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Telltale's Back to the Future Not Coming to Wii

Posted by James Newton

Neither disc nor download planned

We've been keeping you up to date with the development videos of Telltale's Back to the Future games, but a recent press release got us worried when it omitted Wii as a platform. We contacted Telltale and just received word that will upset many Wii-owning fans of Marty McFly's adventures.

Alan Johnson, Telltale's community manager, had this to say:

We don't have any plans to release Back to the Future on the Wii platform at this time.

Like you, we're disappointed: Telltale's previous WiiWare titles have been largely well-received, so it's a shame we won't get to live Marty and Doc's new adventures on the platform.

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DJ_Triforce said:

This is exactly why Nintendo needs to step on the HD wagon... then we'd be able to see more games ported over to the Wii. This is a bit disheartening though. I also saw an article stating that No More Heroes' next outing will be a PS3 exclusive. All in all, this is what I have to say:

Nintendo, please... get with the times. Let's get HD, a trophy/achievement system, a better online system! We love you, but these are some very serious fixes!



WarioFan63 said:

@8: This BttF game isn't hitting 360 either so I dunno if HD is a factor. Also the NMH PS3 game is just an enhanced port of the first game. Which also came out for 360 in Japan but they aren't bringing that one over.



MasterGraveheart said:

Oh, man, that is friggin' BS! Nuts to you, Telltale! Way to screw over the fans who actually WATCHED Back to the Future!



Cia said:

Gamecube was as powerful as ps2 and xbox but there were still many multiplatform games which were only released on ps2 and xbox. Why? That's all i wanna know. Skipping Nintendo is really starting to get on peoples nerves....



Cia said:

FY Telltale, i'll boycott you guys forever now on if this is true.



DJ_Triforce said:

You can't be angry with Telltale... I mean, they never had any intention of bringing the game to the Wii... it's the media sites that you have to blame - they're the one's who led you to believe that the game was going to the Wii in the first place.



irken004 said:

@Kaiser Usually, but not all PCs are powerful enough to play newer games. Luckily, I have a new laptop though
/me may consider buying the PC version on Steam.



DJ_Triforce said:

@James Newton
Sincerely, I was pointing no fingers at this site. Even though I don't post on here too often, you can bet that I am on this site every day. NintendoLife is, by far, my favorite and most trusted source for Nintendo information. Haha, again, I wasn't pointing fingers in your direction.



James said:

@DJ Triforce You have atoned for your sins, my son. Go forth and spread the word (and tell them we broke this news first, ya hear?)



SwerdMurd said:

not an isolated event, sadly.

Telltale--I hope the game makes plenty on other platforms. I can't say I blame you for not supporting the Wii's downloadable game service--it's tough to break even/make money on it, especially with games like this.



theblackdragon said:

i've already signed up for the free first episode for PC. a game with this much potential, i'm at least going to give it a shot on the other platform i have available to me. :3



accc said:

Disappointing news, though the technical issues in Telltale's Wii games meant that they're much better played on PC anyway.



Swiket said:

I was never planning on getting the PC version anywany, and it seems like Nintendo Life was just reporting on this because Telltale has ported games to the Wii before.



James said:

@Swiket Here's a quotation from reputable industry magazine MCV:

The developer will be creating episodic titles based on the popular 80’s sci-fi trilogy, which will be available for download on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC and Mac this winter. The studio won the licence as part of a new deal with Universal Studios.

IGN also listed it as set for a Wii release, so trust me when I say we had a little bit more to go on than just developer history



Chris720 said:

Well... I was never looking towards this game anyways. I like the movies, but turning into a game doesn't appeal to me.

But I can see why they'd leave WW out, due to file restrictions ect. I suppose they would get more appeal from people on XBLA or PSN? Since WiiWare (as stated by other WiiWare developers) isn't all that well known, unless you come to sites like NLife. But still, they've left quite a lot of BttF lovers out in the cold.



