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Endless Ocean
North American cover art
North American cover art
Developer(s) Arika
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii
Release date(s) JP August 2, 2007
EU November 9, 2007[1]
AUS January 17, 2008
NA January 21, 2008[2]
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single player, co-operative multiplayer
Rating(s) PEGI 3+
CERO: A (All ages)
ESRB: E (Everyone)
OFLC: G
Media Wii Optical Disc
Input methods Wii Remote

Endless Ocean (Forever Blue in Japan) is a video game for the Wii.[3] It is published by Nintendo and was developed by Arika. It was released on August 2, 2007, in Japan, November 9, 2007, in Europe and January 21, 2008, in North America after it had been planned for an October 2007 release.

The game was followed by a sequel, Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep (also known as "Endless Ocean: Blue World"), in 2010.[4]

Contents

Gameplay

The game is controlled solely using the Wii Remote, with the player using an on-screen cursor to guide their diver. The game features Wi-Fi play over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, allowing two players to dive together. Arika, the game's developer, previously released the games Everblue and Everblue 2 for the PlayStation 2. Both titles featured very similar gameplay to that of Endless Ocean, revolving heavily around scuba diving in search of underwater treasure as well as underwater photography. The Everblue titles are both played from a first person perspective, while Endless Ocean uses both first person and third person perspectives for movement. Additionally, a fixed first person perspective is used for close examination. The game contains mythology about certain animals, like whales and sharks.

Plot

Endless Ocean places the player in the role of a scuba diver exploring the Manaurai sea[5] in search of sea life and sunken treasure[6] under the guidance of an assistant named Catherine Sunday.[7] In the sea, they will encounter a number of marine species ranging from smaller fish and penguins to massive whale sharks, manta rays and humpback whales. The range of marine wildlife in the game is extensive and includes many common and rare species. The player will also encounter dolphins and other cetaceans that can be trained to perform certain tricks and become companions on dives. Species such as sharks are also present; however, they pose no threat to the player. The player also has access to a large aquarium that they can populate with species they have identified The sea's various locations provide a means for the player to experience general diving, cave diving, deep-water trench exploration, wreck diving and other activities that might not otherwise be possible in a single real world setting.

Animals

The animals in the game include a wide range of tropical, sub-tropical, and deep ocean fish. The species of fish, mammals, lizards and birds (most mammals, lizards and birds are encountered on the Boat) are listed below: (IGNORE NUMBERS BY NAMES)

