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Most of 2013's biggest games seem to be skipping Wii U

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Initial post: Dec 12, 2012, 9:49:49 AM PST

After a Wii U launch that was full of ports of big games from big game companies, it appears that the winter and spring will see the Wii U missing out on most of the major games coming to its rival consoles.

Over the last couple of days, we've been checking in on the Wii U status of several major multiplatform games, all of which are slated for the first half of 2013. Nintendo has promised that the Wii U will have a broader array of games than the Wii did and won't neglect the hardcore gamer crowd. But very few of the top multiplatform games for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are slated for Wii U.
Aliens: Colonial Marines

Release Date: February 12 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Coming to Wii U? "Yes, ACM is coming to Wii U," a rep from Sega confirmed. We have not announced a specific date yet, just that it launches before the end of Nintendo's launch window (aka March 31, 2013)."
Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel

Release Date: March 26, 2013 (PS3, Xbox 360)
Coming to Wii U? "No plans," according to a rep for EA.
BioShock Infinite

Release Date: March 26, 2013 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Coming to Wii U? The game's creative director just told Destructoid that "nothing is brewing right now," so highly unlikely.
Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2

Release Date: 2013 (Not sure if early or late, to be honest) (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Coming to Wii U? "We can't confirm any info on the Wii U at this time," says a rep for Konami. (Whatever that means.)
Crysis 3

Release Date: February 13, 2013 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Coming to Wii U? "No plans," according to a rep for EA.
Dead Island Riptide

Release Date: April 23, 2013 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Coming to Wii U? "No plans," according to a rep for Deep Silver.
Dead Space 3

Release Date: February 5, 2013 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Coming to Wii U? "No plans," according to a rep for EA.

Release Date: January 15, 2013 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Coming to Wii U? All we could get was a rep for Capcom reiterating that the game is "confirmed" for the above platforms.

Release Date: March 2013 (PS3, Xbox 360)
Coming to Wii U? "No plans," according to a rep for EA.
Grand Theft Auto V

Release Date: Spring 2013 (PS3, Xbox 360)
Coming to Wii U? Nothing announced. Seems unlikely, but here's a glimmer of hope, if you're the unusually optimistic sort.
Injustice: Gods Among Us

Release Date: April 2013 (Xbox 360, PS3)
Coming to Wii U? Yes!
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Release Date: February 19, 2013 (PS3, Xbox 360)
Coming to Wii U? We asked the game's producer, Yuji Korekado, at an event in Los Angeles last week. Here's the transcript:

Kotaku: Do you have plans to bring Revengeance to Wii U?
Korekado: No.
Kotaku: Why not?
Korekado: We really developed the game based on these two consoles [PS3, 360] and the Wii U, we think, is unique in a way that the controller is innovative and the entire console's pretty much not hand-in-hand with the consoles that we're making it for now. So if we were going to make it for the Wii U we'd have to start from zero again and really design something for that console, so we could say 100% that it was a good game for this console.
Kotaku: Could Wii U run the Revengeance engine?
Korekado: I haven't really tried it, so I'm not quite sure.

Metro Last Light

Release Date: March 2013 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Coming to Wii U? Not bloody likely.
Remember Me

Release Date: May 2013 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Coming to Wii U? In August, Capcom's U.S. senior VP Christian Svensson said the idea of bringing it to the Wii U was "explored" but didn't synch up well with the developers' schedules.
South Park: The Stick of Truth

Release Date: Early 2013 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Coming to Wii U? "THQ hasn't announced plans for a Wii U version of the game and is focusing attention on the current versions," a THQ rep told us.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Release Date: Spring 2013 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Coming to Wii U? "The decision to bring a game to the Wii U will be made on a case-by-case basis," a Ubisoft rep told us. "We don't have any details to share at the moment."
Tomb Raider

Release Date: March 5, 2013 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Coming to Wii U? A Square Enix rep says: "the announced platforms for Tomb Raider = X360, PS3, PC. No Wii U."

As you can see, the winter and spring will be pretty good seasons for big-budget games on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. But on Wii U? Pickings will be slimmer.

It's not all bad news for Nintendo console owners. The Wii U is getting some promising exclusives-Rayman Legends, Lego City: Undercover, Pikmin 3 and Game & Wario, for starters. (Naturally, the other consoles are getting their own exclusives, with new Gears of War and God of War games coming to 360 and PS3 along with a few other big in-house productions).

What to make of this?

