Shakedown: Hawaii Steals the Wii Swan Song Mic From Just Dance 2020

Shakedown: Hawaii Steals the Wii Swan Song Mic From Just Dance 2020

Brian Provinciano is at it again with passion-project ports for the Wii and Wii U.

Where others see a dead, depreciated platform in the Nintendo Wii, two companies see opportunity. Ubisoft's Just Dance team released a new installment for the 2006 console last year, and now Vblank Entertainment is bringing Shakedown: Hawaii's retro-inspired open-world to the Wii in a physical release next month.

Launching on July 9 for $29.99, this Wii version of Shakedown: Hawaii will take the title of "last game officially released for Wii" from Just Dance 2020, which came out last November. It'll only be available as a physical edition, as the Wii Shop Channel shut down in early 2019. A Wii U version of Shakedown: Hawaii will also be released in August.

The Wii version will be a very limited release of only 3,000 copies, and it'll be a region-locked European release. "Indeed, despite my best efforts, it just wasn't in cards anymore, at least, not for North America," Vblank developer Brian Provinciano explains. "However, as luck would have it, the doors hadn't quite closed yet with Nintendo of Europe, so it was still able [to] see a release!"

Still, the Wii version will support both NTSC and PAL output, and the Wii U version will get an official North American release. Both are set to work with the Wii Remote (with shake functions, Provinciano adds) and a wide variety of other Nintendo controllers.

Provinciano spoke with USG about his penchant for porting his games to whatever platforms strike his fancy last year. His reasons for pursuing a Wii release are rooted in that same curiosity and desire: "The older the platform, the more fun it is," he writes. "The cleverer I need to be! The more ways I'll need to figure out how to optimize things! However, for fun or not, if there's even a small chance that a port can be released, I'll do all the legwork I can to try and make that happen."

If you're interested in checking out Shakedown: Hawaii, it's also coming to Steam in August (it's on the Epic Games Store right now) and is available now for the Switch, 3DS, PS4, and PS Vita. With 2020 nearly halfway over, hopefully we'll find out sooner rather than later if the next Just Dance will also try to keep the party going on Wii just a bit longer.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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