0. Striated frogfish 1. Oriental Butterflyfish 2. Teardrop Butterflyfish 3. Blue Tang 4. Powder Blue Tang 5. Pyramid Butterflyfish 6. Emperor Angelfish 7. Golden Spadefish 8. Lined Surgeonfish 9. Sailfin Tang 10. Yellow Tang 11. Undulate Triggerfish 12. Gold-Eye Rockfish 13. Samuria Squirrelfish 14. Clown Triggerfish 15. Naso Tang 16. Luna Lionfish 17. Blackspotted Puffer 18. Whitemargin Unicornfish 19. Clown Wrasse 20. Bicolor Parrotfish 21. Bower's Parrotfish 22. John Dory 23. Red Sea Bream 24. Japanese Sardine 25. Chub Mackeral 26. Japanese Jack Mackeral 27. Flying Fish 28. Golden Trevally 29. Coral Cod 30. Multicolorfin Rainbowfish 31. Bigeye Trevally 32. Sea Robin 33. Flathead Fish 34. Remora 35. Horseshoe Crab 36. Octopus 37. Bigfin Reef Squid 39. Spiny Lobster 40. Crown-of-Thorns Starfish 41. Clown Anemomefish 42. Yellowtail Clowfish 43. Saphire Devil 44. Starck's Demoiselle 45. Tomato Clownfish 46. Orange Skunk Clownfish 47. Goldtail Demoiselle 48. Green Chromis 49. Threespot Dascyllus 50. Bicolor Angelfish 51. Royal Angelfish 52. Longnose Butterflyfish 53. Branded Angelfish 54. Moorish Angelfish 55. Singular Bannerfish 56. Threadfin Butterflyfish 57. Bluelashed Butterflyfish 58. Green Mandarin Goby 59. Brown-and-White Butterfly 60. Rippled Rockskipper 61. Red-Spotted Blenny 62. Fire Goby 63. Elegant Firefish 64. Bicolor Blenny 66. Yellow Watchman Goby 67. Singapore Prawn-Goby 68. Yellow Clown Goby 69. Red-Spotted Goby 70. Tomiyama Shrimp Goby 71. Painted Frogfish 72. Five-Lined Coral Goby 73. Oblong Goby 74. Warty Frogfish 75. Straited Frogfish 76. Sea Goldie 77. Cherry Grouper 78. Stocky Anthias 79. Sunset Anthias 80. Southern Orange-Lined Cardinalfish 81. Panther Grouper 82. Yellow Boxfish 83. Whitespotted Boxfish 84. Orange Sea Slug 85. Orange And Black Sea Slug 86. Long-Spine Porcupinefish 87. Harlequin Sweetlips 88. Feastive Sea Slug 89. Spotted White Sea Slug 90. Striped White Sea Slug 92. Parade Float Sea Slug 93. Branched Sea Slug 94. Strigate Chromodoris 95. Luminescent Sea Slug 96. Blue Sea Star 97. Sea Star (Red) 98. Leafy Seadragon 99. Pygmy Seahorse 100. Weedy Seadragon 101. Crowned Seahorse 102. Marbled Flounder 103. Firefly Squid 104. Glass Squid 106. Tiger Puffer 107. Spotted Garden Eel 108. Black Garden Eel 109. Randall's Pistol Shrimp 110. Goby Shrimp 111. Crystal Jelly 112. Mauve Stinger 113. Humpback Anglerfish 114. Galatheid Crab 115. Sea Gooseberry 116. Barreleye 117. Deep-Sea Blind Shrimp 118. Giant Sea Spider 119. Humphead Wrasse 120. Great Barracuda 121. Mahi-Mahi 122. Blackfin Barracuda 123. Asian Sheephead Wrasse 124. Longtooth Grouper 125. Great White Shark 126. Atlantic Tarpoon 127. Scalloped Hammerhead 128. Whale Shark 129. Pelagic Thresher 130. Zebra Shark 131. Manta Ray 132. Green Sea Turtle 133. Japanese Bullhead Shark 134. Cloudy Catshark 135. Branded Dogfish 136. Epaulette Shark 137. Bowmouth Guitarfish 138. Japanese Angelshark 139. Leopard Whipray 140. Dwarf Sawfish 141. Red Stingray 142. Marbled Ray 143. Striped Marlin 145. Indo-Pacific Sailfish 146. Blue-Spotted Lagoon Ray 147. Cowtail Stingray 148. Largehead Hairtail 149. Bering Wolffish 150. Red Cornetfish 151. Kidako Moray 152. Monkfish 153. Tassled Wobbegong 154. Olive Flounder 155. Nomura's Jellyfish 156. Ocean Sunfish 157. Popeye Grenadier 158. Opah 159. Splendid Alfonsino 160. Common Fangtooth 161. Longnose Lancetfish 162. Japanese Spider Crab 163. Fanfin 164. Snailfish 165. Megamouth Shark 166. Goblin Shark 167. Frilled Shark 168. Bluntnose Sixgill Shark 169. Coelacanth 170. Oarfish 171. Praya Dubia 172. Polka-Dot Ribbonfish 173. Chambered Nautilus 174. Sea Pig 175. Giant Squid 176. Vampire Squid 177. Pelican Eel 178. Bottlenose Dolphin 179. Pacific White-Sided Dolphin 180. Common Dolphin 181. Commerson's Dolphin 182. Orca 183. False Killer Whale 184. Beluga 185. Risso's Dolphin 186. Blue Whale 187. Atlantic Northern Right Whale 188. Humpback Whale 189. Sperm Whale 190. Southern Elephant Seal 191. South American Sea Lion 192. Walrus 193. Weddell Seal 194. Spotted Seal 195. California Sea Lion 196. Bearded Seal 197. Cape Fur Seal 198. West Indian Manatee 199. Polar Bear 200. Marine Iguana 201. Emperor Penquin 202. Gentoo Penquin 203. Adelie Penquin 204. African Penquin 205. Southern Rockhopper Penquin 206. Brown Booby 207. Little Penquin 208. Short-Tailed Albatross 209. Spot-Billed Pelican 210. White Pelican 211. Japanese Cormorant 212. Ancient Mother 213. Magu Tapa (Bonus)

Music

The song "Prayer" composed by Secret Garden and performed by Hayley Westenra is featured in the trailers for Endless Ocean and in the game itself. Westenra also contributes several other songs including her rendition of the Maori folk song "Pokarekare Ana".[8] Players are also able to transfer their own MP3 music files to an SD card and listen to them while playing, providing a customizable soundtrack for the game.[9] This is the second game on the Wii to provide such a feature, the first being Excite Truck.

