Baldur's Gate not coming to Wii U, says Beamdog: “We don't do Nintendo”

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition won't be coming to Wii U, says Trent Oster, founder of distributor Beamdog. Which is regrettable, but hardly show-stopping news. Only Oster's not done: the Bioware veteran took the opportunity to clarify his company's stance toward Nintendo, explaining why Beamdog has no further plans to work with the Japanese giant anytime soon.

Beamdog and subsidiary Overhaul Games, which is in charge of the Baldur's port, previously worked on a WiiWare conversion of MDK2, which Oster says was enough to swear off working with the company in future. He cites the company's high sales threshold and tight developer restrictions: “6000 unit sales before payment, a 9 month certification process and a 40mb [game data] limit.” He says this experience gave him the “belief that Nintendo isn't a good platform for developers.”

“The Wii is a toy, not a console,” tweeted Oster (via Eurogamer): “you buy a Wii, Wii sports and never buy another game. Bad for devs... we made a great version of a fun game, MDK2 for Wii, and it didn't sell anywhere near our expectations.”

Of course, charges of Nintendo's strict control over third-party devs are hardly new – and Oster allows that the company's own efforts, such as Ocarina of time and Mario 64, “blew me away on N64.” However, he says that the company's now focused on “110% Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition for the visible future” – and if Wii U owners want in, they'll have to pick up a real console like the iPad.


  • Redeater - April 17, 2012 6:25 p.m.

    Ouch! It's hard to misquote that.
  • AlbVega - April 17, 2012 6:26 p.m.

    What's a Baldur's gate?
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - April 17, 2012 7:29 p.m.

    I was going to comment the exact same thing.. :p
  • ncurry2 - April 17, 2012 6:33 p.m.

    Epic douchebaggery there. Looks like I won't be picking up baldurs gate.
  • LEGOMatrix - April 17, 2012 6:37 p.m.

    Who thought MDK2 on WiiWare would be a good idea in the first place? What derp!
  • Letter11 - April 17, 2012 6:37 p.m.

    I guess there are some things you can do on "Nintendon't". Remember everyone, genesis does.
  • J-Fid - April 17, 2012 6:47 p.m.

    "and if Wii U owners want in, they'll have to pick up a real console like the iPad." LOL
  • Dadyo238 - April 17, 2012 6:57 p.m.

    Let's watch the amount of purchasers drop after that douchebagery. Like cmon, the Wii is as much a game console as PS3 and Xbox, and MUCH more than an iPad. You say the Wii's a toy and yet you're putting your game on a big touchscreen! WADD
  • TrAnMu - April 17, 2012 7:06 p.m.

    beamdog huh? Noted. I won't be buying a game from them ever. No amount of damage control can make up for the sheer amount of stupidity foung in those >140 characters. As a developer, you just don't talk about any console developer like that. Especially one that can program circles around you. Miyamoto's shit likely has better story telling and gameplay than your noname game. Get out of here with you iPad crap.
  • CombatWombat101 - April 18, 2012 1:48 a.m.

    I'm sorry, but did you just call Baldur's Gate a "noname game"? Really? Baldur's Fucking Gate? Your argument is invalid.
  • Cyberninja - April 18, 2012 3:47 a.m.

    how is his argument invaild? I believe you may have been one 5 people who actually heard of this game before this article, but yes its a no name game if most people don't instantly recognize it, say the creator of Kingdom Hearts said that then people would actually care what was just said.
  • festerblatz82 - April 18, 2012 5:48 a.m.

    Wow...just wow.
  • CombatWombat101 - April 18, 2012 6:09 a.m.

    You should both actually look up Baldur's Gate / Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn (not the top-down console hack n' slashers). They were two of the biggest RPGs of their time, and I don't just mean the length of the games themselves. They might not be as well-known nowadays because they came out quite a while ago, but that doesn't in any way make Baldur's Gate a "noname" franchise. And before you throw out the "only appeals to old gamers" argument: I'm only 22, but I have extremely fond memories of playing both these games. I still have my BG2 disks, actually.
  • TrAnMu - April 18, 2012 4:23 p.m.

    Regardless, this game is widely unknown and to trash a system, and by association, a company like nintendo, and not be relevant yourself is just stupid. Like Cyberninja said, if square enix said something like this, then I think it would hold so much more weight. But beamdog? No sir. I doubt they'll be missed on ninty's console. I hadn't heard of it before and will likely forget about it soon after this article.
  • Arehexes - April 18, 2012 7:34 p.m.

    Played Baldur's Gate and thought it was a snooze, and this was when it came out. But I kinda feel bad you have to get your panties in a twist because someone won't say your game you love is great. I mean I don't get mad at people when they say pokemon is the best game for monster catching/raising (That is Shin Megami thank you very much)
  • Cyberninja - April 17, 2012 7:06 p.m.

    So he's talking about a Mac game, like its the next big thing, wow. also believe it or not people buy games for wii, like I own more wii games then ps3 games and all are quality titles which is pretty impressive
  • aaron-smith - April 17, 2012 7:14 p.m.

    Saying the iPad is a real console is like saying a toaster is a grill. It's unfortunate that the gaming industry has devs like this Oster guy. He's the type of dev that's killing the industry. Coming from a console owner (Wii, 360, PS3, 3DS, and even a Vita) I hope that no serious gamer gives this guy any support. The Wii is a fantastic console that saw third party games under marketed by their developers. Everyone wants to blame Nintendo for everything, and it's quite unfortunate. I love my Wii and all of my 70+ games I own for it. The WiiU (while the name is terrible) is going to be awesome.
  • slimjim441 - April 17, 2012 8:02 p.m.

    The iPad thing wasn't in quotes. Pretty sure that's just Tom Goulter just trolling like a pro.
  • hester2 - April 17, 2012 8:31 p.m.

    You own 70+ games for the Wii? God, I hope you're counting the digital games from the old days. As far as retail goes, there were only 30 or so that were worth buying. And that's coming from someone who loves his Wii. (That sentence is the reason the console name is horrible.)
  • shawksta - April 17, 2012 7:36 p.m.

    Nice to hear his honest ”Opinions”, but putting it on Wiiware was his first mistake.(Only for a select game, Wiiwares horrible) Second, its only his to blame, Its not that Nintendo is being ”Pricks to 3rd parties” but that 3rd parties just dont know how to use the Wii's potential. Only a select few 3rd parties have use the Wii excellently, while Nintendo are praticly the best at making use of the hardware. His opinion would be more respectful if he didnt pull insults like that. The Wii U is promised to be more open to 3rd Parties, and it has and many stated. Its hugely understandable why he doesnt want to work with Nintendo again(despite it being his fault), but hopefully he'll give them another chance, especially with the Wii U's potential.

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