Submitted by rbailey 374d ago | opinion piece

10 Next-Gen Games That Will Never Release On The Wii U

Richard Bailey Jr. of The Koalition writes:
Way back on November 18th of 2012, Nintendo released what they envisioned as their answer to next-gen consoles with the retail launch of the Wii U. As a result of this move, anxious consumers everywhere flocked to the stores to pickup their first piece of next-gen hardware. Fast-forward to almost one year later and both the Wii U hardware and software sales are absolutely dismal. Most of this is attributed to the fact that many third-party developers and publishers lack confidence in the platform and therefore see no reason to use it within their everyday business practices. (Dragon Age 3: Inquisition, Fallout 4, Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts 3, Mirror's Edge 2, Star Wars Battlefront, The Elder Scrolls Online, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, TitanFall, Wii U)

rbailey  +   374d ago
The Wii U is a decent console but the lack of third-party games is simply annoying. It's also hard to call this a next-gen piece of hardware when clearly the PS4 and Xbox One blows it out of the water.
Neonridr  +   374d ago | Well said
Next Gen is an inaccurately used word nowadays. Next Generation simply means the next iteration compared to the previous one. It is the media and the masses who suddenly decided that the word meant revolutionary or better than the competition.

It's kind of like the word gimmick. The word actually means something new or novel to attract attention. But somehow to like 90% of the people out there gimmick is used in a derogatory sense.

Anyways, power doesn't mean everything. The Wii U can still pump out some pretty amazing visuals, and most developers have only begun to scratch the surface of it. Sure the PS4 and XB1 will have vastly superior graphics, but my PC has vastly superior graphics to what the XB1 and PS4 will put out, but doesn't that really matter in the end?
darthv72  +   374d ago
while the rational will understand that power doeasnt mean everything....not everyone is as rational to think that. therefore (to them) it does mean everything.

If more gamers would put down the ds3 or 360 controller and pick up a 2600 stick, maybe there would be a little more appreciation with gaming and where it came from.
mewhy32  +   374d ago
i fear that the wii u may not last long when the PS4 and bone actually come to market.
ABizzel1  +   374d ago

I agree with your comment, but there's just one thing off. Yes PC is superior to XB1 and PS4. But the specs. (in the PS4 at least) are now becoming the recommended specs. for gaming PC's, while the Wii U is just at the bare minimal.

Look at the specs. for Battlefield 4.

The PS4 is right in line with the Recommended specs.
The Wii U is right in line with the Minimum. That's going to be a cause for many games not to release for the platform. It also means that the PS360 versions are going to be vastly inferior to the PS4 / XB1 / and PC versions (possibly sub 720p @ 30fps, vs. 1600x1200 @ 60fps on next-gen-tech console).

Specs. don't mean everything, but they are important to the evolution of gaming, otherwise we would all still be gaming on our NES.
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Neonridr  +   374d ago
@ABizzel1 - can't argue with you at all.

All I am trying to say is I am still wowed by what I see sometimes from the PS3 and 360. And we all know that the Wii U will be definitely superior to them once the devs fully understand how to utilize it. No doubt it will be at the lower end of the spectrum when compared to the XB1 and PS4, but we may still see several 3rd party games running on the system, since the new engines claim to be very scalable.

I don't really worry that much because I have my Wii U for 1st party and some 3rd party games, and will purchase a PS4 or XB1 next summer to fill the gap with other exclusives or 3rd party games that skip the Wii U. Best of both worlds.
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ABizzel1  +   374d ago

No problem I agree with you, just saying specs. do matter a bit.


If you've been gaming that long I would expect you to have some intelligence on hardware, but old fools do exist in this world. Wii U is no where near the recommended specs., and it's just like a blind fan to give an opinion and not give facts to back it up.

None of the consoles have CPU's to brag about, but the Wii U's 1999 Power PC based CPU isn't pushing anything. But CPU's aren't the most important thing when it comes to gaming. The CPU can be a bottle-neck, but the GPU's are more than capable of handling many of the CPU's normal processing tasks.

4GB DDR3 today's standard (Vista needs almost 2GB) > 2GB of DDR3 2008 RAM speed standards (Wii U)

HD 3870 > Wii U's HD 4670
These 2 GPU trade blows with one another, but in RAW performance and most gaming benchmarks the HD 3870 is the better card.

The HD 3870 has 512MB of GDDR4 (HD 3870) > Wii U's 512MB DDR3 2008 RAM speeds standards

Where on earth are you getting the Wii U being on par with the Recommended specs.? The only reason I gave it on par with the min. specs. was because they can code directly to the hardware, and optimize the game for the Wii U.

