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Elebits
ElebitsCA.jpg
North American box art
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Composer(s) Naoyuki Sato
Michiru Yamane
Engine Open Dynamics Engine Physics Engine
Platform(s) Wii
Release date(s) JP December 2, 2006
NA December 12, 2006
EU May 4, 2007
AUS May 7, 2007
KOR April 26, 2008
Genre(s) Action/First person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Rating(s) CERO: A (All Ages)
ESRB: E (Everyone)
PEGI: 3+
Media Wii Optical Disc
Input methods Wii Remote

Elebits (エレビッツ Erebittsu ?), known in Europe and Australia as Eledees,[1] is a video game for Nintendo's Wii console by Konami. It was released as a launch title for the Wii on December 2, 2006 in Japan, then December 12, 2006 in North America, May 4, 2007 in Europe[2] and May 7, 2007 in Australia.[3]

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Overview

According to the game, Elebits are small creatures that serve as an energy source for the world. Elebits power literally everything, from televisions to automobiles. The name "Elebits" is a portmanteau of "electricity", for their electric power, and "bits", for their tiny size. In Europe and Australia, the game was released under a new moniker, Eledees, which is phonetically similar to LEDs. The player controls Kai, a ten year old boy who hates Elebits and is envious of the attention they receive from his parents, a pair of Elebits researchers. When the game starts, a powerful lightning storm has caused an unexplained power outage while the Elebits are nowhere to be found. Kai's parents leave him home alone in order to investigate this strange phenomenon. Kai, blaming the Elebits for the lack of electricity, takes possession of his father's "capture gun" and uses it to attempt to capture the hiding Elebits.

Gameplay

The game is divided into small stages, each of which represents a certain area (e.g., a few rooms or a street). As the game progresses, the player gradually moves from exploring individual rooms in a house out into the street and the areas beyond. Using the on-screen cursor, the player aims at and captures Elebits, extracting their energy (erroneously measured in watts). Levels in the Story Mode are completed when the player reaches a certain power (usually within some pre-defined time limit).

The player manipulates objects in the world in order to hunt for Elebits, using the Wii controller as a "capture gun" similar to the Gravity Gun in Half-Life 2 or the proton pack in Ghostbusters. As the majority of Elebits on a given level are hidden within or underneath objects, players must interact with the environment to reveal these hidden Elebits. Throughout the game, the Wii controller's motion-sensing abilities are gradually introduced. With selected objects, players turn, pull, and wave the Wii Remote to perform a variety of actions including opening a door (twisting the doorknob), pulling out drawers, turning on a faucet, tossing a variety of items, smashing vases against a wall, etc. Moving the Wii Remote without selecting an item rotates the player's camera-view, while the Nunchuk is used to move, duck, and stretch.

As more Elebits are collected during a given level, the area's energy is gradually restored. This causes dark rooms to become well-lit, and more importantly, allows various electrical appliances to be utilized. Once sufficient power is available, players can activate these appliances, such as computers, microwaves and electric toy-cars, which in return release Power-Elebits. Power-Elebits, when captured, slowly increase the strength of the "capture gun", allowing the player to lift and move heavier objects.

Some levels of the game feature additional conditions for successful completion. These include a limitation on how many breakable objects can be broken (i.e., a limit on property destruction), and/or a limitation on how much noise the player can make when interacting with the environment. Since Elebits themselves can cause objects to move or fall, players must be careful to take this into account when rousing them.

The mood of the Elebits, indicated by graphics above their heads, can affect how many watts the player earned when they are captured. Elebits that are happy or sleeping earn more watts than those that are angry or scared. Special power-up items can assist in taming the mood of the Elebits; one can put nearby Elebits to sleep, while another can help lure Elebits towards it. Other temporary power-ups are also available that can increase the power of the Capture Gun, muffle all sound, or enable auto-lock-on for the Capture Gun, among other effects.

Not all Elebits are captured easily. Some will move quickly or fly around, while others will attempt to attack the player, which damages the Capture Gun. In some cases, an Elebit must be thrown against an object or hit with an object as to stun it. If the Capture Gun takes too much damage, the level ends prematurely in failure.

After completing a level, the player is given a ranking based on the time it took to gain the required number of energy from Elebits, how much extra energy from Elebits they captured, the condition of the Capture Gun, and when part of the level requirements, how many times the player made too much noise, or when objects were broken. Achieving a high rank allows for players to use objects from that level within Edit mode.

Each level also features 3 pink Elebits that are hidden; the 3rd pink Elebit will not be revealed until certain conditions have been met. For each of these that are captured, additional game modes for that level are unlocked.

The game supports up to 4 players in multiplayer mode.

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Edit Mode

One of the modes in Elebits is "Edit Mode". In Edit Mode, players can create their own stages by placing different kinds of objects and Elebits throughout any of the 29 stages in the game. Levels are only available in edit mode if they have previously been completed in Story Mode. One can also adjust the gameplay by changing the watts needed for completion, how strong the gravity is, or what kind of items the player can use. The furniture and objects that can be used in Edit Mode are also dependent on the completion of Story Mode. The player must get at least a 'B' rank in a stage before he/she can use the stage-specific items.[1]

Online connectivity

Elebits utilizes Wii's online service, WiiConnect24. In single player and Edit Mode, players can take screenshots and send them to other Wii consoles. Players can also send levels that they created in Edit Mode.

Plot

The story of Elebits is based on the story of a young boy named Kai that must face his dislike of Elebits to determine why the Elebits are acting strangely and causing chaos.