The Wii never had tons of big-name, big-game support from major third-party game publishers. But that's partially because the Wii couldn't even run the first Mass Effect or Grand Theft Auto IV. The Wii U can run the same games that run on other consoles. Tech isn't much of a barrier here. Timing and business are the key factors. Nintendo and the companies making these games have to want these games to be on the Wii U. They have to make the effort.

The Wii U launched with Mass Effect 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Madden NFL 13, Assassin's Creed III and several other major games that also were released for PS3, Xbox 360 and, in some cases, PC. It's been reasonable to think that such support for Wii U will continue, but in the next six months, it seems that it won't. One hopes that Nintendo and the world's major game-makers at EA, Ubisoft, Take Two and elsewhere will have a few more chats, maybe fund some ports. Otherwise, if you only own a Wii U, you'll be missing out on some very promising games.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 9:50:29 AM PST
Oskar2525 says:

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 9:51:26 AM PST
Cinema Fan says:

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 9:52:57 AM PST
StriderNeo15 says:
Not surprised.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 9:53:26 AM PST
Yeah, while I would have loved to buy into Reggie's PR, I did not. I suspect the U to be like the N64 and Wii. Great first and second party titles, very little third party support. This is the result of doing something different in terms of console design. First/second party games benefit greatly and offer unique experiences, while third party developers are less than interested. Such is life. Luckily I own a U, 360 and ps3 so I will not miss out on anything worth playing. Thanks for the post Jason, very enlightening. :)

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 9:53:55 AM PST
its Gamecube all over again

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Ice King says:
Nintendo consoles have never been about multiplatform games for me. I pretty much never buy them for a Nintendo console if I have other options.
It's all about first party games and games that wouldn't be possible on other consoles.
I just hope they do better with the WiiU than they did with the Wii.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 10:11:55 AM PST
Who is going to purchase a Nintendo console and expect third party to actually be there? Not trying to troll, but it's just not gonna happen regardless of what Reggie tries to tell us.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 10:13:50 AM PST
Kin-foot says:
Wii U haz no gamez™

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 10:19:54 AM PST
If the Wii U can run Mass Effect 3 I am sure it can run Mass Effect. Who knows why third party games will not go to the Wii U. Everything that can run on the ps3 and the 360 should in theory be able to run on it. It could be a matter of developers comfort level with the new development kit. It was just a short while ago when nothing was coming over to the ps3 because it was "too hard" to program for. After awhile all that pasted.

The Wii U did fix all the problems that the Wii had in terms of power and controls. So, in theory with enough time the developers should be able to modify the game engine enough to work on the Wii U architecture.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012, 10:21:04 AM PST
Cinema Fan says:
Your false enthusiasm doesn't cover up your salty tears.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 10:23:34 AM PST
Color me unsurprised. I wouldn't buy any of these multiplats on the WiiU anyway due to a lack of cheevos. Any of those that I do buy will be on the 360.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 10:23:36 AM PST
PacinoBully says:
Wii U = Virtual Boy

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012, 10:43:30 AM PST
I loved the Wii, did it have great third party support? Oh and Flores can vouch for my 1000+ PSN trophies, which a few plats. We are PSN buddies. Have a great day. :)

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 10:51:34 AM PST
Lyrick_ says:
Oddly enough all of this first and second quarter stuff will not qualify as "The Biggest games of the year". Those will be reserved for late third quarter/early fourth quarter games, which are typically reserved for titles like Madden, Call of Duty, probably a Pokemon release and a hand full of other first party efforts sprinkled in for good measure.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 10:56:21 AM PST
This seems like a wiipeat of Nintendo's last gen performance.

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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012, 11:10:12 AM PST
GUEST!! says:
In before d00-

Oh, damn.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 11:17:44 AM PST
Bobbum Man says:
It might not have all the new cool games coming out in 2013 but it sure has the cool games that came out last year!

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 11:20:49 AM PST
So games that have been in development for some time are focusing on their current platforms? Color me shocked.

My guess is E3 is going to bring lots of announcements for Wii-U titles from multiplatform developers.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 11:21:55 AM PST
Glenn says:
90% of those games could fall by the Wayside and I would never miss them.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012, 11:26:52 AM PST
Haha, I also really liked the Wii, as it had some gems that no one knew existed. I have well over 100 Wii games at this point.

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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012, 11:30:37 AM PST
I am mixed on that one. I personally don't care much for Nintendo's Gamepad implentation on NSMB-U, but I will have to say my wife loved it. She helped me on every level, it was very fun. I think Zelda and Metroid are the big titles that could benefit from the Gamepad. Maybe Pikmin as well, given it would be nice to keep on eye on your Pikmin that are working off the main screen. :)

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