Finally! After years of no real Doctor Who video games, it’s been announced that Doctor Who games will start appearing on the DS and Wii within the year. Through the years there have been very few if any Doctor Who video games on any platforms. That’s been the one area where we haven’t see the Who genre really explode.

There was a Tops Trumps Doctor Who game released, but that was simply a version of the Top Trumps Who game and had very little to do with actual video game formats. The original Doctor Who run ended in the mid 1980’s before video games really took off. Now with everything having some sort of video game, it’s good to hear that the Doctor and his friends will be coming to a console near you.

Nintendo has signed a £10 million contract to bring Doctor Who to Wii and DS consoles, according to tabloid reports.

The Sun says that the company plans to have the game, which will be based around Matt Smith’s Doctor, in shops in time for Christmas 2010.

“This has been in the pipeline for years,” an insider is quoted as saying. “We’re delighted to have finally nailed down a deal.

“We went with Nintendo as they have huge appeal for families and Doctor Who is very much a family brand. The Wii console is key for us as it’s something families play together.”

The BBC is apparently keen to monitor the game closely and has rejected anything too violent.

The insider continued: “BBC Worldwide, which licenses BBC shows, has been trying to find some way of doing it. But you can’t have Doctor Who blowing things to bits with a laser gun. That would massively change the nature of the show.”

2 Responses to Doctor Who Video Games for Wii and Nintendo DS

  • Sslaxx says:

    Not Nintendo directly, I'd imagine. A third-party developer, very probably. Hopefully someone like Telltale Games.

  • Yeah I don't think it was implied that Nintendo would be developing the games themselves. That's just the platforms that the games will come out on at the moment. I'd imagine if they become quite successful, we'll see other consoles jump on board… With the BBC's permission naturally. Given than the DS and Wii have a larger install base than any other platform at the moment, that's a good place to start in my view.

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