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DICE Director Explains Why Frostbite 3 will not be on WiiU

The technical director for Frostbite, Johan Andersson has announced on twitter why Frostbite 3 will not be on the WiiU. (Dev, Dice, Frostbite 3.0, Industry, Johan Andersson, Tech, Wii U)

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ShugaCane  +   1012d ago
If Frostbite 2 doesn't run on the Wii U, then it would have been really surprising if Frosbite 3 did. But I'm not sure if Wii U owners are interested in BF 4 or Dragon Age 3 (game using FB 3) anyway. Or if they are, never intended to play them on that system.
LOL_WUT  +   1012d ago
Ouch! Seriously, what did Nintendo do with all the money they made on the Wii? Because at this point they should start considering paying for 3rd party support. ;)

Frostbite 3 a next-gen engine! Faithfuls exposed!
showtimefolks  +   1012d ago
So right man, where did they spend the money in research and development because wiiu is not next gen and its only on par with current gen

Most ext gen engines aren't gonna run on wiiu

Nintendo better show. Lot at E3 otherwise wiiu will be a or gotten device that people will buy to only play Nintendo exclusives
Thirty3Three  +   1012d ago

I agree with a lot of what you said, however, let me point out one mistake:

"...wiiu is not next gen..."

^Next Gen doesn't have to do with "specs", it has to do with the system releases. (ie: "Nintendo 64 and PSX", "PS2, Xbox and Gamecube", "Xbox 360, PS3, Wii".)

Everyone acknowledged that the Wii was part of the last generation, I don't see how it'd be any different with the WiiU.

Next Gen = Next GENERATION = "Generation"! Think about it. Generation.

Think about it, with your logic, that's like saying that your father is in the same generation as you are, within your family. That's not right by any means.

I agree that the WiiU lacks power, COMPARED to the PS4 (and maybe the nextbox- wait until it's announced.) but the misuse of "next gen" could be very aggravating to others.
zeal0us  +   1012d ago
They use it to build a console base off a specific market believing it would drive users to their new console. The specific market I'm referring to is the tablet market. Sadly it didn't have the effect they thought it.
They went from "Hey here's something for the whole family to enjoy" to "Hey here's something for you to enjoy"
They should have just made a wii2. Increase the specs to make the console more future-proof and pleasing to third party developers. Kept the motion gaming for the causal crowd. Possibly redefine the controller and motion gaming mechanics. Not only that but kept core games controller only. The tablet could've still been available for those who want it.
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BitbyDeath  +   1012d ago
How could they not get Frostbite 2 working on WiiU if it already works with PS3/360?
ijust2good  +   1012d ago
Nintendo spent most of the money they earned from Wii days on numerous free for all Orgies, high class prostitutes with huge tits and getting high every weekend. The left over from all that sodomy went to developing the Wii U. How ironic isn't it. They've been Cum-drained as a company.
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Theyellowflash30  +   1012d ago | Well said
The comments here are kind of stupid. CryEngine 3, Anvil, Unreal 3+4, Hedgehog, and so many other engines run on Wii .

EA and DICE were too damn lazy to port the engine over. EA is still butthurt over the whole origin fiasco.

@LOL Wut

"Because at this point they should start considering paying for 3rd party support. ;)"

The Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 2, Lego City Undercover, Monster Hunter 3?????
PirateThom  +   1012d ago

They'd still need to rewrite parts to make it work on Wii U, likely.

The fact they've moved on, they probably don't see this as worth any sort of investment or time.
ColinZeal  +   1012d ago
@BitbyDeath The memory of the WiiU is slower than on systems that are 7 respectively 8 years older:
WiiU: 12.8 GB/s
360: 22.4 GB/s
PS3: 25.6 GB/s

Doesn´t matter if there´s 2 GB of it if it´s that sluggish.
Frostbite 2 runs on 256MB...
WrAiTh Sp3cTr3  +   1012d ago
When I see BF4 or the mention of Frostbite I start getting sleepy. The only thing Frostbite related that intrigues me is the next Mass Effect.
DragonKnight  +   1012d ago | Well said
What's funny is that the only time I've ever heard anyone say "next gen is not about specs, it's about releases" is this gen with the Wii U. I wonder why that could be.
PopRocks359  +   1012d ago

Because it's with the Wii U in particular that people insist that it is not a generation eight console based solely on its specifications. Not even the Wii received that sort of treatment and its specs were comparable to an original Xbox, perhaps even lower.
McScroggz  +   1012d ago
@PopRock359 People don't pretend the Wii U isn't a generation 8 console, in fact most people probably don't even know about the specific console generations. When people say the Wii U isn't next gen its because it came out 7 years after a console cycle started and is only marginally better than those consoles, if not worse in some aspects.

