Super Meat Boy's Wiiware Release Canceled

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#51 Posted by Korolev (1715 posts) -

Well... that's unfortunate for Wii owners. But not every game comes out on every console, that's the nature of the gaming business. And if you're visiting this site, surely you have a PC you can play it on (I mean, come on, it doesn't exactly require "high-end" PC parts) although the game is not fun with a keyboard.  
 
I don't think it'll have a disc-based release. Not enough mainstream appeal. It's a great game, but not one that will drive people to the stores. Chances are if you really like a game like SMB, you  
 
1) Probably already have it  for the PC 
2) Probably own more than one console.

#52 Posted by RecSpec (3863 posts) -
@TehFlan: No internal hard drive, so everything is based on SD cards.
#53 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11930 posts) -

It was the right decision. If you are posting on this internet forum, you probably already own a 360 or a computer that runs an OS more advanced than Windows 98. 

#54 Posted by Dedlok (35 posts) -
@Prodigal said:
" Isn't this news almost 2 weeks old? "
Actually it's like 2 months old seeing as they posted that they weren't going to do the Wiiware version on their Twitter account because of the size limitations and were looking into doing a Retail edition back in early to mid November.
#55 Posted by LordAndrew (14430 posts) -
@ArbitraryWater said:
" It was the right decision. If you are posting on this internet forum, you probably already own a 360 or a computer that runs an OS more advanced than Windows 98.  "
Not everyone can run it well. There are issues with getting the game to run properly for some people, and it's difficult for the developers to fix those issues with their limited resources. So no, not every computer with an "OS more advanced than Windows 98" can run it.
#56 Posted by LordAndrew (14430 posts) -
@Dedlok said:
" @Prodigal said:
" Isn't this news almost 2 weeks old? "
Actually it's like 2 months old seeing as they posted that they weren't going to do the Wiiware version on their Twitter account because of the size limitations and were looking into doing a Retail edition back in early to mid November. "
Are you referring to this? If so, that post is less than two weeks old.
#57 Posted by ch3burashka (5126 posts) -
@Prodigal said:
" Isn't this news almost 2 weeks old? "
YARP. It's not news, it's olds. *rimshot* 
 
Sucks balls for them. Microsoft has been consistently pushing the limits of XBLA, allowing bigger and bigger games. It's a real dick move on Nintendo's part to maintain their cap. However, a retail version of SMB would be pretty dope, especially with that box art.
#58 Posted by TheUnsavedHero (1254 posts) -

Bummer for the Wii crowd. They could use some good downloadable games and this one was one of the best last year.

#59 Edited by l3illyl3ob (284 posts) -

Maybe not everyone visits every gaming news site, so news is welcome if it's old or not, but it's still completely ridiculous how old this is. This may have been worth reporting... a month ago. Wanting your news to be timely is not an unreasonable desire.  I like it when there's news stories posted relevant to the interests of the site, but I'd like it a whole hell of a lot more of they were posted when the news was actually news. This is just getting silly, now.
 
 @LordAndrew said:

" @Dedlok said:

" @Prodigal said:
" Isn't this news almost 2 weeks old? "
Actually it's like 2 months old seeing as they posted that they weren't going to do the Wiiware version on their Twitter account because of the size limitations and were looking into doing a Retail edition back in early to mid November. "
Are you referring to this? If so, that post is less than two weeks old. "
  They've announced that the WiiWare release wasn't going to happen before that twitter update, they just posted that again because people wouldn't stop asking them about it.  I remember them talking about  how they were looking for a disc publisher a month or more ago.
#60 Posted by InfamousBIG (3212 posts) -
@Apathylad
@InfamousBIG: Kessler wrote this. But yeah, I agree that this is too old and not worth posting at this point.
Whoops, my bad, I wasn't paying attention. Okay, I have a free pass to hate on Nicholson again in the future.
#61 Posted by wickedsc3 (1046 posts) -

Stuff like this is why Nintendo has not gotten any of my money since the NES.  They just dont offer up the games most ppl want to play.

#62 Posted by S0ndor (2716 posts) -

Taking a few days to write up a nice article is OK, but this is pre-holiday season stuff.

