A big surprise from last night’s NIS America press event is that NIS America will be bringing Rodea the Sky Soldier to the Wii U and 3DS this Fall, as a retail release and on the eShop as a digital download. The game was originally announced four years ago to be coming to the Wii and 3DS and the Wii version specifically would be developed by Sonic the Hedgehog and Nights creator Yuji Naka and his studio Prope.
The Wii U and 3DS versions of Rodea the Sky Soldier tell the story of Rodea, a robot who once stopped the invasion of the sky kingdom of Garuda by Emperor Geardo of the Naga Empire together with Princess Cecilia. In the present day, 1000 years in the future, Rodea is reawakened by a mechanic named Ion and learns from her that Garuda has known peace for 1,000 years. The evil Naga Empire soon rises again and it is up to Rodea to save the kingdom.
In the game you control Rodea, who is capable of flying through the sky. By collecting Gears and Gravitons you can upgrade your stats and acquire new weapons like machine guns at Ion’s workshop. The robot army you are fighting contains massive enemies that you must fly around to dodge attacks and discover their weaknesses. You are encouraged to replay levels to uncover hidden objectives and items and also to improve your time and score.
You can check out Rodea flying through the sky and the scale of the battles in the video below that contains both the trailer for the game as well as a small interview with Naka and Hasegawa from Kadokawa Games.
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The original Rodea Wii game developed by Naka was finished, but never released. The publisher Kadokawa Games was still interested in the project and decided to develop a new Wii U and 3DS version of the title that will release in Japan on April 2. In Japan, the Wii version of the game, which differs in content and execution between the Wii U and 3DS versions, will be a pack in for the Wii U version.
It’s currently uncertain whether the Wii version will be released or included with the Wii U version in America as it is in Japan. An NIS representative has told Nintendo World Report that while they are interested in getting the Wii version as a pack in for the Wii U version they cannot confirm it will at this time.
Be sure to check out the screenshots of Rodea the Sky Soldier in action below.