The Wii U is TECHNICALLY next gen in terms of its release time frame; but in comparison to the Xbox 360 and PS3 specs it's laughable to label the Wii U as next gen...especially with what we know about the PS4.

I get that it might be frustrating to hear so many disregard the Wii U by not saying it's next gen, but instead of arguing semantics just let it go.
Yodagamer  +   1012d ago
@colinzeal that information was given out by a person on a forum who had no expertise other than google, it probably came down to a lack of optimization to the gpgpu. From a couple interviews i've heard the 1gb ram is not a bottleneck for the wii u, even if it could have been more.
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_-EDMIX-_  +   1012d ago
@Thirty3Three- I agree that the term has changed since the Wii came out. Before then, developers would just say next gen. Wii is what caused developers to coin the term "High end next gen" ie when they announced Bioshock, they stated for "all High end next gen systems" ie they now needed to re-state what Next Gen exactly was.

Regardless of what its called, it means NOTHING for the Wii U, its a pretty stupid agrument and just makes anyone who supports Wii U look even dumber.

Wii is current gen yes? WTF DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING IF Mass Effect, Assassain's Creed, GTA, Red Dead, LA Noire, Bioshock, Battlefield. Dead Space etc all skipped the system? So.....because its "called" current gen or it "released" around the same time it some how mains it will get the same games?

So.....if it didn't happen for the Wii....its somehow going to happen with the Wii U? LMFAO! Now....100 million units couldn't make that reality happen. What needs to be coined here is a term known as "HIGH END NEXT GEN" as in "ONLY PC PS4 and 720" Now this is not me thats dubbed this label, you can think the rest of the gaming industry for doing that.

When we are talking about Next gen as in NEW LOOKING GAMES and NEW AI FEATURES....we are talking about "HIGH END NEXT GEN" (say it with me) "HIGH END NEXT GEN".

PS4, PC, 720. ie "HIGH END NEXT GEN", aka "EVERYTHING BUT A NINTENDO SYSTEM" aka "Wii vs PS3,PC,360' aka "Wii U vs PS4, PC, XB Fusion"

Its funny cause I actually agreed with you. (I still do on some level) but No...the Wii U is next gen by name only. The Nextbox will be a high end next gen system with PC and PS4. Gaming didn't let Wii's dated tech hold it back from making amazing games, I don't see why they will let Wii U.
MysticStrummer  +   1012d ago
@Thirty3Three - Define the terms however you want, but that next gen system is comparable in power to current systems, so not calling it next gen seems perfectly reasonable to me.
pixelsword  +   1012d ago
@ ijust2good:

EVERY console should be made like that.

Sure, we'd have Commodore 64 graphics in 2016, but think of the FUN!
BitbyDeath  +   1011d ago
@yodagamer, might have some truth to it considering all the OS issues they are having and that's running on a full 1GB
Maddens Raiders  +   1012d ago
More bad news for Nintendo-
it's becoming commonplace now. Heads are going to roll for all of this incompetence.
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Blackdeath_663  +   1012d ago
all this means is that nintendo has yet again failed to appeal to a larger audience which is what they were aiming for with the wiiU and games like bayonetta2 and zombie U. looks like they need to rethink their strategy and cater to their nintendo fans with their tried and trusted titles like zelda, xeno blade and whatever it is nintendo fans are so fond of. the real crisis is if they fail in that respect too. personally i really hate that the halfhearted attempts by using old titles and sticking a "U" at the end like super mario U its as if they are not even trying anymore. not all doom and gloom just yet however
_-EDMIX-_  +   1012d ago
Really? Is this really bad news for Nintendo? Think about it. Nintendo made a system before with a lack of 3rd party support when they made the Wii. Now if they wanted those type of games, why wouldn't they just make a system that was truly "high end"?

Its cause they don't want to. THINK ABOUT IT! Why should Nintendo as a publisher waste money making a beast system for games that will and have sold better on Sony and MS systems? I'm sorry but what Nintendo did with the Wii wasn't some sort of mistake. They knew VERY DAMN WELL WHAT THEY WHERE DOING! You guys do understand that Nintendo is purposely getting there crowd not get use to certain IP's? They don't want 3rd party support in that respect, they want 3rd parties to make "default exclusives" by making a weak system, they are now avoiding ports from PS4 and 720.


