Resident Evil “Classics” Remakes, Umbrella Chronicles Sequel Announced for Wii

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PS3 and Xbox 360 owners are being treated to Resident Evil 5 tomorrow, but unfortunately for Wii owners it won’t be coming to their console of choice (likely ever). To help soften the blow on this fine RE5 launch eve, though, Capcom has announced three Resident Evil titles exclusively for the Wii.

Two are just remakes. As part of a new Resident Evil “Classics” line, Capcom is resurrecting GameCube titles Resident Evil (the remake of the PS1 original) and Resident Evil Zero and enhancing them with Wii Remote control support — sounds exactly like Nintendo’s New Play Control! line of GameCube Wii-makes. Both titles will be out later this year for $29.99 apiece.

The new game of the three is Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, a sequel to 2007’s The Umbrella Chronicles. Like the first game, The Darkside Chronicles is an on-rails light-gun shooter, but in this outing players will get to take on the roles of Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield and relive the events of Resident Evil 2. TDC will also feature a new Evade mechanic and greater emphasis on co-op play with either an AI buddy or a live second player. It’s scheduled to ship sometime this winter, meaning late 2009 or early 2010. Check underneath for the first screenshots.

Sadly, today’s round of Resident Evil Wii news didn’t include anything about the much-rumored Code Veronica remake. But who knows, Capcom may be holding something back until tonight’s RE5 launch party.

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