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Tomb Raider Not Coming to Wii U

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Game Informer issues correction

Earlier this week we reported on a Tomb Raider Wii U listing in Game Informer magazine, which was contrary to comments from the developer that it wasn't working on a port for Nintendo's new system.

We highlighted the possibilities that the developer had changed its mind or that Game Informer had made an honest mistake, and unfortunately for Lara Croft fans planning a Wii U purchase, it's the latter. Game Informer has now issued a correction through its website, confirming that the magazine listing was an error.

We incorrectly listed Tomb Raider coming to Wii U, which is incorrect. Tomb Raider is headed to 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on March 5th of next year.

Misprints of that kind happen in print publishing, so this one can go back on the list of games that seem, for now, to be skipping Wii U.


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User Comments (65)



Gamesake said:

More like Game Misinformer... actually now that Nintendo has revealed their new Pro controller, I don't see why Tomb Raider wouldn't be on the Wii U at some point.



misswliu81 said:

i've never considered myself a fan of the series, so yeah i'm not concerned by this news.

it would've made a nice addition to the wii U line-up, had it happened.



3dsisthebest said:

it is incredible. one of my friends send a requst at about the release date of ac3d and the answer was wait till the next nintendo direct. you know what this means?!



Ren said:

yeah, maybe we don't love this game but it's pretty sad news that another big IP like this is being skipped on WiiU. Nintendo just did their best to establish the wiiU as another 'family' console with slightly improved graphics.
I used to be ok with that, but there's too much to miss now, and this is another nail in the coffin to me. If big titles like this are already skipping wii U how long will it take before 3rd party titles start seeing it as a neccesity to add it to their development plan for any big game.



Gamesake said:

@Ren Tomb Raider hasn't been a big IP for a while now. Let's hope this latest game can change that.



JustAnotherUser said:

I'll check out the trailer to see what I'll be missing.
If it looks any good I’ll get the PC version.
I just hope there's isn't a ridiculous amount of blood.



pixelman said:

You know, I was never interested in the Tomb Raider games before, but I really like how this one's been looking. Hopefully it'll get a super edition at some point like Arkham City is. :3



Knux said:

Disappointing for Nintendo only gamers, as this game looks pretty sweet. I'll probably grab the PS3 version when it comes out.



mamp said:

This was the most interesting game they showed at the Microsoft press conference, well good thing I got a 360.



Highwinter said:

Disappointing. This new Tomb Raider looks really good and the Wii U need third party games that aren't just ports of games that were released over a year ago on other systems.



kyuubikid213 said:

That's okay, If I need to fill my Lara Croft hole, I'll just get either Tomb Raider Legend on the GCN or Tomb Raider Anniversary on the Wii.



aaronsullivan said:

This game was in development for a long time already so it makes sense that it was never headed towards Wii U. It would be far better for the Wii U if every big third party game was headed its way, so anything not ported is a setback as far as I'm concerned. This one looked impressive (and relentlessly brutal).



Ren said:

Tomb raider has always been a big IP it just hasn't had any new games for a while and got stale. (full disclosure, I'm a nintendo guy so I really haven't played much of them). It's like Sonic; if you're a fan you will try a new one even if you know the last one was tired. If anything a "re-boot" that's even half as good as expected will garner huge sales, and loosing this opportunity is bad news for nintendo.
Then again, after this E3, Nintendo has made it pretty clear that they're still not that interested in bringing in an older more savvy games audience, and this sends a poor message to developers, not JUST 'hardcore' gamers that want deeper material and fresh ideas. I'm afraid for WiiU now since I'm loosing faith that it will hold a candle to all the great content on the other consoles. Now that I have one of them why should I shell out for a new wii if the games are the same as they were and don't even look any better?
Never thought I'd see the day when I got tired of Mario, but it's really time for some new material alltogether at Nintendo.



Ren said:

BTW, whats with the double posts? looks like someones keys are full of fruit punch over at N-Life.



Aviator said:


@Gamesake Do you really care that much about what games people might wanna play?

I was always gonna pick this up on PS3 so this changes nothing. Sad for the U though.



LavaTwilight said:

Surely by definitition of an IP, TombRaider can no longer be considered such? I seem to be the only one who is upset by this as I have always been a fan of the series (like most franchises there were certain games that we really could have done without). Still I'm a Nintendo fan and although I respect the competition I'm not going to rush out to by a 360 or PS3 for this or pretty much any other game yet out so everyone reading this can stay calm... I'm ok!



Alexneon said:

I have a feeling that this kind of news is not gonna be the first or the last on Wii U life time.



FluttershyGuy said:

I hope this isn't indicative of future support (or lack thereof) from SquareEnix. I'm not affected by it from the Tomb Raider point of view (though Lara looks particularly delicious in it, kind of like Law & Order beauty Alana De La Garza).

