Nintendo Cans Project Giant Robot; Wii U Production Ceases

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Nintendo Cans Project Giant Robot; Wii U Production Ceases

February 2, 2017

By: Robert Grosso


Nintendo has officially canceled Project Giant Robot.

The game, which never had an official title, was first revealed for the Wii U back at E3 2014, as part of a showcase of games being worked on by Shigeru Miyamoto. Project Giant Robot would have featured fully customizable robots fighting each other, while using the entire Wii U controller and tilt function to move and use the robot in-game.

Nintendo has quietly cancelled the game, with a spokesperson stating "we made this decision after considering our overall product and development strategy.” It is unlikely a version of the game will be released for the Nintendo Switch.

The game was only shown at E3 2014, and has been under wraps since then. Miyamoto was working on a second, small project at the time as well called Project Guard. Project Guard would later be retitled into the small title Star Fox Guard, the bonus game packaged in for Star Fox Zero


It is unknown if Project Giant Robot would have been a full-blown release or a smaller, mini-game style title like Star Fox Guard turned out to be.

With the Wii U winding down as a console, Nintendo's final release for the system is confirmed to be The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Production of the Wii U has already ceased globally, according to confirmed reports by Gamespot.

As of December 2016, the Wii U system has sold roughly 13.56 million units worldwide. The most recent quarter earnings report noted that Wii U sales slipped to 75% below last year's levels, shipping less than 760,000 units worldwide. Software sales were also down by 45%, only seeing 12.48 million units sold in the same period.

Did anyone remember Project Giant Robot? How much of the Giant Robot project lives on in games like ARMS? Do chicks really dig giant robots? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 


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