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SoulCalibur II HD On Wii U "Isn't Out Of The Question", Says Series Producer

Posted by Damien McFerran

Could Link cross swords once more?

Namco Bandai's weapons-based brawler SoulCalibur II may be getting a HD remaster for the PS3 and 360, but the game still has a chance of coming to Wii U, according to series producer Masaaki Hoshino.

When asked if there was any chance of the title hitting Nintendo's machine, Hoshino replied that it "wasn't out of the question". Namco Bandai is currently showing off the game at the Tokyo Game Show, along with free-to-play instalment SoulCalibur Lost Swords.

The original SoulCalibur II hit the PS3, Xbox and GameCube back in 2003. Each version had its own exclusive character, and in the case of the Nintendo edition it was Link from The Legend of Zelda. The HD remaster will feature Heihachi and Spawn — PS2 and Xbox exclusives respectively — on both PS3 and 360.

An online petition started by fans to get the game onto Nintendo's console has reached around 700 signatures at the time of writing.

[via uk.ign.com]

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TourianTourist

#2

TourianTourist said:

I'm getting a Wii U now due to the Wind Waker Limited Edition GamePad and I would buy SC2 HD first day. It was one of my favorite games on the Cube. Link rocked that game.

dizzy_boy

#3

dizzy_boy said:

Ssoul Calibur 2 on the GC still looks really good visually. I hope that it makes the uump to wiiu too.

RedRocBoy

#5

RedRocBoy said:

Yeah. So many fond memories of play this game on my GameCube. Really hope this happens. Don't see why it wouldn't.

Mochtroid

#6

Mochtroid said:

This would be a DAY ONE purchase for me. Lets cross our fingers in hopes that it actually happens.

Cohort

#7

Cohort said:

The best version of the game was originally on a Nintendo console so it would be a shame if SCII HD didn't make it to the Wii U

Emblem

#8

Emblem said:

Not interested but I'm sure others are so I don't see why they can't do it.

Shiryu

#9

Shiryu said:

Well , sorry to go against the tide here, but I would much rather have a proper, new "Soulcalibur" on the Wii U. Don't get me wrong, I do love and own "Soul Calibur II" on Game Cube, still gets played from time to time on the Wii and I do understand the allure of online play for some people but looking at Namco's free-to-play offerings on PS3 with two of my favourite franchises ("Ace Combat Infinity" and "Soulcalibur Lost Swords") just make me go "I wish I lived on the parallel universe where those would sell at retail as full games on disc for the Wii U...". Well, as of right now Namco's "Tekken Tag Tournament" sits on top of the Wii U's best fighting games (yeah, of a list of two of them! Someone needs to fix this, hear me Capcom?) so the more Namco love on Wii U, the better.

Haywired

#13

Haywired said:

I loved that game, but I would rather see III, IV or V seeing as those didn't make it to Nintendo consoles. Oh well...

XCWarrior

#21

XCWarrior said:

@wasf Read the enitire (short) article and you can see there is a petition.

People, please read at least some of the story before posting. PLEASE.

Loved the original SCII on GCN, but I'm not buying a remake.

wasf

#23

wasf said:

@XCWarrior

my fault, i always read articles, but this time i was a bit excited about the news i didnt notice the bottom line!

Araknie

#24

Araknie said:

I still have te original, make a Soul Calibur VI with a quest based story, then we'll talk about me buying all you want.

Samurai_Goroh

#25

Samurai_Goroh said:

I signed that petition a while ago, never thought that we would hear another word from Namco about this.
But I still stand by what I've said. I own SoulCalibur II on the GameCube, but I would buy it again in a heartbeat for the Wii U. Don't you like my money, Namco?

TruenoGT

#27

TruenoGT said:

I'd definitely pick this up. I anticipated the original so much that I imported the Japanese version for my GC back in the day. To be honest however, I wish Namco would give SC and Tekken a break and revive and update some of their other classic arcade titles such as Ridge/Rave Racer, Ace Combat or Time Crisis.

Shambo

#28

Shambo said:

That would be awesome. As soon as I see 'Soul Calibur 2' the memories of arm-twisting followed by spanking the opponent out of the stage with the Master Sword come back.
I still have the original, but add online, a small graphical update, some extra costumes and maybe the character editor, and it's a relevant game once again. Maybe now, they could add the other two platform-exclusive characters. Tekken is on Wii U anyway now, and if I'm not mistaken the xbox had Spawn by lack of a fitting own character, so no problem there I'd say.

Exile20

#29

Exile20 said:

Everyone please tweet or get on facebook and let them know we want it.

https://twitter.com/hoshino_calibur
https://www.facebook.com/SoulCalibur

XCWarrior

#30

XCWarrior said:

I won't buy a remake, for but for the rest of you guys, I just signed the petition anyway. So I'm doing my part.

Joshers744

#32

Joshers744 said:

So why in the world would it come out for the other two but not for the Nintendo system? I just don't get this stuff.

Cohort

#33

Cohort said:

They could improve the game massively by removing Necrid and replacing him/it with another character..

gohanrage

#34

gohanrage said:

Wasn't the GCN version the highest selling because of LINK? I could of sworn I read that somewhere back when the game had just released. I bought it for GCN

Tasuki

#35

Tasuki said:

OMG yes please. I would buy that in a heartbeat, Soul Caliber 2 was the whole reason I bought my Gamecube. I still play that game from time to time on my Wii.