#63 Posted by JauntyHat (325 posts) -
@wickedsc3:  
You must have some seriously picky tastes if nothing in the SNES, N64, or Gamecube tickled your fancy.
#64 Posted by torian (8 posts) -

I don't see why they couldn't break the game into three equal parts and charge for it episodic style.  
 
@wickedsc3: you do realize that Nintendo has only reported one quarter in the red ever, right?

#65 Posted by Siphillis (1297 posts) -
#66 Posted by JackSukeru (5922 posts) -

Well no biggie I played it on the PC instead... with Keyboard controls. It was alright.

#67 Edited by Mikazukinoyaiba (105 posts) -
@Gap said:

" And nothing of value was lost "

Ain't that the truth, nobody who would care about SMB plays the Wii. They either have a 360 or a PC. 
 
@Hailinel said:
 I'm sure that there were some Wii-only gamers that were looking forward to it, and it's a shame that they might have to wait for a disc release to get it. "
Sir, a Wii-only gamer is a myth. They exist in the realm of Unicorns, Elvis, and a bad Mass Effect game. 
 
If you have a Wii and are satisfied with it, you probably were never interested in SMB or games that require actual work.
#68 Posted by Tireyo (6447 posts) -
@Mikazukinoyaiba: I'm a Wii only gamer (Other than a few offbeat PC games like The Sims 3). Wish that I had a 360 and a PS3 though so I could play some games I'm missing out on like Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, Little Big Planet Franchise, Pac-Man Championship DX, Braid, Limbo, and more!!! If Super Meat Boy came out on Wii, I would really consider on buying it. So it's bad news for me hearing that it isn't. = - (
#69 Posted by DG991 (1344 posts) -

Wii fail.... 

Nintendo better release a good next gen console soon... 

#70 Edited by Dedlok (35 posts) -
@LordAndrew said:

" @Dedlok said:

" @Prodigal said:
" Isn't this news almost 2 weeks old? "
Actually it's like 2 months old seeing as they posted that they weren't going to do the Wiiware version on their Twitter account because of the size limitations and were looking into doing a Retail edition back in early to mid November. "
Are you referring to this? If so, that post is less than two weeks old. "
Actually I was refering to http://twitter.com/#!/SuperMeatBoy/status/29340744283 combined with http://twitter.com/#!/SuperMeatBoy/status/3263080414842880
#71 Posted by LordAndrew (14430 posts) -
@Mikazukinoyaiba: Get the fuck out.
#72 Edited by Dedlok (35 posts) -
@torian said:

" I don't see why they couldn't break the game into three equal parts and charge for it episodic style.    @wickedsc3: you do realize that Nintendo has only reported one quarter in the red ever, right? "

One of the devs has pretty much posted on Twitter stating that he hates the idea of Episodic Content. That he akins it to Layaway and that he has yet played an episodic game that he has liked. 
 
More specfically: " That's retarded and we won't do it. I'd rather kill myself."
#73 Posted by jgf (393 posts) -

Boo! I really looked forward to SMB on the Wii. Does Nintendo not want to make any money? As long as there are no hard technical limits for the 40MB limit - and I cant think of any - this is just plain stupid.  
 
As the Wii version is obviously already done (but too big) a "release"  for the homebrew channel would be an option. They could charge money on a donation basis. That would be cool...

#74 Posted by gogobomb (63 posts) -

oh my god, i never knew there was a 40 megabyte limit, that's so stupid! I mean the wii has 512 mb of space on its harddrive (which is still pitiful but the space is there) I love the wii but nintendo made some really stupid design choices when making it, like the harddrive space for example. oh well.

#75 Posted by Forum_User (310 posts) -

No matter how successful Nintendo is, they never cease to do things that strike me as just completely senseless.

#76 Posted by nikopeters (84 posts) -

FUCK YOU MEATBOY!!!
... 
jk I love you

#77 Edited by Puck (50 posts) -

Games that sell on the Wii:   Anything with Mario in it
Games that don't sell on the Wii:  Everything else 
 
The Wii has a big installed base, but it has never translated to game sales and this would be no exception.   The publishers are probably doing the right thing here.

Everyone was confused when the Wii started selling like crazy, because they thought these 'non-gamers' who bought in would buy games at the rate gamers do.    They didn't.
 