What worries me is that it's a sign that we won't see the main, numbered Final Fantasies return to a Nintendo console, or any future Dragon Quest entries. Had my fingers crossed for FF XV, or even past entries that Nintendo has missed since FF went to PlayStations and later XBox 360, to make their way to Wii U.



luminalace said:

Us Nintendo fans buy Nintendo consoles for Nintendo made and published games but I am genuinely concerned about the apparent lack of 3rd party ports!

The Wii had lots of 3rd party ports at launch (yes most of it was crap) but the Wii U seems to be a bet that not all publishers have yet been willing to take!



Capt_N said:

^Agreed. & that is foreboding for the console, esp. since it's not even out yet.



komicturtle said:

Can check it out on PS3. No big loss. Would have been nice to have it on my U instead of my brother's PS3 though..




Not a huge loss. Last time I played a TR game was on my PC and the first Wii iteration. Think if I was still playing TR games I wouldn't be retired from PSBOX gaming consoles. I am looking fwd to AC 3 and Batman Arkham Asylum on the Wii U though.



edhe said:

Doesn't matter. We'll probably get the sequel, and that goes for the other high profile multiplatform games as well. This game wasn't developed for the WiiU, and so a port isn't as forthcoming as any other game.

That is until the Durango and PS4 are released, then it'll be back to business as usual.



antdickens said:

Shame, I would of been interested in giving this another go if it came to Wii U. Oh well.



47drift said:

I have a pretty good feeling it will eventually. Maybe just not as soon as the rest of the consoles.



Fang said:

Who needs Lara Croft when we have Samus Aran and Alexandra Roivas (see left)?



Cyrso said:

Can't believe almost nobody cares about big 3rd party titles not coming to Wii U...
Really the Nintendo games can't compensate all those titles, because they are way less frequent. I mean, how many really good Nintendo games where there on Wii? About 10? 10 for 6 years of gaming...

And I think most people prefer spending money on one console than on two consoles..



Slapshot said:

@MadAussieBloke and @SanderEvers Yes, the game's did release on Sega Saturn and PC, but it was the PSone where the game truly gained their notoriety. So much so that many to this day probably don't realize that the games aren't a Sony IP.

Tomb Raider II is still one of my all time favorites!



Silvervisiona said:

I hope it still comes out for Wii U. If they announce a Wii U version by March, I'll wait for it instead. We need to convince developers that Nintendo is worth the investment!



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WAM2 said:

I've never really been into Tomb Raider, but I have to say this didn't seem appealing. I haven't looked at the trailer on Youtube because it asked me to sign in because of "inappropriate content." I checked the Wikipedia article, and according to it it already has a PEGI rating of 18. Yes, I figured that the Tomb Raider franchise would go M-rated, and being Tomb Raider, I'll bet it won't be for violence...

Plus, speaking of the Wikipedia article, if it's accurate, this sounds nothing like Tomb Raider. Most noticeably, looking over the plot description (which sounds needlessly dark, gritty, and disgusting) I was thinking, "When do we get to the part where we raid tombs?" Also, doesn't sound like they've kept the supernatural elements, either. Or wait, I take that back. The supernatural elements weren't apparent in the original until it went on, but the way this sounds I don't think I want to know what it turns out is going on...



LavaTwilight said:

Actually I've been a big fan of the TR series and I thought it first appeared on the PS1 and was the main reason my dad got the Playstation!

As for 3rd party developers, if you rewatch the Nintendo Press conference and Nintendo Directs, it seems a lot of that was aimed at the 3rd party developers. So although we've heard of one game designer (Molyneux) I get the feeling the others have gone back to their drawing boards to bring a huge number of 3rd party games to the Wii U really if they don't, all theyre saying is "we have no imagination" - there's a challenge for them!



Slapshot said:

@LavaTwilight Nope, the original Tomb Raider released on PSone, SEGA Saturn and PC, but Tomb Raider II, Tomb Raider III and Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation we're all exclusive to PSone for home consoles, but also released on PC as well — making many think of the Tomb Raider series as a "PlayStation" series for home consoles.

Extra info: The excellent Tomb Raider Chronicles released on PSone, but also on SEGA's Dreamcast too, while the horrible Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness went to PS2 and PC.

Crystal Dynamics' revamped the series with Tomb Raider: Legend in 2006 and was released to every home console available at the time — starting the true multiplatform (home consoles) era for the series.

Sorry, I'm a huge Tomb Raider fan!



y2josh said:

I'll just pick up The Last of Us and call it a day. On PS3 of course, of course.



kyuubikid213 said:

@Slapshot He didn't say it wasn't. He was just pointing out that Uncharted IS a Tomb Raider clone. Hell, I owned the ORIGINAL Tomb Raider on the PS1!



WaveGhoul said:

Laura seems to have been on vacation ever since Drake The ManRaider showed up. I couldn't care less for either franchise, both bore me to reese's pieces!

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