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Bloodstained officially announced for Switch, Wii U version cancelled

Posted on March 21, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch, Wii U

The team behind Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has made it official: the game is heading to Switch. Additionally, plans for the Wii U version have been cancelled. News about a Switch version of Bloodstained first emerged earlier this month.

In a Kickstarter update, it’s noted that “the situation has drastically changed after the release of Nintendo Switch.” It made sense to include Wii U during the campaign as Switch wasn’t in the picture at all, but that’s no longer so. “This change made it difficult to receive the necessary support from the hardware maker, which has led us to drop the Wii U development and shift the development to Nintendo Switch,” the Kickstarter update reads.

Those who supported Bloodstained on Kickstarter can change their backer survey platform from Wii U to Switch or any other version. A refund should also be possible under most circumstances.

Read the full Kickstarter notice about Bloodstained on Switch below.

Thank you for always supporting us. I would like to give a message to the backers who pledged for the Wii U version of Bloodstained.

During our Kickstarter campaign, the Wii U was at the height of its popularity, but the situation has drastically changed after the release of Nintendo Switch.

This change made it difficult to receive the necessary support from the hardware maker, which has led us to drop the Wii U development and shift the development to Nintendo Switch.

We are very sorry that it has come to this after all your support, but we hope you will understand. We would like to respond by preparing options for our backers, such as moving your pledge to another version or requesting a refund if you don’t want any other version.

We hope you will continue to support us.

How this will work for Kickstarter and slacker backers: The Switch version is now available as an option in the backer survey for anyone who has a physical or digital version of Bloodstained coming, replacing the Wii U version. (Just use the same link you were sent to fill out your survey initially; if you have any problems with your survey, or don’t have your link any more, we can help: e-mail [email protected])

If you selected the Wii U version in your backer survey and you want the Switch version, you’re all set! The Switch version has replaced the Wii U version in the survey, so no further action is necessary on your part.

If you selected the Wii U version and you want to move to a PC, PS4, Xbox One, or Vita version, you can go to your backer survey and make the change now. (Click the “Change Your Survey Answers” link.)

If you selected the Wii U version and don’t want any of the Switch, PC, PS4, Xbox One, or Vita versions, you’re eligible for a cancellation and refund if you meet all the following criteria:

You filled out your backer survey and selected the Wii U version prior to this update.
You backed at an unlimited tier ($28 to $500)
You are able to receive a refund via PayPal
You submit your refund request before the April 20, 2017 deadline.
If you’re eligible for a refund and backed at a tier that included two copies of the game, including the Wii U version, we can also help you adjust your tier to its single-copy equivalent. Refund requests will be processed via PayPal at a later date.

All requests should be e-mailed to [email protected] with the subject “Bloodstained Wii U refund.” (Please include the e-mail address associated with your PayPal account.)


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  • Linkavitch Chomofsky

    Nice! I look forward to it!

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  • moviereviewrsports

    LOL who did not seen that coming. Also Vita lol

    • theFooFighter

      I feel like the vita version is safe as long as Sony doesn’t announce a new handheld

      • NintendoPSXTheSecond

        If Sony announced a new handle I’d be shocked.

        • Ektoras Kalderis

          Vita owners mostly

      • Felipe M.

        I’d be surprised and shocked if Sony even announced a new handheld. Sony’s terrible at supporting their handheld systems.

    • Hidden Flare

      Isn’t vita still technically alive in other countries or just japan? So it at least have more attention then the wii u sadly does not.

  • TDude73

    A SWITCH for the better. I’m glad to hear that Bloodstained is officially coming to the Nintendo Switch.

  • theFooFighter

    Been expecting this announcement for a while now. Hopefully the switch version gets a physical release

    • TDude73

      …and a third party publisher to produce the physical release.

      • Felipe M.

        505 Games is a bit ‘eh’ ’cause like European releases, they sometimes make a limited quantity in certain countries.

        Sniper Elite V2 UK WiiU copies are hard to come by and the most valuable of the European version. It’s the cover that shows its value because the game discs are all the same.

    • Nowhere Man

      It is. My survey answer was automatically switched to the physical Switch version.

  • moviereviewrsports

    It was not IGA who cancel the wii u version it was 505 games

  • KnightWonder

    Makes sense, not only is the WiiU dead, but the Switch is just a lot easier to develop for.

