Bonk: Brink of Extinction Extinct, Konami Cancel Two Wii RPGs

By Ishaan . March 22, 2011 . 11:13pm

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This week’s Famitsu magazines brought both good news and bad. You’ve seen some of the good already. Now, it’s time for the bad…namely, canceled games. Lots of canceled games.

 

Most of the canceled titles in Famitsu are from Hudson, who recently closed down their U.S. division, Hudson Entertainment. The full list of cancellations as follows:

 

Hudson

Bass Fishing Life (PS3)

Bomberman (PS3)

Deca Sports 4 (Wii)

Omega Five (3DS)

Bonk (3DS)

Bomberman 3DS (3DS)

Bonk: Brink of Extinction (PS3 / Xbox 360)

 

Now Production

Unnamed RPG (PS3)

Distribution software (PS3)

Unnamed action game (Nintendo DS)

 

Konami

RPG 1 (Wii)

RPG 2 (Wii)

 

Now Production developed the Bakugan Battle Brawlers games, which Activision published in North America. However, in Japan they are also a publisher of language training software for the Nintendo DS, Practical Intelligence Quotient series, and the PSP horror game Higan Island.

 

The most detailed of these games was Bonk: Brink of Extinction. Hudson brought a playable build to several tradeshows including E3 and Comic-Con 2010. We spoke with the developer Pi Studios about Bonk’s 2.5 debut and you can read that interview here.


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  • Zero_Destiny

    No bonk = >:( Also Bomberman 3DS you were so young and had such a bright future ahead of you. Bummer I really wanted it when it came out.*sigh* That’s just how it is. Nothing I can do I guess. *gets on both of his knees and begs* Please don’t kill Bonk off again I just started to play his game like three years ago an love it. Please don’t kill it the series felt like it was on the verge of a revival. Also please deliver on a 3D Bomberman some time in the near future. I was really looking forward to it.
    :( Sad even though I knew nothing about RPG 1 and 2 but the Wii really DID need some more RPG’s.

  • HarryHodd

    Konami had 2 Wii RPGs? Sword of Vermillion? Probably good they cancelled them before they bombed.

    Really sucks all these games were cancelled though.

  • maxchain

    You’re kidding me! Not only did they can the first Bomberman in years that wasn’t just the same old Battle Mode, but there was another one (which may or may not have been that very thing) in the works for the PS3? I think I’m gonna be sick.

  • landlock

    I hope one of those Wii RPGs weren’t Suikoden.

    • http://chronotwist.deviantart.com/ JustThisOne

      I was just going to say that. I’m glad people still remember this series.

      • http://twitter.com/gabriel_may_uk Gabriel May

        I own the first two games on the PlayStation. Suikoden 2 was one of the best RPG’s on that console. Suikoden 3 was such a let down though, more so because I was angry that it wasn’t released in the UK and years after, when I finally get the chance to play it, I realise I needn’t have made a fuss about it.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

          I rather liked Suikoden 3, actually. It was 4 that was the crushing disappointment for me, but they more than made up for that with 5, which is VERY close to being as good as 2.

    • Hours

      I totally agree, but I don’t think we have to worry about that.

      All mainline Suikoden games have appeared on Sony systems, with only two spin-off titles being on Nintendo portables. (Card Stories and Tierkreis.)

      I don’t think the Suikoden series would really benefit from any of the Wii’s unique features, and I think the next major Suikoden game will probably be on the PS3 or PSP/NGP.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

      As a fan of the series, I would’ve actually been pretty upset if the sequels were on the Wii.

      • HarryHodd

        I have a Wii, but I would too. Dolby pro logic and Xbox level graphics wouldn’t have done the series justice.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

          Exactly.

    • HarryHodd

      If it was let’s hope they move it to another console.

    • Draparde

      thats the first thought that came to my mind when i read that ><. i want suikoden VI V_V.

  • Kris

    Dammit, really? Bomberman 3DS had me really excited, too…

  • http://madebyluke.com madebyluke

    Glad Bomberman got the can, hopefully when they do it again they’ll put support for 8 players in local multiplayer, not 4, that was an instant no buy for me and I love Bomberman!

  • http://twitter.com/GoingBonkz Ahmed Dregia

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WAITED YEEEEAAAARRRSSS FOR A NEW BONK GAME!! YEEEEAAARRS!1!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

    Well, considering the recent Japanese sales of Wii RPG’s, it’s completely understandable. If Last Story and a Tales game couldn’t sell, then nothing else will. Hopefully, if there was any actual progress on the games, they didn’t just stop production completely and moved them up to the HD systems. I just hope the PS3 RPG that got canceled wasn’t a Suikoden sequel.

