As one of the most successful third-party games on the Nintendo GameCube since its release in 2002, Silicon Knights’ Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem has gained a devoted following. Eternal Darkness has never been re-released outside of its native platform, despite several speculations throughout the years that the Gamecube classic would be re-released on a variety of consoles. As a developer known for remasters of classic games, Nightdive Studios has come out to put some of the blame on Nintendo for its lack of popularity.
In recent years.
Nintendo has come under fire for their lax preservation policies, with Eternal Darkness playing a significant role in these critiques. Many in the gaming community believe that Nintendo’s anti-piracy measures, including the newly announced closures of the 3DS and Wii U eShops, are deliberately undermining the preservation of gaming history. Speaking about the Nintendo-third-party developer relationship, Nightdive Studios CEO Stephen Kick recently discussed the company’s anti-piracy measures.
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“Nintendo has been gun shy” when working with third-party developers, according to Nightdive CEO Stephen Kick, who cites past experiences with Nintendo. Nintendo’s older titles have been approached by Nightdive for remastering, with Kick admitting that Eternal Darkness is at the top of his remastering wishlist. The Turok series and the 2020 re-release of Doom 64 are only two examples of the studio’s work on retro titles from the Nintendo 64 era.
Eternal Darkness was a huge success for Nintendo.
collecting multiple accolades after its release, but the series went dormant after a long period of uncertainty about its future. No Eternal Darkness 2 for Wii U or Nintendo Switch has ever been confirmed, and no sequel for the Wii U version of the game has ever been confirmed by Silicon Knights. Eternal Darkness hasn’t had a new release in nearly two decades, so a remake or sequel would be a welcome sight.b Regardless of whether or not an Eternal Darkness remake is ever made, the game will always be remembered as one of gaming’s greatest achievements. Not only Eternal Darkness fans are still waiting for it to return, and maybe Stephen Kick’s current campaign for an Eternal Darkness remake will lead to Nintendo doing more with the IP.