ArmoredGoomba said:

Oh well, I doubt anyone has a PC that can't handle a point and click adventure so at least everyone can still play it if they want to. I'm stoked that telltale is giving Ep 1 away for free.



DJ_Triforce said:

@James Newton
Haha, actually, now that you mention it, my friends and I have started a website ( where we review games and post news, twitter feeds, etc... would you mind if we occasionally posted some of NintendoLife's articles on there? Of course, we would post a link to your website as well... I was just wondering if we might be able to.



ReifuTD said:

I hope everyone here, Both E-mails and send a letter to Telltale and tell them how dumb of a move this is.

Really? How much more money would it take to make it work for the Wii?



WolfRamHeart said:

I guess the Wii isn't capable of generating the 1.21 gigawatts of electricity needed to run this game.



SandMan said:

If you'll excuse me, I think I'll go cry in a corner for the next two hours.



Radixxs said:

At this rate, Puzzle Agent the forgotten pilot episode won't be released on WiiWare either. My appreciation of Telltale has just decreased after they released Strong Bad.



fxtek76 said:

well i have been loving what i was hearing and this was becoming and instant download guess they dont need my money



jangonov said:

So I have to play it on the PS3? With my HANDS? That's a baby game....
(again, someone had to make that reference)



Faildude said:

I really can't understand why you guys are so angry with Telltale now. It's Nintendo's own "fault" for not offering the technical requirements to pull this off properly and profitably. Telltale are going for more than choppy audio and frame-rate for this one. This time, 40mb are just not enough to let it happen. They have an awesome license and awesome voices. They don't want to risk dumbing down the experience the same way they had to with the Tales of Monkey Island WiiWare port. In addition, I really saw it coming. Telltale has already voiced their grudge against Wiiware's tight restrictions. This really shouldn't have been that big of a surprise for you.



Skotski said:

BAM! A new post with 50 comments!
I swear, I was away from the website for only an hour.



sykotek said:

It really is a shame that it won't be available for WiiWare, especially for those without the benefit of owning any of the other consoles. Here's hoping Telltale will find a way to bring it to those who want it.

I hope it won't affect the majority of you. Certainly won't stop me from getting the game. I guess I'll be getting it for PS3. I was hoping it'd be available for 360 cause there will be a possibility of avatar awards, but hey, I'd settle for a PS3 release over a no-console release anyday.



Porky said:

Haha, ah this hurts you all doesn't it? Movies turning to a videogame is bad news anyway.



odd69 said:

i dont care either way it goes. i wasnt going to buy it anyway. not my cup of tea



the_shpydar said:

Man, i knew i never should have brought back that Gray's Sports Almanac, i screwed up the whole timeline!



Slapshot said:

I think Faildude has it nailed down, Im guessing this is because of file sizes and Nintendos limitations/restrictions on them.

Sorry to you guys that are missing out on this one



the_shpydar said:

Must be more than just the filesizes (though that's probably a factor), if it's not coming to XBLA either.



Ren said:

So I guess this means you guys will stop reporting on it then, right? This is a Nintendo site, right? So you just assumed all along that it would be for the Wii?



y2josh said:

So, will start reporting on it. After all, it is going to be on PS3



Crunc said:

I'm ready for the Wii sequel. I love the Wii, but we need Wii 2, or whatever they want to call it, soon. They'd better not shy away from borrowing what works great on the 360. Achievements. Free demos for every downloadable title. Great online. HD graphics. Lots of storage. Transferable licenses and ability to play download games on multiple consoles. Ok, leave out the paying for online bit. And it needs to add something new and compelling. I actually rather hope that Nintendo has a terrible holiday season, because then they'll be forced into it - the writing will have been on the wall.



BulbasaurusRex said:

Even though it's still limited by the internal memory, there's no reason Nintendo couldn't have at least tripled the WiiWare file restriction after the SD card update. We're losing out on too many possible WiiWare games and quality and content in some of the ones we do get thanks to this outdated restriction.