Soundtrack

Reception

 Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 73%
Metacritic 72
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com 8/10
Game Informer 6/10
GamePro 1.5/5
GameSpot 7/10
GameTrailers 7.4/10
IGN 8/10
Nintendo Power 7.5/10
Official Nintendo Magazine 84/100
X-Play 4/5

The critical reaction to the game has generally been favorable. Endless Ocean holds a 73% rating, based on 40 reviews, at Game Rankings[10] and a score of 72% at Metacritic, based on 42 reviews.[11] Famitsu scored the game 35/40, praising the open-ended exploration aspect of the game, the scale of the play area and its soundtrack.[12] British game publication NGamer gave Endless Ocean 88%, calling it "the world's most relaxing and beautiful game", "addictive" and "totally brilliant".[13] NTSC-uk commented "The replay value is threatened by repetition, but amongst the violence and destruction found elsewhere in videogames, it will always be refreshing to sit back... and simply just relax in the deep blue".[14]

Nevertheless, Eurogamer described the gameplay as "pleasant, pretty, bubbly boredom",[15] while GamePro claimed that the "underwater atmosphere is soothing and relaxing but it lacks a crucial element: fun."[16] Electronic Gaming Monthly chose to mock the game instead of presenting a full review.[17]

Endless Ocean has sold at least 50,000 copies in Japan.[18]

Technical issues

On August 10, 2007, Nintendo issued a product recall in Japan after a major bug was found in copies of the game released on August 2, 2007.[19][20] Nintendo has re-released the game in Japan with the bug removed. The bug caused the screen to go blank and caused the console to freeze when the player put one or more bowmouth guitarfish into the Aquarium. The exploration mode is not affected by this bug.

Sequel

A sequel called Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep (also called “Endless Ocean: Blue World”) was released in 2010.

See also

Early Forever Blue screenshot montage

References

  1. ^ "Official European dates for Super Mario Galaxy, Endless Ocean, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles". Go Nintendo. http://gonintendo.com/?p=23367. Retrieved 2007-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Nintendo updates release list - Endless Ocean bumped to 08, and more". Go Nintendo. http://gonintendo.com/?p=25762. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  3. ^ Joe, "Review of Endless Ocean," Game Informer 177 (January 2008): 95.
  4. ^ http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3170306
  5. ^ The sea is called Manaurai in the European version, but is called "Manoa Lai" in the US release.
  6. ^ "Endless Ocean Playtest". IGN. 2007-08-03. http://wii.ign.com/articles/810/810095p1.html. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  7. ^ In the US release, the assistant's name is spelled "Katherine".(sometimes called “Kat”) See Walker, Torrey. "Reviews: Endless Ocean". 1up.com. http://www.1up.com/do/reviewPage?cId=3165608. 
  8. ^ Forever Blue - Play Movie
  9. ^ "Forever Blue: plus d'images". JeuxFrance. 2007-07-05. http://www.jeux-france.com/news20726.html. Retrieved 2007-07-13. 
  10. ^ Game Rankings: Endless Ocean, accessed on February 7, 2008
  11. ^ Metacritic: Endless Ocean, accessed on February 7, 2008
  12. ^ "Forever Blue a Wii sleeper". CVG. 2007-07-26. http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=168950. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  13. ^ "Wii Review: Forever Blue". CVG. 2007-09-12. http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=171854. Retrieved 2007-11-15. 
  14. ^ "NTSC-uk's Review". NTSC-uk. 2007-12-01. http://www.ntsc-uk.com/review.php?platform=wii&game=EndlessOcean. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  15. ^ "Review - Endless Ocean". Eurogamer. 2007-11-23. http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=88101. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  16. ^ "Metareview: Endless Ocean". Nintendo Wii Fanboy. 2008-01-23. http://www.nintendowiifanboy.com/2008/01/23/metareview-endless-ocean/. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  17. ^ "Electronic Gaming Monthly chooses to mock Endless Ocean instead of truly review it". Go Nintendo. 2008-01-26. http://gonintendo.com/?p=34258. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  18. ^ "Media Create Sales: 09/22 - 09/28 (Software)". Chart Get. 2008-10-01. http://chartget.com/2008/10/media-create-sales-0922-0928-software.html. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  19. ^ "Forever Blue" recalled
  20. ^ "Forever Blue" recall!

