No ‘Crysis 3′ on Wii U Highlights Bigger Long-Term Problems For Nintendo

Jan 7, 2013 by  

No Crysis 3 on Wii U

Nearly a year ago, Crytek’s Director of Creative Development Rasmus Hoejengaard claimed that it’s a “fat chance” that Crysis 3 would make its way to the Wii U, the first ‘next-gen’ console. It seemed strange considering the multiplatform nature of Crysis 2 and the fact that the CryEngine 3 was built with the future in mind.

Months later, official word from Crytek was that a Wii U version of Crysis 3 was still a possibility. We can now confirm that it won’t be happening, and the third installment of the graphics-heavy shooter franchise represents another snub of the Wii U.

In chatting with Digital Spy, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli confirmed that Crysis 3 will not be releasing for the Wii U console, hinting that both EA and Nintendo are not willing to invest in developing the port.

“There has been discussions between Nintendo and EA and Crytek, but the bottom line is that there is that there’s not enough business drive in it. It’s a purely business decision. I’d love to see it on Wii U, but what I love to see and what gets done at the end of the day are two different things. Even so, I could initiate it but someone has to sell it, right?”

“It’s a business decision between EA and Nintendo. If that business decision doesn’t make sense, or seems to not make sense for them, it’s… not possible for us to make it. We can’t publish ourselves, and that’s the bottom line.”

Much like 2K skipping the Wii U with the popular Borderlands series, another shooter franchise won’t be debuting on the latest Nintendo platform. At least Aliens: Colonial Marines is on the way. What’s scary for Nintendo and Wii U owners is that this is yet another example of a two-fold problem related to the future of third party games on the Wii U.

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First is the short-term obvious issue that many near-future titles coming out for the Xbox 360 and PS3 – like Crysis 3, Tomb Raider, BioShock Infinite, etc. – are not releasing for the Wii U, meaning the latest and greatest hardware can’t play many of the latest and greatest multiplatform games. They’re not releasing because publishers don’t want to spend the development costs of porting the games over to the newly-released console with its smaller install base, especially with the added expense of creating new/different features that take advantage of motion controls or the Wii U GamePad.

In mid-December, Longbow Research’s James Hardiman shared info that at the time the Wii U had an attach rate of 1.2, meaning on average, owners of a Wii U console had less than two games, or more precisely, only one in every five Wii U owners had two games. With New Super Mario Bros. U representing most of the software sales at the time, third party games simply weren’t selling strong, none of them topping the video game sales charts leading up to the holiday season.

Of course, this is before the Christmas holiday where more units were sold, but it does highlight that Nintendo’s first-party software is what continues to drive their platforms, and there aren’t enough first-party games available (or confirmed for release in the near future). The fact that Nintendo and EA can’t find legitimate business reasons to release Crysis 3 speaks for itself.

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The other half of the issue is the long-term problem with third-party titles Nintendo may face this generation. The Wii U is comparable to the existing (read: old) consoles in terms of its specs, and we know that come time for the Unreal Engine 4, as just one example, Epic Games VP Mark Rein confirmed that they won’t be bringing it to the Wii U (although it’s scalable and still possible to port titles over depending on the developers). Why does that matter?

Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3 is one of the most popular HD game engines, powering many multiplatform third-party games (see: Mass Effect 3, Batman: Arkham City, Borderlands 2, etc.). If come time for the next Xbox and PlayStation, the Unreal Engine 4 is powering many of the releases in the coming years, that means the Wii U will continue to miss out on many triple-A multiplatform releases, and just like the Wii, the Wii U may suffer long-term by the lack of third-party support. We’re already seeing it now when the console is so new.

Will the Wii U missing out on certain triple-A third party make it difficult to compete with the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles, or will the growing install base eventually lead to most publishers developing for the Wii U as well? Should Nintendo focus on their core exclusive franchises that remain their most popular?

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Sources: Digital Spy, MCV, Videogamer

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  1. This just shows that Nintendo has no interest in hard core gamers. They just want to appeal to the lowest common denominator basically. The fact at their new equal Xbox and play stations old, just shows they’re so far behind the curve. Nintendo needs toget their rears in gear and start catering to more hard core gamers and quit the shovels ware. I grew up with Nintendo, but right now that’s all they’re good for: young children, easy family stuff. They’re sacrificing the core people who grew up with their stuff to keep appealing to the masses. They need to step up their game, or they’ll cease to exist and we all lose.

