Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U platforms will get a new game this summer: Shakedown: Hawaii, developer Vblank Entertainment’s 2019 sequel to Retro City Rampage. Both versions will be released this summer, but as you can probably expect when a modern game is ported to a nearly 14-year-old console, there’s a catch.
Shakedown: Hawaii will be released on Wii on July 9, with a limited run of 3,000 physical copies. The Wii port will also be limited to PAL territories; Nintendo of Europe is apparently still manufacturing Wii discs, but North American Wii owners are out of luck, because Wii games aren’t region free. That said, Wii collectors will probably still want a copy. (The Wii’s digital store, the Wii Shop Channel, closed down in 2019.)
Vblank says that, as a consolation to North American players, it will also release a Wii U version of Shakedown: Hawaii in August. Here are some important technical details on the Wii and Wii U ports, from the developer’s website:
The Wii version supports both 50hz and 60hz, and both NTSC and PAL output. It supports the Wii Remote (with shake!), Wii Classic Controller, Wii Classic Controller Pro, and GameCube Controller. I took special care to ensure it parallels the experience of the more powerful platforms, and further optimized it to fit entirely into the Wii system memory. This means that you won’t experience any disc load times during gameplay. Once the game boots, you’re in!
The Wii U version supports both SD and HD, 4:3 and 16:9. You can play it with the Wii U GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller, Wii Remote, Wii Classic Controller, or Wii Classic Controller Pro. It can be played entirely on the GamePad (with touch!), or on the TV from the comfort of your couch.
The Wii version of Shakedown: Hawaii will go on sale Thursday, July 9 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT and will cost $29.99. The Wii U (and Steam) version will follow in August.
Shakedown: Hawaii was released for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Windows PC in May 2019, with a Nintendo 3DS port arriving in September 2019. The top-down action game is the follow-up to Retro City Rampage, a game that is similarly available on a wide variety of consoles, handhelds, and PC — including MS-DOS.