Reflect on the troubled era of the Wii U generation and you might recall the 2012 launch title Darksiders II, developed by Vigil Games and published by THQ. Being one of the few third-party releases during this time, it remained one of the standout games throughout the system's life - often drawing comparisons to The Legend of Zelda and God of War series.
Around the time of E3 2011, when a number of publishers were then jumping onboard to support the new Nintendo system, the Japanese company asked the team behind Darksiders II to prepare a demo to showcase the game running on the Wii U at annual video game convention. In the end, Nintendo showed the title during its press conference but didn't bother displaying it on the show floor after the team had worked tirelessly on it within the timeframe of a month. Here's the full story about it from a recent Game Informer podcast, according to David Adams - who helped with this project and is now at Gunfire Games:
“That was interesting. Nintendo came to us and said, ‘Hey, can you put this on Wii U? And we’ll show you in the press conference.’ Or when they announced the Wii U. And so we actually said, ‘I mean, we’ll give it a shot.’ I actually helped on that too, because I used to be a programmer. So it was me, our tech director, and our graphics programmer and we all piled into an office and worked on it for like a month and got it all up and running. And then that didn’t last… well actually, Nintendo was going to show it at their booth, and at the last minute they were like, ‘Eh, nevermind.’ But they still showed it in their press conference, so that’s cool. They were like, ‘Just kidding!’ We were working until like middle of the night, every night trying to get it working on the Wii U.”
Darksiders II was well received on the Wii U by fans and critics alike. The original game was also eventually released on the same platform as Darksiders: Warmastered Edition in May 2017, right at the end of the console's lifespan.
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