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Karateka Gets The Karate Chop From The Wii U eShop

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Sorry, Prince of Persia fans

There were some pleased retro gamers last year when an ESRB rating suggested that a Karateka remake was coming to Wii U. The original was an action game from 1984 developed by Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner; nostalgia went into a minor overload at the thought of an enhanced remake with modern visuals.

And yet the releases on platforms such as iOS, Steam, PSN and Xbox Arcade have been and gone since last December, without a whiff of the Wii U eShop arrival. Sadly the game's producer, Heather D’Evelyn, has now confirmed to nintendoeverything.com that Wii U was considered but "never went into development", with no plans currently in place for the platform.

This Karateka remake has had fairly mixed reviews, but it's a shame that after a good run of small development projects coming to Wii U, this is one that's gone the other way.

[via nintendoeverything.com]

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User Comments (14)

hiptanaka

#1

hiptanaka said:

I played the demo of this and didn't like it. Felt like a super simplistic "Punch-Out!!" without the uniqueness of the opponents.

Bass_X0

#2

Bass_X0 said:

That "Disappointment" tag seems to be getting used more often these days...

PinkSpider

#3

PinkSpider said:

Surprise surprise another game missed out. I personally not fussed but I am getting sick of hearing this kind of news constantly on here. All the Wii U gets is bad news, makes me :-(

Birthday_Boy

#5

Birthday_Boy said:

I was worried about this game the other day. I was thinking it was scratched by this point Oh well...

Sylverstone

#6

Sylverstone said:

Judging by its review scores, I'm unsure if this is a heavy-handed loss to the eShop.

Gameday

#7

Gameday said:

Don't know about the game but anything that gets dropped is gonna effect someone. Sad new indeed.

ajcismo

#8

ajcismo said:

Had the original in the way back and remember playing it on my dads office computer in the mid 80s. It was kinda fun, but considering this is the first time I'm thinking about it in nearly 30 years, its probably not a big loss for the eShop, re-make or not.

XCWarrior

#9

XCWarrior said:

The game has mediocre to bad reviews on the platforms that is on. Don't put disappointment in the tags - but celebration. We don't need bad games on the system bringing the overall metacritic score of the Wii U down.

Good riddance to rubbish.

aaronsullivan

#10

aaronsullivan said:

It's a fun little nostalgia trip if you played the original, but it felt... small. It had some good thought put into it, too. Wouldn't be worth more than $5 on the eShop. It's not a great fit in the current market.

Dpullam

#12

Dpullam said:

Since it received average reviews at best it doesn't really bother me that it won't get released on Wii U.

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