Sadness, perhaps the Wii’s most infamous piece of vaporware, is still a thing apparently. We last heard about the “game” in 2010, when Polish studio Nibris closed its doors, and the project was laid to rest. A pair of little-known independent developers are seeking to revive the concept though, and bring its namesake to Wii U.
Speaking with Nintendo Life, HullBreach Studios and Cthuli Games, each of which are in the process of developing games of their own for Nintendo’s console, revealed plans to deliver Sadness in 2016.
“Without a doubt, the original concept is a huge inspiration to us,” said Cthulhi’s Jereme Kleve. We will be sticking to the original idea pretty closely, but don’t be surprised if there are some changes here and there in terms of characters, mechanics, and setting.”
Sadness originally promised a black and white aesthetic, grim eastern European setting, and unique motion controls that totally never would have ever worked. Now it’s going to be a 2D role-playing game with puzzle elements. So, that’s… different.
Randy Freer of HullBreach Studios asserts “this won’t become the fiasco everybody remembers from years before.” We’ll just have to wait and see, I suppose. Wouldn’t hold my breath, though.
Lost Wii Game, Sadness, To Be Revived as Wii U Exclusive [Nintendo Life]