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Shiggy
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(11-28-2008, 05:18 PM)
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Northfield resident Richard Garcia is working in a “recession-proof” industry on Division Street. He’s a video game designer for a company he founded 13 years ago called Monster Games.
“People will still pay for entertainment,” Garcia said, adding that profits throughout the video game industry are mostly on the rise, despite the national economic slump.
Garcia credits the steady increase to the growing public acceptance of video game playing as a “valid” form of entertainment. Nintendo’s recent widespread marketing of video games as “something for the whole family” with its latest “Wii” system has accelerated that acceptance, he said.
The success of the industry might be helping Garcia’s business thrive, but he said his location has also been a plus. The Twin Cities has a deep pool of talent, he said, and he can usually have his pick of designers since few other video game engineering firms exist nearby. Competition would be much stiffer on the West Coast, he said. Garcia has also hired a number of Carleton College graduates. Garcia, a Saint Paul native, is a 1988 graduate of Tufts University outside Boston.


Right now, the 20 employees at Monster Games are working on a top-secret video game for Nintendo. They’ve worked on it for two years and are nearly finished. The process is so private the designers must darken their monitors when the bottled-water deliveryman enters the office.
The company won Yahoo’s “Best Racing Game of 2006″ award for its last game for the Nintendo Wii called “Excite Truck.” Wendy’s fast-food restaurants across the nation, including the one in Northfield, promoted the game with Excite Truck kids’ meals. But, Garcia said, he believed few Northfielders ever realized the game’s designers lived right in the city.
Garcia is married and raising two daughters, who aren’t quite as avid video game players as he is, he said.
“I encourage them as much as possible,” he said, laughing.
The only bump Garcia foresees for the company in the near future is securing another contract with a video game developer once the contract with Nintendo ends.
“It is kind of nerve-racking,” he said. “Because, with this kind of work, it’s like having to find a new job every two years.”

http://locallygrownnorthfield.org/post/6017/

The project was started in December 2006, so it should be revealed soon. Will it be the rumored F-Zero? Let's wait and see ;)
Last edited by Shiggy; 11-28-2008 at 05:22 PM.
Wii
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(11-28-2008, 05:19 PM)
PLEASE BE EXCITE TRUCK 2!
Hero of Legend
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(11-28-2008, 05:20 PM)
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Originally Posted by Wii

PLEASE BE EXCITE TRUCK 2!

Super Excite Truck sounds better. :P
Shiggy
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(11-28-2008, 05:23 PM)
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Originally Posted by Wii

PLEASE BE EXCITE TRUCK 2!

Would that make any sense? Excite Truck was started in December 2005 and finished in October 2006, eleven months of development. Their new project must be something larger!
TheGreatDave
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(11-28-2008, 05:25 PM)
EXCITE PLS.
Slavik81
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(11-28-2008, 05:25 PM)
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Originally Posted by Shiggy

Would that make any sense? Excite Truck was started in December 2005 and finished in October 2006, eleven months of development. Their new project must be something larger!

Excite Truck 2 AND 3?
AlphaTwo00
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(11-28-2008, 05:25 PM)
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They do specialize in racing games right?

Either way, on board DAY 1
Fantastical
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(11-28-2008, 05:26 PM)
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EXXXXCCIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTEEEEEEEEED about this game
Grecco
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(11-28-2008, 05:26 PM)
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Excite Bike vs. Truck

Bikes vs Trucks! go do it.
Stumpokapow
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(11-28-2008, 05:27 PM)
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surfer girl:

23) Monster Games is developing another game for Nintendo, that is not an Excite Truck sequel.

3) F-Zero is coming to Wii and possibly, but probably not, being developed by Monster Games (according to someone with a rather legimate email address).

Stitch
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(11-28-2008, 05:28 PM)
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Originally Posted by Shiggy

Would that make any sense? Excite Truck was started in December 2005 and finished in October 2006, eleven months of development. Their new project must be something larger!

Excite Trucks VS Street Fighter :O
schuelma
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(11-28-2008, 05:28 PM)
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Originally Posted by Stumpokapow

surfer girl:


Makes all kind of sense
CoolS
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(11-28-2008, 05:28 PM)
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What games did Monster Games do before Excite Truck? Were they any good?
Milhouse31
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(11-28-2008, 05:29 PM)
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EXCITE :(
nightside
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(11-28-2008, 05:29 PM)
please be excite..no...please be EXCITE!!!!!!!!!!!

EDIT: EXCITE f-zero :lol
Mistouze
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(11-28-2008, 05:30 PM)
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EXCITE!
Fantastical
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(11-28-2008, 05:30 PM)
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Originally Posted by CoolS

What games did Monster Games do before Excite Truck? Were they any good?

Wikipedia brings up:
# 1998 - Viper Racing (PC)
# 2000 - NASCAR Heat (PC)
# 2001 - NASCAR Heat 2002 (PlayStation 2, Xbox)
# 2002 - NASCAR: Dirt to Daytona (GameCube, PlayStation 2)
# 2004 - Test Drive: Eve of Destruction (PlayStation 2, Xbox)

And if this is not Excite Truck 2 this is disappointing. :( We need a bigger, better, online game of Excite Truck.
TheGreatDave
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(11-28-2008, 05:30 PM)
Fuck F-Zero. Excite Truck 2 NOW.
Davidion
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(11-28-2008, 05:31 PM)
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EXCITE! >:o
Spiegel
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(11-28-2008, 05:31 PM)
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Originally Posted by Stumpokapow

surfer girl:


F-Ziiro please
Yoschi
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(11-28-2008, 05:32 PM)
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KID ICARUS RACER
Threi
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(11-28-2008, 05:33 PM)
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EXCITE BROS BRAWL


SNAKE TRUCK UNLOCKED
Emotions
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(11-28-2008, 05:35 PM)
I'd gladly takes both a new F-Zero and a new Excite track. These are the kind of racing games i like along with Mario Kart and Diddy Kong Racing. Please Nintendo.........
Davidion
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Wait, wait, wait, wait.