No mistake was made with the Wii U, its exactly what Nintendo wanted. Many of you have stated on here a whole lot "I'm buying it for Nintendo games" that is the attitude they want to hear. So your money when to ONLY Nintendo for the system clearly and your games are ONLY Nintendo games too? Sounds so bad for Nintendo. LOL!
BattleTorn  +   1012d ago

All due respect, I did NOT buy a Wii U for Nintento exclusives. I bought it with hopes that there would be decent (existant?) 3rd-party support.


By that do you mean, they want to be at the bottom? Cause I don't want to play on the system that has little to no 3rd-party support.

Nintendo can race to the bottom if they wish, I'll choose to jump ship!
donman1  +   1012d ago
Smells of EA stink lies and influence. Hmmm, so Crytek Engine 3 runs on Wii U (Shadow of the Eternals using this engine and will be for PC/WiiU) and Frostbite 3 can run on Xbox360/PS3 but cannot run on Wii U. It sure smells like a lie.
just-joe  +   1012d ago
Interesting point, I'm surprised no one pointed this out.
nirwanda  +   1012d ago
And the way EA has been unsupportive of the wii U, suggests your right.
Nevers0ft  +   1012d ago
Yep, the fact that Frostbite 3 runs on the PS3 and 360 makes the rest of the statement pretty much redundant. Of course the engine will run on the Wii U, they just don't want it to.
RFornillos4  +   1012d ago

unless they wanna admit how inferior of an engine Frostbite 3. i mean, why would CryEngine 3 run on Wii U; or Unreal Engine 3 (and some 4), or any of Ubisoft's game engine (like that of Watch_Dogs) run on Wii U, but they can't make FB3 work on it?

at least CryTek had the balls to admit that the reason they won't bring Crysis 3 in the Wii U (albeit admitting that they were able to run Crysis3 in it) is because EA doesn't want to publish it for the Nintendo console.
lizard81288  +   1012d ago
If EA has anything to do with this
Then no. I won't be surprised if they can't get any of the new star wars games to run either...Or any of their games when it comes to EA....since EA is still butthurtt about no origins. Although, Had Nintendo went through, I bet EA would be singing on top of a mountain about how fantastic the Wiiu is, just like they did when it was announced.
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Blackdeath_663  +   1011d ago
well i guess you're right to some extent but that would imply that EA is not interested on developing for the wiiu, the real question is why?
ATi_Elite  +   1012d ago
Wow Way to straight up LIE to Gamers!

Just tell the truth EA, Poor WiiU sales (Less than 4 Million) is not enough to warrant porting games to the WiiU.

making up some crap about the Frostbite 2 Engine not running on the WiiU is CRAP.
DeadlyFire  +   1012d ago
Need for Speed Most Wanted U runs Frostbite 2 Engine with the PC textures and assets perfectly fine at 30 fps I assume 30. An EA game. :P
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dantesparda  +   1012d ago
Mosted Wanted doesnt use FB2 it uses Criterion's Hot Pursuit engine
DeadlyFire  +   1012d ago
I am pretty sure if Nintendo sales skyrockected over the next year or two then sure Frostbite 3 would be on WiiU almost instantly. EA though WiiU would sell faster than the Wii and it didn't give them gold with Mass Effect 3, and Need for Speed U on WiiU. Which mind you Frostbite 2 runs fine with Need for Speed U. An EA game most are ignoring in thinking about this.
lilbroRx  +   1012d ago | Well said
You believe this? The Frostbite engine, 2 or 3, is not doing anywhere near as much as the Crytek engine 3 and that runs on the Wii U with no issues. Heck, even UE4 can run on the Wii U to some degree. The devs said it.

The reason it doesn't run on the Wii U is because they didn't make it run on the Wii U. If they stopped after a few test then that means they didn't try to optimize, debug, or recode anything. You can't put a program on a completely different architecture than it was built for an it work perfectly with no effort.

Of course most people don't even care about that. All they care is that they can use this as more fodder to bash Nitnendo. Reality and logic always take a seat when its that time.

