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Kapow! Wii U And Wii Versions Of Young Justice: Legacy Are Cancelled

Posted by Damien McFerran

3DS version is still coming, though

We've been hearing some ominous rumours of late, but it has finally been confirmed via the game's Facebook page that the Wii and Wii U versions of Young Justice: Legacy have been cancelled.

The superhero title — which is based on the Cartoon Network series — is still coming to the 3DS, however.

Here's the official word:

Based on several factors we've had to cancel the Wii and Wii-U versions of Young Justice: Legacy.

We regret that this decision will prevent some fans from playing the game and the finding out what happens in the story. There were a number of reasons ranging from quality issues to lack of retailer support, but know that we didn't make this decision lightly. We are a fairly new company, and unfortunately both of these platforms presented challenges we couldn't overcome.

Please accept our sincere apology.

We look forward to delivering the Xbox360, PS3, 3DS, and Steam versions in less than a month.

Were you looking forward to picking the game up on Wii U or Wii? Let us know by posting a comment.

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Flash-Jordan said:

Oh dear but on a positive note deus ex is out and it is great! Speaking of which nintendolife when is your review going live?



Marshi said:

Oh no! A licensed game that will inevitable be a huge cash in with no good gameplay isnt coming to wiiu! Il cry man tears of manliness while playing deus ex until batman arkham origins can quell the upset in my heart! #sarcasm



Kaze_Memaryu said:

I don't buy it. Developing for WiiU isn't any more difficult than for PS3/X360, so I fail to see how Wii/WiiU development were too much of a challenge.
That said, the game looks just as stiff as I expected, so it's no big deal, either.



SirMime said:

I was actually debating getting this, but at the same time I can see it being an average to bad licensed game. The only reason I was tempted was because I enjoyed the tv series so much. Looks like they've saved me some money and the bad taste of this title.



Einherjar said:

They considered a Wii version ? Really ? I think i have an idea where the problems came from -.-
Was the Dreamcast version also canceled ?
Jokes aside, not a big personal lost, but sad nonetheless that yet another publisher toots in the same horn as others.



dizzy_boy said:

No retailer support, another poor excuse. Retailers are always happy to pick up the crappy licensed games.



Rief said:

Their excuses are really dumb.
It is actually pretty easy to develope for the Wii U, ans show me one Retailers that doesn't sell Games like this.
Also, the Quality?
If the PS3 and 360 are enough, so are the Wii and the U, the Wii might be weaker than PS3 and 360, but not to such an extend that a Game looking like this isn't possible to achieve.



MAB said:

Awwww! I guess I will just go back to playing better games like Sonic Lost World & Deus Ex



HopeNForever said:

Judging from the comments on Facebook, it seems the decision is upsetting far more people than Nintendo Life visitors. Little Orbit is really emphasising on the "lack of retailer support" behind such decisions, and oddly they are publishing Monster High: 13 Wishes exclusively on all current Nintendo platforms. In addition, it seems odd they would cancel the Wii version in itself, which still has a large enough active audience even if the platform fell out of "serious gamer" radars in the past few years.

I always felt that small game publishers, especially who are notable for having a heavily licenced games library in their portfolio, were deemed to be very unreliable.



Emblem said:

All impressions of this game have been bad so far and they have priced it really low so i assumed the worse anyway.



belmont said:

Young Justice was a great show with clever story telling. This with Avengers Earth Mightiest Heroes are my favorite ones. Before them the 90's superhero shows were better than the recent ones in my opinion.

As far as the game is concerned, even though I have a Wii U I would go for PS3 anyway.



MrGawain said:

TV series cancelled due to lack of merchandise sold, merchandise cancelled due to lack of TV series.

Be honest: Was this game going to be any better than something like Ben 10? I actually think some of the cancellations/non port status of games to the Wii U has given it an excellent quality to calamity ratio.



rjejr said:

@cookiex - ""Lack of retailer support"? That's a new one."

