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Rodea the Sky Soldier Still in Development for Wii and 3DS

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Quite a delay for a Wii flight

Rodea the Sky Soldier has been a project in development purgatory, or so it seems to us here at Nintendo Life. For a couple of years infrequent updates have confirmed that the game is still set for Wii and 3DS, with the title being strung along every step of the way; for his part Sonic the Hedgehog co-creator Yuji Naka said his part in the game was finished nearly two years ago, putting the emphasis on publisher Kadokawa Games.

It seemed to be too late for the Wii version back then, and yet amazingly Kadokawa Games' President, Yoshimi Yasuda, has come out and said that the game is still on its way to release, stating that all went quiet due to a loss of media interest — which was probably caused by the lack of updates and progress — and that the controls for the 3DS version didn't feel as tight and optimised as the studio wanted. The 3DS version is said to be 70% complete, while we assume the Wii version is practically finished, as it supposedly was back in 2011.

It's hard to know what to make of this latest "update"; there may still be an optimal time for the 3DS release as the handheld continues to gain momentum, but the audience actively buying new Wii games — not to mention retailers actually willing to stock and distribute new releases for the system — is surely decreasing with every passing month. If the Wii release does still arrive in the future, we don't expect sales to be at all impressive, though with good marketing and distribution the 3DS entry should have a fighting chance.

It's a shame that this project has had such a difficult road to the market so far, as the original trailer below is so full of promise.

Thanks to Ryan Millar for the tip.

[via nintendoworldreport.com]

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User Comments (46)

TheAdza

#3

TheAdza said:

The Wii version should be quickly upscaled and released on the eShop for Wii U. Same for the 3DS release. I thought that this game might come back with Prope making one of the new Streetpass games, but not under the same publisher that doesn't seem to be pushing too much to get it done.

arrmixer

#4

arrmixer said:

looks promising enough .. wait and see i guess...
also there was a movie promo before the clip started.. is this on purpose?

Nintex

#7

Nintex said:

I will get this for both systems. This game has been in Limbo for quite some time. Glad to hear it isn't dead.

Zyph

#8

Zyph said:

IMO I think it's more practical for the Wii version to be ported on Wii U. Yuji Naka said he didn't want the GamePad to be the main control scheme for the game so he hesitated. But seeing Pikmin 3 as a Wii U title and the Wii remote/Nunchuck as the primary control scheme for the game it just makes sense to just port Rodeo to Wii U. He can just use the GamePad for maps and inventory, etc. Sales wise it's already quite impractical to release it on Wii.

unrandomsam

#9

unrandomsam said:

I don't want it on the 3DS unless the controls are really good I am glad that they feel the same. (Most important thing for me is tight controls). If the choice is reduce the visual quality in order to get 60hz and tighter controls I would take it every time. (Hardly anyone would though it seems).

Hitman_masked00

#10

Hitman_masked00 said:

How about he work with Nintendo to upscale the game at full HD on the Wii U. Apart from the Wii I doubt it will sell well so on Wii U it might make more money. About the 3DS yes this game would be excellent for a handheld system and if marketed good by Nintendo the game would sell much like Animal Crossing and Awakening.

unrandomsam

#11

unrandomsam said:

If it goes on the WIi I will get it for that. (Best to be on the original system that something was designed for).

bouncer0304

#12

bouncer0304 said:

Great to see it's still being worked on. I enjoyed the trailer greatly. However, if the 3ds version isn't ready by the end of the year, either release it on the Wii as is (there are a few games still coming out so it's not dead yet) or move both to being eshop exclusives. I hope it comes through as i've been looking forward to it since it was announced two years ago. I don't want it to be rushed but the Wii will more than likely be dead after christmas as there's no planned games beyond Zumba later this year.

unrandomsam

#15

unrandomsam said:

If I am going to play it it will have to be on the Wii I want the wii controls

(Even Sin and Punishment I thought I would want to use dual stick but then I realised it is loads better with the wiimote.)

Adventage is I can just order it from play asia when it comes out. (And hope for a riivolution translation later on if it is needed).

Samurai_Goroh

#16

Samurai_Goroh said:

Whoa! A game in development for Wii? I liked it a lot when it was first announced and I like it still. If this is released on Wii in the EU PAL region (a big if) I will definitely get it. There is about 100 million Wii consoles around the world, so sales shouldn't be such a disaster, at least the install base is there.
@unrandomsam Nailed it. After playing a lot of the first game with the GC controller, I couldn't make myself do so for Successor of the skies. Wii remote and nunchuk are amazing!

nik1470

#17

nik1470 said:

Could be one on those late in the life cycle gems and if it is, it will be a nice selling point for backwards compatability

MAN1AC

#18

MAN1AC said:

I kept waiting....and waiting for this game :( I'm actually surprised that they didn't cancel it by now.
@Zyph
Yea I dont see why they wouldn't port it over. Releasing it on the Wii is pretty much sending it out to die at this point.

sinalefa

#19

sinalefa said:

Looks cool and I had no idea this game existed. Whether it is on Wii or Wii U, a Wii U can still play it, so I would be ok with either system getting it.

