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Bit.Trip Runner 2 Too Powerful for WiiWare, Might Hit Wii U

by Neal Ronaghan - October 13, 2011, 11:53 am PDT
Total comments: 12 Source: (Gaijin Games)

Developer Gaijin Games' Alex Neuse loves the Wii, but Runner 2 is too much for the little system.

Bit.Trip Presents: Runner 2, Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, which was announced for Xbox Live Arcade and PSN last week, won't be hitting WiiWare because "the Wii cannot handle the game," according to Gaijin Games' Alex Neuse. However, Neuse did say that they are considering bringing Runner 2 to Wii U.

"If the console were able to hang with what we're going to be doing on the PS3 and 360, we would definitely be bringing it to the Wii as well," Neuse said to us via e-mail. "I mean, you know us; we love the Wii!"

To date, every one of Commander Video's adventures has come to Nintendo platforms, and the recent releases of Bit.Trip Saga (3DS) and Bit.Trip Complete (Wii) have given gamers two compilation packages to catch up on the 8-bit adventures.

Runner 2 is shedding the 8-bit aesthetic for a stylized HD look. The added horsepower required, for better or worse, makes it tough to make on Wii.

However, Neuse did tease something reassuring for Nintendo fans. "Now, we are considering Wii U, but we're not ready to officially announce anything yet."

Gaijin Games is moving on to the HD realm. Fortunately, Nintendo is also going there, too.

Check out the game's developer blog to follow the progress of Runner 2, which is set for a 2012 release on XBLA, PSN, and maybe Wii U.

Talkback

OblivionOctober 13, 2011

Runner 2? Huh.

DanielMDaniel Mousseau, Staff AlumnusOctober 13, 2011

I'm glad their going to continue with the series. I really enjoy all of them. There's something about those games that just make them addicting. It might be because the games are so simple yet have a degree of difficulty that even has the hardcore players sweating sometimes.

StrawHousePigOctober 13, 2011

Hmmm... I dunno if I buy it from the included screenshot. If they expect me to believe the Wii can't generate that level of detail they're not doing a very good job.

Half the charm was the retro look and feel. I guess 80 year old cartoons count as retro, but still.

Runner 2 is extremely early. The included image is concept art.

CericOctober 14, 2011

I figure it was "There is no way on god Green Earth we can make the WiiWare size limit"  type of thing.

ZapOctober 14, 2011

Dumbest news I've ever read.

NinSageOctober 14, 2011

I'm all for Gaijin continuing games in this genre.  And I don't even mind the shift to HD or other platforms.

What I DO mind is that they are continuing the BIT.TRIP series when it seemed like Saga and Complete were putting a nice ribbon on the projects.  I mean, doesn't this betray the very nature of the word COMPLETE?!

DonnyKDOctober 14, 2011

They should team up with Shin'en.

BlackNMild2k1October 14, 2011

Quote from: NinSage

I'm all for Gaijin continuing games in this genre.  And I don't even mind the shift to HD or other platforms.

What I DO mind is that they are continuing the BIT.TRIP series when it seemed like Saga and Complete were putting a nice ribbon on the projects.  I mean, doesn't this betray the very nature of the word COMPLETE?!

To be fair the game is Runner 2

It is not part of the original series and nowhere does Gaijin Games refer to it as a Bit.Trip game.

That bit confusion can be attributed to the title of the story, but not the source itself.

The full name is BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2, Future Legend of Rhythm Alien.

NinSageOctober 15, 2011

Quote from: BlackNMild2k1

Quote from: NinSage

I'm all for Gaijin continuing games in this genre.  And I don't even mind the shift to HD or other platforms.

What I DO mind is that they are continuing the BIT.TRIP series when it seemed like Saga and Complete were putting a nice ribbon on the projects.  I mean, doesn't this betray the very nature of the word COMPLETE?!

To be fair the game is Runner 2

It is not part of the original series and nowhere does Gaijin Games refer to it as a Bit.Trip game.

That bit confusion can be attributed to the title of the story, but not the source itself.

Now, I've been holding out for BTComplete, so I haven't played any of these games beyond their demos, so I am not exactly an expert on the series.  However, from the Developer's Blog linked in the story, it sure does seem to carry the "Bit.Trip" title and stars Commander Video.  And since it has "2" in the title it sure seems like a continuation of something previously established.

.... thoughts, people?

AVOctober 15, 2011

not good enough for Wii, but is it good enough for 3DS E-shop. If yes, that's easy buy

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