Capcom not planning to bring Street Fighter to Wii U

Producer Yoshinori Ono confirms company has no plans to bring fighting game series to Nintendo's latest console.

Capcom has no plans to bring Ultra Street Fighter IV--or any iteration of the fighting game series--to the Wii U, according to series producer Yoshinori Ono.

The Wii U has struggled at retail thus far, selling 3.61 million units globally since launch, including only 160,000 systems during the April-June quarter. Major publisher Electronic Arts is not developing any new games for the console.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said this week that the Wii U's pricing is not holding the system back, but rather a lack of compelling software.

Nintendo plans to remedy that issue by releasing a number of marquee first-party new titles in the coming months. The company shipped Pikmin 3 earlier this month and has a number of major titles on the way this year, including The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD (October), Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (November), and Super Mario 3D World (December).

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GameBeaten
GameBeaten

Well hopefully Nintendo can get a Tatsunoko vs Capcom sequel instead at some point on Wii U....or some kind of fighting game besides only Super Smash Bros. 4.

Also the Street Fighter IV fan base is already well established on PS3/360. So there's little reason for a Wii U version.

gregrout
gregrout

Well, it's not like North America wants it on Wii-U. At least that's Nintendo's opinion. Right now while North America goes without, Nintendo UK has released 3 versions of Street Fighter for virtual console along with a promotion, buy two get the third for free. They're also getting splinter cell AND wonderful 101 today. Face it, Nintendo doesn't give a crap about North America. So how's it feel to be an after-thought?

RaNDM_G
RaNDM_G

To be fair, the game's been out for five years. Anyone who's wanted a copy already has it.

punisher70
punisher70

Nintendo was a great system back when they started out. they made some great games, the past 2 systems seem like gimmicks to me,its a shame.

banderweir
banderweir

Do we really need a new article for every single game or developer that is NOT coming to the Wii U? 

I mean, by now surely every developer besides Nintendo themselves has to have come forward and said "we're not touching that system with a 30 foot pole".

We get it already. We wasted our money on a system that apparently no games will ever be made for, despite the fact that Nintendo had great 3rd party support lined up for it at E3 2011; they have all jumped ship.

dariusq
dariusq

There really isn't much point in bringing USFIV to WiiU. Without the proper install base it won't sell enough for Capcom to recoup their investment, to say nothing of the peripheral companies who would be releasing joysticks/fightpads. Nintendo really needs to do something drastic about pumping up the console sales.

sugrim
sugrim

I wonder how the comtrols would have been?

Yamakoichi
Yamakoichi

Ouch, a game that visually belongs on the Wii-U, not going onto the Wii-U.

Jarten
Jarten

The reason the Wii U isn't doing well is because all the developers are complaining that it's not making sales. People are not buying it because there isn't anything they want since the game developers are not making anything. It's circular reasoning and its causing the WiiU to fail. The reason nothing is coming out or being sold is the game devs fault for not supporting the system in the first place no matter the money or costs. Since when was making games supposed to be about the money anyways? I thought it was supposed to be about making games that you enjoy for other people to enjoy even if it doesn't turn out well in the end.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Maybe Capcom allow Nintendo to make a new Megaman, instead.

Deal???

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

Man I hope the WiiU picks up.... I think it has plenty potential it just needs a chance 

Gargus
Gargus

This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone considering Nintendo has the worst online setup and support of any system out now for multiplayer.

Not to mention no one would care because no one is hauling a wiu out for a tournament or buying 4 controllers just to play one game with friends.

99.8% of the people who want to play SF already do on on ps3, 360, pc or 3ds.

This would be a waste of capcoms money to port it to the wiiu.

Thesuperstar2k
Thesuperstar2k

Wow, not even Street fighter going to be on the Wii U? Dang, than this must be suck for nintendo again. WiiU is starting to suck I guess.

JJ_Productions
JJ_Productions

Capcom are you serious? No Megaman X? No Megaman Legends? Now this? Nah, it's official, capcom you can go suck yourself.