The Dead Island devs tried to make that claim as well but the game engine dev stepped in and said it worked just fine. Anyone who says a game engine that runs on the PS3/360 can't run "better" on the Wii U is lying. If it doesn't work, that means they didn't want it to.
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CouldHaveYelledUiiW  +   1012d ago
"Well Said"

Another case of an engine designer or developer,
making a lie the truth.

Says: "Nintendo WiiU can't run this engine.
Thinks: ("Because we did not design it too. hahahaha!"


Says: "Nintendo fans don't buy our games or these types of games."
Thinks: ("I think it is because of all of the crappy test games we make for Nintendo consoles. 'Dead Space' on rails haha! And maybe it is because they bought another console while they were waiting for us to release our game on their Nintendo console.")
PopRocks359  +   1012d ago
Well said indeed. Wii U's third party issues have just as much to do with a lack of interest/effort on the developers as it does with Nintendo's hardware, if not more so.
dantesparda  +   1012d ago
Damn, so the wii u cant even run fb2 adequately? help!
Kiddcarter  +   1011d ago
I hate when people say Nintendo fans don't care about game a or game b, how can someone say that when Nintendo gamers are gamers just like Sony, PC and Microsoft gamers. The fact that companies are pulling away from the Wii u only 6 months in, is disappointing because a section of gamers are being ignored just because they like Nintendo.
Qrphe  +   1012d ago
I wonder what "not too promising results" really means. Does it mean it would have to have been heavily modified to make it run like it WILL be on PS360?
Skate-AK  +   1012d ago
That's what it sounds like. It's weird cause they talk about how well Frostbite scales to different hardware. Hurts their creditably a little bit if they didn't even really try.
fr0sty  +   1012d ago
They were saying that when they tested Frostbite 2 on Wii U hardware,, which already ran on PS3 and 360 (it's what runs BF3), they were not impressed. They never even attempted to port frostbite 3. In other words, it didn't even do as good as PS3 and 360 at running their last engine, so they didn't even bother with the new one. It likely had to do with CPU limitations since by all indications Wii U has a more powerful GPU.
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joeorc  +   1012d ago
"It likely had to do with CPU limitations since by all indications Wii U has a more powerful GPU."

Agreed that; and it sounds like the connection bus my not be enough in its ability to handle the data through put at an acceptable speed for the engine for its throughput to the io.
Ozmoses  +   1012d ago
well if nintendo had frostbite than we would probably have to amputate.
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BIGTAMR  +   1012d ago
They must not have tried or its a crap not well coded engine as the team at crytek managed to get cryengine 3 running on the Wii U. EA just really are holding a grudge against Nintendo atm
andytorr  +   1012d ago
Because it's crap.
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Brucis  +   1012d ago
It's a not so good engine. Even the previous engine had better destruction and collision. The only thing it really seems to be strictly better at is graphics.
sync90  +   1012d ago
How in the hell do you know that?
Klad  +   1012d ago
EA just laid off 1000 employee's! nuff said
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enkeixpress  +   1012d ago
Well.. that's disappointing news for Wii U owners..
lilbroRx  +   1012d ago
No, its not. It never is. "This is just EA". You can stick the words in quotation up whenever something involving them or one of their subsidiaries pop up and you will have the opinion of the majority of Wii U owners. There is no love lost, for there would have to be some to begin with.

No Wii U owner expects anything from EA or their affiliates. We all know they are bitter about Nintendo not bending over for them. They made that clear before launch when they announced they were gimping the games they bring to the console.

Why do so many people, like you and lol_wut, come in hear proposing, hopingly, that we feel some kind of apprehension or sadness about this?

1. Why would we feel bad for not getting a game that we never asked for or expressed any desire to obtain to begin with?

2. Have you seen Wii U owners asking or begging for games made with the Frostbite Engine anywhere, ever?

3. Why would we need this games with this engine when we will have better ones out by then?

All of you apparently want us to be resentful, hard, but I assure you that we do not care in the least.
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PopRocks359  +   1012d ago
I know I don't. The last EA owned game I really gave a care about was Mass Effect 3, and the last one I thoroughly enjoyed was Brutal Legend (and that was only published by EA).

I think I can survive without the likes of Madden, Crysis and Battlefield. That and if I really want to dive into those games (doubtful at full price, mind you) I'd probably get a PS4 first.
ThePsychoGamer  +   1012d ago
Oh come one, I don't think you could sound more resentful if you tried.
BattleTorn  +   1012d ago
Don't listen to the Nintendo fanboys.

