Why Lego: LOTR skipped Wii U

Warner Bros. rep says "primary reason" is Traveller's Tales was already working on Lego City Undercover for new system.

Lego: Lord of the Rings shipped last month for nearly every platform under the sun. It is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PlayStation Vita, PC, DS, and 3DS. However, the children's-themed Lord of the Rings game is not available for the Wii U.

Fans of both J.R.R. Tolkien's fiction and Nintendo's new dual-screen gaming system may be wondering why the game skipped the Mario maker's first high-definition console. The answer, according to a Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment representative, is simple.

"The primary reason is that [Traveller's Tales] and Lego were already working on Lego City Undercover for Wii U," the representative said.

Nintendo director of product marketing Bill Trinen said in September that the company has been working with Lego on Lego City Undercover for "quite a while," noting that it wanted to have a Lego game for the Wii U launch. Though Lego City Undercover is not yet available, it is due out during Nintendo's "launch window" period, which spans November 18, 2012-March 31, 2013.

For more on Lego: Lord of the Rings, check out GameSpot's review.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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wawapm
wawapm

I don't know why some people cry so much. First of all you're probablt all old enough not to be so upset over video games, am I right? Second, Kravyn81 down here is right, just play the fricking wii version! Third, the damn thing JUST came out and already there are whiners?! Come on... Oh and last but certainly not least, how long have you guys been playing games? The new generations are just too spoiled with all this cross platform stuff. Who remembers the days of Genesis and SNES? Back then you would HARDLY EVER have same games on two different platforms and that was the beauty of it. You would pick a console based on wether you were a fan of FFantasy games or Mario, or if you like Disney/Sonic games and so on. Not to mention the fun of going over to a buddy's house that had the 'other one'. Get a life stop whining and find some friends to play other consoles with. Oh and HAVE FUN playing games not complain!

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

Isn't the Wii U backwards compatible with Wii games anyway?? So just buy the Wii version and play it on Wii U.

baxwam
baxwam

Why  Eddie Makuch, keeps writing articles on why a game hasn't been ported over the WII U?  Because he is running of stories that we  care about?. oh wait  these stories just bring up Haters and Defenders to war and more clicks which means more money for Gamespot. What a evil business! Can Nintindtones, SonyDrones, Xbots, and PC people ever live happily together? Not when game journalism exist!!!  LOL =P

AlexFili
AlexFili

Come on it wouldn't have been much different if it was on the Wii U anyway.

megakick
megakick

So Nintendo is going to keep supporting DS, 3DS, Wii, Wii U?

SolidTy
SolidTy

People have to understand Developers are only so big. They can't make infinity games on every platform. It takes time and resources.

 

It just so happens the dev was working on an Exclusive Wii U Lego game.

blackace
blackace

I have to get this game. I have the Harry Potter ones, but haven't played it yet. The games are fun and can be challenging at times.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Lego city undercover and Lego LOTR could have co-existed on the Wii U even since Lego City Undercover is delayed.

TheZeroPercent
TheZeroPercent

i was the biggest tolkien fan ever as a boy

and i now understand why people love these lego games

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

This game is so so so so good.. I'm 25 next month and can't actually think of the last time when I bought a game that I enjoyed as much..

 

Possibly because LotR is amazing anyway, but it's just awesome as a whole :)

Vickman178
Vickman178

Lego City Undercover looks fun as hell

kekejefferis
kekejefferis

Excellent game and being as is it is already avaliable for the Wii theres little reason to make a WiiU version.

Also consider the Wii version is retailing for around £25 and most WiiU titles are £40+ its a no brainer really.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

You can still play the Wii version on the Wii U anyway, so no biggie.

Epictacosam
Epictacosam

 @Shinteikun does it matter this game wouldve been overshadowed by the wii u exclusive lego city undercover. you can also play the wii version (cheaper) albeit not in HD.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

 @GamerOuTLaWz You can play Brawl if you want, but no GameCube controller support. Doesn't matter to me as I play Smash with a Classic Controller (original and Pro) anyway.