Even the Wii owners who are gamers that buy games don't buy it on the Wii.   The problem is  that all Wii owners who buy games almost universally have better (HD, full powered) options (Xbox, PS3, PC) than the WIi.  

#78 Posted by Forum_User (310 posts) -
@Puck: Nothing like just reading the headline and hitting reply.
#79 Posted by DevWil (842 posts) -

i read this elsewhere weeks ago. 
 
just saying.

#80 Posted by Little_Socrates (5684 posts) -

It's not news to me, but it does still suck. 
 
Though there's an incredibly telling quote in here.  

" Unfortunately, even with the critical acclaim that has accompanied Super Meat Boy’s release, publishers aren't necessarily lining up to release the title. McMillen told Joystiq that the publishers Team Meat have approached so far feel that a non-Nintendo retail Wii release is a "bad idea, profit-wise", citing the lack of major third-party successes on the platform."

Super fucking depressing to hear that as part of a news story.
#81 Posted by Forum_User (310 posts) -
@Little_Socrates: The reason seems obvious to me.  Most of the potential buyers probably buy the games on one of the more powerful consoles or on PC.   There are basically two reasons people buy a Wii.  One is for the motion control gimmick, and the other is for Nintendo first party games.  It stands to reason that if someone is going to buy third party "hardcore" console games, they most likely have a 360 or PS3.  It's almost a bit of a catch-22 at this point:  Why release traditional third party games on the Wii when it's not why people buy the console, and why buy a Wii for traditional third party games when the other two systems have more of them and they are also more capable systems in general? 
 
In short, a significant chunk of the market for these kinds of games also has a 360 or PS3, and of course pretty much everyone has a PC these days.   There's really little compelling reason to buy games on the Wii if they are also available on another system.
#82 Posted by Halberdierv2 (1873 posts) -

Fail. then again, there Might be the Retail version of it, and that boxart looks awesome.

#83 Edited by LordAndrew (14430 posts) -
@Puck: You didn't read the reason for the cancellation, did you? Your post reads like you either hadn't read the article, or read it and chose it ignore it for the purposes of your fanboy rant.
#84 Posted by Kjellm87 (1728 posts) -
@LordAndrew said:
" @Puck: You didn't read the reason for the cancellation, did you? Your post reads like you either hadn't read the article, or read it and chose it ignore it for the purposes of your fanboy rant. "
Don't bother, it's not worth it.
Let him do his thing
#85 Posted by Sawboss (95 posts) -

Thank god it came out on steam.

#86 Posted by Bucketdeth (8026 posts) -

That sucks I just wish Sony weren't idiots and accepted it to be released on the PSN.

#87 Posted by Tackchevy (265 posts) -

Okay, this is a great opportunity to bring up a question that has bugged me for a few years: 
 
What is so hard about burning some discs, sticking them in DVD cases with some instructions and box art, and sending enough to various retail outlets to meet your sales expectations? Obviously there are distribution deals, etc etc, but what's the big deal? The game is already done, print it and sell it for 20 or 30 bucks.

#88 Edited by MikkaQ (10319 posts) -

And this is why I haven't done much with my wii since the month I bought it. I dust it off every 6 months for the significant Nintendo release of that time, then put it away again. 
 
No one makes good 3rd party games, and it's Nintendo's reticence to put any effort into their platform that shows. It's like they got real selfish and just made a console that sold their games, and their games only. And it works for them, that's fine, but good luck getting taken seriously by developers or publishers. It shows in this article, pretty depressing really. 

#89 Posted by anon463728 (33 posts) -

Fortunately, I purchased Super Meat Boy during Steam's Christmas sale. However, I'm still bummed about the cancellation of the WiiWare port. Hopefully, the disc version will see the light of day.
#90 Posted by gking (5 posts) -

anyone know if their going to release the special edition for pc that they mentioned? 

#91 Posted by NeverDeadXE (22 posts) -

that picture just kinda makes me sick. the guy is fine but he girl is just too pink.

#92 Posted by Fullmetalwwant (14 posts) -

Maybe one day in the future, it will happen but until then, we must wait

#93 Posted by Twiggy199 (500 posts) -

To be honest, I'm not surprised, Nintendo probably knew it would outsell any mario game, i thought this would be a step forward for nintendo but there obviously not interested. The Wii's rubbish anyway, good on you team MEAT!

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