Elebits are living beings that contain a mysterious form of energy. They have lived in harmony with people for a very long time, and in modern times, the mysterious creatures have been the major source of electrical power for humans. One day there was a powerful lightning storm in Kai's home town. All the power has gone out, and the normally friendly Elebits have started to act strangely as well. The game's main character and protagonist is Kai, but Kai's parents, both researchers of Elebits, have left him at home as they determine the cause of the strange activities. Kai really wants to watch his favorite TV show, but he can't because of the power outage. He decides that it is the Elebits' fault, and he gets his Dad's Capture Gun. With the Capture Gun, Kai vows to capture all of the Elebits in the house.

When Kai heads to the living room he finds the Sea Elebit (first boss battle). After capturing it, he heads outside and realizes the entire town does not have power. Kai decides to do a little exploring outside to see what's wrong. When Kai heads back inside he sees that there is no gravity - even the Elebits are floating. He assumes it's the Elebits' fault. He goes to investigate further and heads into town where he eventually finds the Sky Elebit (second boss battle) which has the power to control gravity.

Shortly after Kai captures the Sky Elebit, he notices many Elebits heading to the amusement park. Kai follows them into the park to continue his search for Elebits. Eventually, he makes his way to a Christmas-like tree. The Land Elebit (third boss battle), who absorbs ornament-like Elebits on the tree, is there. After capturing the Land Elebit, Kai gets a phone call from his parents, and learns how to increase the power of his Capture Gun.

Kai goes deeper into the park to search for whatever made the Elebits go crazy. Kai finally discovers a new Elebit form, which he attempts to capture, but it unfortunately escapes and takes over the full-size mecha unit in the amusement park. Kai is able to use the Capture Gun to dismantle the robot and finally able to subdue the Elebit. At that time, Kai's parents arrive, and his father declares that the Elebit Kai just fought was a new one formed by the lightning strike at the start of the game; now that it's captured, it is quite tame. Kai, now over his fear of Elebits, keeps the new Elebit (which is called a Zero Elebit in the Elebit gallery (hence, he names it Zero)) as a pet and happily returns home with his family.

Development

Reception and legacy

Several previews compared the game to Pikmin and Katamari Damacy due to the similar art style and character design. IGN gave Elebits much praise for its innovative gameplay as well as its beautiful illustrations, giving it a rating of 8.3/10.[4] GameSpot gave the game a 7.5/10.[5] On Metacritic, a review aggregate site, Elebits is ranked at 75/100, signaling generally favorable critical reviews.[6]. The average rating on Game Rankings as of early May 2007 is 75.0%, averaged from numerous web/magazine critics.[7]

Elebits sold approximately 70,738 copies in Japan by the end of 2007.[8] The game has received the CESA Japan Game Award 2006: Future Award.[9] It has also received the "Best Wii Action Game of 2006"[10] "Wii Game with Most Innovative Design of 2006"[11] and "Wii Game with Best Use of the Wii Remote of 2006" awards from IGN.[12]

Sequel

On July 8, GameSpot reported that Konami has confirmed a sequel for the Nintendo DS called Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero. Details were scarce, except that the game will still be about capturing elebits, but this time their powers would be more used to solve various puzzles to progress in the game, which is presented as more of an adventure game.

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Elebits
Box artwork for Elebits.
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Release date(s)
Genre(s) FPS
System(s) Wii
Players 1-4
Rating(s)
ESRB: Everyone
PEGI: Ages 3+

Elebits is a Wii game developed by Konami. In this engaging game, you must lift up furniture, cars, buildings, and pretty much everything to find Elebits. Using the Wii Remote, you can zap Elebits and manipulate objects. You also encounter giant Boss Elebits that require you to use strategy and wits to capture them.

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Elebits

Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Release date

December 2, 2006 (JP)
December 12, 2006 (NA)
March, 2007 (EU)
March, 2007 (AU)

Genre Adventure
Mode(s) Single player, 2-4 Multiplayer
Age rating(s) ESRB: E CERO: A PEGI: 3+
Platform(s) Wii
Input Wii Remote, Nunchuk
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Elebits is the first game in the Elebits series. It was created by Konami for the Nintendo Wii. It has a first person perspective, and extensively uses the Wii Remote's motion controls.

Story

Elebits are tiny creatures that, in the game, serve as the worlds' energy source. There is no nuclear power or gasoline in this world, just Elebits. There are many different types of Elebits in different shapes, sizes, and colors, each possesing a unique personality. Dr. Ed and Dr. Ana are both world-renowned scientists that research these mysterious creatures. Their 10 year old son Kai, however, does not share their love of Elebits. In fact, he hates them. He believes that his parents love the Elebits more than him, because they spend so much time with them.

When a lightning bolt strikes nearby, the elebits begin acting strangely, and Dr. Ed and Dr. Ana leave to research it. Kai, left at home and unable to watch TV, blames the elebits and decides to capture them using his parent's capture gun.

Gameplay

The main mechanic of the game is the Capture Gun. Its primary use is to capture elebits. Point it at an elebit, fire, and the elebit is captured and converted into Watts (used to power electronics) or Power (allowing the Capture Gun to move heavier objects). Its other function is to move objects remotely. Point it at an object, fire, and the object will be able to be manipulated.

The game has 29 missions, 25 collect levels and 4 boss levels. Each collection level has four modes. Normal mode is the first type, which has the goal of collecting a certain number of watts in a time limit. The other three modes must be unlocked by finding Pink Elebits in normal mode. Score Attack mode makes the goal collect as many watts as possible in five minutes. Eternal mode eliminates the time limit and has a goal of finding as many elebits as possible. The fourth mode is a Challenge mission which has a different goal for each level, but it will be hard. Boss levels only have one mode with the goal being beat the boss within the time limit.

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