As a Wii U owner, it does hurt.

This, among the countless games that ARENT coming to the Wii U, makes my purchase very very regrettable.
silkylove  +   1012d ago
EA is still butthurt over being told "no" to an Origin based Nintendo Network. Nothing to see here.
Eyeco  +   1012d ago
The thing is you say that, but one thing I learned about 3rd party devs and publishers last gen with the PS3 is that 3rd parties bend over for no-one, in the end Nintendo needs 3rd parties like EA more than they need Nintendo, this is further backed by the fact that they make most of their money of the other consoles and PC.

Otherwise you get a console like the N64 and Gamecube. The reality is Nintendo made a console based on their standards and their criteria, not on what developers want.
oof46  +   1012d ago
Well, it has been reported that sales wise, first party games for Sony and Microsoft accounted for only 6% of total sales. Nintendo first party games accounted for 32%.

Nintendo will always have a strong first party stable and people who will buy these games. But, since the Wii U will not be doing Wii numbers, Nintendo has to get third parties on board if it wants to expand it's user base.
Eyeco  +   1012d ago
Exactly It's no secret that people buy Nintendo consoles for Nintendo games, with exception of the Wii that sold purely based on a gimmick.

The thing is, that may sound good on paper, but In reality it's actually a bad thing, because it means the only people that buy Nintendo consoles are Nintendo fans, 3rd party Developers have realised this, which is why Nintendo's 3rd party support has been pretty weak for almost 2 decades now.

Again this shouldn't be a problem if you're a fan of Nintendo, but if you don't care for Nintendo games there consoles offer virtually nothing for you,

again the Gamecube was a system that appealed only to Nintendo fans the exclusives sold well but that didn't translate into a console that barely scraped 20 million units worldwide, reason's being because it lacked the 3rd party support especially towards the end of it's lifetime. Which is why I lol whenever hear someone say "wait till, Mario, Zelda, Metroid.." like that's gonna help much

Nintendo's greatest strength is also their greatest weakness, something their fans will always sidestep.
Ck1x  +   1012d ago
Well seeing as to how many 3rd party companies went under this generation. I think that both EA and Nintendo need each others business! But lets not be foolish in thinking that EA would survive longer than Nintendo without working with them. The Wii never received any of these franchises that EA are currently withholding from the WiiU,(outside of Tiger Woods, Fifa and Madden which is more of a indicator that this is behind Origin) but Nintendo still managed ok. Once they work out whatever their differences are about the whole Origin failure, then I'm guessing that a miracle would be performed and all EA funded engines will suddenly work on WiiU... The damage will probably be beyond repair at that point though.
donman1  +   1012d ago
Can EA make their hatred for Nintendo any more obvious.
MasterCornholio  +   1012d ago
So let me get this straight, the Wii U isnt powerful enough to run the engine but the PS3 and the 360 can run it?

Am i missing something here or is the Wii U supposedly more powerful than the PS3 and the 360?

This is a bit confusing either the Wii U is weaker than the PS3 or the 360 or the hardware is so complex that developers wont even bother porting the engine over.

Something strange is going on here its almost as if 3rd partys want the Wii U to fail in favor of the PS4 and the 720.
Brucis  +   1012d ago
It could run Cryengine 3 almost flawlessly and the Crysis 3 port was near completion but got cancelled by EA. This is likely due to the whole 'Nintendo not running Origin for their online service like Ea wanted them to' thing. Crysis 3 for Wii U was up and running, but it was not meant to be. Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli explained to VentureBeat that a lack of Electronic Arts-Nintendo business drive ultimately killed the project.

"We did have Crysis 3 running on the Wii U," Yerli said. "We were very close to launching it. But there was a lack of business support between Nintendo and EA on that. Since we as a company couldn’t launch on the Wii U ourselves--we don’t have a publishing license--Crysis 3 on Wii U had to die."

Anybody can tell that cancelling an almost finished and well-running game is just pissing funds down the drain. EA was mad about something and Nintendo refusing to use origin, and subsequently handing over control of the online services to EA, is likely the reason.
mudmax  +   1012d ago
Shadow of the Eternals is running on cry engine 3. Precursor gonna shut the trolls up.
M-M  +   1012d ago
I would have been mad if I spent all of that time porting Crysis 3 on the Wii U only for it to get cancelled near completion.
mii-gamer  +   1012d ago
load of crap from ea and dice. Something happened between ea and nintendo that made them so butthurt
NobodyImportant  +   1012d ago
They don't care if the Wii U fails or not. It's just business for them.

