|Japanese title||Forever Blue|
|Followed by||Endless Ocean 2|
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- This is the first game in the Endless Ocean series. For other games in the series see the Endless Ocean category.
Endless Ocean (Forever Blue in Japan) is a video game for the Nintendo 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.
Endless Ocean places the player in the role of a scuba diver exploring a fictional sea in search of sea life and sunken treasure, under the guidance of an assistant named Katherine Sunday. 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 many common and rare species. The player will also encounter dolphins and other cetaceans that can be trained to perform certain tricks and 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-water trench exploration, wreck diving, and other activities that might not otherwise be possible in a single real world setting.
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.
Arika, the game's developer, previously released the games Everblue and Everblue 2 for the PlayStation 2. Both titles featured very similar gameplay to that of Endless Ocean, revolving heavily around scuba diving in search of underwater treasure, as well as photography. The Everblue titles are both played from a first person perspective, while Endless Ocean uses both first person and third person perspectives for movement. Additionally, a fixed first-person perspective is used for close examination.