Nintendo won’t publish Devil’s Third, its Wii U-exclusive from Ninja Gaiden director Tomonobu Itagaki, in North America, according to an Unseen64 video report claiming the publisher is “purposefully distancing themselves from the game.”
“Nintendo of America has lost faith in [Devil’s Third],” the video states.
“Nintendo of America has no intention of publishing the game in the US. That is why we never saw it on [Nintendo’s E3 event] Treehouse Live this year and that is why it has been removed from the eShop.”
The video adds that early impressions from European reviewers indicate that the game’s “incredibly inconsistent frame-rate” and “less than sub-par” visuals make up a title that “just isn’t very good.”
However, according to a Siliconera report, the game will be released in North America by a separate publisher—one that readers of its website should be very familiar with. On that note, we’d guess either NIS America or XSEED Games.
Devil’s Third is due out in Europe on August 28 and in Japan on August 4.