Blizzard says StarCraft 2 might be possible on Wii U

In one of the most tantalizing comments we've read in quite a while, Blizzard was quoted today as saying StarCraft 2 "might work" on Nintendo's Wii U console. Of course, we're not extrapolating that to mean SC2 is currently in development for Wii U, or even that it ever will be. However, it's fun brain candy.

According to Kotaku, the game's lead designer said that it might be a good fit, given the right circumstances. Essentially, he means that the control possibilities are interesting, and there might be something to work with in a game like StarCraft 2. Apparently, Blizzard has entertained presentations from several companies about how to make SC2 work on their console. Including one anecdote about a Sony employee who demoed Move for them, and how it might play SC2 (though the dev said it was terrible for a beginner, and only worked with tons of practice.)

Will SC2 ever come out for the Wii U? Probably not. That said, it's a fun brain experiment. How would you design a StarCraft game on a Wii U tablet. Blizzard said that the touch screen is a pretty useful analogue for a mouse, but there's no replacement for the keyboard on a Wii U.

Which means that high-level play is essentially out of the question, as keyboard hotkeys are mandatory in any level of play above insultingly-rudimentary. 

"So [a console StarCraft] would have to be just an awesome experience. As an alternative, we'd have to redesign the game for that UI which could be something we can do down the road, but that wouldn't be a port anymore," Browder said. "That would be a much more serious endeavor with lots of design time and lots of work poured into it."

The fear, we imagine, is with another brand-damaging experiment like StarCraft 64. That said, a new version of StarCraft 2, or a single-player only Wii U RTS in the StarCraft universe is wonderful brain candy indeed.


  • brickman409 - July 5, 2012 11:25 a.m.

    just put the short cut keys that would normally be on the keyboard on to the touch screen or the buttons. not as much hot keys as a keyboard but you still would get some at least more than any other console
  • stuart-maynard - June 20, 2012 2:45 a.m.

    if starcraft gets released on wiiU imma buy one
  • icbacomingupwithapropername - June 20, 2012 1:28 a.m.

    it could work a bit like sfiv on the 3ds, you coud use one of the analogue sticks for a moue and have the touch screen and other buttons all as programmable hot keys. you could probably put a good 15 buttons on the touch screen without it feeling too crowded.
  • berkmail2me - June 19, 2012 11:42 p.m.

    Should be sweet, I guess...
  • KnowYourPokemon - June 19, 2012 5:54 p.m.

    And this was just the kind of thing I was thinking of when I thought about the WiiU's tablet. Sure the console mightn't turn out to be a complete powerhouse to wipeout the 360/PS3, but it is the first console with the possibility of playing games that for the longest time were only known to be good on PC.
  • TheMariner - June 19, 2012 2:36 p.m.

    I dunno, there was Starcraft 64...
  • Redeater - June 19, 2012 12:25 p.m.

    I'm calling 100% bullshit on this. Not that the Wii U isn't capable of running SC2 but it actually being released on consoles. Guess I really don't care either way since I just bought a $300 video card and have been replaying it the last couple days.
  • shawksta - June 19, 2012 12:23 p.m.

    Pikmin AND Starcraft on the same console? Brain Candy indeed.

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