Endless Ocean (Forever Blue in Japan) is a video game for the 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.
Discover the beauty of the sea and take part in various activities such as swimming, exploring marine life or cataloguing tropical fish with this new Touch! Generations title. The beauty of Endless Ocean is that you can do as much or as little as you like. The relaxed and calm atmosphere of the game gives you the freedom to explore special locations such as shipwrecks and underwater ruins, discover and interact with sea-life, complete fish logs or simply relax in the soothing environment.
This open-ended game play has been well received.
OverviewEndless Ocean places the player in the role of a scuba diver exploring the Manaurai (Manoa Lai) Sea, in search of sea life and sunken treasure under the guidance of an assistant named Catherine Sunday(Katherine in the US Release). 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 both common and rare species. The player will also encounter dolphins and other cetaceans that can be trained to perform certain tricks and can 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 diving, deep-water oceanic trench exploration, wreck diving, and other activities that might not otherwise be possible in a single real world setting. Both games also lightly allude to paranormal/spiritual phenomena.
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.
The song "Prayer" composed by Secret Garden (a duo) and performed by Hayley Westenra is featured in the trailers for Endless Ocean, as well as in the game itself. Westenra also contributes several other songs including her rendition of the Maori folk song "Pokarekare Ana".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.
The critical reaction to the game has generally been favorable. Famitsu scored the game 35/40, praising the open-ended exploration aspect of the game, the scale of the play area and its soundtrack.British game publication NGamer gave Endless Ocean 88%, calling it "the world's most relaxing and beautiful game", "addictive", and "totally brilliant". 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".Nevertheless, Eurogamer described the gameplay as "pleasant, pretty, bubbly boredom", while GamePro claimed that the "underwater atmosphere is soothing and relaxing but it lacks a crucial element: fun."Electronic Gaming Monthly chose to mock the game instead of presenting a full review.Endless Ocean currently holds a 74% rating, based on 27 reviews, at Game Rankings, and a score of 73 at Metacritic, based on 27 reviews.
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 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 as soon as the player put one or more bowmouth guitarfish into the Aquarium. The exploration mode is not affected by this bug. Recently on YouTube there has been a video posted which shows a glitch in the japanese version of the game but at this moment it is unclear if this glitch is in any other versions but is being looked into by gamers.
A video featuring some major glitches
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