Bethesda not developing for the Wii U due to hardware limitations

With Bethesda's upcoming AAA game lineup, including The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein: The New Order, and The Evil Within, all skipping out on Wii U platform launches, one might wonder where all of the third party support for Nintendo's console is going. Bethesda's VP of PR and marketing Pete Hines told Joystiq, "None of the games we've announced are being developed for the Wii U, so it's guaranteed that none of those games are coming to Wii U." He also added, "Will any future ones come out? I can't say for sure; in our near-term focus, it's not on our radar."

Hines said, "It's largely a hardware thing" and that Bethesda is making the games it wants to make, on the systems that will support their games. This isn't the end of the Wii U's troubles. Other companies are limiting their releases on the Wii U platform because of the system's poor performance at retail. For instance, EA has passed on bringing this year's FIFA and Madden to the console, and Ubisoft needed to delay the Rayman Legends release because the Wii U's installed user base alone isn't sufficient and the game has been expanded to other platforms. As it pertains to Bethesda and Nintendo's console, Hines said, "It remains to be seen what the future holds."




  • torre-sims - August 9, 2013 9:40 p.m.

    i'm gonna be honest, even if Nintendo had made a power house system people would just find another excuse to not develop for it. then Nintendo would REALLY be losing i dunno. Nintendo needs to build a stronger line of second party devs teams, and buy companies like atlus, sega, platinum, and maybe wayforward imo. that's the only solution i can think of in addition to a price cut.
  • TheMariner - August 8, 2013 3:04 a.m.

    Wolfenstein and The Evil Within, I can give them. If they simply didn't start working on a Wii U version then it makes sense that they wouldn't bend over backwards to port them. However, I'll be one of the first people to call BS on this "hardware limitation" stance if *any* of their subsequent games get released on the PS3 or the Xbox 360.
  • watevermanimlost - August 7, 2013 9:57 p.m.

    Too bad I'm going to miss out on an amazing Elder scrolls MMO. I mean who doesn't want another mmo instead of an open world and story driven adventure with little pockets of awesome when you could go do the fun part of elder scrolls... killing enemies with your "friends." It's definitely a game that I want to play..... Sarcasm aside I'm going to get an xbone or ps4 eventually so it doesn't really affect me or disappoint me too much. I'm playing a Nintendo console for games like smash bros, Zelda, Pikmin, etc. I could care less about whether they support Nintendo..... if I really want a play there games then I'll pick one of four of them off my shelf....
  • winner2 - August 7, 2013 6:59 p.m.

    Good, I don't want bethesda using it's time on a wii u TES. I want it to use it's time on games that require power equal to and/or above that which the ps4/xbox one comfortably provide.
  • Metalocalypse - August 7, 2013 4:48 p.m.

    Wii-u is a kids console. Most games on there are E rated. And there teen games are just lame.
  • Fireninjastar - August 8, 2013 9:16 a.m.

    Splinter Cell: Blacklist is coming out...
  • Pooka - August 7, 2013 3:31 p.m.

    Have to say, I was having a hard time justifying my Wii U purchase.... Until Pikmin 3 came out. Game is freaking awesome. That said, Nintendo REALLY needs to step up their software game.
  • death4us - August 7, 2013 1:26 p.m.

    Bethesda doesn't want to spend the extra money having to downgrade its games to be able to run on the Wii U and the fact it isn't selling well doesn't make it worth the cost.
  • robsta109 - August 7, 2013 1:22 p.m.

    "Too many powerful consoles can't coexist. It's like having only ferocious dinosaurs. They might fight and hasten their own extinction" - Miyamoto Officials at Nintendo have said they aren't interested in giving you the same kind of experience as the other consoles. Honestly, I owned a Wii and an Xbox 360 and enjoyed both for separate reasons. I think the Wii U is pretty cool, having off TV play is pretty sweet. My wife can watch tv and I can play video games, can't lose there. Nintendo does have some improvements they can make, like expanding their virtual console library. I read about an idea someone had that Nintendo should have a Netflix type system for older games. Like letting you pay a monthly fee to play as many classic games as you want.
  • freeden - August 7, 2013 1:41 p.m.

    But it doesn't matter if the games on the system aren't interesting. I can see why those who enjoy their usual titles of Mario, Zelda, etc. would enjoy it, but they aren't going to get any new customers with their system if they don't find a solution to pulling in a wider audience.
  • Child Of Death - August 7, 2013 1 p.m.

    Thats BS. If you can run Skyrim on the Xbox 360 and PS3, than you can run it on the Wii U. It seems to me Bethesda either thinks that the Wii U just isnt selling enough or they are just lazy.
  • FoxdenRacing - August 7, 2013 1:21 p.m.

    Translation: The next generation Bethesda games are going to require large installs and/or hard disk caching. Especially if they continue to support the 360 until EoL, since the U is a 360 with more RAM and a newer graphics chip.
  • Talvari - August 7, 2013 12:57 p.m.

    Hardware is really what makes a great game, not gameplay at all. /sarcasm
  • freeden - August 7, 2013 12:42 p.m.

    I think Nintendo really needs to re-examine themselves as a company. I get that there are millions of people who still love Mario, Zelda, and Pokemon. But when third party support starts dropping like this, there's something wrong. Nintendo dropped the ball with the Wii-U and they should really be looking at how they can compete on equal footing with Sony and Microsoft instead of continually trying to isolate itself by being so different and aimed at such a different audience. Bethesda is just one example of how the Wii-U's lifespan is going to be.
  • FoxdenRacing - August 7, 2013 1:23 p.m.

    The problem with western 3rd party support [eastern isn't as dismal] is that western devs are getting lazy about efficient use of hardware. I can all but guarantee you that Bethesda's next game is going to rely on a large HDD install or a large amount of HDD caching, which is the only hardware thing the 360 [and even older PCs] can support that the U can't.
  • Sy87 - August 7, 2013 12:42 p.m.

  • TheGooseinator - August 7, 2013 12:11 p.m.

    Interesting. You'd think that since the 360 and PS3 can support games like Skyrim, then the Wii U could do the same. A real shame, a good open world Bethesda game (or even a solid shooter like Wolfenstein) could really ship some Wii U's.
  • freeden - August 7, 2013 12:38 p.m.

    It's not surprising at all. The WIi-U jumped the shark. Nintendo once again finds itself taking a backseat to true next gen systems. The only thing keeping Nintendo going now is it's flagship properties and the legions of fans still on board with those.

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