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Spore Hero is an American Wii spin-off of Spore, developed by Maxis, in which the players focus on creativity and evolution using the unique controls of the Wii. The game was released in North America on October 6, 2009 and worldwide on October 8, 2009.
- 1 Development
- 2 Gameplay
- 3 Characters
- 4 Reception
- 5 Other voice cast
- 6 Planned games/expansion packs
- 7 References
- 8 External links
A Wii spinoff of the game had been mentioned by Will Wright several times, such as in his October 26, 2007 interview with The Guardian.  Eventually, a spin-off under the title "Spore Hero", an adventure game built ground up for the Wii with a heavier focus on evolution, was announced as part of the 2009 lineup along with "Spore Hero Arena" and "Spore: Galactic Adventures""
The first details of Spore Hero began to emerge when MTV's Totilo had an interview with designer Lucy Bradshaw. In it she said that the team was taking a look at Wii Motion Plus for better motion sensitivity. On May 12, EA sent out their official press release for Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena. Several previews began to emerge later. At an event in Los Angeles, GameSpot got another look at Spore Hero. IGN and Gamezone also posted previews as part of their pre-E3 lineup. Spore Hero was on show at E3 2009 and at Comic-Con. In late July, Maxis conducted an interview with several of the major fansites. During it they revealed that one of the choices they made during development was to focus on the story-line of the game. This focus meant that they had to detract from the game's online capabilities.
There are over 6 fun zones (Mushroom Valley, Ancient Grounds, Moonlit Stoneway, etc.) In the Ancient Grounds, there is an entrance to every other zone. Meejee is the first thing the Sporeling ever sees, then, Littly. The rain of shiny red and blue rocks caused trouble to many creatures. Examples: Wallakah got lost by the rain of red rocks, it destroyed the fruit trees in the Babbit's home, and it blocks the Sporeling's continuance to the Moonlit Stoneway. The Sporeling collects the blue rocks and they're also mentioned by Alistaa.
The Sporeling is the main character of the game and was born in the Mushroom Valley. It sees Meejee and has no mouth at all. The other forms are up to the player. Voiced by: Trickles Kanga
Meejee is a blue creature with velvet-pink stripes. He lives in the Mushroom Valley and is very adventurous. In the introduction, he grew spikes and soft wings. The rest of Meejee's tribe only appeared in the Mushroom Valley. Meejee and his tribe have a strong Meejeeic accent. Voiced by: Cory Gorson (introduction, Mushroom Valley) Trickles Kanga (Ancient Grounds)
The villain. He uses red meteors to make creatures go crazy or become aggressive. His name refers to an old game called Zark Hater. He has evil eyes and a British accent. Voiced by: Cory Gorson (introduction) Trickles Kanga (Mushroom Valley) John Pally (Moonlit Stoneway, Mushroom Grove, Moonlit Caverns, Creature Beach)
Orange chicken-dinosaur creatures who like to fight. They have spikes on their backs and have a pointed beak and an Italian accent. Voiced by: Kaylan Bachica (Nokansee) Tasha Sallia (Kweep, Bakkara, Pikee) Lilah Boke (Poknog, Wallakah, Alistaa) Trickles Kanga (Munchy)
With a British accent, Beast is the king of the Mushroom Valley. Beast gets evolved into a cute fluffy creature by Zarkhator. Voiced by: John Pally
Beast's small girlfriend. They are a reference to Beauty and the Beast. Voiced by: Gali Ooma
An old creature who looks after the Ancient Guardian. He has a smooth British accent. Voiced by: John Pally (Ancient Grounds) Cory Gorson (Creature Beach)
A powerful 100 year old guardian-he is even more powerful than the evil Zarkhator. Voiced by: John Pally (Ancient Grounds) Trickles Kanga (Creature Beach)
The Singers are alien-like creatures who like Moon Fruit. One is the leader, two are trapped by critters, and one is trapped by bullies (Slaparf, Garbouil). They have a strong British accent. Voiced by: John Pally (Grub, Gridik) Trickles Kanga (Zinglid) Cory Gorson (Sardok)
The Great Yeti
The guardian of the Singers Tribe. He is trapped in a crystal and the player must free him by getting Grub's friends. He is a reference to Abominable Snowmen. Voiced by: John Pally
A bully who hates Zinglid's singing. Voiced by: Trickles Kanga
Slaparf's twin brother as mentioned by Slaparf. Voiced by: John Pally
Small black animals who refer to creatures. Voiced by: Sasha McCally
Tuber Tongue Plants
Moose-like creatures who live in the Mushroom Grove. Yacque (the leader of the Varakoz tribe) has a slow British accent. Voiced by: John Pally (Yacque) Cory Gorson (Guards)
Koala-like creatures who live in the Moonlit Caverns. They have a Canadian accent. Voiced by: Trickles Kanga
Bird-like creatures who live in the Creature Beach and like to pose. They have a scratchy Meejeeic accent. Voiced by: Cory Gorson
The leader of the Long-Beaks. He looks like a squid and unlike his tribe, has no beak. Voiced by: John Pally
Other voice cast
- Littly (Cory Gorson)
- Espee (John Pally)
- Big Chief (Trickles Kanga)
- Antzy (Bart Porgon)
- Mordok (Mr. Sorlo Gorson)
- Fuzmik (Shirley McGlory)
- Babbit (John Pally)
- Cylopean Epic (John Pally)
- Combat Master (John Pally)
- Social Masters (Shirley McGlory)
- Fruit Stealers (Deko Butler)
- Patman (Lisa McForson)
- The Kirikats (Kanny Paulo)
- The Cylotorns (Feek Shirg)
- The Loskikies (Trout Sallia)
- The Grawaks (John Pally)
- Goglu (Perry Hotdog)
- Grain Eaters (Trickles Kanga and Cory Gorson)
Planned games/expansion packs
- Spore Creature Creator (2008, PC/Mac) – The creature creator element of Spore, released prior to the full game.
- Spore (2008, PC/Mac)
- Spore Creatures (2008, DS)
- Spore Origins (2008, Mobile phone)
- Spore Hero (2009, Wii)
- Spore Hero Arena (2009, DS)
- Darkspore (2011, PC)
- Spore Creature Keeper (TBA, PC/Mac)
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