The reason that the PS3 and 360 are getting BF4 is because Frostbite already runs on the consoles and because they each have a large customer base.

The reason the PS4 and XBox 8 are going to get Frostbite 3 is because they both similar in power and they both have the same 8 core CPUs.
And because Playstation and XBox have a reputation for adult games/mature themes and for shooters.

What financial incentive is there to port Frostbite 3 to the Wii U?
If you were a Battlefield or COD fan last gen would you have bought a Wii as your only console?
No. You'd have bought it for family fun or Mario and Zelda.
Nintendo are courting the same audience as they did last gen buy making a next gen console with internal components similar to current gen tech.
So you're probably thinking. Why not have a PS3, 360, WiiU version?
The reason is that PS3 and 360 are known consoles. DICE have been working on them a whole generation. Frostbite 2 already works on them.
Wii U doesn't have the userbase of the current gen consoles and will Battlefield even sell on a Nintendo console?
Porting a game is expensive. Are Dice going to port a game to a console with no userbase and where shooters aren't that popular? It's a business decision, nothing more. No spite. No pettiness.
Brucis  +   1012d ago
That makes sense, but it also doesn't make sense to cancel an almost finished port after all that work and money was put into it and then don't even try to make anything but the bare basics for a system while claiming support. There's clearly something between Nintendo and EA, and considering that Acitvision seems to have no problem with them and EA's behavior general behavior, I have little doubt who started this.
NobodyImportant  +   1012d ago

Do you really think that if Wii Us started flying off the shelves and got a massive FPS fan following EA would ignore that?
It all comes down to money.

You're probably wondering why a game would get canned if it was mostly built. And the sad fact is that licencing, printing discs, marketing all cost far more that actually building the game. Losing all the money it cost to port the game is bad for a developer, but the money lost on a fully licenced marketed game that doesn't sell is worse.
EA have made an executive decision and have picked what they think is the lesser of two evils.
1) Lose some money on a mostly developed game.
2) Finish the game, print all the discs, pay all the nintendo licensing, server costs and then have a game that doesn't sell on that console? At which point you've lost even more money.

EDIT: I reckon DICE built the Wii U version, but EA told them to can it because they didn't want to spend the money licencing and marketing it, because they didn't think it would sell. Then they had to come up with a statement to the public why they wouldn't bring it out on the Wii U.

Wii U not being powerful enough is believable and a good excuse.

Have you ever seen that chart about how the cost of a game is divided up. I'll post if I can find the link. It's pretty interesting.

EDIT 2: http://www.newgamernation.c...
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sprinterboy  +   1012d ago
Well the developers have been saying for the last couple of years about more ram, Sony and MS have given this with PS4/Fusion and Nintendo did not.

I think developers are just saying why make a downgraded version for WiiU when we can concentrate on PS4/Fusion at max capacity with big install base.

Not knocking the WiiU but if I was a game maker I would be putting full production into PS4/Fusion and no support for the WiiU cause 90% of gamers would buy the game for PS4/Fusion anyway leading to wasteful money/time resources on the downgraded WiiU version.

By the time these games come out nintendo would have there big hitters out ie WiiU owner walks into game shop and see`s new zelda, f-zero and bf4 (downgraded version)they will buy the f-zero and zelda and not the bf4, they would pick it up for there other console of choice.
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mudmax  +   1012d ago
Exactly, they dont want to optomized the code.
lilbroRx  +   1012d ago
or you there is a third option you left out. They just don't want to make games for Nintendo to EA's butt-hurt.

EA is their primary publisher and they can't go against what EA wants. EA clearly has it in for Nintendo.

I figured the rest would be common sense, but apparently, not around these parts.
hduce  +   1012d ago
It would be common sense to everyone around here except the trolls. There is no way you can tell me that the Wii U couldn't run a game that the Xbox360 and PS3 is running. How come Need For Speed a game based on the FrostBite engine ran with no problem being ported on a old development kit in less than 6 months. I would rather EA come out and say we have no business with Nintendo instead of them and their developers feeding us a line of bullshit.
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FlyingFoxy  +   1012d ago
Well at least the system's been hacked, won't be long now till we get WiikeyU and able to play backups/downloads. Then homebrew will come later.

