Bethesda considering Wii U

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim developer confirms working on Nintendo's latest system "definitely a possibility" if it doesn't require changes to game design.

At this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, Nintendo unveiled its Wii U system and touted an extensive lineup of third-party publishers, including Electronic Arts, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Namco Bandai, Sega, Ubisoft, Codemasters, and Tecmo Koei. One more heavy hitter may be added to the system's third-party lineup soon, as the UK Official Nintendo Magazine website is reporting that Bethesda Softworks is taking a closer look at adding Wii U to its multiplatform strategy, which currently focuses on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Hines' comments conjure up considerations of The Elder Scrolls on the Wii U.

"It's definitely a possibility for the future," Bethesda vice president of marketing Pete Hines told the site. "We'll look at any platform that will support [the] games we're trying to make, but that's the key thing--the console has to support the game as it is designed."

However, even if the Wii U can run a game just as Bethesda imagined it, that doesn't necessarily make the decision to add it to the platform lineup a no-brainer.

"Just doing 360, PS3, and PC, I don't think people understand the amount of work that goes into that," Hines said. "All of the localization you have to do, all of the testing you have to do, on every platform in every language… It's a pretty huge undertaking."

Following the European launch of Wheelspin for the Wii in 2009, all of Bethesda's retail games (both those it develops and those it publishes) have been created for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. That slate includes Rogue Warrior, Fallout: New Vegas, Brink, and Hunted: The Demon's Forge, as well as upcoming titles Rage, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Dishonored, and Prey 2.

For more on the next Bethesda-developed multiplatform game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

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rohn13
rohn13

@takisgr07 Is it me or did you not read the article you commented on. This article by no means says Bethseda is going to support the Wii U. It basically says there is a very slight chance they might, if and only if able to run there game designs unaltered. Don't comment on articles you didn't read people.

whitejackel
whitejackel

@adc89 yes i did but there are just some game frinchises i beleave that need to stay with only certain systems, ie gears with xbox uncharted with ps3 so on. and i unfortunetly have really no more love or hope for nintendo so thats how i feel about it.

takisgr07
takisgr07

is it me or there is Sony fanboys everywhere? @corrus yeah psvita..a portable ps3 and as you said its a Toy.Why i would waste money to buy a portable ps3 when i own a ps3..and the Wii U is gonna be Something Unigue and im glad to see a Good Game Industry like Bethesda supporting Nintendo

foxfacer2d2
foxfacer2d2

Bethesda on the nintendo console? isn't bethesda known for it's immersive moderns RPG? well that is a really great 3rd party support.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

well the wii was different , people bought third party games -see goldeneye cod etc, and since wii u is going to have the features of a 360 ps3 controller plus more any thing is possible , times are changing this gen was the worst gen in my opinion but this is interisting none the less, ill also keep my eye on this the more 3rd party support the merrier

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

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corrus
corrus

I know that Nintendo fans not gonna like my comment but i think that even Vita will be better than their WII U Sony already show to the world what can do that toy with Uncharted and Resistance.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@M8ingSeezun You're aware the Gamecube's third party support sucked, right? The reason why it's so bad is because hardly anyone buys them on Nintendo consoles (even if the third party games were good). It's been going on since N64.

cspark809
cspark809

gidrius1001 I like elder scroll. I love zelda. How'd you know wii u going to be suck? For my understanding, wii u will support with better graphic card and proccessor. If that's the case, then there isn't any reason not to release Skyrim for wii u

giedrius1001
giedrius1001

wii U sucks, no need to embarrass yourself bethesda, cause nobody will buy this wonderful game at this console, nintendo fans only know zelda, they will not understand such a serious game, it will be too much complex for them :D characters faces will have more polygons than all zelda characters sum up together, world with real colors could kill zelda fan eyes, they not used to non cartoon style game world, enemies, but the scariest part is, imagine after facing cute spiders and princess in zelda you suddenly facing blood sucking ghoul which look like scariest monster from scariest movie, hart attack guaranty :D

giedrius1001
giedrius1001

Darius815 because you will pay double the price of xbox 360 and ps3 to play same quality games as at ps3 or xbox, think logically this console is doomed like 3ds and all nintendo vision, what they was thinking abandoning next generation with wii and 3ds will give them bright future????