If anything I'm one of the few people on n4g who actually understand specs., because I have a minor in Computer Science, I build gaming PC's, and I actually work with computers and research to stay up to date on technology. Don't be on old fool, it's not cute.
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AJBACK2FRAG  +   374d ago
Graphically sure but gameplay? I thik that remains to be seen. I'm a Wii U owner and a Nintendo fan and I believe this is a very visual medium but if there is no innovative gameplay, like I've already seen on the U, you've got nothing. A guy named Gumpei Yokoi believed that cutting edge technology could actually hinder game development! He believed using older technolgy with different new ideas could create radical new gameplay! He called these ideas lateral thinking with withered technology. I believe these ideas are being played out in the video game industry this very second!
zeal0us  +   374d ago
I really wouldn't consider ESO next gen anyway. Heck not even most console gamers are excited about that MMO. So overall WiiU owners really aren't missing anything when it comes to ESO.
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pr0t0typeknuckles  +   374d ago
the definitive version of all your favorite games,will not be on the wii u.
but its nintendos fault,they need to secure better exclusive third party content, they had a year advantage and let it go to waste,they really just need a new strategy.
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BladerunnerZX  +   374d ago
I grew up playing Nintendo as did many gamers here at this site. The Super Nintendo is and always will be my favorite gaming console.
Even the underrated Gamecube still sets next to my Xbox360 and still gets a decent amount of playtime after all these years.

That being stated I really hate to see what has happened to Nintendo within the home console space starting with the Wii.
Yes the Wii was a success...with the casual market and yes Nintendo did that after the Gamecubes less than stellar lifetime sales.

The truth is that the combination of both the financial success of the Wii and the fact that Nintendos leaders continue to live in a bubble that has not existed since the early 90s will lead Nintendo to their demise in the console market.

Unfortunately the Nintendo Wii U will be Nintendos last home game console and within a couple of years we all will be playing Nintendo games on the Playstation 4 and the XboxOne.

At the Same time Nintendo will have continued success in the handheld market even against IOs,tablet gaming etc.

I knew that once Sony entered the gaming console market in '95 with the Playstation 1 that this would happen.

Sega would be gone and Nintendo would be gone and we would be left with conglomerate corporations like Sony and Microsoft.

Lets just hope that Sony and Microsoft do not drive the video game industry into the ground with an overload of DLC,Apps,patched games that should have never been released etc....oh wait.

Crash of 1983 here we come again.
Maybe It would be for the best for us gamers though. maybe it would weed out all of the money hungry CEOs and the like and we can all get back what the game industry was in the early 90's for both console gamers and PC gamer.. FUN !
Neonridr  +   374d ago
I do agree with you that since the Cube Nintendo has definitely lost their way with what they feel is a successful video game console. Profitable is one thing, but Profits don't automatically dictate success.

I disagree with you in the sense that this will not be Nintendo's last console. They have so much money to burn right now that they could probably afford to have 3 failed consoles in a row and still have money left over. The 3DS market will continue to line their pockets and provide them with plenty of capital to offset the slow start of the Wii U. I feel that the Wii U will start gathering steam now that we are starting to see the games come. This holiday should do quite well with the Price drop + Mario, Sonic, Donkey Kong and Wind Waker. Not to mention we will still see AC4, Watch Dogs and Batman release on the system.

I just don't see Nintendo going anywhere anytime soon.
falcon97  +   373d ago
Nintendo are dripping with cash kid they could do free consoles if they wanted.....???? they are already putting like £50/$80 towards every wiiu ????
gedden7  +   374d ago
10 next gen games that will never release on PS4/X1
1. Zelda
2. Mario
3. DK
4. Zombi U
5. W101
6. Bayonetta 2
7. SSB
8. X
9. DQ10

Gamess I don't need a PS4 or X1 to play
1. Titanfall
2. Fallout
3. GTA
4. Elder Scrolls
5. Dragon Age
6. Final Fantasy 14
7. Witcher
8. Battlefront
9. Destiny
10. Everquest
11. Total War
12. Assasins Creed
13. Watchdogs
14. BF4
15. COD
16. Outlast

I could keep going but I proved my point.

higgins78  +   374d ago
I've said it before (just up above) but I'll say it again...great and accurate post!
Nintendo will be fine, but a lot more 3rd party developers/publishers will die off this gen, and if what i've been hearing is true it looks like Capcom will be the first (sadly). The only thing Nintendo has to do is create reimagined versions of Metroid , Zelda, donkey kong, pump out stronger 2nd party games like xenoblade & X, and once sales are up enough try to get decent 3rd party support. they probably won't get a Rockstar game, a mainline final fantasy, or kingdom hearts, but maybe Nintendo could get a spin off of kingdom hearts,or final fantasy like crystal chronicles, but more mature.
ContraCode  +   374d ago
The Witcher 3 could really utilize the Wii U GamePad. That's a shame it won't get a port.
Roccetarius  +   374d ago
I hope you're not serious, but you probably are.
ContraCode  +   374d ago
Yeah I'm actually being serious,lol. You don't think the new Zelda will make fantastic use of the GamePad? The huge screen is a fantastic tool for any RPG title. Kind of hard to argue that.
WiiUsauce  +   374d ago
being able to set multiple waypoints on the gamepad with added annotations, being able to instantly have access to and manage your inventory, having a detailed view of your map without ever having to press start, ect. ect. the gamepad is an AMAZING controller for RPGs.
_QQ_  +   374d ago
other than KH3 and FF15 i don't need a ps4 or xbox one to play,pretty much this list is here to remind us that the next gen games that ps4/xone have that can compete with Nintendo's exclusives will have a superior version on PC.

