Vblank Entertainment’s Shadkwdown: Hawaii seems like one of those games that has had a rather rocky development cycle. It came onto the scene many years ago, and then it went silent, and then it re-emerged as a timed exclusive on the Epic Games Store and home consoles, and now it’s launching on the Wii and Wii U later this year.
The announcement for the decrepit systems was made over on the official Vblank website, where it was explained exactly why Wii and Wii U versions of the game are even being bothered with.
In the post, it’s explained…
“While it still feels like yesterday, it’s been nearly 14 years since the Wii launched. Although we’ve still seen some Wii releases over the past few years, seeing one more wasn’t a given. Indeed, despite my best efforts, it just wasn’t in cards anymore, at least, not for North America. However, as luck would have it, the doors hadn’t quite closed yet with Nintendo of Europe, so it was still able see a release! Words truly can’t express how appreciative I am, and I can’t thank them enough for all the heavy lifting they did on their end to make it a reality. It’s meant the world to me, and these Wii discs specifically hold an immense place in my heart.
“As incredibly as it all worked out, unfortunately, Wii discs aren’t region-free, and I didn’t want North American players to be left out. Although I continued talks with NOA, floating around a Plan B, Plan C… Plan Z, sadly, every idea hit a wall. The clock was ticking, and after exhausting all other options, I decided to pivot to the next best thing: the Wii U. After all, the Wii U still supported Wii Remotes, Wii Classic Controllers, and even 4:3! So, I rushed against time to port Shakedown: Hawaii to Wii U as well, and get it through certification before that door could close too!”
Originally the game was supposed to be out much sooner after it was teased for the Wii and Wii U back in late 2019. However, when Mistress Corona-chan’s deadly kiss brought the world spiraling to its knees like a love-struck virgin with butterflies tying knots in their stomach, all plans for a release on Nintendo’s discontinued systems were brought to a halt.
— Vblank (@RetroCR) December 14, 2019
Nevertheless, after a bit of legwork and some time to pepper in optimizations and right proper testing, it appears as if Shakedown: Hawaii is now gearing up for its release on the Wii and Wii U. You can look for the Wii version to launch on July 9th, while the Wii U version will be available along with the Steam version at some point in August.
No release date has been set for the Wii U or Steam versions of the game, but an announcement is scheduled to take place soon.
The Wii version and Wii U version will both support the Wii-mote, as well as 4:3 aspect ratio for lossless FPS output on CRT screens.
There’s also support for both 50hz and 60hz NTSC and PAL output, along with native support for the Wii Classic Controller, Wii Classic Controller Pro, and the GameCube Controller.
Shakedown: Hawaii released last year for home consoles and the Epic Games Store, including the Nintendo Switch and PS4. I’m not sure why anyone would exactly want to get the game on the Wii or Wii U, but for nostalgia enthusiasts the option will be available starting July 9th.