@gohanrage: I wouldn't be surprised if that was the case I know that a lot of people didn't care for Heihachi and Spawn made the game way to easy from what I have heard. Also Soul Caliber II ran better on the Gamecube than the other two system, not sure why that was but I always thought the graphics looked better on the cube too.

Captain_Gonru

#36

Captain_Gonru said:

@Shiryu Wait, I count at least three. Tekken, Injustice, Avengers, and that's not counting downloadables.
I'd buy it again, though I would also love a new game, too. I'm not greedy, just anxious to give them my money, apparently.

Mk_II

#37

Mk_II said:

SC2 was an excellent game, one of the best-looking games on the Cube and of course the presence of Link gave it that little bit extra.

Kaze_Memaryu

#38

Kaze_Memaryu said:

@Shiryu I don't think a 'new' entry would do the series justice anymore. SoulCalibur turned into a useless spamfest from III onward, so I hope that if this actually happens, they'll just ramp up the visual aspects and add online battles.
Also: of course Tekken is currently the 'best' fighter on WiiU. Injustice and Avengers don't really take balancing seriously.
But there's hope for some actually good fighters making it to the WiiU (Skullgirls, Guilty Gear Xrd and Yatagarasu having the best chances of release).

phazon

#41

phazon said:

@Tasuki it ran better on the gamecube because it was originally a gamecube exclusive featuring Link but then microsoft and sony complained and threw money at namco so they could get it too. So they delayed the game so they could get their own versions with their own exclusive characters since they couldnt have Link. Kinda simular to rayman

allav866

#46

allav866 said:

If Heihachi and Spawn were included for the Wii U version, as well as Link, that would make it the best version of the three, which is the kind of boost the Wii U could use! I don't see why Heihachi and Spawn shouldn't be in the Wii U version.

retro_player_22

#47

retro_player_22 said:

This gives me hope for the game but seriously there was suppose to be no reason why the Wii U won't get a version in the first place as there were three to begin with.

Norik

#48

Norik said:

@Kaze_Memaryu Excuse me? I'm a competitive Soul Calibur player and I can assure you 5 is by far the best game in the series. "Spamfest"? I'm not sure what you mean by that. 3 was unbalanced, 4 was pretty much 2 with fatalities, and 5 is an absolute technical masterpiece. The only bad thing about it was the story mode (not because the story was bad but because it was poorly executed and Namco cut the budget halfway through).

If they ported SCV it'd be the the best fighting game on a Nintendo platform since CvS2 for the Gamecube. Add Link and 3's single player to that and it'd sell like hotcakes.

WebHead

#49

WebHead said:

I hope it comes to the Wii U, but I'm not getting my hopes up. This seems to be the answer from every dev when asked if X game will come to Wii U.

Snkfiend

#50

Snkfiend said:

@wario007 "Really" contradiction you state on the other thread that you would buy Zelda WW HD and that's a remake so what's the difference.

DarrelltheJ

#51

DarrelltheJ said:

Either SCII HD or SC6 with weapon master mode like SCII's. I'd happily buy either on WiiU.

ShadowFox254

#54

ShadowFox254 said:

The reason why I'd bought the game was because of Link. (pretty sure I wasn't the only one who had the same reason) So Namco I need Link or no deal.

ACK

#55

ACK said:

Own it on GCN, will happily buy again. The best iteration of SC2 to date. And Link is the best character the series has seen. Seriously, he's twice as fun and to play as than any other.

PokeTune

#56

PokeTune said:

Well considering Nintendo fan's opinions towards 3rd parties....Never happening

BulbasaurusRex

#57

BulbasaurusRex said:

I'd be interested in this only if there was significant new content like online play and the character creator from future installments. After all, the GameCube version is still a gorgeous game with amazing gameplay.

Xcape_DuCkMAN_X

#58

Xcape_DuCkMAN_X said:

Why not make this standard in the first place like the other two? It sold very well on the GameCube. I'm growing very tired of the trend,,"If Wii U fan demand is high enough." Also, is anyone here aware that the former president of Nintendo had passed away?

JustinH

#59

JustinH said:

I'm not a big fighting guy but I liked this game and would get it on Wii U.

Kaze_Memaryu

#66

Kaze_Memaryu said:

@Norik I guess I should've called it different, but I couldn't find a better word for it.
I'm talking about how the vast majority of characters had a comparably large moveset, but in the end, most players resorted to the few moves that were always effective. This resulted in everyone mostly spamming safe moves instead of going for more diversity. However, I wouldn't blame the players for it, but rather the dev's, who couldn't properly balance the movesets. That's something I always find highly disappointing in every single fighter.

Norik

#67

Norik said:

SCV cut everyone's moveset by nearly 50%. Fixing the problem you addressed was actually one of Project Soul's priorities with this game. Sadly, people didn't like it because the single player sucked, so they seek random excuses to sound like they know what they're talking about.

Also, that's not what balancing means in a fighting game.

Kolzig

#68

Kolzig said:

Namco should make Soul Calibur II HD on Wii U simply because it was the best version. Nobody cares about Spawn or Heihachi. People want Link.

Also the Gamecube version was anyway the best version of the game.

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