I've never heard of this game before - or the tv show - but that comment is worrisome if there is any truth to it at all, the Wii U has enough problems as it is. (Not going to affect Wii 1 iota.)

It also has a DL option in the eShop so retailer support shouldn't be an issue, just make it DL only.



belmont said:

I don't get why someone can be so sure that this game will be bad. Sure they have showed zero footage but this is the case for a lot of games.



TreonsRealm said:

This feels like no big loss when you consider that we dodged a bullet with Aliens: Colonial Marines but got saddled with garbage like Walking Dead (Not the good one) and Fast & Furious: Showdown. I would happily give up a lot of the licensed crap on the Wii U in exchange for some of the higher profile releases Nintendo fans missed out on, the Transformers Cybertron series on PS3/360 jumps to mind. Hey Activision, if you're listening how about giving us both games on one disc and throw in some extra goodies (like Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition)?

As for the retail excuse for Young Justice, that's the dead giveaway that they simply didn't want to bother (WB has been pulling a lot of BS with the Wii U this year). The eShop effectively eliminates the retail risk (cost) and we've already seen it work for Fist of the North Star which had no retail disc and Tank! Tank! Tank! which bombed at retail but found new life through its eShop "pay for what you want" model. I just wrote a 2 piece article on my site titled "Is It Really Worth Supporting Third Party's On Wii U?" and Warner Bros. didn't score as high as you'd think. They are in the same boat as UbiSoft right now and I could see both companies drastically pull back support next year unless Xbone and PS4 fumble and they need to make games on a Nintendo console again. A scenario that has happened many times in the past with third party companies and Nintendo consoles.



SirQuincealot said:

this looks like the teen titan game i have on gamecube, with more characters and new graphics...

not promising



Yamitora1 said:

Nintendo needs to man up, admit they screwed up by rushing the Wii U's development and release, and correct the issue by developing and releasing a better console that is up to par or better then 8th gen quality, not 7 or 7.5 gen quality.

I mean Nintendo never felt bad about releasing version after version of the DS, why should the Wii be any different? Nintendo has forced players to buy the latest handheld to play the latest games, nintendo can take this same business model and apply it to the home console. Also, give the home console the ability to play game cube and WII games and it will make the fans happy.

Of course given the quality of this game, I don't place blame on nintendo, but the game developer. That looked pretty gen 6 or gen 7 quality. Heck a few minutes of that game play looked like social network game quality.



Captain_Gonru said:

@cookiex @dizzy_boy This is particularly funny to me this week. I went to my local Target to discover that the store wouldn't be carrying Batman: Arkham Origins in stores for Wii U, only on their website. They had the Vita version on the shelf, for Pete's sake, but not the Wii U.



Darknyht said:

This would have been a rental, if Redbox carried Wii U, for me. There are too many other games on my list right now. Wii Fit U, Wii Party U (need another controller), Batman: Arkham Origins, Mario 3D World for starters.

That isn't even talking about the pile of shame I have to still get through for Wii and Steam.



Dreamcaster-X said:

Lack of retailer support my donkey!! That's code for "we're almost bankrupt & need to get this pile of crap out the door & the closest finished product is on the current gen consoles".
Please watch the profanity — TBD



sonicfan1373 said:


The difference is that the DS and the DS Lite had the same library of games and DSi was released 4 years later and it only added a small library of games that could not be playable on its predecessors.

Developing and releasing a more powerful console in a short time will make their situation worst. Firstly, they will piss off all of the remaining third-party's who are supporting them (Sega, Capcom, many cash-strapped indies who are taking a risk by developing for the system, and to a point WB and Ubisoft). Secondly, a new system would also be rushed to the market and have the same trouble that the Wii U is having but to a greater extent (Nintendo is just starting to make HD games and their internal devs have only just started to learn how to effectively use Wii U's hardware [which has already caused them delays in developement]; these people will not be able to release anything meaningful on totally new rushed out hardware which a hypothetical new console would through the same software drought as Wii U, maybe even bigger). Thirdly, people who have purchased the Wii U (Nintendo's fanbase) early on will most likely not risk purchasing a totally new system (that will most likely be more expensive) if the Wii U were to be discontinued so early in its lifecycle.

