few hours to play an Episode, shelve the game for a bit, then come back at the start of a new episode and I haven't lost too much in terms of narrative momentum or anything.

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