MeloMan said:

It's not your fault NL, but I feel like TellTale led you (and of course us) all on, which, whether they have a good reason or not for bringing this to the WiiWare service, is BS. It's not the end of the world, but so much news on it... I shoulda known when I wasn't seeing gameplay footage something was afoot. Silence wasn't golden in this case, TellTale, boo on this.



UrbanYeti said:

As much as I love back to the future, i was probably not going to get this game even if it came for wiiware, because its probably just going to be a point and click game. Thats what Telltale does. Not that its bad but i just dont play those games. If it were side scroller or a Run around with anolog stick and jump with A maybe i would be dissapointed, but it is going to probably be a point and click game, because thats what telltale has done and will probably always do



MasterGraveheart said:

@James_Newton: Could have seen it, agreed, but the off-the-wall bunch that is us, the Wii audience, probably would have eaten it up more than the "hardcore" jocks that is the PS3 and 360 crowd. Kinda lame that they aren't reaching out to potentially they're biggest crowd.



Vinsanity said:

Meh. If you're following this project, than you have a PC. In which case, get it on PC then. Telltale did a crap job with Monkey Island's Wii ports, thanks to Nintendo's stupid memory limit and some truly awful texture compression and streaming tech. Telltale's games - unless they were designed for Wiiware/disc - are not meant to be played on Nintendo's console.



Victoria said:

This absolutely sucks! I've been following the posts on here, and the hype I've seen around the internet. I even went to see Back to the Future in the cinema a few weeks ago, I've been that excited about it all.
Now I wish I wouldn't have wasted my time. Boooo on them!



mjc0961 said:

@69: Wow, you really are sad aren't you. Only people who own Wiis have seen Back to the Future, and everyone who owns the other consoles are jocks? Pathetic.



WolfRamHeart said:

I certainly feel bad for all the Wii owners who were looking forward to this game. I am just glad that I will still be able to get it on my PS3.



Link79 said:

GREAT SCOTT! I was afraid of this. Oh well there's always the movies.
Next time a new game is coming out maybe you guys should just wait until a confirmation of a Wii release before getting everybody's hopes up. Just sayin.



outrun2sp said:

So thats it, no more back to the future stories every day on here, phew!!!!

It would have suited the wii platform so strange choice but its not my type of game anyway so not bothered.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@MasterGraveheart: Methinks you greatly underestimate the eclectic tastes of the PSN crowd. It seems Sam & Max did well enough that they pushed out a PSN port of Tales of Monkey Island before the Sam & Max season was even done! They've both apparently sold plenty well enough and actually ran well enough to justify further development on the platform. Which is great for me, 'cause it's my console of choice for their games anyway.

I find it more interesting that they're skipping XBLA again like they did with Sam & Max season 3. This suggests to me that the 360 userbase may not be overly interested in TellTale at all.



Hardy83 said:

Does this surprise anyone? Telltale's games are usually over 300MB if not over a Gig and some of you expected them to cram it in 40MBs?

As for a Disc release, Telltale doesn't really do disc games aside from PC. Yeah there were a couple on Wii, but I'm guessing their sales didn't justify the hassle of making it.

And face it, an SD system in this day and age wouldn't do the games art justice. Just like it didn't do A Boy and His Blob or Muramasa justice

Though HD isn't the most likely reason for the port not coming (it was most likely money).

To me personally, the Wii is dead. I want the new Nintendo system. Nintendo milked it for FAR too long when it was release already outdated.



slatters said:


This doesn't suprise me at all and the points you make are more than valid. I 've been wondering why there was so much coverage of the game here when I read it was coming to HD consoles only a week ago.



outrun2sp said:

Wii is in its final phase.

New Zelda will please the fanboys but games like Marvel vs Capcom 3, Cod black ops and various other big releases will either not come out on the machine or will be scaled down.

When games like that come out you can either play Mario again, Zelda again or the new metroid again with 10 hours playthrough to completion.