ronnet
ronnet

@bigcrusha, what you say is very true. The Wii is close to dead now while the 360 and PS3 are still going. I'm talking game sales here, not units sold. In that regard the Wii is still doing ok, but people who buy it now are not interested in playing lots of game, let alone paying for it. Having said that, the Wii has had a great run. Nintendo made a profit both on the console side as well as on the game side. Saturation was reached earlier but I disagree that this is immediatly a bad thing. If they manage to offer a alternative in time then they might be able to rekindle the same market. Which is exactly what the Wii U is doing. The reason why I feel the Wii won is because Nintendo was comming from a bad place with the gamecube. They couldnt compete with the others but they found profit in a market that the others started to ignore. This brings me full circle as this is why I also believe the Wii U will not be able to capture the marketsegment interested in games such as Skyrim. Again (slightly) underpowered and with a wrong image to attact core gamers.

Vampiro_HuntT3R
Vampiro_HuntT3R

@Chico_Azteca What I meant was this; "I just think that Nintendo consoles have never been able to compete with Xbox and PS, so this new console of theirs might also not be as powerful to run this game smoothly." So I was simply asking Bethesda not to even consider making it for that console. Oh and if you were talking about that November thing, that was just a joke. :D I just found the V's poem cool, so I thought..you know... :D But didn't know people these days have lost their sense of humour! Alas!

gameking5000
gameking5000

@Arsyad00 Did you see the controller? I don't think any console is similar to it. Plus, the Wii U is backwards compatible.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

"if it doesn't require changing game mechanics." so thats a no then.........

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

@ronnet Well I can't say we'll ever see eye to eye on this but I do appreciate the contrast in our opinions. It's engaging and causes us to explore our ideas more broadly. However, in my opinion I do believe Nintendo failed this generation. I don't measure success of a business model through how much profit it makes, I measure success within the rate in which a product hits saturation point. I dunno, that's what my business colleagues say I should pay attention to and that does make sense. While the Wii has made a large profit, it reached critical point product saturation at a much more alarming rate than it's competitors. Most business models rarely look like this but if you were to represent Nintendo's sales rate within the last 4 years on a tangent line diagram, it would literally look like the scariest roller coaster you or I will ever go on, a quick and straight forward ascension followed by a quick and unplesant summit nose dive straight for a bottomless pit. Anywho, basically I'll sum things up by saying that Nintendo core gamers run on a slightly different business model than competitor core gamer models, which is why I can't say they are comparable. To a degree, yes, but not to the point where I can predict the entire outcome of the following generation, but that's just my 2 cents I suppose.

comb5
comb5

@GamerLegend10 I read it again, twice. Nowhere in the article does it say that Bethesda is considering making Skyrim for the Wii U. The author, however, does say that Pete Hines' words "conjure up considerations of Skyrim on the WiiU". That was never said by Bethesda though, that is merely the authors own interpretation of the words spoken by Pete Hines.

ronnet
ronnet

@bigcrusha, I'm feel like we're now starting to repeat ourselves. We've put all our arguments on the tableand neither one has convinced the other. Which wasn't (in my case atleast) the objective either, I atleast hope that you understand my reasoning even though you don't agree with it. I feel like I have a reasonably good understanding of Nintendo's market segments. I wrote a paper on it so I did my homework. You said Nintendo failed. I actually think Nintendo won this generation. They made a bold move and it paid off. They actually made a profit on two sides, while Sony struggled to generate enough revenue on one side to support the other. Compared to the previous cycle, Nintendo won by far. However Nintendo did alienate themselves from many core gamers. Not from the platformer fans, but from those who enjoy action games, wRPG, FPS, racing games, sport games, etc. It will be hard for them to catch up, especially if developers are waiting for core gamers to buy Wii U first. A self fullfilling profecy if you will.

Bearmonsta1
Bearmonsta1

I just clicked on the article to see the pretty horsey. Neigh!

Arsyad00
Arsyad00

wii u no longer a unique console anymore. it juz be the same as PS3 and XBOX360.

johnthek1d
johnthek1d

Although i am more of a core gamer, nintendo will always be my favorite and i will probably get a wii u, and im really hoping that lots of 3rd party games will be making their way to wii u like skyrim. Go nintendo!

