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'Project Cars' Wii U version canceled

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Project Cars finally launched on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC in May, after three delays and a few platform uncertainties dating back to January 2012. The game -- a realistic racing simulator from Need for Speed: Shift developer Slightly Mad Studios -- was supposed to launch on Wii U this year as well, but that's not going to happen, according to Gamespot and other outlets. Slightly Mad Studios Creative Director Andy Tudor confirmed the cancelation, noting that Project Cars "is simply too much for Wii U," according to the site. "Despite much perseverance on the Wii U version of Project Cars, we will no longer be actively pursuing development on it as the quality does not meet our own high standards nor our intended vision for the title on this platform," Tudor told Gamespot.

We've reached out to Slightly Mad Studios and publisher Bandai Namco for confirmation of today's reports.

Speaking with Gamespot, Tudor mentioned that Slightly Mad Studios would look forward to developing for any new hardware from Nintendo -- a not-so-subtle hint that it's waiting for the NX, Nintendo's mysterious, forthcoming console. The Wii U has faced an uphill battle in the current console generation: It launched in November 2012, about a year before the Xbox One or PS4, and it boasted a focus on games rather than streaming apps, social functions or alternative entertainment options. It's simply not a technological powerhouse on par with the Xbox One or PS4, and Project Cars isn't the only big game to skip the console entirely. That said, the Wii U has its fans -- including three of Engadget's own.

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