    • Felipe M.

      Nintendo Shield

    • my wiiu has not been this alive since xenoblade 2 came out

      • TruExtent

        Um, Xenoblade 2 isn’t out yet. And it’s for Switch. Are you talking about Xenoblade X on Wii U by chance?

        • that’s xenoblade 3. i’m talking xenoblade 2. they definitely haven’t gotten to xenoblade ten yet because there’s only two games

          • TruExtent

            I believe what’s happening with the Xenoblade series is similar to what happened with the Mega Man series. We got Mega Man 1-5 on the NES and suddenly Mega Man X comes along as a separate series with it’s own storyline. Around this same time, Mega Man 6 still came out with no relation to Mega Man X. X became it’s own series with sequels like X2, X3, etc while classic Mega Man continued with 7, 8, etc.

            Xenoblade X has nothing to do with the original Xenoblade’s story as far as I can tell from what I played. Xenoblade 2 seems like it will be an actual continuation of the original game.

            On a slightly different tangent, did you enjoy Xenoblade X? I haven’t finished yet.

          • Felipe M.

            That’s not Xenoblade 3.

            By that logic the new Red Dead Redemption is RDR3 but it’s not. It’s RDR2.

            Red Dead Revolver (1)
            Red Dead Redemption (2)
            Red Dead Redemption 2 (3)

          • all those names look the same to me

          • Felipe M.

            Same could be said about Xenoblade all looking the same.

          • Not really, no

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  • Felipe M.

    Hope there’ll be a retail European/US physical release.

  • Very smart decision. The Wii U is dead and buried so it makes sense for it to be moved to a more prominent platform in the Switch. I think playing this game in handheld mode is gonna be awesome even though I’m not a major fan of handheld gaming lol

    • how’s it a smart decision? loads of people paid him to bring the game to wiiu

      • So putting this game on a dead system that hasn’t been selling is smart business? Eh..I think not. Yes Wii U owners paid them to put the game on the system but they are offering a full refund to the people who don’t wanna wait for the Switch version anyway, it isn’t like you’re losing anything anyway. The game will be there if you wanna upgrade

        • you didn’t say “smart business,” you said smart decision. “smart business” usually implies you’re cheating someone.

  • Mr Objection

    It is hard, but is the right decision.,,

  • Operative

    Well I certainly hope so. Releasing anything on the wii u now, let alone 2018, you might as well just shovel the dev money into the garbage.

  • Blanco8x8

    Basically, all Wii U indie games revealed via Kickstarter after 2014 gets ported to the Switch, instead.

  • Stuart

    It was bound to happen. It’s a bummer but I can’t blame them. I respect that they,like Playtonic, offered a refund for the ones who backed efor the Wii U version.

  • ibo

    LOL laughing my @SS off.. ( ╹ਊ╹)

    • Nowhere Man

      It’s really not that funny. Also, it was pretty much confirmed when their photo showed up on the Nindies infographic.

      • ibo


        • Nowhere Man

          It’s really not that funny. Also, it was pretty much confirmed when their photo showed up on the Nindies infographic.

          • ibo


          • Nowhere Man

            That funny, it’s really not.

          • ibo

            LAUGHING ( ╹ਊ╹)

          • Switchling

            LAUGHING MY @SS OFF!!

          • Hidden Flare

            I don’t think you can convince him.

          • Nowhere Man

            Patience and persistence, my friend.

          • Hidden Flare

            Well good luck then.

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    I wonder if the company that was helping port to Wii U is still in contract for the Switch version?

  • jbmindtrick

    Yes. Definitely listed as a physical version as well. Just transferred my backer to that version.

  • Addy

    Why am I not surprised?

  • AquaBat

    Emailin’ for a refund now, that PayPal money will sure come in handy

    • SpectralDynamite

      You really don’t wanna buy a Switch, do ya?

      • AquaBat

        Never said I wasn’t buying a Switch

        • SpectralDynamite

          Why not get it on that, then?

          • AquaBat

            Paid for a Wii U game, not getting a Wii U game
            If you don’t get what you paid for you get a refund

          • JasonBall

            Your succinct rebuttals continue to tickle my wit bone. Bravo.