19James89
19James89

I'm just hoping there are lots of people who buy Ghosts and other multiplayer games so I can really make the most of my Wii U.

beansnob
beansnob

A desperate publisher that knows it can't afford to gamble on a bombed system.

masterninja9
masterninja9

In order for SFIV to come to the Wii U, it would have to be the full game. And we all know Capcom won't be doing that.

raduz123
raduz123

Nintendo are clearly winning the next generation console war I mean c'mon what they lack in sales, third party support and the embracement of emerging technology they clearly make up for with novelty value and the 33rd edition of Mario.

NINTENDO, WINNING.

fadersdream
fadersdream

The more trouble Nintendo has the harder it's fanbase tries to defend it.


But in the end they alienate the moderates.

tmthywtsn
tmthywtsn

Death to Nintendo, DEATH! OFF with it's HEAD!!!!

19James89
19James89

I do regret buying the Wii U. I should have stuck with the PS4. The lack of games is just a killer...

enoslives7
enoslives7

What's left of the wii-u will be swept away by the PS4 and even the piece of shit xBone. 

This is history repeating itself, as in 2001 when the PS2 steam-rolled the Dreamcast. Although, the Dreamcast was a much better system than the wii-u.

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

@gregrout Maybe they're trying to push more Wii U sales in Europe? I don't know.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@banderweir 

Yes, surely every developer, like Ubisoft, Activison, Atlus, Platinum, SEGA, Namco-Bandai, and even Capcom themselves (along with a buttload of Indie developers) have and/or are still releasing games for the system. 

Chico86_basic
Chico86_basic

@dariusq The install base of any console doesn't magically appears if developers are not willing to give it a try. I would buy street fighter for WiiU if it ever did come out! Too bad Yoshinori Ono. I know it's not your fault...

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

@sugrim I think they would have done something similar to what they did with Super Street Fighter IV 3D on 3DS.

GoldenEye2010
GoldenEye2010

@sugrim Umm..I'm sure like Xbox and PlayStation. The GamePad HAS buttons, y'know.

decoy1978
decoy1978

@Jarten Thats a real optimistic view you have about game developing, let me supplement that with a realistic view.

Games cost money...period.

From design, to promote, to boxing, to upkeep, it all takes the Almighty $$$.

Simply put, there needed to be a better install base for the Wii U. Currently it has sold ONLY 3.5 mil, heck I'll round that to 4 MILL. And its been out say since end of 2012.

Its not the developer's fault, the blame lies solely on NINTENDO who has a giant history of alienating 3rd party devs since their SNES days. 

Launch lineups are only 1/2 the battle in driving sales, the other half is the CONSISTENT release of quality AAA games throughout subsequent months which obviously by now Nintendo dropped the ball. I think they had the Wii U owners wait until Pikmin came out a month or so ago... 6+ MONTHS for a AAA game will sink you. 

Fast forward that to now: Your system has been out almost a year and all Nintendo has to show for is 4 million units. Mathematically, a AAA game comes out for the system say... Call of Battletoads 5; EVERY SINGLE WII U OWNER HAS TO BUY THAT GAME to justify the costs of making it...

A game like SFIV needs more than 2 million buyers to justify costs. And even then, the game is old and is probably more suited to PS3/360 with THEIR fanbase. 

Nintendo will bounce back from this... it just takes time and patience and A LOT OF 1st party games coming out like EVERY MONTH to get people re-energized.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@Jarten Making games is about making enjoyable games... for money.  It's a business.  To think anything else shows an extreme level of naivety.

The Wii U has two major hurdles.  One is that it's spent the past two console generations alienating 3rd party vendors and is now facing the consequences of that.  Contrary to popular belief, Nintendo was not a company that was carried by the strength of its games alone.  A good number of AAA companies had their console roots on either the NES or SNES and contributed greatly to Nintendo's early dominating success.  Somehow Nintendo has forgetten that and it's costing them dearly.  The other hurdle is the (by today's standards) outdated tech that's in the console.  There have been tons of developers that have stated that they have been held back by current gen when there's so much more they've wanted to do with games.  Now with next gen knocking at the door no developer wants to have to create games for the PS4, Xbox 1, and PC and then also develop a lesser version for the Wii U.  It costs time and money that they're likely not going to recoup.

