The Wii U appears to have gotten off to a solid but not spectacular start, but it will need to continue to attract big name third-party games if it is to become the success story that Nintendo wants it to be. Alas every day we seem to be hearing more stories about games that won’t be coming out on the new platform. The latest two games to be denied a release on Nintendo hardware are Crysis 3 and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.
Firstly, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli told Digital Spy that his upcoming first person shooter will not be available on the Wii U, despite his personal wishes. “I’d love to see it on Wii U,” he told the site, “but what I love to see and what gets done at the end of the day are two different things. Even so, I could initiate it but someone has to sell it, right? If that business decision doesn’t make sense, or seems to not make sense for them, it’s… not possible for us to make it. We can’t publish ourselves, and that’s the bottom line.”
Even more disappointingly given the franchises ties to Nintendo, the new Castlevania game will only see a release on PC, 360 and PS3. Dave Cox the producer for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 was asked a direct question on Twitter regarding the possibility of a Wii U version, and answered with:
@danielwayne – Sorry to disappoint you but no chance.
— Dave Cox (@CastlevaniaLOS) January 7, 2013
The question remains whether these types of games are integral to Nintendo’s business plan. The Wii sold by the bucket-load despite most popular multi-platform games steering clear. Perhaps the usual Zelda, Metroid and Mario games will sell the system by themselves, with help from a few multi-platform ports and a smattering of third-party exclusives like Bayonetta 2? Time will tell, but one thing is for sure; this time next year multi-platform ports will be a lot more difficult for Nintendo to pull off.
Source: Digital Spy