Windy

#20

Windy said:

@Samurai_Goroh I hope your right about Wii. I think there is still so much more which can be done with Wii like this game for instance. A biggy would be to actually release Dragon Quest X in North America and Europe for Wii. Its a Wii game and if its ever localized I bet they do it on Wii-U. Might be my reason to buy a wii-u. Maybe not. With the WiiU's poor sales though I doubt we ever see Dragon Quest X. It seems it would make better sense to release it to Wii

IAmNotWill

#22

IAmNotWill said:

Wow, I remember when they first announced this. They should just port it to the Wii U.

Samurai_Goroh

#23

Samurai_Goroh said:

@Windy I thought about Dragon Quest X, but like you said it is highly unlikely that we see the game released even on Wii U, let alone Wii. Last time I heard about it, Square-Enix were doing a PC port. Plus, I'm not that interested in DQX because unlike the previous games, this one is an MMO and I don't like those kind of games. Nor would I pay fees to play it. Square really had to screw up and monetise on what used to be a good classic RPG saga. Dragon Quest IX was so darn good on Nintendo DS, but this is hardly the same game.

aaronsullivan

#24

aaronsullivan said:

Agree that a port to Wii U even if eShop only is a good idea. Ideally, do a Wii, Wii U, and 3DS release since the Wii version is probably complete. That could just be something unannounced as of yet? If not, it's probably too late to pull off. Seems like an interesting game, though.

sketchturner

#26

sketchturner said:

I have been hoping and waiting for an announcement like this! If this comes to the Wii, it will be the happiest news for me. I don't plan to ever buy another game system, and this is the one final game I wanted released on the Wii. I would buy it in a heart beat.

WiiLovePeace

#28

WiiLovePeace said:

Wowzers! I was just thinking about this game a few days ago (& thinking about it every now & then since its announcement) wondering how sad it was that the publisher held back a perfectly good Wii game when it could've used it.

Personally I don't see the Wii is dead though, sure it receives very little new titles but I still play games on mine all the time (I have one in my bedroom, & one in the loungeroom) & I'd love to play this game on a TV. I really hope the publisher is crazy enough to release it outside of Japan on Wii, or at least turns it into a Wii U game.

I'm just happy to hear the game being talked about again :) Weird they would blame the media though when who is going to talk about the game when there is no news to talk about?

Mikau94

#30

Mikau94 said:

it's been what, two or three years since we heard anything about this? I am still looking forward to this.

Sir_Deadly

#31

Sir_Deadly said:

Haha soo ironic because somebody has just responded to me on this youtube video before i came to this site. I hope they upscale for Wii U though!

accc

#33

accc said:

This was one of my most anticipated Wii games. Please let it come out!

B3ND3R

#35

B3ND3R said:

I would love to play this game on the 3DS, If it is sold as a retail Wii game, I'll buy it up in a heartbeat, would be even better if it was on Wii U though, but I won't complain, great games are great, no matter the console.

Henmii

#36

Henmii said:

This will never hit the Wii! The Wii is dead! Just bring it to Wii u!

But I agree with B3ND3R: I would still buy it if it would appear on Wii! But that won't happen!

brucelebnd

#37

brucelebnd said:

honestly I don't care what it comes out on Wii or Wii U, I'm buying it day 1. it'd be nice if it were on the eShop but releasing on the Wii makes sense. so many people have Wiis

just glad it isn't dead

Nomad

#39

Nomad said:

This is brilliant news. I had given up hope of ever seeing this game get released as it just disappeared of the radar. It looks great, shame its not coming to Wiiu though.

Volmun

#40

Volmun said:

i forgot about this.. woopse.. lol still it looks like a amassing game.

Squid

#43

Squid said:

I don't know what's so impressive about this. It looks boring to me honestly. Plus it reminds me of Skyloft too much.

thatguyEZ

#44

thatguyEZ said:

ohh this looks pretty tight! i hope the 3DS version makes it west, or at least comes out on the NA eshop because I would definitely pick it up.

Araknie

#45

Araknie said:

My RGB cable is gone and i've finished all the remaining Wii games i wanted to.
Too Late.

AJWolfTill

#46

AJWolfTill said:

If they had any sense they would release it on the Wii U eshop... they will be burning money if they try to release it on the wii. Who knows what will happen with this. It's in a pretty unique situation.

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