          • Felipe M.

            It’d probably still be cheaper to get the Switch release via the Kickstarter thing than retail.

  • Nowhere Man

    Holy crap, a physical Switch version. Easy decision. Take notes, Playtonic.

  • Hermione Granger

    if you didnt see this coming you must have been blind.

  • DonSerrot

    I imagine most game development that was happening for the Wii U is going to make a hard shift to the Switch. It’s sad the Wii U has to go out like this, but on the bright side it should provide tons of software for the Switch and should really help push the hardware more than the hype has already.

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  • Locky Mavo

    And it’s about time they did, I say. Now it’s time to update my Kickstarter pledge.

  • Well this comes as a surprise to literally no one.

    I backed the Wii U version, I’m fine with having mine bumped over to Switch. I’ll inevitably have one by 2018. The Vita was my second choice, but now I don’t have to choose between performance and portability.

  • crimsontadpoles

    I was a Wii U backer, but this news doesn’t really bother me. I’ve switched to a PS4 version instead.

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  • too bad, i will still play harmony of dissonance on my wiiu until i die

  • Carlos

    Took them long enough.

  • Justmadeanaccount2

    This isnt coming out until 2018, maybe later. Wii U will be completely dead by then.

  • Poor Wii U. You don’t deserve this. >:(

  • JoshuaMariguez197

    That’s a scumbag move. They should still release both versions, just with the Switch version ported to the Wii U. It’s not hard to do given the Switch’s hardware.

    • TDude73

      How the f*ck is it is scumbag move? It’s 505 Games’ decision since they are the publisher of Bloodstained. Secondly, the Wii U simply cannot handle Unreal Engine 4 since the architecture is completely different. With the Nintendo Switch, it supports Unreal Engine 4. You’ll just have to face reality and accept it like a man.

      • R.Z.

        The WiiU’s (in)capacity of supporting UE4 has nothing to do with anything in this case, that issue was being handled as part of the game development plan.
        Had Nintendo not decided to kill off the WiiU the game would have reased on it eventually.

    • R.Z.

      Not really, at that point developing a game for WiiU set to release in 2018 is throwing money out the window, and a lot in this case since a separate company was contracted to make the port.
      They wouldn’t be able to sell any of them, it would be pretty much a whole product made only for backers.

      And since backers can freely switch versions or demand refunds (and they really don’t have to do that, it’s a goodwill gesture) I don’t see the issue.

      • AquaBat

        They promised backers a Wii U game, if they don’t deliver what they promised they shouldn’t be trusted with other people’s money, plain and simple
        You don’t take out a bank loan saying it’s for a car and then use it to buy a house
        Or, to be a little more accurate, you don’t take out a loan and only pay back half of what you owe
        Actually, an even better comparison would be taking out a loan at an American bank and paying it back in British pounds, assuming it’s totally okay because they can just convert it
        Not the backers’ fault they couldn’t manage their time properly and had to delay the game by one and a half years off the expected release knowing full well that consoles will come and go
        To add insult to injury they’re still making a Vita port while that system has been slowly dying for years and will be nothing but a rotted corpse by 2018

        • R.Z.

          It’s just … not that at all.
          Kickstarter is a fundraising platform, not a store or some guaranteed investment program. People who give money should be aware that there is a risk that projects will not be successful or will change by their release date.
          It has nothing to do with loans or banks or whatever (and your example of paying back in pounds … well, it’s stuff that happens actually).
          One last thing is that Vita has been agonizing for the past years, but still has some life to it because of third party and indie support, and it’s still filling a unique space in the market, unless Nintendo releases a Switch mini or something it will probably live on for a while. The WiiU on the other hand has known a quick and brutal death at the hands of Nintendo themselves.

          • AquaBat

            Crowdfunding is and will always be an investment, otherwise there wouldn’t be incentives. In fact, if it was meant to be a fundraising platform, you wouldn’t be receiving what you’re giving money toward at all.
            Fact is, if a person exchanges money expecting a product that the recipient promises and the person does not receive it, that is bad business.

