Nintendo officially put the Wii out to pasture when it launched the Wii U back in 2012, but the system - which has sold over 100 million units globally - isn't entirely dead yet.
Publisher Bigben Interactive is preparing to launch The Voice on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and - you guessed it - Wii this November. Based on the hit TV talent show, the title has been developed by Voxler and features artists such as Justin Bieber, Mark Ronson, Olly Murs, Queen, James Blunt, Culture Club, Jess Glynne, Kaiser Chiefs and the one and only Bonnie Tyler. (Ask your parents.)
While the decision to launch this title on an essentially dead system might seem odd, Bigben is keen to stress in its promotional materials that it will be fully compatible with the Wii U thanks to the fact that Wii titles can be played on the newer system - albeit in standard resolution rather than HD.
The Voice launches in the UK in November and will be available as a stand-alone release for £34.99 or with two microphones for £44.99.
If I were Nintendo... I think I'd have to say ''no thanks''' to a Wii version just to stick up for the Wii U.
I thibk the wii u just hit a new low...
At least the Wii U has the Voice on it.
It's doing better than the BBC in that respect....
I think the developers were trying to put their game on Nintendo's latest "Wii" system, but late in development discovered that they were making it for the wrong system. Oops.
(Seriously why? Why is this a thing still. I thought the Wii was dead and buried!)
@BLPs @Moon Agreed.
@InternetBowser Is it ok if I put this here, you inspired me, and I'm not sure a lot of people will click on your link.
Will outsell every WiiU game released this holiday.
I bet this isn't the last time this happens either, I can imagine next holiday Wii gets Just Dance but no Wii U version. And sadly it makes sense.
This is most likely because the developers didn't release the Wii U was a different system 😑
@rjejr At least Ill be releasing a wii u thing come 2018...
That image of Bonnie Tyler suggests there's not a lot between her ears if you can shine a light right through.
Ridiculous, but of course no one cares about that game anyway. Who buys junk like that?
At least the Wii U has Zelda next year..
The last good Wii game is still Rodea the sky soldier.
@BLPs A Wii U thing?
If it's a Showtime Anytime app that would be great, thanks.
Well, it is a way to try an wring out an extra few sales if they can have the game play on either of the two consoles from one version of the game.
Besides, I doubt this game would really suffer not having HD visuals on the WiiU.
@rjejr A Wii U thing yes. Cant commit without raising monry for dev kits etc. And maybe another box too...
The Wii is still much more popular than the Wii U in Mexico, and probably other countries. It has a huge install base that probably has a big overlap with fans of this show. It isn't at all surprising to me that they're putting out a Wii version, and I think a Wii version of this game would be far more successful than a Wii U version.
Yay. More shovelware.
How silly are some company's?
@BensonUii its announced that it won't be backwards compat
@Slim1999 That r-word is not allowed here. Please use another word in future. Thanks.
Money grabbing dummies must be looking at sales figures and think they'll make more money that way.
Makes sense. I know plenty of families with only a Wii.
For Wii ? For Wii U owner, it's simple...
Put that game on Wii U and you will get better looking Wii games on Wii U. At least, you still can count that game as Wii U.
It's also getting just Dance 2017, so and who knows maybe 18 to infinity.
It's pretty simple, Wii U is backwards compatible so why make two versions of a cash in game? Especially since the Wii install base blows away the Wii U.
Nah I'll stick with Guitar Hero and Rock Band for my music needs.
As others mentioned I thought ALL Wii games can be played on the Wii U, so what's the problem?
Maybe the publishers consider the Wii U deader than the Wii.
Considering it will never even get a fifth of the Wii sales maybe it was never really alive apart from a few hardcore fans.
I reckon Rodea the Sky Soldier would have been more successful had they scrapped the Wii U version and simply marketed it as one last great* Wii game.
*It's not great, but it's decent, and it uses motion controls pretty well.
Wait, it isn't going to the WiiU? That is sad. I know the wiiu has BC and all but that is still a snub.
....also her eyes aren't looking straight on in the splash picture...it is a little creepy.
I cant believe Bigben (my favorite video game developer of all-time) finally announced this! I have been waiting for this game for over a year, this is gonna be a system seller for sure!
I think a more... energic "just stop" is in order.
This is just a total eclipse of the heart for the Wii U...
What the heck, why is there no Wii U version?
Playstation 2´s final game, FIFA 14, was released two months before the arrival of Playstation 4. What´s so wierd about this? Sure, PS2 sold over 50 million more units than Wii but still.
It's funny, to this day I have people looking at me with the most confused of faces when I mention the words "Wii U". I often get told "You mean the Wii, right?"