Nintendo could've avoided issues probably just by adding an extra cpu core making it quad core, and a better graphics chip. They are safe in the storage department with 25gb discs.

Kind of the opposite of the Dreamcast, which was ahead of its time, displayed visuals as good as 90% of PS2 games, but just lacked a bit in storage with the GD roms.
RegorL  +   1012d ago
I think the problem is Wii U:s CPU.

Frostbite tends to run single player very well with bad/low performance CPU. But once you run multi player it really needs the CPU aswell.
(In Frostbite 3 the left over CPU cycles in single player could be used for AI.)

Wii U actually has less CPU than XBOX 360 and PS3. I do not think any developer expected that when creating a Next generation game engine... (bad choice Nintendo)

So would Wii U customers be happy with receiving single player only versions of Battlefield 4, StarWars battlefront 3, ...
Theyellowflash30  +   1012d ago
The Wii U doesn't have a "less CPU" than the PS3 and 360. It has a slower "clock speed" but it's whole different build.

And it's a GPGPU so the GPU helps the CPU out. Frostbite 3 is totally possible on the Wii U. DICE and EA are just butthurt over the whole Origin fiasco.
RegorL  +   1012d ago
These tweets adds to the picture
Theyellowflash30  +   1012d ago
I would believe that, but here's the thing then. Why does Mass Effect, a game that also relies on CPU, run better on Wii U over the PS3 version and on par with the 360 version, if the CPU is so bad? Is it magic?
RegorL  +   1011d ago


Could you please tell me what Mass Effect is using its CPU cycles for?
Theyellowflash30  +   1011d ago
Your comparison does nothing to prove your point. Crysis 3, which runs on a better engine than Frostbite 2, ran on the Wii U flawlessly.

- Are you trying to say Frostbite 2 is better or more "CPU" heavy than CryEngine 3?

EA is butthurt....why are you so damn dense?
Agent_hitman  +   1012d ago
Frostbite is running on 7 year old consoles with limited amount of RAM while Wii U that has a little bit power of GPU and RAM than PS360 can't handle it?.. Really?!

Something's fishy is going on with EA and Nintendo.
mydyingparadiselost  +   1012d ago
This tweet didnt really explain anything.
mudmax  +   1012d ago
Ok trolls, let's exam this b.s. What a joke you guys are. Precursor Games seem to have cryengine 3 running beautifully on wii u. If you think that ps360 can run frostbite 3 but wii u can't then you are an idiot. How can you test the wii u with xbox code and then say the results weren't good. You nintendo hating trolls enjoy your nintendo hating website b.s. Cause im not coming back to this site. If you still think ps360 is more powerfull than wii u then your stupid.Period. It will eventually be running on wii u.
LAWSON72  +   1012d ago
It is sad the wii u gets so much hate. I am more interested in the wii u right now, because the ps4 seems to think mediocre series from the ps3 should be made and showed off more than a new game or game that should have a new entry in the series and the same goes for ms but ms had quality titles that have tried so hard to have numerous releases and their 1st party titles seem to get worse and worse for each new release in the series. I have yet to play a xbox exclusive that is better than its predessor except forza 3.
Nintendo supposedly rehashes it series but guess what usually these new entries dont suck and just like their predessors they are quality titles. The point of buying a ps4 at launch is pointless. Oh look I can play killzone and multiplats that are on the superior pc and last gen consoles, and there is no bc. By time the ps4 is out the wii u will have at least a few must play exclusives and a whole catalogue of wii games. Making it a better and most likely cheaper purchase for at least some time.
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oof46  +   1012d ago
I don't want Nintendo to fail. The trailer for Shadows of the Eternals looks great, but Dennis Dyack has a long way to go to earn my trust back after drilling Silicon Knights into the ground.
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FinalomegaS  +   1012d ago
think this nonsense is going to drag on.

Anyone notice the amount of...I mean lack of support EA has been towards Nintendo... WiiU can't handle frostbite... I mean err No Madden for U... I mean errr No FIFA for U...., NO DLC for U...

