Odama

Cult Classics: GameCube

Part 3: Ducks, plumbers, wizards, ghosts, pirates.

Did you read parts one and two? Shame on you! Whatever your answer. In our final selection of Cult Classics for GameCube, Keza touches on all the most influential genres: real-time pinball strategy, asymmetrical team-based '80s arcade games, rhythm shooters, and duck-based top-down aviation puzzling.

Odama

Odama

Odama I forgot to write a strapline.

Names like Shigeru Miyamoto and Tetsuya Mizuguchi will be familiar to many reading these pages, but Yoot Saito might not be. Producer and game designer of Odama, Saito was also the architect of the excellent SimTower during a stint with Maxis in the mid-90s, and later the charmingly bizarre Seaman for Dreamcast. Yet while Odama isn't good enough to stop the dust building up on the GameCube for very long, anybody fortunate enough to sit down with it for half an hour is likely to look for his name in future.

Much has been made of Odama's "wacky" high concept - a mixture of pinball and military strategy - and a lot of the review's going to be given over to explaining why it's probably not what you're imagining and how it actually does work. Game manual stuff, basically. Usually I'd feel a bit bad about that, but here I don't - if you don't find the idea interesting, you're not going to like the game anyway.

First of all, picture a pinball table. Now scrub away all the buffers, blinking lights, Vegas presentation and ringing noises and replace them with a battlefield - a grassy basin bordered by mountainous rock, sprinkled with shacks, cut apart by rivers, stone walls, siege towers and hordes of men toting spears.

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Miyamoto talks Odama

And creating new fun.

Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto has gone on record to declare his respect for Yoot Saito, the man behind Seaman and forthcoming GameCube title Odama.

Odama not cancelled - Nintendo

Odama not cancelled - Nintendo

Reports suggest that it's been dumped from the Cube and reborn on the DS, but Nintendo says that's not the case.

Nintendo has denied reports that GameCube title Odama, a curious mixture of the pinball and strategy genres, has been canned and re-envisioned as a Nintendo DS title.

According to a Nintendo representative, who confirmed the position with the company's Japanese headquarters, the report is "100 per cent NOT true".

The suggestion seems to have come from Japan, originally, with the usually reliable Magic Box making the claim in one of its updates this week.

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