Also, hardware power is irrelevant when it comes to most devs. By many developer accounts the Gamecube was easier to develop for and more powerful than Playstation 2, yet the GC did not receive many of the multi platform titles that were released on the PS2 and Xbox. Hardware is also not relevant in the case of Young Justice Legacy, because they are making a 3DS version (and 3DS is much less powerful than Wii U). I think EA said it best when they stated they make games on systems with a high install base; when speaking about Battlefield 4, they said they would make a Gameboy Advance version if they thought they had an audience there. Also, compare the 3DS with PS Vita, and DS and PSP. Lastly, other next-gen systems are coming with glorified tablet-processors and last-gen mid-range GPUs; if people only purchased systems for graphics then many people would have simply just bought a PC.

I think Nintendo messed up with the Wii U in 2013, but I still believe the Wii U has a lot of potential. It is more powerful and versatile than current-gen systems yet much less expensive to make than next-gen system; it is also offering a brand new ways to interact with the TV. What Nintendo needs to do is make logical bundles available for the holidays, advertise the system, and release more games. When the 3DS was having its tough period in 2011, many people recommended that they should just abandon the system and either rush another system to the market or just drop out from the console race all together, which is my opinion would have been a mistake.



yvanjean said:

I'm just happy for little Timmy not having to play this game. Poor kid would blame himself for poor performance when in really it's just the game that is crappy.



Laxeybobby said:

@cookiex - "Lack of retailer support"? That's a new one."

I'd say this was very accurate statement. My local Game store has relegated the Wii U to two small shelves with no WiiU brand advert board at the back of the store right beside the previously owned games.

Where as Xbox and PS3 have a whole wall each, and XBox One and PS4 have the front of the shop. With Nintendo Wii and 3DS/DS sharing a few shelves in the middle.

I would say that's evidence of lack of retail support.

I went visiting a major city in the UK last week and took the opportunity to visit several bigger stores, GAME and HMV and both these had one unbranded shelf with Wii U games and accessories. None had any new releases!

Make of it what you will - but for me this is devastating evidence that retailers had abandoned the Wii U



Windy said:

Was this by any chance a Kickstarter Game? If so, Something smells rotten



Williaint said:

This is the first I've heard of this game being developed. I have no clue what "young justice" is... It looks like one of those Ec games, targeted at the 5-10 crowd.



Gate_Shikimuri said:

I get cancelling the Wii version, but why cancel the WU version? Is the WU that hard to make games for? Hell, it supports Unity!



D3athBr1ng3r187 said:

@Williaint This crap was at E3 and the game and gameplay was nothing but an epic fail knockoff of Marvel Alliance/X-Men Legends series with low tier quality to children sadly the Wii U community isn't missing out on nothing.



LoveSugoi said:

It'll sell like hot crap anyway.

At least now when it bombs on all the systems with bigger audiences, no blame can be placed on the Wii U.



CaPPa said:

They are right, retailer support is terrible for the Wii U at the moment. It was impossible for me to find a copy of 'The Wonderful 101' (ended up buying digital) and had to go to 4 stores to find Splinter Cell (there was 1 copy in Walmart). I haven't seen Deus Ex anywhere either.

My son wanted Young Justice on the Wii U or even the Wii, but I guess we'll have to pick up the 360 or PS3 version now (probably when it's on sale as they are not the preferred platforms).



Jllanos22 said:

I'm getting this game for 3ds no matter what!!!!
Gotta now what really happen in that 5 year gap!!!



Gamer_Natalie said:

I am not phased by this, im upset that they take away a bunch of WiiU exclusives and DLC's and what not, but i hate DC, so its all good

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