EXCITE TRUCK VS. F-ZERO: BATTLE ROYALE


I know it's true, I know it's true, I know it's true, I know it's true, I know it's true, I know it's true, I know it's true, I know it's true, I know it's true.
jibblypop
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(11-28-2008, 05:35 PM)
excitetruck is one of my all time favorite racing games. if they make anything for nintendo i just hope it's another racing game.
Cow Mengde
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(11-28-2008, 05:36 PM)
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It's Excite Drive By Shooting. It's an FPS racing game where you shoot and race at the same time.
SilverLunar
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(11-28-2008, 05:36 PM)
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Ohh:D I'll hold from buying the first game and wait for this then!

EXCITE2!
slaughterking
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(11-28-2008, 05:36 PM)
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Uh, they better know how to make a game run with 60fps by now if it's really F Zero. D:<
Jethro
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(11-28-2008, 05:37 PM)
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Only 20 employees?

Hm, F-Zero or Excite Truck 2, I want both:D
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(11-28-2008, 05:37 PM)
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Originally Posted by Grecco

Excite Bike vs. Truck

Bikes vs Trucks! go do it.

This, please.

Originally Posted by Stumpokapow

surfer girl and F-Zero

Poo, no. :(
Dartastic
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(11-28-2008, 05:40 PM)
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EXCITEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!



EXCIIIIIIIITETTTTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

yoopoo
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(11-28-2008, 05:42 PM)
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Wow good timing - I was wondering last night what tis developer was doing. Don't think it'll be a direct sequel to Excite Truck. That game didn't do much at retail.
Regulus Tera
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(11-28-2008, 05:42 PM)
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Mario Kart VS F-Zero VS Excite Trucks and Bikes, motherfuckers!
jj984jj
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(11-28-2008, 05:42 PM)
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Rumored to be F-Zero? Really? Well I guess we knew it couldn't be Sega... does it not sell enough for Nintendo to do it them-selves anymore?
Regulus Tera
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(11-28-2008, 05:43 PM)
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Originally Posted by jj984jj

Rumored to be F-Zero? Really? Well I guess we knew it couldn't be Sega... does it not sell enough for Nintendo to do it them-selves anymore?

The last entries in the series underperformed heavily.
blu
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(11-28-2008, 05:44 PM)
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bout fucking time.
Death_Born
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(11-28-2008, 05:44 PM)
F-Zero WX am here!
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(11-28-2008, 05:45 PM)
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F-cite?
Baconbitz
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(11-28-2008, 05:47 PM)
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Originally Posted by Cow Mengde

It's Excite Drive By Shooting. It's an FPS racing game where you shoot and race at the same time.

I don't wanna see the control scheme for that.
Fuu
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(11-28-2008, 05:48 PM)
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Is it possible that it's a "casual oriented" title?
Threi
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(11-28-2008, 05:49 PM)
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Originally Posted by Baconbitz

I don't wanna see the control scheme for that.

too bad.

Nunchuk analog stick - steer
Wiimote IR - Aim and Shoot
bigmakstudios
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(11-28-2008, 05:50 PM)
It should be called Excite, or Excitement, and have a wider range of vehicles. Bikes, trucks, cars, etc.
Cow Mengde
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(11-28-2008, 05:50 PM)
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Originally Posted by Baconbitz

I don't wanna see the control scheme for that.

Nunchuck + accelometer for steering, Wiimote for aiming.

Edit - beaten
Link
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(11-28-2008, 05:50 PM)
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Hell, I'll take either Excite Truck 2 or F-Zero.
acidviper
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(11-28-2008, 05:50 PM)
So its Kid F-Zero Excite Truck II online???
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(11-28-2008, 05:52 PM)
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If it's F-Zero they better not fuck with it and give it nice like it was on SNES and N64.
Fantastical
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(11-28-2008, 05:53 PM)
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Originally Posted by bigmakstudios

It should be called Excite, or Excitement, and have a wider range of vehicles. Bikes, trucks, cars, etc.

That would be great. I think the problem with the first one is just that it was a bit rushed. Given 2 years, (although reports say that this isn't Excite Truck 2) the game could turn into something really awesome. And the graphics on the first one really weren't that bad considering it was a launch game... I'd like to see what they can do now.

Originally Posted by acidviper

So its Kid F-Zero Excite Truck II online???

Wrong. The full name is... Kid F-Zero Excite Truck II: Pikmin 3.
Stop It
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(11-28-2008, 05:54 PM)
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Originally Posted by jj984jj

Rumored to be F-Zero? Really? Well I guess we knew it couldn't be Sega... does it not sell enough for Nintendo to do it them-selves anymore?

Hey, Excite Truck was awesome, I fully trust Monster Games to produce the goods if they are indeed working on F Zero.

Still, I would rather Excite...something!
EmCeeGramr
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(11-28-2008, 05:57 PM)
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F-Zero... with G-Diffuser-equipped Big Damn Trucks.
Visualante
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(11-28-2008, 06:01 PM)
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Originally Posted by Stumpokapow

surfer girl:

Oh. She's back

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