Rodea the Sky Soldier, an action-adventure title produced by Sonic lead programmer Yuji Naka, will be removed from the Wii U and 3DS eShops in Japan next month.
The game's delisting follows similar removals in Europe and North America earlier this year, meaning the title will soon be unavailable digitally across all major regions. As reported by Japanese Nintendo, the game will vanish from both stores in Japan on 4th November, with no reason being provided as to why the title will be taken down.
Wii U and 3DS owners in Japan can still purchase either copy of the game up until that date, and any copies already owned will still be playable.
Rodea's launch was a strange one. Development on the title reportedly wrapped up in 2011 and was destined for the Wii, but the game wasn't released until 2015 and was instead pushed forward to Wii U and 3DS. Copies of the Wii U version included the unreleased Wii version, and the two games featured entirely different control schemes.
In our reviews at the time, we awarded both the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game with six out of ten scores, arguing that the Wii U version is probably the one to pick out of the two – especially if you can track down a physical copy with the Wii game included.
This digital age sure is terrifying.