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

Yeah all this means is that PC/console game developers in general are simply going to treat the Wii U just like the Xbox 1 was and simply do "port jobs" without taking advantage of the new hardware.

yoyou225
yoyou225

Why do people care if it's going on a different console? It's coming to XBOX or PS3, why are you complaining? If it was coming to the Wii U exclusively, I could understand... but each major home console is getting this game. Why are you getting mad about another console getting a game YOU CAN BUY FOR YOUR SELECT CONSOLE? Doesn't make to much sense to me.

daub11
daub11

i think when the wii u comes out every body including me will get one cause the way it looks and whats so cool about it is that you can either play it on the big screen or just play it on thee little screen that is already on there and that is just awsome.

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

@ronnet Well people can tell you whatever they want, they are lying to you if they tell you that in 2 years, GPU's of today will be so outdated that any game released in 2014 will fail to run on a 2011 GPU model. The market wants us to think that a GeForce GTX 500+ series completely outclasses a GTX 480. GPU's aren't like consoles, they get updates on a monthly basis and reach a new class on a yearly one. I'll give you the same argument I gave Cuba, PS and Xbox core gamers are not the same as Nintendo core gamers. Why Nintendo failed this gen is partly due to lack of third party support I admit. Although, the LARGER reason why Nintendo failed is because it got so caught up in the casual gimmick marketing blueprint that it left large margins in between releases of it's flagship titles. Mario and Zelda did make an appearance but not before being flooded by an abundance of horse dung such as: Wii Sports, Wii Fit, Wii Play, Wii Music etc.... So no, it's not to late to do anything, believe what you want but if you wanna keep that prediction then you don't know Nintendo's market as well as you think you do. But I'm not going to discredit your hypothesis either.

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

@cubachino I think you are misinterpreting my point, I'm not saying Nintendo can do without third party. I'm saying that the larger portion of Nintendo's revenue comes from first party titles. There's a division here, PS and Xbox core gamers go for their favorite third party franchises. Nintendo core gamers go for their favorite first party titles remade and revived over and over again. Call it wrong if you will and to an extent I agree but hey, if the cookie recipe works, why on earth would you change it? I can always add sugar to make it sweeter but I don't wanna throw a bunch of weird ingredients until the final product doesn't even look like a cookie anymore. Although if the Wii U does manage to keep up with the times, I'm sure we will begin to see third party ports support Nintendo.

cubachino
cubachino

@bigcrusha Funny u would bring up "buyers from leaving" because that helps my point that Nintendo needs to buy some 3rd party exclusives. Look at the PS - PS2 it had 3rd party exclusives like Final Fantasy 7 & up, Tekken and Grand Theft Auto which never graced the N64 or the Gamecube and that's when they started to loose the hardcore gamers. And those who started to play those games on the PS like myself still go out and buy the new PS for those games. But if those games were to come out on the Wii U for instance then I wouldn't feel a need to buy a second console. But the reality is that many who grew up with Nintendo left to try different games and never returned. So, it us really who have turned our backs to the big N. And if you loose the fans you loose the 3rd party support because it's all about which console can make me the most $. Historically NIntendo has had the stronger console. The SNES was more than Genesis. The N64 was more then the PS1 and even the Gamecube at a minimum was easier to develop for than the PS2. And guess what when the Wii U comes out it will probably be more powerful than the current PS3 and 360. But is this really relevant? No. At some point one system will be more powerfull than the other. Only difference here is that in 2012 it will be Nintendo's turn to brag.

ronnet
ronnet

@bigcrusha, Im not an expert but when I see a true gamingPC in action then it looks much better then consoles.Ofcourse there is a rediculous pricetag attached to that as well. All the articles I read about the Wii U stated that 50% extra power is the least they could do if they are seriously wanting to compete on graphics. You're telling me everyone is lying to me about that, but like I said I'm not an expert. For all I know you're the one stating non-truths to make your case.Nevertheless I stand by my prediction regarding the future of the Wii U. I don't think Nintendo is going for the maxed out console and they are once again setting their own course. Which is good, the two sided business model worked for them last time I just think when it concerns the core gamers it is 'too little, too late' to capture them as they already have a 360 or PS3. Most of them will wait for the next XBOX and the PS4because they are uncertain if the Wii U will get the important multiplatform titles.And by the time the PS4 is out the Wii U will be 'too soon,not enough' to compete.Even if they aren't a compleet generation beyond the Wii U then I still predict that the lack of a core base will persuad core developers to make either the X10'80 or the PS4 the standard (whatever one is the weakest link)just because those are more likely to generate a large core response.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

