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Digital option for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze's Wii U version removed from Nintendo.com listing (UPDATE)

Nintendo really doesn't want you buying the digital version of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze anymore. With the port hitting Switch this week, the digital option for the Wii U version has been removed from the Nintendo.com listing. All that it shows now is a physical option. We're not sure if the actual listing has been yanked from the Wii U eShop itself, but Nintendo is definitely going out of their way to try and hide it if it's still there!

UPDATE - It seems the game has been removed from the Wii U eShop altogether.

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It's obvious Nintendo removed it because they didn't want people to know you could download the game for $20 on Wii U yet here they are charging a full $60 on Switch with no new added features other than a lame easy mode, and new idle animations...

Nintendo should feel ashamed of themselves really...

Nintendo have really treated Wii U customers shabbily and in some ways have tried to erase evidence of Wii U's existence. So this shouldn't come as a surprise.

Given the Wii U was also Nintendo's main console on the market when Iwata passed I get the feeling the system really leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of a lot of people in the company (that the last console Iwata got to see on the market was not a success sales wise). I think in time the Wii U will start to get better recognition and will be referenced in future Nintendo games like the Virtual Boy (though there's no doubt the VB is Nintendo's biggest flop given it didn't even last a year), but right now the memory of the Wii U's lifespan is too fresh and I think it's a safe guess to assume most of the higher ups in Nintendo want to make sure that doesn't happen again (though you've also got some higher ups probably saying "look we know this console didn't do so hot, but it still had good software, so lets just re-release it on our newest console that's actually doing well").

I doubt it will be referenced in the future like Virtual Boy. Virtual Boy was this weird oddity and there is still nothing else like it and never will be (new VR is different). It will always be this unique thing from a certain time in Nintendo's history. Switch is feasting on the dead body of Wii U for sustenance, and when it is done, there won't be any reason left to have a Wii U or even remember it.

I'm a Wii U owner and I don't really care. Its 2018, if you had a Wii U and didn't get DKTF even when Nintendo added it as a Nintendo Selects, than thats your fault.

Now if the download isn't available for people who already bought it digitally, then its a problem.

They are just now closing the Wii eshop. It is reasonable to think Wii U eshop games would be around for awhile. But sure. People should have known Nintendo would yank this from the Wii U eshop with no warning whatsoever. Stupid people.

kuro
Tue May 01 18 07:36am
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That's not the point I'm getting at. What kind of Wii U user doesn't have Tropical Freeze at this point especially when the console has been discontinued? Ofc Nintendo shouldnt have just yanked it, but whatever subset of people who don't have the game for Wii U (and are actually interested in the game) is probably a very small amount at this point in time. Like everyone in this thread is mad about the thought of the game not listed on the Wii U eshop, but not one is mad that they can't buy it for their Wii U.

And like I said, this is a problem is existing users can't re-download it.

What kind of Wii U user doesn't have Tropical Freeze at this point especially when the console has been discontinued?

I don't quite see your point. You think when a game releases, you should only have a set amount of time to buy it? What about people who have bought a Switch and now are handing down their Wii U to a younger sibling or a friend? Should the new owner of the Wii U not be able to download this game just because the previous owner didn't buy it fast enough?

Yeah, not everyone keeps up to date on these things. I'm pretty hardcore and I just completed my Wii U library about a month ago. I keep up pretty well on Nintendo systems, but I don't have an Xbox One yet. If I do buy one, it will likely be at the very end of it's life, after the newest version is out and at the lowest price it will likely be at. And then I can look at all the games released and decide if there are enough games I want to make it worth it. But I wont buy all those games at once.

I acknowledge that the number of people wanting to buy Tropical Freeze digitally on Wii U at this point is not very many. But there is no upside to this.

What kind of Wii U user doesn't have Tropical Freeze at this point especially when the console has been discontinued?

I don't know maybe the poorest ones? The kids who got a Wii Us for Christmas last year because they were cheap?

It doesn't even matter. The point is this is a crappy thing to do. When companies try to get away with crap, even if it doesn't affect me, I call them out because I don't want them to keep doing it later or try to get away with even more bullshit.

evil-c
Mon Apr 30 18 03:45pm
Rating: 5

The downsides of the all-digital future...

*Hugs physical copy of DKCTF*

stevintendo
Mon Apr 30 18 03:55pm
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Curiouser and curiouser...

Update: I will now never write the words curious or curiouser ever again... I've ruined them for myself...

It's obvious Nintendo removed it because they didn't want people to know you could download the game for $20 on Wii U yet here they are charging a full $60 on Switch with no new added features other than a lame easy mode, and new idle animations...

Nintendo should feel ashamed of themselves really...

