Nintendo’s plans to release downloadable Wii games on the Wii U don’t stop at just its own biggest hits. In addition to Metroid Prime Trilogy, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Punch Out!!, Pandora’s Tower and Sin and Punishment: Star Successor have been handpicked from the Wii’s limited selection of cult-hits for a second life on the Wii U eShop in Japan.
Pandora’s Tower was the final major Wii game to make it to the States and also the final game under Operation Rainfall’s umbrella to get Nintendo’s stamp of approval. This weird blend of action RPG mechanics, motion controls, giant slaying, and princess marriage simulator saw a run in America thanks to XSEED, and many think Nintendo might have brushed it aside because of a few frightening images that ran contrary to the Wii’s family-friendly image.
Sin and Punishment: Star Successor came from Treasure back in the days when the Wii really needed an offbeat action game that was made by anybody but Nintendo. It scored a lot of praise for living up to the intense action of the Nintendo 64 original, but many blasted it for being way too short at a $50 price tag.
Both games will be released in Japan for 2,500 yen (~$20) on the Wii U eShop. No word yet on an American release, but it is in Nintendo’s power to do something about Sin and Punishment: Star Successor. As for Pandora’s Tower, you’ll have to petition XSEED for that one.
At any rate, it’s nice to see that the weird cult hits from the Wii are getting a second chance, even if the console was sorely lacking in that area. If you have a lesser-known favorite, you need to make some noise before Nintendo overlooks it. I wouldn’t mind giving Zak and Wiki another go.