Kadokawa Games has reportedly announced that Rodea the Sky Soldier will be delisted from Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops in Japan.
We previously reported how NISA delisted several games from the Danganronpa on the PlayStation Store, as the publishing rights were being transferred to developer Spike Chunsoft.
Later Etrian Mystery Dungeon (also developed by Spike Chunsoft) was delisted from European stores (one of the last places the game was still available digitally). As such, it seemed that Spike Chunsoft were reclaiming their IP publishing rights from NISA.
In early September, NISA announced that Rodea the Sky Soldier would be removed from the eShop for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U on September 30th. While this appeared to be in line with past events for NISA, it now appears this may have had more to do with the Japanese publisher Kadokawa Games.
Japanese Nintendo reports that the game will be removed from the Japanese Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop on November 4th (at 10:00 JST), along with the Nintendo 3DS trial version. No reason was reportedly given.
The game took place in the Sky Kingdom of Garuda, with players defending it from the robotic forces of the Naga Empire. The third-person action-adventure title had the player control a re-activated robotic sky soldier (the titular Rodea), revived from 1000 years prior when the Empire last attacked.
Sudden delisting of a game without online servers in this manner is sometimes the result of an upcoming remake or port, though this usually comes after such a thing is announced. Other reasons can also stem from licences on music running out. We will keep you informed as we learn more.