@Vampiro_HuntT3R the more i try to comprehend the reasoning on that comment the more my IQ lowers

jhpeter
jhpeter

Nintendo still has games like Metroid she ll be the winner, now that Wii U will start kicking next gen like N64 after SNES. But majority of kids here doesn´t remember , maybe coz the age and mindset.

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

@ronnet Within consideration that I am a PC gamer, I can tell you that PC is not too far ahead from consoles. By a noticeable margin yes but to say 50% isn't enough would be an understatement. For the past 3 years video card models have not taken large leaps of improvement other than brushes on clockrate, power management and core memory. Developers did not have to make huge downgrades for ports from PC to console. In fact, all video cards have been doing these past 3 years is playing leapfrog with each other monthly. Modern media consumers pay more attention to what they see. Having 1.9 billion transistors over 1.1 bill does make better performance but does not give you a huge edge. It's all smart marketing to get people to buy into hype and spend more money. 50% is more than enough to catch up, the market doesn't want consumers to think that. So to tell me that means you've fallen into their trap. I've lost faith in Nintendo since the Wii but that doesn't mean we can't assume that the Wii U won't be a serious competitor. While they have lost the core gamer market, many of us core gamers are franchise enthusiast. If they can consistently release flagship titles while gaining third party support, they will get that core market back.

foxfacer2d2
foxfacer2d2

elders scrolls were available on the 2 consoles ps3 and xbox360. hey, y not wii u?

shnull
shnull

teh suck with consoles is that games are often just re-compiled or ported without optimizing code to the pc, which is by far the best hardware platform (and probably will remain so) but , gamespot, could you please get some way of getting these mails platform-specific, about 8 out of 10 updates i get have to do with a platform i don't own, its getting spammy

ronnet
ronnet

@bigcrusha, business is always about predictions, educated guesses if you will. So naturally all I've said has to be put into such a context, there really is no other way to read it. I don't find it too soon. First of all 50% extra is a bold claim, and always the best case scenario. PS3 and 360 seem to be comfortable for MS and Sony, I don't see them upgrade anytime soon. However, when they do I expect a massive leap. Right now these consoles are already behind in times, 50% extra power isn't even catching up with the PCs of today. Another part of my prediction is that the Wii U wont be able to attact a large enough core gamer base. So when choosing platforms the weakest link (which will be Nintendo although by how much is speculation) could be ignored in favor of a higher standard to work on. Right now the 360 is obviously the weakest link, had it been as unimportant as the original XBOX then Bethesda could have opted to stick to PS3 and PC allowing them to go beyond 7GB of content (just an example). Ofcourse you're free to have another idea of the future. The great thing about making predictions you can always check them after the fact. So feel free to contact me when the PS4 has been on the market for 3 years ;) It will be interesting to see if the GTA, CoD, TES and Assassin's Creeds of tomorrow will have Wii U as part of their multiplatform release.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@comb5 actually your wrong lol...i think you need to read it a bit more carefully. it clearly says that they are considering making a Wii-U version of Skyrim

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

@ronnet Too soon to tell buddy, can't make those kinds or predictions at this point in time. Assuming that Nintendo is currently analyzing all options from a business perspective, Wii U is said to be 50% more powerful then the current gen of consoles. Comparing to current console GPU hardware, the present line of high end 2011 GPU models are not a grossly significant upgrade (beyond 50%) that is. It's fair to say that Nintendo's competition won't take a huge leap forward in the technical department either. I mean the 360 had a year head start and while the PS3 is superior both GPU and CPU wise, the 360 hasn't fallen beyond lacking in the disc space department. If Nintendo wasn't bluffing about that 50% leap, you can't say that the next ES game will be too demanding for the Wii U. By the way, the article doesn't state that Skyrim will be ported, they acknowledged that the Wii U is a valid candidate for future projects so long as the dev kits aren't too compromising from the final project they intend to create.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@TheRedDash I'd rather have in on Move so that there's actually a decent game for it :P The Move NEEDS a game like Skyrim. Everything would work bliss.

comb5
comb5

Do people even bother reading the articles before they comment on them nowadays?? Nowhere in here did he say they were thinking about putting Skyrim on the Wii U. He said they were considering putting FUTURE games on that platform as long as it was feasible and not to difficult.