There are still great games to play on the wii and exclusives but I cant imagine these making the kind of profits that the developers have hoped for.



LuWiiGi said:

I agree with DJ Triforce (comment 8). There are so many games on the 360 and PS3 that the Wii doesn't get simply because it can't do HD graphics, doesn't have enough memory and has crappy online.



Gamesake said:

@83 There's been a lot more third party support for the Wii than with previous Nintendo systems and I think this has been their best year ever. I'd hate to see them shut down the Wii just when it started to get good.



Guybrush_Threepwood said:

A WiiWare release wouldn't make any sense. How the hell could Telltale downgrade a game like this to a file size of 40 Mb? I would have prefered a HD release anyway especially since Tales of Monkey Island already had issues on WiiWare.

Can't wait to play this on PSN since I have enjoyed Telltale's former masterpieces on PSN/XBLA (Sam & Max Season 1-3, Wallace & Gromit, Tales of Monkey Island).



LordJumpMad said:

Should have this coming......

Its better to not port it to the Wii, then making a DownGraded game.



WaveGhoul said:

Screw WiiWare, release all of the episodes packed into a Wii retail game, problem solved.



cheapogamer4life said:

Yea,no. We'll need em' to lead us into this new world of portable 3d awesomeness gaming on the go next generation era.



Big_A2 said:

Ah, well. It's still coming to PC. You can pre-order all the episodes of the game for $25, and you get a free copy of puzzle agent. We would've probably payed over twice as much if it was released on WiiWare anyway.



weirdproq said:

But they said "We don't have any plans at THIS TIME". That might mean that they'll release it later on the Wii.



LztheQuack said:

@69: Wow, that is quite possibly one of the most ignorant comments I've seen here.



Ristar42 said:

Oh well, I thought their previous point and click revivals were OK games, just not as good as the classic Lucas Arts stuff. They also suffered quite badly in translation to the Wii, with seemingly little effort to optimise them for the platform.



imalanjohnson said:

We never said Back to the Future would be going to the Wii or the Xbox 360. That was published, in error, in the USA Today article that went up in early September. Many outlets took their information from that article and made assumptions based on that.



theblackdragon said:

Respectfully, Mr. Johnson, if you were aware of the error back in "early September", perhaps the correction should've been made public then instead of left alone until mid-October. I'll at least be checking this game out for PC, but I'm kinda disappointed it won't be hitting the Wii as well.



BlueBandanaJake said:

Yeah, I'd probably would have been more upset if this had been a disc game and then had been confirmed not on Wii, but since the word was that it was WiiWare, not so much. Disheartening yes, but oh well, I shall have this on PC.



SteveW said:

come on guys, if you do it right you don't need 1.21 Gigawatts to run your game!



jp-30 said:

I'd say there's still a chance this could be released as a Wii disc based game once all the episodes are out as they've done with Sam & Max (and their new CSI game) further on down the track, but they're not in the position to announce something like that so far ahead of its potential release date (or even be 100% committed to the port at this stage).

I'm quite glad they're not trying to compress it into a Wiiware download, to be honest. And I will buy a Wii disc version if it eventuates, even though I'll be getting the episodes on PC as they release.



Capt_N said:

I'd like to know why Telltale won't do this? I'd love to hear it(the reasoning) straight from the horse's mouth.



dritske said:

I was looking forward to this game. Sadly enough I don't own a PS3, XBOX360 or a powerful PC, so no BTTF for me then, besides the dvd's...



inqwizitor said:

I hate to say it but I'm really losing interest in the Wii. After the new Zelda comes out, there's just nothing to look forward to with this system.

What's next Nintendo?



Sadsack_Awesome said:

Great! I get back from my holidays and this is what greets me on NL?! ****! I put the stars in myself btw
I don't own a PS3 or 360 because they're always copying Nintendo's ideas, and my PC is SLOW!



BTTFDeacon said:

America Nintendo Gamers always get nothing but when it comes to Back To The Future. I just hate this?

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