Maybe it's not just for the WiiU but PSV, the 3DS. maybe they need to stop bringing out the same garbage with an extra feature and call it a new game *cough*EA sports*cough*

No love lost really, I dont like EA and the games I do like are only published by them. Sure some other pub can do the same job with Bioware and DICE that EA is doing.
DivineAssault  +   1012d ago
No wonder nintendo isnt going to have a conference at E3.. They dont have enough 1st party games to show off by then & there isnt any 3rd party games they have to show either.. wow, thats some serious news.. A lot of games will be using frostbite 3 nx gen
LAWSON72  +   1012d ago
Ya because we all know how many games were on frostbite 2, probably 2-3, BF3 and NFS the run. The only games to probably use frostbite 3 are ea published, big deal.
DivineAssault  +   1012d ago
no big deal for u but others wont brush this off so easily
Theyellowflash30  +   1012d ago
DivineAssult you don't know what you're talking about. Nintendo has plenty of first party games to show off at E3.
MilkMan  +   1012d ago
This is a joke.
Crytek runs on WiiU but this people of crap doesn't?
This is about as funny as it.
The WiiU is at least as powerful as the Xbox 360 and the Frostbite works on it? Of course, it does. If they got off their soapbox and actually optimized their engine, then they could get busy and make some games. Then again, these guys cant even run their own company, let alone be efficient.
Any way game on WiiU!
fossilfern  +   1012d ago
Didn't the latest need for speed not use frostbite 2? And it was on WiiU
phantomexe  +   1012d ago
I'm not buying it dice did EA tell you to say that. I don't hate EA but there pure hate for nintendo needs to stop.
Dlacy13g  +   1012d ago
I think the bigger issue here is EA losing faith in the WiiU. No madden, now certain game engines not getting used for developement... there definitely seems to be a pattern forming for EA with regards to the WiiU.
stragomccloud  +   1012d ago
It's not faith. EA is pulling all support because they have been trying to take Nintendo down since the Origin deal broke down. EA wanted all of Nintendo's networks to run through Origin, and Nintendo said no. After all, PC gamers already know Origin is terrible compared to Steam, and everything run through Origin creates a conflict of interest for competing 3rd parties where EA would get a percentage of all third party sales. That plus Nintendo would have to trust EA with a lot of their own data.
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Th3 Chr0nic  +   1012d ago
its a wii. people are over it, they dont sell cause every soccer mom that became a gamer when they bought a wii stopped being a gamer when they realized they bought a wii
danitanzo  +   1012d ago
Well, they weren't voted worst company for no reason... lol
stragomccloud  +   1012d ago
Real reason is very simple.
EA won't let them develop Frostbite 2 or 3 for Wii U.
EA is still very angry at Nintendo. They need to make up with Nintendo if they care about money. Afterall, even if a Wii U version of a multi-million seller sells only 100,000 on Wii U, that still translates to millions of dollars in sales. To ignore that audience no matter how small translates to sales lost. Profit no matter how comparatively minute, should be pursued.
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mediate-this  +   1012d ago
to me next gen means better specs better performance better piece of hardware, look at t.v's first gen of flat screens compared to current gen of flat screens.

we don't wait all this time for a new system to get equal performance of last gen. wii u is not true next gen specs or hardware.

Nintendo saved money and bit them in the ass
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Kennytaur  +   1012d ago
So DICE is willing to make themselves look like poor programmers to cover up the disagreement between their publisher and the Nintendo? That's not good.
TXIDarkAvenger  +   1012d ago

Well if Nintendo wants the Wii U to sell, then they got to give it their all with first party support. They got to attract new gamers and not talking about having more Wii Sports and shit. Nintendo fans have always been loyal but if you want to attract MS and Sony fans, Nintendo has to get the jump on it. At E3, they must announce something ground-breaking because after E3 2013, everyone will be deciding on what next-gen console to buy, more specifically the next Xbox and PS4.
Yodagamer  +   1012d ago
Sounds like the dreamcast all over again, ea through a sissy fit then and they are doing it again. If cryengine can run on it and according to crytek very well, then i don't see a reason for frostbite 2 not to other than a complete lack of optimization.
AKR  +   1012d ago
Wait, so let me get this straight:

A.) They have FB3 running on 360 and PS3 ~ 8-year old systems that are WEAKER than the Wii U.

B.) Criterion was able to develop the Wii U version of Need for Speed: Most Wanted with visuals that are comparable to the PC version of the game.

C.) Devs have CryEngine 3 running on the Wii U quite fine - and I hear that's more advanced than FrostBite.

END RESULT: EA - Just tell the truth. The real explanation is:
"We're still not friends with Nintendo, so we don't wanna optimize our engine to run on their system, which is why so many of our games won't be coming to it."
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