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Super Motherload Cancelled on WiiWare

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Can't dig out of this hole

Yesterday our attention got drawn to a Super Motherload Kickstarter page, which mattered to us because it was announced for WiiWare two years ago. After searching the campaign from top to bottom we saw plenty of references to PC and Mac releases for the project, but none for WiiWare, so reached out to the developer for a comment.

XGen Studios promptly got back to us to confirm that the WiiWare project is, in fact, no more. The Wii version was cancelled for two reasons: the sales potential was reduced due to the late stage of the console's life cycle, and the developer made a decision to release the title in 1080p HD.

What about Wii U? There's been no mention of that possibility, with non-console versions the focus of the current fund-raising campaign. If you want further confirmation you can check out the official announcement from mid-June, below, which clearly passed under our radar at the time.

Are you disappointed about missing out on Super Motherload, and would you be interested in a Wii U version if it ever became a reality? Let us know in the comments below.


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User Comments (14)



RupeeClock said:

This definitely looks like a cool title, I love excavating the earth for resources like in Terraria or Minecraft.

I can understand the obvious reluctance to release on WiiWare however, a lot of titles have had a tough time making it on that distribution platform, and it was very restricted too.



CommanderAudio said:

I am going to post a video of Bobby McFerrins hit track "Don't Worry, Be Happy" until RCR gets cancelled, which I think is the only in-development game on WiiWare which, if cancelled, I think would be the only one with an impact.



Chris720 said:

It might be moving over to the Wii U I suppose... no point sticking around with the Wii now.



Omega said:

The console generation after next is already coming 2016. So why bother with the Wii U. It's waste of time.



WiiLovePeace said:

Dang but I played the original Motherload on PC with a couple of friends so it wouldn't feel right playing the sequel on a console anyway. I dunno, just feels like a PC game to me.



BulbasaurusRex said:

@PikminMonster There are a lot of Descent fans out there, myself included, that would be highly disappointed if it got cancelled. Then again, besides RCR and Descent, what else is still left that hasn't yet been released in any region?

@Chris720 Why not? The Wii has a large userbase, they'd have to rework it to use the GamePad on Wii U, and there's no problem getting retro graphics like that to fit in the 40 MB size limit (or care if they're in HD or not).



LordJumpMad said:

Pleace your bets everyone, I bet Retro City Rampage is the next game to be Cancelled.



WiiLovePeace said:

@LordJumpMad I bet you it won't get cancelled. Evidence: "It's still coming to WiiWare, no plans for 3DS at the moment though." - Retro City Rampage, 1 hour ago, a reply to someone asking if it was still coming to WiiWare on the RCR facebook page.



ogo79 said:

im afraid you all dont get it.
any game with the word "Mother" in it shall be canceled.
i see what they did there



XGenStudios said:

Hi guys, Taylor from XGen Studios here. With the WiiU around the corner we weren't totally certain what would be in store for us with regards to WiiWare. Combined with our desire to release the game in full HD we have instead opted to focus on developing with the XBLA, PSN, and Steam (mac/PC) platforms in mind. For full information and to support the project, please see our SUPER MOTHERLOAD kickstarter campaign here:

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