    • This isn’t Nintendo’s fault; it’s developers who don’t want to make a game for the system because they feel the market isn’t there. And the market isn’t there because they want games from developers, but developers feel that the market isn’t there, and the market isn’t there because… and so forth.

      • No it’s developers not wanting to have to waste extra time, labor, and money to downgrade their games to Nintendo quality because intends refuses to step up their game and keep up with the rest of the gaming world. Te entire system you base your concept on can’t be family friendly only. You’re shooting yourself in the foot at the same time you’re getting bitten in the ass

  2. i can guarantee u this this Nintendo last console. they r just to far behind in every way. they will loose big big big money on this s***** wii u. and force them self’s to file bankruptcy by this time in 2014 or so. i expect a announment on this matter from them in a couple years.

    • Lol nintendo had enough money to stay afloat for another 50 years without selling anything else. partially because the Wii dominated sales this generation despite being underpowered. nintendo will do fine as a company but I can’t say this news will make me keep mine long term.

    • You’re funny. :)

      As Daniel said, Nintendo has SO MUCH money it can stand to lose $250 million USD every year until the year 2052. That’s just their CASH in the bank! That doesn’t even include their fixed assets, buildings, equipment, etc. Shoot, Nintendo’s IP rights and intangible assets alone are worth billions. It’s good to be King.

      The article says that the Wii U had an attach rate of 1.2. Meaning, Ninty is already making money off those consumers. Wait until we get a Zelda, Smash Bros, 3D Mario or some other system sellers. It is far to early to write the Wii U off as a failure, it hasn’t even been out for 2 months yet! Will the Wii U dominate this “generation” as it’s older brother did? No. Probably not. The thing is though, it doesn’t have too.

      • That’s the thing. It’s the first of its generation and it can’t beat out the old generation. Nintendo was first, it HAS to dominate right now. Teary think they can just ride the wave of the wii into this next generation. Sure itll work for a while, but then it’ll come back to bite them when everyone else releases their consoles and sees Nintendo isn’t up to par. You have a problem when your newest generation only matches up, spec wise, with the old generation of systems tht were better than your old generation. They’re getting by with the gimmick of motion control, which Microsoft already one upped them on because they went controller less. So they’re one selling point is the tablet. And it’s so restricted by what the systems specs can handle it’s not really worth much.

        • “They’re getting by with the gimmick of motion control, which Microsoft already one upped them on because they went controller less. So they’re one selling point is the tablet.”

          No. They are getting by on their franchises and their one selling point is being Nintendo. I didn’t buy a Wii U to play Crisis 3. I bought my Wii U to play Nintendo games.

          Mr. Iwata said a long time ago, way before the Wii U even released, that the Wii U wouldn’t and COULDN’T compete specification wise with the PS4/720. So no one has to realize anything, they already told us that. What Nintendo is offering is a different gaming experience that you can’t get from the HD Twins. IMO, if you like playing Nintendo games, buy a Wii U. If you don’t like playing Nintendo games, DO NOT buy a Wii U. It’s pretty simple.

          • That’s the thing. Why SHOULDN’T they compete? If Xbox and ps can and ARE doing it, there’s not “Couldn’t” allowed.

            Nintendo’s first party franchises, with the exception of Mario Galaxy, are starting to slide down in quality because they can’t keep up with everything and it’s slowly becoming shovel ware. I would LOVE to be able to play f-zero and Zelda and Pokemon, but when that’s ALL Nintendo is good for, it’s NOT ENOUGH anymore. No one is going to drop the 200 bucks plus games when there’s only a choice of a handful of good quality games worth the money. Nintendo just doesn’t seem to care about 3rd party developers much anymore, and that’s going to be the death of them

          • I think they don’t compete because they don’t have to. They’ve seen tremendous sucess with the underpowered Wii and DS. Why go toe to toe with Sony and MS, when they can just sit back, offer a different and cheaper alternative and reap the rewards. I think its smart for them to distance themselves from the competition.

            Also, Nintendo has been around long enough they have seen the Turbo Grafxs, 3DOs, Jaguars and Neo Geos, all offering bigger, faster, better graphics come and go. Nintendo, IMO, is one of the smartest companies out there, they know what they are doing.