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Endless Ocean
Developer(s) Arika
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii
Release date(s)
  • JP August 2, 2007
  • AUS January 17, 2008
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single player, co-operative multiplayer
Rating(s) PEGI 3+
CERO: A (All ages)
ESRB: E (Everyone)
OFLC: G
Media Wii Optical Disc

Endless Ocean (Forever Blue in Japan) is a video game for the Wii.[3] It is published by Nintendo and was developed by Arika. It was released on August 2, 2007, in Japan, November 9, 2007, in Europe and January 21, 2008, in North America after it had been planned for an October 2007 release.

The game was followed by a sequel, Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep, in 2010.[4]

Contents

Gameplay

The game is controlled solely using the Wii Remote, with the player using an on-screen cursor to guide their diver. The game features Wi-Fi play over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, allowing two players to dive together. Arika, the game's developer, previously released the games Everblue and Everblue 2 for the PlayStation 2. Both titles featured very similar gameplay to that of Endless Ocean, revolving heavily around scuba diving in search of underwater treasure as well as underwater photography. The Everblue titles are both played from a first person perspective, while Endless Ocean uses both first person and third person perspectives for movement. Additionally, a fixed first person perspective is used for close examination. The game contains mythology about certain animals, like whales and sharks.

Plot

Endless Ocean places the player in the role of a scuba diver exploring the Manaurai sea[5] in search of sea life and sunken treasure[6] under the guidance of an assistant named Catherine Sunday.[7] In the sea, they will encounter a number of marine species ranging from smaller fish and penguins to massive whale sharks, manta rays and humpback whales. The range of marine wildlife in the game is extensive and includes many common and rare species. The player will also encounter dolphins and other cetaceans that can be trained to perform certain tricks and become companions on dives. Species such as sharks are also present; however, they pose no threat to the player. The player also has access to a large aquarium that they can populate with species they have identified. The sea's various locations provide a means for the player to experience general diving, cave diving, deep-water trench exploration, wreck diving and other activities that might not otherwise be possible in a single real world setting.

Music

The song "Prayer" composed by Secret Garden and performed by Hayley Westenra is featured in the trailers for Endless Ocean and in the game itself. Westenra also contributes several other songs including her rendition of the Maori folk song "Pokarekare Ana".[8] Players are also able to transfer their own MP3 music files to an SD card and listen to them while playing, providing a customizable soundtrack for the game.[9] This is the second game on the Wii to provide such a feature, the first being Excite Truck.

Soundtrack

Reception

 Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 73%
Metacritic 72
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com 8/10
Game Informer 6/10
GamePro 1.5/5
GameSpot 7/10
GameTrailers 7.4/10
IGN 8/10
Nintendo Power 7.5/10
Official Nintendo Magazine 84/100
X-Play 4/5

The critical reaction to the game has generally been favorable. Endless Ocean holds a 73% rating, based on 40 reviews, at Game Rankings[10] and a score of 72% at Metacritic, based on 42 reviews.[11] Famitsu scored the game 35/40, praising the open-ended exploration aspect of the game, the scale of the play area and its soundtrack.[12] British game publication NGamer gave Endless Ocean 88%, calling it "the world's most relaxing and beautiful game", "addictive" and "totally brilliant".[13] NTSC-uk commented "The replay value is threatened by repetition, but amongst the violence and destruction found elsewhere in videogames, it will always be refreshing to sit back... and simply just relax in the deep blue".[14]

Nevertheless, Eurogamer described the gameplay as "pleasant, pretty, bubbly boredom",[15] while GamePro claimed that the "underwater atmosphere is soothing and relaxing but it lacks a crucial element: fun."[16] Electronic Gaming Monthly chose to mock the game instead of presenting a full review.[17]

Endless Ocean has sold at least 50,000 copies in Japan.[18]

Technical issues

On August 10, 2007, Nintendo issued a product recall in Japan after a major bug was found in copies of the game released on August 2, 2007.[19][20] Nintendo has re-released the game in Japan with the bug removed. The bug caused the screen to go blank and caused the console to freeze when the player put one or more bowmouth guitarfish into the Aquarium. The exploration mode is not affected by this bug.

