The WiiWare service has, despite its detractors, been host to some terrific download games, including six BIT.TRIP titles from Gaijin Games. While these titles have been released at retail with BIT.TRIP COMPLETE and BIT.TRIP SAGA on Wii and 3DS respectively, the developer's latest project, Runner 2 - Future Legend of Rhythm Alien was initially confirmed for Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, with WiiWare missing out. Times change and new consoles come onto the horizon, however, and it looks like Gaijin Game's love affair with Nintendo consoles could continue on Wii U.
After confirming to Eurogamer.net that the title was delayed until November, Gaijin Games artist Mike Roush confirmed that a Wii U release was being considered.
My guess is we will always be with Nintendo. Everyone at Gaijin Games is a Nintendo fanboy, so we will most likely continue that relationship in the future. When we made these decisions (on releasing on Xbox and PS3) we never knew about Wii U. So rather than us 'leaving Nintendo', it's that these decisions were made a year ago. We would never leave Nintendo, we love them to death.
As if to reinforce that point, Roush provided insight into an idea that Gaijin had previously joked about internally, creating a blend of BIT.TRIP and the original NES Metroid.
We've been joking around for years about making 'BitTroid' - a mash-up of BIT.TRIP and Metroid. We've never thought about it seriously but we talk about it often. It would be something we'd love to do. We'd need to get a sub-team focused on that and do it in the old BIT.TRIP style.
There's little doubt that a Gaijin Games title would provide a positive early boost to Wii U's download platform. To whet your appetite for the possibility, check out this video of an early build.