            There are a ton of great games out their for the Wii. So many have flown under the radar, that most people don’t even think about them. They always think about the Zeldas and the Marios and the Pokemons. But games like Little Kings Story, Zack and Wiki, Muramasa, Cursed Mountain, No More Heroes, The Last Story, Elebits, Kororinpa, Opoona, Klonoa… man SO many more, all fantastic games, that get little to no attention. I love my Wii, I think it’s a great system with a bunch of awesome games. I would have no problem paying $250 to do it all over again.

      • Oh Nintendo fan boys… Just wait for the next Mario game!

        • I know right! Super Mario Galaxy 2 was a phenomenal game, I can not wait to see where he goes next!

      • are u that stupid nintendo only has a like 3 billion in the bank and has people to pay like employees and developers ,research and develpmont ! if the wii u fails which it will cause nintendo have realised an updated xbox-ps3 lol! when the xbox 720 -ps4 come out with amazing graphics nintendo are fuked ! they have fuk all 3rd party support ! no crysis 3 ,no castlevania ,no borderlands probably no gta 5 ! all they got is um let me think s***** mario,zelda and the same old s*** they realease every year ! they have lost millions for the last 2 years and when the wii u fails they wont have time or the money to realease a new console to save itself ! it takes years to make and develop a new console ! u should save this comment and u can read it again when nintendo go under in a few years or just become a publisher like sega ! u thinking nintendo can lose money and stay afloat for 50 years is totally fukin stupid and u have no clue on how buisness run,just your little nintendo fan boy faith haha!! and by the way im a pc gamer but i just stating the facts ! enjoy your last nintedo console kid as this is it for s***** nintendo !!ahha

        • Maybe you should read, or try to read, your own comment before calling people stupid.

          Nintendo had $9,793,618,000 USD in cash and deposits, after their last annual financial report. That’s just money in the bank, that doesn’t even include, short term investments or any other liquid assets.

          I would love to explain to you how a company is actually run, about how operational expenses actually fit into gains/losses etc, but it’s obvious to me that you would not comprehend any of it. So let me try to put it into words you’ll understand. Nintendo GOOD. Nintendo have LOTS of money. Nintendo no go bye-bye. Nintendo HERE, STAY for very long time.

          • @EastOfTheAnduin Damn bro’, teaching business strategy to those haters is HARD… I’m glad you reminded me those ~10 billions worth of cash were dollars and not yen. Let me put it this way: unfortunately for you (and to quite a bunch of us actually), we have to admit that the video game world is populated by a good share of imbeciles.

          • The world is full of crazy people, I should know. :) I just don’t get why every time Nintendo seems to falter, people have to take up there pitchforks and scream “Nintendo is DOOMED!”. All they have to do is look a few articles up and read about two little games called Pokemon X/Y and see for themselves, that Ninty will be A-OK. That game alone should sell millions of 3dss. That’s Nintendo’s bread and butter, that’s what will keep them in the game, not Crisis 3 or Tomb Raider or GTA 5.

  3. ….so much hate…..

  4. Nintendo isn’t succeeding at wooing back the “hardcore” gamers they lost with the Wii. I think that’s what I take mostly from this article.

    I for one don’t think they should woo anyone except for their one proven key cash flush demographic – families with children.

    Nintendo make’s great Nintendo games – the 3rd Parties make great games too, but why should they try to share the same space? I think Big N distanced themselves enough with the Wii to actually take real risks with this console (which I don’t think they did).

    Imagine a Zero M-Rated game policy…3rd Party developers able to develop for a unique ecosystem, true no Assassin’s Creed but few parents want their kids stabbing people.

    I’ll tell you right now here in the U.S. a zero M-Rated games console would sell gangbusters to the bible-belters, if that same console had Mario, Zelda, DK, Smash Bros, Star Fox, Kirby, Pokemon…c’mon fugeddaboutit domination in a sphere of gaming with ZERO competition.

    Oh and those same bible-belters, coincidentally enough, bought a ton of Wii’s.

    The Wii U isn’t winning back an older audience, but should it? We’re all gonna be gone soon but kids – they’re making new ones all the time.

  5. nitendo earns lots of cash with theyre own games, i addmit, but they should make games for older ppl, or then why u think ps3 and xbox have more profit.

    I like super mario and sonic, i play sometimes but i play cod and other fps games too, then why they dnt start producing older ppl games, and dnt tell me that super mario is a teenager game.

    I like those games, but i play sometimes, i prefer playing cod than super mario.So if nitendo starts making older ppl games theyle get lots of profit.
    And yea u should play fps games cause u use them in real life it can happen too, and happen more frequently than a giant turtle starts attacking you.

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