Why is ASR Transformed Not Listed?
An alleged list of potential Wii U launch titles, as well as possible games for the system that may drop during the Holidays or shortly thereafter but after launch, has been revealed in a Gamestop packet that began circulating at some of its stores this week. This, according to the website ZeldaInformer.
Among the highlights of the list are Pikmin 3 and Game & Wario as apparent launch titles, with other fare like New Super Mario Bros. U, Scribblenauts Unlimited and Mass Effect 3 following after. On the Sega side, however, only one title was listed. That title was Aliens: Colonial Marines, and despite assurances the game will be out in February, GameStop lists its status as “TBA.”
Even more peculiar, however, is the outright exclusion of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed on the document. The game has been confirmed for Wii U, though you wouldn’t know it if you take official word as gospel; it has been mentioned only twice in passing on the Sega blog and once in a Nintendo release from E3. Outside of those sources, little detail has surfaced as to any unique qualities of the Wii U edition. The focus, to this point, has been on XBOX 360, PS3 and the Playstation Vita.
While there’s no reason to suspect trouble for the Wii U version yet–it is far more likely the document in question was printed earlier this year, or Sega is strictly abiding by a Nintendo NDA–recent history does suggest that when Sega stops talking about a game or a particular version of a game, the wait for the game itself becomes longer. A good example is the upcoming re-release of Jet Set Radio; it was last seen at E3, when a Summer release was confirmed. Only confirmation of a port to mobile devices has been mentioned since, with Summer now halfway over.
On that, we should finally note that ASR Transformed is not yet available for pre-order on Gamestop’s online site.