Just like every other console, the Wii has suffered from several great looking titles being cancelled somewhere down the lines of development and production. Some titles didn't even see the light of day before being canned, whilst others just managed to release a single concept art but couldn't find the right audience to tag along. Will we ever see these titles? Who knows. Some may be forgotten forever, whilst others may return in the next generation of consoles. This is the first part of three features covering a handful of cancelled Wii games since 2006.
Developer: Nintendo Software Technology - Publisher: Nintendo - Cancelled Year: 2007
Project H.A.M.M.E.R. was first announced back in 2006 during E3. It was a brand new IP from branching Nintendo companies as the game took hold of the beat em’ up genre. Project H.A.M.M.E.R. featured a mean machine character with a mechanical arm and hammer, roaming through the city. Although not identical, the game could be compared to the recent Spyborgs game by Capcom, but in a third-person perspective of a single character. News kept appearing on the cancellation and continuation of the project, however, all work seems to have been put on hold and we aren’t sure if the project is canned completely or postponed for future Nintendo platforms. Personally, I think the game looks awesome, but a bit generic for my taste, although I would've still wanted this game as an option to purchase amongst the few quality titles out there.
Red Faction: B.E.A.S.T.
Developer: Locomotive Games - Publisher: THQ - Cancelled Year: 2009
Red Faction B.E.A.S.T. wasn’t put on hold, but was instead cancelled due to a shut down of the developer handling the title. THQ had to shut down Locomotive Games for unknown reasons which resulted in such a good looking and exciting project going to waste. The current development rights were handed back to THQ since they’re the franchise owner, Locomotive Games were merely developing a Wii specific version. Since THQ has no plans of continuing development of B.E.A.S.T., we may never know if this third-person shooter would ever make its debut on the Wii, and whilst the chances of the game surfacing again is rather slim, one can still hope that this isn't the last we'll hear of it.
Developer: N-Space – Publisher: Unknown - Cancelled Year: Unknown
Nobody actually knows what is going on with this title. Is it cancelled, or just held up in production? I've done some extensive research into it's whereabouts, and the articles I've found don't balance each other out. The last story I read stated that the game was apparently cancelled due to a lack of publishers finding an interest in the title and the right audience for such a game. Personally, Winter 2.0 reminds me of Fahrenheit on the PlayStation 2 and the latest Silent Hill: Shattered Memories game for the Nintendo Wii. Winter is a survival-horror type game set in a wintery theme, hence the title. Since the project was put on hold and reports of cancellation swarmed the internet, fans of the title begun their own online petition grabbing at least 19,100 signatures. With so many people on their side, N-Space soon realised the title does have a gamer base, but what this means for it's future is still unknown, although it certainly seems as though it is simply on hold until the right publisher is found. And with the assistance of 19,100 signatures, hopefully N-Space will make things work out in their favour.
Developer: Double Helix Games - Publisher: Unknown - Cancelled Year: Unknown
Harker was intended to be a vampire hunting game with a Van Helsing like character called Jonathan Harker. The game was planned for the Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 but was delayed due to the staff working on Silent Hill: Homecoming alongside developers Foundation 9 Entertainment. Double Helix Games managed to release a trailer of the game way back in 2006 but there hasn’t been much news since then, leaving it to be labelled as "vaporware". Harker is just as old as Project H.A.M.M.E.R., so speculating on whether or not this title will ever be released is really hard to conclude upon, although Double Helix Games have yet to report an official cancellation of the game.
God: The Game
Developer: Big Huge Games – Publisher: THQ - Cancelled Year: 2009
Not too sure if the name stems from a religious theme amongst the game, or whether or not it's just a normal simulation/adventure title, but God: The Game was canned once Big Huge Games were closed down by THQ. Big Huge Games released a few concept arts which showed the game had similar elements to games such as Zelda, Little King’s Story, Black & White and Animal Crossing. After THQ filled in financial difficulties in 2008, they had to shut down Big Huge Games and therefore the project was canned.