Vblank Entertainment has announced that a physical version of Shakedown: Hawaii will be coming to the Wii on July 9th, followed by the Wii U and Steam in August. The Wii version will be limited to 3,000 copies and cost $29.99. This open-world action game first launched for PlayStation 4, PC, PS Vita, and Nintendo Switch via The Epic Game Store in May 2019, followed by the 3DS in September 2019.
Here’s an overview of why the developers decided to release Shakedown Hawaii on the Wii and Wii U via Vblank Entertainment:
“While it still feels like yesterday, it’s been nearly 14 years since the Wii launched. Although we’ve still seen some Wii releases over the past few years, seeing one more wasn’t a given. Indeed, despite my best efforts, it just wasn’t in cards anymore, at least, not for North America. However, as luck would have it, the doors hadn’t quite closed yet with Nintendo of Europe, so it was still able to see a release!
Words truly can’t express how appreciative I am, and I can’t thank them enough for all the heavy lifting they did on their end to make it a reality. It meant the world to me, and these Wii discs specifically hold an immense place in my heart.
As incredibly as it all worked out, unfortunately, Wii discs aren’t region-free, and I didn’t want North American players to be left out. Although I continued talks with Nintendo of America, floating around a Plan B, Plan C… Plan Z, sadly, every idea hit a wall.
The clock was ticking, and after exhausting all other options, I decided to pivot to the next best thing: the Wii U. After all, the Wii U still supported Wii Remotes, Wii Classic Controllers, and even 4:3! So, I rushed against time to port Shakedown: Hawaii to Wii U as well, and get it through certification before that door could close too!
I want to thank everyone at Nintendo for all the support, and everyone there who helped make these possible. To the lotcheck teams, thank you, thank you!”
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