Skullgirls Wii U Port Unlikely Unless System Sales Pick Up

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

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Well, this news is a kick in the face. I’ve been holding onto hope that Skullgirls, the crazy fighter developed by Lab Zero Games and Revenge Labs, would see an eventual release on the fledgling Wii U system. After all, in my opinion, such a game is practically tailor made to Nintendo’s focus on retro graphics and tight, enjoyable gameplay.

Alas, right now this doesn’t look too likely. In a recent Tweet, Lab Zero games said it was unlikely that Skullgirls would become part of the Wii U library unless “sales pick up” or they “establish a digital presence”. Given how slow Nintendo has been to accomplish these goals over the last couple of years, I start to worry that I won’t be lucky enough to play this beautiful looking fighter.

Here’s hoping I’m proven wrong in the upcoming months, and that the Big N decides to blow us all away. In the meantime, I’m crossing my fingers…


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  • i bet sells will sky rocket after E3. Just by showing the new SSB and Mario Kart 8 is enough to accomplish so

    • Raos

      SSB is enough for that but yes you are right

  • What Pedro said. All Nintendo needs to do is show off their vintage 1st person games and the Wii-U will be back in the race.

  • Same deal with the Vita too. Both systems are lacking a large enough install base to warrant ports.

    In other, very important news: the 360 patch is *finally* out as of today and we all now have access to the new DLC color palettes. Everyone who has the game should totally buy them.

  • Too bad. I’d totally buy this game if it were on Wii U.

  • Also, in case anyone is wondering why Lab Zero isn’t just throwing everything into ports for every system: lack of funding and small team.

    I’m sure most of us are aware of their financial situation but if not: Autumn got sued and all of their money is going to the lawsuit (I’m not too sure if they’re still caught up in that, but seeing as how Lab Zero hasn’t said anything, I guess so), so Autumn can’t pay the team to do stuff. They did a crowdfunder and to their surprise it was very successful (829k raised). Despite the success, they have said they don’t want to keep relying on the fans to keep funding them because it’d feel wrong and don’t want to keep milking us.

    The team is only a handful of people. It was said in the past that only one guy was working on the PC port. I’m not too sure if Marvelous AQL, who is funding the PC port, is providing extra hands or just resources/money, but they really are only a small team. They’re comparable to XSeed in size from the looks of it.

    If another publisher steps in and funds them like Marvelous AQL did, then they could probably do a port for the Wii U or the Vita, which is another port I see a lot of people ask for. But as it stands, that isn’t the case right now.

    Plus, who knows what’s going to happen in the time it takes to make the new characters? The Wii U/Vita/whatever might have enough under their belts to see these ports once they’re done. So we can either keep hoping for the team to come into some more
    money/resources or hope that Skullgirls 2 will see releases on more

    But hey, we can still at least enjoy the PC port. If Mike Z can run the game on old, cruddy computers, we can play it on our computers/laptops.

  • Who cares…Skullgirls sucks

  • icedearthaholic

    I wouldn’t worry much, once E3 shows off some big hitters, Nintendo will not only be back in the race, they’ll be going at turbo speed.

  • doomrider7

    Amazon UK: Wii U Sales Rank Jumps 875% Following Microsoft’s Xbox One Reveal

    Your move Lab Zero. Seriously, I’d get it again for Wii U.