Knite & The Ghost Lights is one of the most unique looking titles we've seen on Kickstarter yet, and its creators are aiming to release a Wii U port "close to launch".
Developed by Mobot Studios — which is also behind Paper Monsters — the game offers a mixture of "adventure, storytelling, and action" along the same lines as classics such as Metroid and Castlevania, but its most striking asset is its visuals — everything in the game is handcrafted using real-life models which are then digitised to be used in the game.
Wii U support was revealed recently, with the developer stating:
We will support Wii U at Launch. Well... close to it anyways, it's not like there is a magic port button.
We're really excited about this and have been waiting to announce it. As a Nintendo developer, we just wanted to make sure we crossed all the t's and dotted all the i's before we announced anything officially.
We are super pumped about Wii U. We can really see some great potential in the touch screen for tracking and accessing songs and that sort of thing. Not to mention, two of us (Jon and I - James) have been playing nintendo since we were kids in elementary school together. Thats right, original NES Contra no-death-2-player-run. Beat that!
The visual style of the game looks very much like something Tim Burton would dream up, and the setting is equally unique:
The Ghost Lights - also called "ignis fatuus" or "will-o-the-wisp" - are often seen in Mistland and surrounding places at night, especially over bogs, swamps or marshes. These lights are the lost souls of sinners, self-killers, heretics, witches, abandoned babies, and other people who died in the woods. These souls in the form of green fireflies wander without a rest and suffer in despair. But when Knite plays his melodies some of them have a chance to awake from their despair and reborn again as innocent souls. This special ghost piper melody is a key for them to get released from pain and start over.
Of course, as with any crowd-funding project all of this depends on raising the required cash. The Knite & The Ghost Lights Kickstarter campaign has 5 days remaining with around $19,000 of the $35,000 funding goal raised. This is a title we'd personally love to see on Wii U, but what do you think? Will you be laying down some cash to show your support?