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Don't Expect to See Bethesda's Games on the Wii U

Nintendo's attempt to try and court third-party developers has thus far been a failure. Besides Ubisoft, the Wii U hasn't really attracted any major players over to the console, and it looks like this trend is going to continue for the next few years. 

"None of the game's we've announced are being developed for the Wii U, so it's guaranteed that none of those games are coming to Wii U," Bethesda VP of PR and marketing Pete Hines stated to Joystiq. "Will any future ones come out? I can't say for sure, in our near-term focus it's not on our radar." 

Sadly, Bethesda's reasoning for not bringing games to the Wii U is one that we've already heard before. "It's largely a hardware thing," said Hines. 

The Wii U feels somewhat like Nintendo's catch-up console to the Xbox 360 and PS3. But with Microsoft and Sony pulling no punches to show off how powerful their next-gen console is, the Wii U is sadly left behind in the specs game.  

So far, publishers have turned down developing games for the Wii U not only due to hardware limitation but also poor sales. However, with the recent success of Pikmin 3, and more Nintendo first-party greats to come, Wii U sales may pick up just enough to get publishers interested in the console. 

  • IndignantSkeptic
    Just keep the boycott going for a little longer so we can finally legitimately play Nintendo games on PC and other platforms. Make Nintendo go the way of Sega finally! Nobody be a jerk and spoil it for everyone by buying Nintendo platforms please!
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  • shikamaru31789
    Not too suprising. EA has said that most of their games aren't coming to the Wii U because they couldn't get Frostbite 3 working on it. Square Enix has said that Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts 3 won't be coming to the Wii U because it doesn't support DirectX 11. And now Bethesda is saying their games won't come to the Wii U for similar reasons. So far, the main 3rd party publishers that are supporting the Wii U are Ubisoft (only 2/5 of their currently announced next-gen games are coming to the Wii U) and Activision (only 1/2 of their currently announced next-gen games are coming to the Wii U).

    Nintendo really dropped the ball when it came to 3rd party support. If they had gone with x86 and given the Wii U better specs instead of an expensive tablet controller, they'd be in a much better postion right now. They really need to play their 1st and 2nd party cards right if they want to come out well this gen. If I were them, I'd buy Sega and consolidate their fanbases, and get some new titles from old but popular Sega franchises going. I'd also get a development team working on an open world console Pokemon game with all of the regions and Pokemon from every generation. Those two things could redeem Nintendo in my eyes. Otherwise, I'm not seeing much reason to buy a Wii U, not when it has little 3td party support, few 1st/2nd party games I'm interested in, and 1/5 the specs of the PS4 and 32gb of storage vs 500gb for only $100 less.
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  • jdwii
    Get some good 1st party games out do a price drop to 229.99$ for the basic include Nintendo land and then make the pro 279.99$ and bundle Nintendo land and new Mario bros game (console only cost 180$ to make and that includes the tablet Google it)

    Price drop game bundle and keep making popular Nintendo games and never again Nintendo should you make a console with no big titles and even more importantly crappy marketing for that console.

    i honestly feel like were going to see a repeat in sales when it comes to the PS2/xbox/GC area sony-microsoft-nintendo in terms of system sales.
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  • shikamaru31789
    @jdwii It does seem like we may see something similar to the 5th gen in terms of sales with Sony in the lead, but I don't think Microsoft and Nintendo will vie for a tied 2nd place this time, as the Xbox One does seem set to surpass the Wii U in sales, both hardware and software preorders have been steadily increasing week over week, with larger increases soon after Microsoft's 2 big policy reversals (DRM and Indie publishing).

    That being said, the future of gaming is very hard to predict, even the big analysts rarely get anything right. Who knows, maybe Sony will announce something stupid and controversial and kill their current hype level. Maybe Nintendo will drop their price and get some really good 2nd party agreements, and use 1st and 2nd party games to drive them to hardware sales sucess. Maybe Microsoft's focus on media will pay off later after some price drops, with everyone and their brother wanting an Xbox One for an all-in-one living room media center.
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  • shikamaru31789
    @jdwii It does seem like we may see something similar to the 5th gen in terms of sales with Sony in the lead, but I don't think Microsoft and Nintendo will vie for a tied 2nd place this time, as the Xbox One does seem set to surpass the Wii U in sales, both hardware and software preorders have been steadily increasing week over week, with larger increases soon after Microsoft's 2 big policy reversals (DRM and Indie publishing).

    That being said, the future of gaming is very hard to predict, even the big analysts rarely get anything right. Who knows, maybe Sony will announce something stupid and controversial and kill their current hype level. Maybe Nintendo will drop their price and get some really good 2nd party agreements, and use 1st and 2nd party games to drive them to hardware sales sucess. Maybe Microsoft's focus on media will pay off later after some price drops, with everyone and their brother wanting an Xbox One for an all-in-one living room media center.
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  • shikamaru31789
    I really hate this comment system ever since Tom's changed it. I always forget and refresh after commenting which double posts, and Tom's Guide has no forum like Tom's Hardware, so you can't delete your double posts though the forum like on Tom's Hardware.
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  • Typhonios
    Wii prevailed , even when some "hardcore" players accused it , Xenoblade stomped every RPG out there and many more titles from Nintendo. Leaving WAY behind the sales of XBOX 360 and PS3. The same thing will happern with Wii U. Face it. casual players are WAY more than "hardcore" players and they spend WAY more money than "hardcore" players. Nintendo keep it up! With amazing 1st party titles and leave the others play cross platform games. PLUS if u want hardcore graphs and gameplay go and buy a gaming PC not a crappy mid spec PC like XBOX one and PS4. Over and out. Haters will always hate.
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  • HumanShield
    Is this really a surprise? Bethesda cant even optimise a 360 game to play on same gen systems (eg Skyrim on PS3). I understand the machine architecture is different on WiiU compared to other consoles/PC but no-one is saying they need to produce massive multi-million dollar AAA titles for it.
    And as for EA, who cares. They even admitted they never even tried Frostbite 3 on the WiiU. They tested their poorly optimised Frostbite 2 engine and gave up when they realised they probably weren't going to get the sales numbers they wanted for Battlefield 4 on the console anyway, so it gets the current-gen port instead. Lazy work to save a few dollars in R&D/porting.
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  • Typhonios
    Wii prevailed , even when some "hardcore" players accused it , Xenoblade stomped every RPG out there and many more titles from Nintendo. Leaving WAY behind the sales of XBOX 360 and PS3. The same thing will happern with Wii U. Face it. casual players are WAY more than "hardcore" players and they spend WAY more money than "hardcore" players. Nintendo keep it up! With amazing 1st party titles and leave the others play cross platform games. PLUS if u want hardcore graphs and gameplay go and buy a gaming PC not a crappy mid spec PC like XBOX one and PS4. Over and out. Haters will always hate.
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  • shikamaru31789
    @Typhonios Considering the Wii U's hardware and software sales are currently quite a bit behind the Wii's in the same time period, they certainly have their work cut out for them if they want to rival or surpass the original Wii. It's not impossible, but they have to play their cards right, which means dropping the price and getting some really good 1st and 2nd party titles out.

    Also, it's really not fair to say that the Wii left the 360 and PS3 WAY behind in sales, the Wii currently only has an 8% hardware marketshare advantage over the PS3, and only a 3% software marketshare advantage over the 360. By comparison, the PS2 held 3/4ths of the console hardware market in the 5th generation.
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