Take-Two eyes Wii baseball

Company CFO Karl Winters sees Nintendo's next-gen console as destination for its MLB 2K series, other sports games.

After the Nintendo Wii's impressive showing at the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, more companies are looking at the machine as a viable platform for their products. The latest to jump on the bandwiigon is Take-Two Interactive, publisher of games such as the Grand Theft Auto and Civilization series.

In a postearnings conference call with investors and analysts, Take-Two CFO Karl Winters fielded a question with regards to the company's plans for the Wii.

"The reception this platform received at the E3 show, you know, is one that makes us take a real strong look at it," he said. "And as we grow our sports business, there are opportunities with our sports games to extend them to the Wii system, particularly if you look at baseball where we have exclusive arrangement, as well as, you know, some of the other sports games, which would play extremely well on the Wii product, the nonlicensed league ones."

He went on to say that the appearance of 2K Sports games on the Wii would likely happen in late 2007 or 2008. The company's MLB 2K franchise is, as Winters mentioned, a likely candidate to appear on the Wii. Take-Two currently owns the third-party rights to make MLB-licensed games.

Aside from the baseball portion of Wii Sports, Nintendo has not yet announced a first-party baseball game for the Wii. The company did have a baseball game in the works for the GameCube, titled Nintendo Pennant Chase Baseball, but eventually canceled it. Some presumed it was canceled to develop that series on Nintendo's next-gen console.

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89 comments
dandoc2
dandoc2

why is baseball only in the usa --- why should i have to miss out cos not many ppl like it -------nhl sucks but they make games over here i want wii baseball or xbox 360 baseball

Brutalus7
Brutalus7

NIntendo may not have the power to compete with the 360 and PS2, but their game library continues to impress me. I wouldn't be surprised if the Wii outsells either the 360 or the PS3, it's in an interesting cross-market that will attract both high-end users and casual gamers.

MikeV192
MikeV192

I love baseball games they are so fun

Sandman100
Sandman100

Take-Two very late to the Wii bandwagon. But seeing a Wii baseball game with the controller would be cool. But they need to bring the Grand Theft Auto series to the Wii. That would be very interesting. That would tell everybody that the Wii is not just for kids. It for everybody. Take-Two would make even more money if that happen.

juanfraino
juanfraino

theres still no more news about this game yet huh? i just hope it`s in development by now.

Kbs64
Kbs64

This is very possible since the Wii would expand on newer ways to play games. If Take-Two decides otherwise then chances are that they will later. If they don't at all... they'll miss out.

mackdaddy1342
mackdaddy1342

The Nintendo Wii is going to be the best video game console ever released on earth!! I can't wait to get my hands on the Wii

FFrockzmysocks
FFrockzmysocks

Actually,FYI gamespot. Wii Sports is first party and has baseball, doofus.

Disgaeamad
Disgaeamad

A Wii baseball game would be interesting. Knowing me I'll end up hitting something in my room and breaking it...>_>

Kwiksilva
Kwiksilva

Nintendo is for sure gunna be ready for the comsole war this go around.

phinsfan
phinsfan

I don't want TakeTwo polluting my system.

darkdaej
darkdaej

wasn't Pennant Chase Baseball turned into that Mario SuperStar Baseball game?

Doolum
Doolum

Hurray for future Wii owners....

bulldog7
bulldog7

I hope they get more like this

rbarahona
rbarahona

It's good to read that Take Two will release some games for the Wii. I hope that as they are more comfortable with the console (and hopefully great sales numbers for the console) they could start putting some of their other franchises into the console. That would be really sweet.

KillEmAll114
KillEmAll114

That will probably work well with the sensor controller/remote.

enoslives7
enoslives7

with their stock in the toilet, it appears Take2 is getting desperate

captainalpha1
captainalpha1

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juanfraino
juanfraino

now thats a game i want to see on the wii, pro-baseball!! W00t!!!

togo2828
togo2828

Yeah third party surport Go Nintendo Viva La Wii

bgres077
bgres077

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daqua_99
daqua_99

Another quality company joining the Wii bandgagon!

ste90
ste90

Every sports game from take two could get the Wii treatment if they put their minds to it. Baseball is a good start as long as it plays well, and make the pitching and batting fun and make them quite in depth but not so people can startt playing some baseball, we might get a really gd quality new baseball game here. And i probably wont buy it but i dont think people would really go out of their way to get MLB right now, it will be shown at E3 and stuff.

ShadowSTHU
ShadowSTHU

Maquis, that actually is pretty natural. The GC didn't sell as much as the other two consoles, and Take2 want themselves to sound something like a company for "elder than 6 years old" people, wilst the GC was rumoured to be for younger ages (Which was a lie, anyway). So, instead of ignoring them and doing such a foolish move, we could actually try the game, and if we like it buy it. Not judge by the fact that very few companies made game for the GC and others ignored it. ; Good luck Take2! Good luck Nintendo! Congratulations for rulling the market Wii! XP

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

it will be great if they could make it work right

Smoke2Much
Smoke2Much

That would be a great idea i think !

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

Take 2 have ignored Nintendo fans for years. now because of E3, they want on board. well sorry Take 2, but i'm certain i'm not the only one who will ignore you now, too.. Keep it.

_lucas_
_lucas_

Will be cool play baseball games on Wii!

metdevthegamer
metdevthegamer

That's good. All of this support for the Wii is making it look better everyday; the more, the merrier.

sinceps1
sinceps1

Wii-hoo! i guess I probly do... I wonder if I'd like GTA better with a new control system... hmmm...

ewjim
ewjim

I don't play in Baseball games and i don't want Wii! :lol:

cyprus646
cyprus646

OHHHHHHHHHHH yea i remeber that Baseball game that was supposed to come out for the GC they probably are developing it for the Wii it would make a alot more sense.

lightningbugx
lightningbugx

Nintendo should build an arcade version of the Wii.

jmizzal
jmizzal

Maybe the Wii will get a GTA game soon also I hope.

bill379
bill379

...and the PS2 and XBOX sections...

bill379
bill379

Sorry but...why is this article in the X360 section?

LukeSkywalker25
LukeSkywalker25

Developers better respect and capitalize on the Wii more than they did on the 'Cube. Most of the time, the 'Cube got the shaft.

erikers
erikers

YAY You mean nintendo wii might get a baseball game? YAY!!!

gnbfd
gnbfd

I HATE MLB2K. MVP and the show are much better. I'd rather take pennant chase.