I won't get a ps4 untill FF15 launches,or if the last gurdian launches. Killzone, knack,drive club and indie games are not worth 500$(i always include tax and online).1 game from Naughty Dog won't sway me to buy one either unless they go back to their roots.
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Tito08  +   374d ago
Back to their roots? Where? Working at Vivendi developing Crash games? You know well that's not gonna happen since Vivendi is now owned by Activision unless you're referring to the J&D days. But they have done nothing other than releasing great games, and they're expanding their knowledge into different type of games, as seen with the games they worked on, and we don't know if their next game is a new or existing IP, so I don't get how you gonna say "Back to their roots" when they have being awesome devs this entire gen.
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_QQ_  +   374d ago
talking about J&D days,doesn't have to be the JD franchise but something like it. doesn't even have to be somthing everyone can play, i just want to see what they can do with a fantasy fictional world.with fantasy fictional characters,and fantasy fictional creatures. Uncharted and TLOU are amazing games but i just want to see where their creativity can lead them,because i doubt deciding on"lets make a zombie game" took much imagination.
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D_RoyJenkins  +   374d ago
These are just games we know of right now. There are so many games that will come out throughout the generation that won't be possible on the Wii U
Misaka_x_Touma  +   374d ago
uh it called OWNING MULTIPLE SYSTEM or a Gaming PC
Nintendo Fans goes where their favorite games at.
We aren't bond to Nintendo System. Like most PS and Xbox gamers are.
AWBrawler  +   374d ago
Thank you! Heck i game on Ps3, vita, and even iphone and android when i see a game i like.
Misaka_x_Touma  +   374d ago
Indeed. Go where your favorite games or franchise is.
Phil32  +   374d ago
I don't understand the purpose of this article. The Wii U is already down on its luck, and it seems all this article is here for is to kick the console while it's down. What is the point? Don't we already have enough negativity in this industry? Just seems like a troll article.
MadMen  +   374d ago
the WiiU is dead.

Do yourself a favor get a Wii and all the great games and skip the U.
chadboban  +   374d ago
Wii U is backwards compatible so when you get a Wii U you are also getting a Wii.
MadMen  +   373d ago
Obviously your missing the point, price.
Qrphe  +   374d ago
The amount of circlejerking from both sides is quite obnoxious.
SpiralTear  +   374d ago
God, we get it. These games have a very unlikely chance of being on Wii U. Everything said in this article is stuff we already know or can deduce from past articles throughout the internet.

What's the point of just rubbing this in all of our faces?
vazurahan  +   374d ago
Announce Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 HD
Skyward Sword HD

I'm getting it.
truechainz  +   374d ago
The fact that someone took the time to write this (or even approve it) shows what is wrong with this site and this industry.
clouds5  +   374d ago
10 Next Gen games that will never be released on PS4/XB1:

-Bayonetta 2
-Wonderful 101
-Donkey Kong Country TF
-Monster Hunter 3
-Pikmin 3
-Smash Bros U
-Zelda WiiU
-Mario Kart U
-Metroid U (it will come ;) )
Ac7iVe  +   374d ago
Don't forget starfox, I feel an unannounced earthbound coming in a few years
josephayal  +   374d ago
I'm not going to buy a Wii U
emu-key  +   374d ago
Oh noes stop the presses. This guys not buying a wiiu.
clouds5  +   374d ago
Well I'll have you know that I'm not going to buy a Xb1/PS4.
unknownbystander  +   374d ago
Right now the Wii U is at its lowest that it can't go down any longer. So what's the onlyway you can go? Up of course, and the Wii U will do just that once it's major titles finally come out. Can't believe articles like these are nit picking when they know that the big hitters haven't even come out yet. For some reason I feel as if there will be a big amnesia next year amongst the haters and negative press. They will claim that they never said that the Wii U is dead when it becomes very successful at the end of this year and beyond.
TwilightBites  +   374d ago
I just dont understand why this article exists. Its just another attempt to create negativity around nintendo. There's no point in it though.
SecretNO_258  +   374d ago
Fallout 4 hasn't been announced.
Rockstars next game hasn't been announced.
Guesswork much?
Disney in calling all the shots on anything star wars so there is a small chance battlefront come to wii u.
PS4 doesn't have DX11 but uses an equivalent, just like wii u. So his arguments about KH3 and FF15 are BS.
This has to be one the most poorly written articles I've read. I'd like to think he is trolling, but, unfortunately, he seems serious.
stragomccloud  +   374d ago
That's funny, because there are/will be countless Wii U games that won't come out anywhere else.

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