Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Cancelled for Wii U in Favor of Switch Version

Full Disclosure: I have financially backed Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on Kickstarter.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night creator and project lead Koji Igarashi has confirmed the Wii U version of the game is cancelled.

The news was confirmed in a new Kickstarter update, where the creator revealed the Wii U version was being dropped for the Nintendo Switch version, just as I predicted before.

Here’s the entire message from Igarashi:

Hello, this is IGA.

Thank you for always supporting us. I would like to give a message to the backers who pledged for the Wii U version of Bloodstained.

During our Kickstarter campaign, the Wii U was at the height of its popularity, but the situation has drastically changed after the release of Nintendo Switch.

This change made it difficult to receive the necessary support from the hardware maker, which has led us to drop the Wii U development and shift the development to Nintendo Switch.

We are very sorry that it has come to this after all your support, but we hope you will understand. We would like to respond by preparing options for our backers, such as moving your pledge to another version or requesting a refund if you don’t want any other version.

We hope you will continue to support us.

Naturally, if you backed Bloodstained on Kickstarter and selected the Wii U version in your survey, you’ll be upgraded to the Switch version, or you can switch to the other eligible versions. If you only own a Wii U and want a refund, you can do that as well.

A regular Bloostained update is coming soon and will show off the three characters protagonist Miriam rusn into during the game.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is also coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux, and PS Vita in the first half of 2018.

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  • David Curry

    Waiting for the Vita shoe to drop.

  • NukeA6

    I predict that there will be one more diss before the Wii-U truly is dead.

  • Mr0303

    Hardly a surprise. At least they are offering refunds to Wii U owners. This is why platform stretch goals can’t be trusted. Kickstarter in general shouldn’t be trusted.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Wow, I totally never saw that coming at all. Doesn’t this game run on Unreal 4? In that case I don’t know why they bothered even doing a Wii U port in the first place, Unreal 3 had enough issues on that console.

  • Zero Eternity

    I thought the same thing.

  • Just Some Guy

    Them offering refunds is already better than how a certain other Kickstarter treats its customers. Pretty cool of them.

  • wavemotioncannon

    A refund? That speaks really well about IGA and his team actually

  • SunsetHaste

    I like how in the footnote you included that it’s also coming to the Wii U after saying in the main article that it’s not coming to the Wii U :^)

  • SunsetHaste

    Humanity in general shouldn’t be trusted.

  • Dale Frewaldt

    IIRC, the plan was to develop a version in Unity for the Wii U. I bet this is going to save a ton on development costs.

  • Matz

    I’m actually surprised that the decided to cancel the Wii U version before the Vita one, I was expecting that version to be first one to be cancelled

  • DariusQ

    I wonder how many refunds they’ll actually need to shell out. Its probably a safe bet that anyone who was interested in the WiiU probably got (or are going to get) a Switch.

  • COPY PASTA SRY

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Didn’t this move get heat before? Oh wait, actual refunds.

  • CRES

    The Vita is still getting a surprising amount of Developer support. So I don’t think that will be dropped anytime soon.

  • David Curry

    I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

  • ProfessorFluffy

    On that note, the Vita is likely the most owned system getting the game in Japan as well.

  • ProfessorFluffy
  • Neojames82

    The Wii U has been truly dead for awhile, friend.

  • RetroGamer

    Did anyone NOT see this coming?

  • Yup, it says Wii U there as well.

  • Ok that one isn’t my fault, we pull data from a game database…. they need to update it lol

  • Waifu Engineering

    Wii U ceased production. Vita hasn’t because Nippon. I haven’t looked into their JP backers, but I bet they have a solid fanbase in Japan as well.

  • InfectedAI

    Typical journo. =P

  • mikebrand83

    You might say that it’s a…

    … ZombiU.

    couldn’t resist that one

  • The Vita outlived the Wii U and is still getting games.

    Remember this very well.

  • gwadahunter2222

    It’s easier to develop a Vita’s version alongside a PS4’s one

  • SunsetHaste

    ‘s all good, that was some enjoyable pasta

  • I am not so sure, at least at the moment Switch doesn’t offer a game U owners really need and don’t already have on their system, also the Switch ist more expensive while offering more or less the same power.

  • Bashtarle

    Yeah anyone with a WiiU should get used to seeing a lot of this.

  • Bashtarle

    That would require a Vita2 to come out like this month…….. Without any successor there isn’t any reason to abandon ship.

  • Bashtarle

    Thing there is there is no Vita2 and Sony is still supporting the Vita (if only barely), where as Nintendo stopped production of the WiiU when they moved onto the Switch.

  • Fenrir007

    The fucking PS3 outlived it. It’s really mind blowing.

  • Fenrir007

    Well, at least they are offering refunds. I see no reason why anyone would want to develop anything to that dead console, anyway. I’ll happily play my PC version.

  • David Curry

    That’s one way to look at it, the other way to look at it is the lowest-selling systems are at greatest risk of getting dropped.