dariusq
dariusq

@Jarten They want to see that there is a large enough install base of players who will buy this game first. Maybe once Smash Bros comes out they'll have a better idea of the FGC for WiiU and start releasing stuff. Until then though I can't really blame them for taking a 'not right now' stance. The onus is on Nintendo to build of the user base with 1st party software before 3rd parties will bite again.

pizzaboyuk
pizzaboyuk

@Jarten making games isn't always about the money, but when companies need to approach publishers for marketing and development budgets then yeah... i'm not too sure you'd take a gamble with your money

sometimes its the console manufacturer's responsibility to entice publishers to bring games to their systems... nintendo is not doing such a good job and haven't been doing so for a while now

LordelX
LordelX

@Jarten I think that it has a lot to do with the current global economic environment, coupled with the fact that current consoles have enough power and capabilities to keep gamers basically satisfied. After the Xbox 1 and PS4 sell their first four million units, I think we're going to see slowdown for them too.

suprastaruk
suprastaruk

@Jarten Making games has always been about money. They are not going to do it for free. This is obvious. Its just that making a good game = better sales, then everybody wins.

sugrim
sugrim

@Diegoctba Bring back some platformers like viewtiful joe and Maximo!

Meteronthegreat
Meteronthegreat

@JJ_Productions They are just doing the smart thing like everyone else. Now just wait for the real consoles to come out and be happy, kiddo.

B74kD37H
B74kD37H

Ghosts will be best on the 360 in terms of matchmaking

Chico86_basic
Chico86_basic

@raduz123 Even though you typed that sarcastically, it will still probably come true. Just wait and see for yourself.

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

@fadersdream You sound like an idiot when you try to analyze the behavior of gaming fans with some sort of impersonation of a political talking head.

19James89
19James89

@fadersdream Nintendo has the potential to turn things around, it depends whether or not they will do. All I know is the Wii U is my last home console before I opt for handheld devices in the future.

banderweir
banderweir

@tmthywtsn Yeah, let's all hate on Henry Ford for leading to these awesome new automobiles we now drive.

Chico86_basic
Chico86_basic

@19James89 By personal experience I can tell you that Nintendo consoles never had an extremely big quantity of AAA games ever since the SNES and the sooner you get them the worst, but at the end of the day they always finish with a small library of incredible, timeless pearls that are totally worth giving a shot. Unless you're the type of gamer that plays/needs 1+ game a month I don't see any reason to make that statement. WiiU already has a good lineup to me. Maybe not good enough for a purchase yet but we'll see.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@enoslives7 Sega didn't have the sales of a portable device to cover the losses though. 

Nintendo will be fine. 

gregrout
gregrout

Well it looks like Nintendo America woke up and now they're offering Street Fighter (virtual) on Wii-U.

Chico86_basic
Chico86_basic

@horizonwriter @Jarten I don't remember Street Fighter IV on the original Wii. Actually, what developers helped Nintendo on the last generation than not the ones that are supporting it now?

Jarten
Jarten

@suprastaruk @Jarten Still, even then it doesn't feel right. I know that people need money in order to live but I don't think that money should be the reason for making games because then its just about the profits in the end when it should be about the experience of knowing that they did something awesome that other people are going to enjoy. I know I might be old fashioned in thinking like that but I think it makes it all the more meaningful. I'm not saying that they shouldn't get paid, just that they should be making games for the enjoyment of the gamers and not the gamer's money.

B74kD37H
B74kD37H

You're right cause they alienate gamers

fadersdream
fadersdream

@Ayato_Kamina_1 @enoslives7

unlike Nintendo, Sega did have a successful system.


Dreamcast sold rather well and was competitive and profitable.

Unprofitable is a misunderstanding. Sega, like Nintendo, lacked third party support and was unable to make money through third party sales.

Therefore, like Nintendo, Sega struggled to earn money via an install base.

suprastaruk
suprastaruk

@fadersdream @Ayato_Kamina_1 @enoslives7 Im still remember clearly when the PS2 came out, and that put the final nail in the coffin for the Dreamcast. I am pretty certain when the next 2 next gen consoles come out, the same will happen to the Wii U. However Nintendo's Financial Situation  is nowhere near as bad as what Sega's was back in 2001. Therefore i wouldn't be surprised if Nintendo released one more console, which would be their "make or break" to continue in the console market.