Wii U getting new game release, for some reason

Wait, seriously? … Seriously? (Pic: Nintendo)

The Wii U isn’t quite dead yet apparently, with a new indie game scheduled to be released on Nintendo’s mothballed console.

There are still plenty of Wii U games that deserve a second shot on the more modern Nintendo Switch, but the Wii U console itself is very much obsolete. Or so we all thought, as it has been discovered that one more game is set to released on the abandoned system.

According to the ESRB website, indie title Shakedown: Hawaii, a top-down action game that parodies the likes of Grand Theft Auto and released last year for PC, Switch, 3DS, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita, is slated to come to the Wii U as well. It’s even been given an age rating.

There’s no sign of a release date but we can probably expect to see it launch this year.

The real question, though, is why is this coming to Wii U at all? It’s already available on more relevant hardware; so how many new players do developer Vblank Entertainment expect to attract by bringing it to Wii U?

Even those that may have hung on to the old console have more than likely jumped ship to Switch, with most of its best titles now on the Switch, like the recent Tokyo Mirage Sessions.

What’s especially bizarre is that this isn’t even the only new Wii U game. Last week, a 3D platformer called Regina & Mac was released on the system, as well as Xbox One, and PC. Maybe they’re competing to see who has the honour of being the final Wii U game, after Just Dance seemed to claim the prize last year?

Regardless, don’t treat this as a second coming for the Wii U, since these titles are independently published. It absolutely does not mean we can expect to see more current, triple-A games be released for it or anything from Nintendo themselves.

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