Sequel

A sequel called Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep (also called “Endless Ocean: Blue World”) was released in 2010.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Official European dates for Super Mario Galaxy, Endless Ocean, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles". Go Nintendo. http://gonintendo.com/?p=23367. Retrieved 2007-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Nintendo updates release list - Endless Ocean bumped to 08, and more". Go Nintendo. http://gonintendo.com/?p=25762. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  3. ^ Joe, "Review of Endless Ocean," Game Informer 177 (January 2008): 95.
  4. ^ http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3170306
  5. ^ The sea is called Manaurai in the European version, but is called "Manoa Lai" in the US release.
  6. ^ "Endless Ocean Playtest". IGN. 2007-08-03. http://wii.ign.com/articles/810/810095p1.html. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  7. ^ In the US release, the assistant's name is spelled "Katherine".(sometimes called “Kat”) See Walker, Torrey. "Reviews: Endless Ocean". 1up.com. http://www.1up.com/do/reviewPage?cId=3165608. 
  8. ^ Forever Blue - Play Movie
  9. ^ "Forever Blue: plus d'images". JeuxFrance. 2007-07-05. http://www.jeux-france.com/news20726.html. Retrieved 2007-07-13. 
  10. ^ Game Rankings: Endless Ocean, accessed on February 7, 2008
  11. ^ Metacritic: Endless Ocean, accessed on February 7, 2008
  12. ^ "Forever Blue a Wii sleeper". CVG. 2007-07-26. http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=168950. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  13. ^ "Wii Review: Forever Blue". CVG. 2007-09-12. http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=171854. Retrieved 2007-11-15. 
  14. ^ "NTSC-uk's Review". NTSC-uk. 2007-12-01. http://www.ntsc-uk.com/review.php?platform=wii&game=EndlessOcean. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  15. ^ "Review - Endless Ocean". Eurogamer. 2007-11-23. http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=88101. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  16. ^ "Metareview: Endless Ocean". Nintendo Wii Fanboy. 2008-01-23. http://www.nintendowiifanboy.com/2008/01/23/metareview-endless-ocean/. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  17. ^ "Electronic Gaming Monthly chooses to mock Endless Ocean instead of truly review it". Go Nintendo. 2008-01-26. http://gonintendo.com/?p=34258. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  18. ^ "Media Create Sales: 09/22 - 09/28 (Software)". Chart Get. 2008-10-01. http://chartget.com/2008/10/media-create-sales-0922-0928-software.html. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  19. ^ "Forever Blue" recalled
  20. ^ "Forever Blue" recall!

External links


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Endless Ocean
Box artwork for Endless Ocean.
Developer(s) Arika
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Japanese title Forever Blue
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Adventure
System(s) Wii
Rating(s)
CERO: All ages
ESRB: Everyone
OFLC: General
Followed by Endless Ocean 2
Series Endless Ocean
This is the first game in the Endless Ocean series. For other games in the series see the Endless Ocean category.

Endless Ocean (Forever Blue in Japan) is a video game for the Nintendo Wii. It is published by Nintendo, and was developed by Arika. It was released on August 2 2007 in Japan, November 9 2007 in Europe and January 21 2008 in North America after it had been planned for an October 2007 release.

Overview

Endless Ocean places the player in the role of a scuba diver exploring a fictional sea in search of sea life and sunken treasure, under the guidance of an assistant named Katherine Sunday. In the sea, they will encounter a number of marine species ranging from smaller fish and penguins to massive whale sharks, manta rays and humpback whales. The range of marine wildlife in the game is extensive and includes many common and rare species. The player will also encounter dolphins and other cetaceans that can be trained to perform certain tricks and become companions on dives. Species such as sharks are also present; however, they pose no threat to the player. The player also has access to a large aquarium that they can populate with species they have identified. The sea's various locations providing a means for the player to experience general diving, cave diving, deep-water trench exploration, wreck diving, and other activities that might not otherwise be possible in a single real world setting.

The game is controlled solely using the Wii Remote, with the player using an on-screen cursor to guide their diver. The game features Wi-Fi play over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, allowing two players to dive together.

Arika, the game's developer, previously released the games Everblue and Everblue 2 for the PlayStation 2. Both titles featured very similar gameplay to that of Endless Ocean, revolving heavily around scuba diving in search of underwater treasure, as well as photography. The Everblue titles are both played from a first person perspective, while Endless Ocean uses both first person and third person perspectives for movement. Additionally, a fixed first-person perspective is used for close examination.

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Endless Ocean

Developer(s) Arika
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date August 2 2007 (JP)
November 9 2007(EU)
January 17, 2008(AU)
January 21 2008(NA)
Genre Adventure
Mode(s) Single player, multi-player co-op
Age rating(s) CERO: A
ESRB: E
OFLC: G
Platform(s) Wii
Media Wii Optical Disc
Input Wii Remote
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough


Endless Ocean is a scuba diving game for Wii based in a fictitious area of the South Pacific known as Manoa Lai.

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