    I feel bad, though, for the Bomberman and Bonk fans. Was never into either of those two series, myself, but I know they had their fans.

  • http://twitter.com/gabriel_may_uk Gabriel May

    Sigh…It’s at this point where I’m now hoping Nintendo start announcing plans for a new console and promises to support third party more like they are doing with the Nintendo 3DS.

    • Tom_Phoenix

      Of course, all the support in the world isn’t going to be worth anything if third parties continue to insist on releasing crappy software. You know…just like they did on the Wii.

      • http://twitter.com/gabriel_may_uk Gabriel May

        Well nothing will stop some third party companies from releasing shoveware that’s for sure. But you saying that Konami, Square Enix, Capcom, Treasure, etc are studios that would not be able to contribute anything?

  • Tokyo Guy

    You know, as someone who owned the original Turbo Grafx-16, and remembers the Bonk series more than almost any other game series from my childhood. It it infuriating to see Hudson cancel the new games. And the potential of Bomberman 3D, thinking back to the N64 installments…

    Why even bother starting to develop something if you’re not going to actually finish it? And these companies wonder why they don’t have enough income…maybe it’s because they cancel any potential source of it. Square, Konami, Hudson…

    Quite frankly Hudson might as well go bankrupt and close for all I care now.

    • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

      I don’t think it was “Hudson” that canceled them. Since Konami has a controlling stake, they’re a mobile phone developer now and the US office, which led Bonk: Brink of Extinction, and a number of other IP revivals is closing this month.

      • Tokyo Guy

        I have been under the impression that Nintendo basically had control of Hudson, given that seemingly every Hudson game made was for a Nintendo console.

        What a sad situation though; to think that in the late 80′s and up to the late 90′s, the PC Engine was quite successful, in Japan at least, and as such Hudson and NEC were really doing quite well.

        I guess this more-or-less means the Bonk series is finished, all the more likely given that no one cared about it. I’m still horribly disappointed that Hudson was foolish enough to cancel the PC Genjin RPG way back around ’94-95…Though it is funny that when push came to shove, it was Bonk that was given more priority, not PC Genjin. Bonk 3 CD for example, or these revival games…

  • Tom_Phoenix

    I wonder if there is any chance that Konami will resurrect some of these projects at a later date. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to consider it, particularly for Bomberman.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/W6TMBSN7GKFPT3KAOYP6FZR5VU Strider Tom-Tom

    Ahh, I was really looking forward to Bonk: Brink of Extinction, infact it was Siliconera that put it on my radar :(

  • DarkWaterClone

    I am sorry but I absolutely Hate Konami for this. I don’t get the reason for buying a new company if you have no plan to utilize them. I thought the reason Konami said they would buy Hudson was because they wanted to have other IPs other then Metal Gear Solid. So to me this is a bad move.

    I have been really looking to Bonk: Brink of Extinction. But now I will never get a chance to play it. I guess with these games getting canceled I won’t be seeing ever a new Adventure Island or Bloody Roar too. So I am really disappointed with this news.

    Because when you see Konami has a great series with Goemon (Legend of the Mystical Ninja) & just does nothing with it you just know they will do nothing with these IPs too. So that to me is just sad. I just hope Konami changes their minds & revives these games even if they are a new version of Classic Hudson games. Because it would be a shame to let good IPs go to waste.

    • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

      The last time I saw Bonk it was fairly far along. There were a couple of stages to play, but I remember Bonk’s jump was sort of float-y. We contacted Pi Studios to see if we can find out more about this, but have not heard back yet.

  • http://twitter.com/Wiiloveit Team Wiiloveit

    This is a big let-down, especially Bomberman 3DS. *sigh*

  • Icon

    Konami, you suck.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    This news post should be updated (or a new one should be made). Apparently, Konami said that if an announcement isn’t from them, then it is not true. Which means that none of the Hudson games have officially been cancelled yet.

    http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2011/03/bomberman-3ds/

  • http://profiles.google.com/peccoz Filippo Beck Peccoz

    In case any of you are interested in at least a bit of Bonk goodness: Me and my good friend Disasterpeace made the music for the game! You can listen to it on our bandcamp sites:

    fbpsound.bandcamp.com

    disasterpeace.bandcamp.com

    At least you get to hear how the game would have sounded ;(

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