Consumers will judge what the game is worth. Stop being so salty.

psi wind
Mon Apr 30 18 05:52pm
Rating: 1

I mean you COULD just buy a physical version but god forbid

God forbid they just leave the game up on the eshop. It's a dick move. It's not an awesome move. Many people don't care, a few people will care, but there is absolutely no reason for anybody to be cheering about a move like this.

There is because all these Wii U re-releases have been treated more like relaunches than ports for a reason.
The vast majority of the public hasn't heard of these titles, and to place it at $20 from the get go would be devaluing the product.

I was talking about them removing it from the Wii U eshop.

A lot of outrage from a grand total of 0 people who planned on buying the Wii U version anyways. The developers made a brilliant game and they deserve a chance to make money on this criminally overlooked game. Give it a run at full price now that it actually has an audience.

We're not sure if the actual listing has been yanked from the Wii U eShop itself, but Nintendo is definitely going out of their way to try and hide it if it's still there!

I just searched for it, it isn't there. There's only trailers for it.

Do people who already purchased it still have download access for it?!?!?!

Nintendo is really doing everything they can to ruin the excitement for a rerelease of a thoroughly excellent game that a lot of people didn't get a chance to play. This could and should have been a slam-dunk release, but it looks like they'd rather make people feel crappy about it.

t27duck
Mon Apr 30 18 04:54pm
Rating: 3

Guess they got to do everything they can to hide the fact the Switch port is over 2x the price of the original.

Wouldn't be the first time. The SNES DKC trilogy disappeared for a time when DKC Returns was the latest game. The trilogy was 8 bucks each at the time.

Tropical Freeze will return to the Wii U eShop eventually.

Mon Apr 30 18 04:54pm
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I found it on Nintendo's UK site at least, and you could still buy it from there. Perhaps it's only affecting the US?
EDIT: Just checked the eShop on the console, and the game is still there for purchase, so this seems to be a US-isolated incident.

No, it's gone entirely and I live in Europe. It's a disgusting act by Nintendo. I've been saying that this game was €25 on the Wii U eShop, less than €20 new physically, or as little as <€10 secondhand. But Nintendo, it seems, wants to try and hide these facts from the casual consumer before it arrives when they charge €60 later this month for an old port that's had minimal effort put in to it. There is no defending this.

Tue May 01 18 06:16am
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What are you talking about? I live in Sweden (a part of Europe last time I checked) and upon reading your comment now, I first went to nintendo.co.uk to check and see if it was still available...
https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Wii-U/Donkey-Kong-Country-Tropical-Freeze-765383.html
And it is, at least for me.
Then I started my Wii U and searched the eShop for "tropical freeze" and lo and behold...

So it's definitely still there in Sweden at least...

It was gone yesterday, it has since been put back up this morning. I've already informed RMC. It's back up on the US eShop as well. Maybe they made a mistake or maybe they figured the bad publicity wasn't worth it ahead of the Switch version's release.

I've already informed RMC. It's back up on the US eShop as well

I'm searching the US eShop right now, it's not there. There's still only a handful of trailers for the game, but not the game itself.

I'm in Europe so can't check that, but it's back up on the European eShop after it was removed for a while yesterday.

Hopefully they just removed it to replace with a version with funky in it, and give the ability to patch in that small update, we will see if retro studios is a nice or greedy studio with this!

Aww bless your little heart Smashies! Nintendo has shown that Wii U owners are the last thing they care about. But keep hoping and looking for the best it's a good quality to have.

Ok I'm going to play devil's advocate here.... maybe Nintendo removed the Wii U version from the eShop because they want to avoid people accidentally buying the wrong version on the web based digital store. A higher number of people are going to be buying the game soon and more than likely they want the Switch version. If they see the cheaper priced Wii U version they might think they're getting a good deal and make the purchase without giving it a closer look. Then they'd realize they got the wrong one and it would be a hassle to get a refund from Nintendo.

Yeah, I know it's uncharacteristically non-cynical of me to give Nintendo the benefit of the doubt but even the sun shines on a dog's ass some days. I'll give you this one, Nintendo. ;)

I think it's the only port so far that doesn't have a new name? No deluxe subtitle or anything like that.

Bingo. I think you nailed it.

The only problem is, you can't buy Wii U games on the web store if you don't have a Wii U linked to your account. Same with Switch stuff. If you have a 3DS on the other hand I think you could, but I'm not 100% positive.

That really sucks. I know there's probably not too many people in this boat but the revived promotion of this game might have triggered interest in people who still play their Wii U (I'm sure they're out there) or have a Wii U and want to try the game out but not for the full $60 Nintendo are charging for the Switch release. Just a pretty crappy move.

Mon Apr 30 18 10:24pm
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It wouldn't surprise me if all the promotion and articles about Tropical Freeze on Switch have caused more interest in the Wii U version.

Maybe they noticed that sales have picked up for the Wii U version and decided to kill it to try to force people to get the Switch version.

Edit: I didn't notice your post KendrickLamario, but exactly.

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