It's amazing how poorly the Wii U has been marketed. I'd put it right up there with the GameCube - another amazing console but just unfairly disregarded by many. The Wii U has some amazing titles and in my opinion out-trumps the Wii's core library entirely (not from a business-standpoint obviously).
I don't see what weird here. Perfect machine for it. Probably outsell a lot of Wii U games as well.
@AlexSora89 I didn't really know who Jontron was, to me he was just the original Peanut Butter Gamer, but his Firework video is just about the best thing I've ever seen on youtube.
"Wii reaches a full decade of being supported at retail!"
It's a bit strange, but the PS2 got games as late as 2013, so I consider this a moderately positive story.
more games than Wii U for chrimbo lol
JonTron is pure awesomeness. His review for The Skateboard Kid is the stuff of legends.
I'll just leave my comment of "..."
@AlexSora89 I think I'm a bit old for Youtubbers. I only know PBG b/c my kids watch him. And Mat Pat, anything he does my kids will watch, and the "Everything that's wrong with..." guy. He's a bit harsh, and full of himself, but at least half his stuff is spot on.
@SM4SHshorts Nah, the Gamecube was way more known than the Wii U, if for no other reason than Smash Bros Melee tournaments... Not to mention the GCN had way more store shelf space allocated to it than the Wii U had at any given time, actually shared multiplatform releases with it's contemporaries, and did in fact receive a fair amount of marketing. Compare that to almost no Wii U shelf space anywhere, very few multiplatform releases, and virtually zero marketing...
Waaaait. Wasnt The Voice already released on Wii? Is there going to be a new Voice game??? As in two in total now?
Also for those that have yet to play it, please check out Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii. It has been screwed over even more badly than Rayman Legends, and needs all the fans it could get.
the ultimate insult to the wii u.
I'll take your "What?" and raise you a...
@rjejr I appreciate that, because my workplace has a block on YouTube...
I don't think NX will have backwards compatibility either. If it uses carts it'll have no disc drive to save costs. Wii u games might be downloadable but to anyone who has physical copies they might get a bad deal. Don't sell your Wii u.
Rock bottom development costs on the Wii. Why bother making it for Wii U. Game is one of those things parents pick up to play at a Christmas party and never touch again. 100 million Wii consoles collecting dust is still 100 million potential sales. And can be played on Wii U anyway.....basically I'm saying it's a cost cutting measure to maximise profits off parents who don't know better
JonTron has an endearing rapid-fire comedy style that I really dig (same goes for Caddicarus and, by extension, Egoraptor in his Sequelitis videos). I'd suggest you to check him out.
"Shovelware: technically counts as third-party support"
Could be a good slogan...
That's the sound of a nation of people dusting off their Wii machines!!1
Well... Not everyone has a Wii U and a Wii game can run on both. Developers just making sure they can sell as many as possible. Smart on the developer side.
I was excited until the page loaded. Was hoping some obscure RPG or like Dragon Quest X......oh well the Voice fans can rejoice
@jedisquidward How have you managed to have an account here for 4 years and think that a post like that is acceptable? No profanity, thanks.
tons of people still have their wii burying inside their house and dont have a wii u so this makes sense
Wii is also getting Just Dance 2017, of course. And the weird thing is, if it follows JD2016, it might even be the best version of the game.
This could be the last Wii game to ever exist....I'm buying it.
A new game coming to a 10-year old system? I guess there are still some developers out there who still can't get enough of the Wii.
Nintendo's must succesful console still goes on
So does this mean I can use the Wiimote to make Miley Cyrus twerk or is this a singing game only?
Let's not get too proud of our snark...
Obviously Wii U is the only console with backwards compatibility, and the Wii is a cheap console that's still readily available and sits in a number of households already.
So...you can play it on your Wii U, or in the old Wii you put in the kid's room. Also, it's not like the target demographic cares about the SD or HD graphics.
@gcunit T R I G G E R E D
It's actually.... Kinda smart.
They technically make it available on the WiiU, but by developing it for the Wii, it has a wider audience and it's cheaper to produce.
Also there will be Just Dance 2017 in Wii.
Now it makes even less sense for Disney to just keep sitting on that already finished "Star Wars: Rogue Squadron Trilogy" Wii game they've got hidden away somewhere in their archives.
"Well, maybe NXt time..."
"Where can I find The Voice on Wii?"
"Turn around, bright eyes."
One thing if it is actually in a brick and mortar store. Otherwise I expect this to mostly be an online sold title.
Wow, that's... actually a really smart move, deliberately exploiting the Wii U's backwards compatibility like that. I gotta give them credit.
This is really late, but why...
@Randomname19 yes it was........
This stinks rodea the Sky Soldier should have been the final Nintendo Wii game.
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