            As for the shoddy defense of the Wii U being cut short, you should remember that the console codenamed “NX” was revealed in March 2015. This Kickstarter launched in May 2015. The Wii U port was added as a stretch goal. They had every opportunity to pull out, and they chose not to.
            The fact that they waited this long to cancel the project and announce that they had moved to the Switch, now that it’s been out for two weeks already, is just the icing on the cake.
            At least Playtonic announced the same thing before the Switch was released.
            As an addendum, contrary to what they’ve said, the Wii U was not in its prime in 2015, in fact it was already dwindling by then. When this Kickstarter launched, Splatoon had just come out and was not a worldwide success yet, so they couldn’t have claimed the Wii U was thriving based on that.

          • Evan Gustavson

            In March 2015, we had no clue what “NX” even was, or when it was going to release.

            It wasn’t until they revealed the official name that we knew when it was coming, no?
            Even if the Wii U was at a low point when this game was announced, they couldn’t pull out of the Wii U and move on to the Switch before they knew how their schedule lined up with NX’s own.

            And then it probably took a lot of deliberation on whether they could or should cancel the Wii U version.

      • alex9234

        Where are people getting the idea that Nintendo is telling devs to drop their Wii U games and move them to the Switch? There’s no reason behind it. The best idea would be for Nintendo to encourage devs to release the game for both platforms so they can get royalties for sales on both. They wouldn’t be throwing money out the window. Why would they want to limit their own possible income for no reason? Not to mention that this would require Nintendo to force everyone to actually LIE about the situation, including to backers of a Kickstarter project, and this would be verging on fraudulent levels of idiocy.

        NEWSFLASH: Nintendo had nothing to do with this and wouldn’t be stupid enough to pull something like this.

        • R.Z.

          Nintendo doesn’t need to actively discourage anyone to drop the WiiU, since they stopped making games on it the console is as good as dead anyway, seeing as they were the only ones supporting it.

          And no, Nintendo doesn’t have an interest in keeping their old console alive, right now their priority is to build the Switch user base and its software offer.

  • capitalism1023

    Looking forward to it. Bloodstained on the go will be so dope!

  • MagcargoMan

    If I had backed this game or Yooka-Laylee I would dropped them both immediately. Spineless devs worried about sales even though they got their money from the public. Disgusting.

    • Velen (Not WoW)

      You nor Aquabat are gonna like this response, but here is my short, witty response.

      “-if you’re standing on a sinking ship, would you stay on it?”

      • MagcargoMan

        So you don’t believe most of the people getting this for Wii U were gonna buy it? Like the Switch somehow transferred the entire Wii U’s install base?

        They aren’t canning it because of sales, their canning it because Nintendo doesn’t want anything to do with the Wii U anymore.

        • Velen (Not WoW)

          “So you don’t believe most of the people getting this for Wii U were gonna buy it? ”
          I don’t believe anything of the sort.

          I’m just merely stating my thoughts on the people getting angry about it, cause the fact of the matter is, Nintendo has scuttled the Wii U and it is sinking faster than the Titanic. Hence the metaphor about a sinking ship.

          No, I don’t think the Switch transferred the entire Wii U install base, but the numbers don’t lie, Mag, all of the Switch’s worldwide stock was pretty much scooped up within it’s launch window (2 million units, if you remember), how many of those people were Wii U owners? Who knows? Point is that worldwide, the switch has a larger install base than the Wii U now.

          • MagcargoMan

            And the Switch is a glitchy mess that freezes and blue screens and even has hardware problems like Joy-Con sync issues and the dock scratching the screen. Plenty of people backed it for Wii U, and they would have bought it for Wii U.

            I hope most of the Wii U backers took a refund instead of changing to another console. The devs don’t deserve their money for going back on one of the reasons people wanted to fund it in the first place.

          • Ninty Kad

            TO be fair backers can choose OTHER consoles, like the PS4 or the XBONE. Plus every console has those few glitchy units shipped to some poor consumer, especially during it’s launch month. So you can’t use that excuse…

          • nemo37

            I do believe the devs should have delivered on a Wii U version due to what they promised their backers. However, I am not sure what a few defective units have to do with software support (certainly the vast majority of Switches have no freezing, blue screen issues, joy-con disconnection issues; and Nintendo has a support program for the few people that have experienced these issues). Nearly every system in existence has had some sort of launch issue as well as a number of defective units throughout its life.

    • TalesOfBS

      I did with this.

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