DarckArchon
DarckArchon

Never was fan of Nintendo, but it might be an idea to use the controls for the game, now that Dual Wielding weapons and spells is possible i think Motion Control can work nicely

ronnet
ronnet

Wii U is technically capable of 'running it' as it is a platform on the same level as the X360 and PS3. However I don't see the added value for Bethesda. First of all they will have to port the entire thing: costs involved. Then they need some cool gimmicks like having the inventory system on the Wii U touchscreen: more costs. Problem is when they are done porting it the X360 and PS3 will have had it for a long time. Will the Wii U have enough 'new' core gamers that are interested in Skyrim in 2012/2013? Huge risk on Bethesda's side. By the time Skyrim gets out on Wii U the new XBOX and the PS4 will be near release as well. The Wii U will once again be outdated. So core gamers are wise to ignore Wii U and stick to their 360 and PS3 until those are out. Because the Wii U certainly wont be able to play Elder Scrolls 6 in 4 years. All in all, I think the Wii U won't have a large enough gamer segment interested in Skyrim for the reasons mentioned above. I think Bethesda is waiting to hear other reports and wont port until they are sure of success.

Vampiro_HuntT3R
Vampiro_HuntT3R

Oh GOD PLEASE NO! Please don't do this. Please don't take such a huge risk. I know you are "just" considering it, but please dont even consider it. We have waited for way too long for this game. Please don't do anything that might compromise the game or any aspect of it. We don't want to have stupid graphics just because you guys had to port it to Wii U. I personally don't know much about this latest technology, but I have heard that Nintendo devices don't have the Graphics as their strength, they are always their weakness. They seriously suck at the graphics. Also, TES: Skyrim is a bit too heavy game, the processors; hardware etc, in the Wii U 'might' not be that powerful to run it at highest details and full power. It also might make certain strange bugs appear in the game becaues of the porting, which'd suck too. Besides, lately we have come to know how much lazy you Bethesda guys have gotten in the Testing area. So please don't take risks and please test the game properly before you release the game. ALSO! ONE LAST THING! PLEASE RELEASE THE GAME ON THE 5TH OF NOVEMBER! REMEMBER REMEMBER THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBER, THE DRAGON SEASON AND PLOT! I KNOW OF NO REASON WHY DRAGON SEASON SHOULD EVER BE FORGOT!

TheRedDash
TheRedDash

skyrim on wii.......a possible buy but i would rather have it on the kinect.

sonicare
sonicare

I just hope they dont dumb down any of their major franchises just to put them on the wii u.

Fritzzland
Fritzzland

@chilly-chill Man, I wrote a post in my blog about it. If you want to leave a comment, be my guest!

corrus
corrus

Actually i have watch one video on youtube the presentation of Killer Freaks from Outerspace for WII U and on that video they play with 2 controllers.

FusionRain
FusionRain

@freedomspopular That's a great idea but the problem is that you would still have to pause the game in order to have time to look down and pick things out. In which if you pause the game why not have that stuff on the t.v? I guess you could pick things out on the fly like when your in a town with no enemies around but I don't see the advantage in combat. What's your thought on a solution to that, or do you not see that as a problem?

FusionRain
FusionRain

I think they should scrap the Wii U and just make a successor to the GameCube. Nintendo should find away to add their "innovation" while retaining a good controller. I'm still tripping out that you can only use 1 of the Wii U controllers with the console, the rest you have to use Wiimotes. I don't really think that's taking a step forward. The people that say are behind this thing is looking great. Like Bethesda, if they can get some good games to work on it, then I would have no problem purchasing one. I just hope Nintendo knows what they are doing with this one, because I don't.