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Gearbox Interested in Bringing Borderlands 2 to Wii U

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Lots of love, but no commitment yet

The developer response to Wii U has been remarkably mixed, with studios contradicting each other on a weekly basis in terms of the machine's capabilities and potential. One particularly vocal developer in the supporter's camp has been Gearbox, which has talked about the system's power and contributed plenty of positive noises about the planned release of Aliens: Colonial Marines.

Another Gearbox title that's set to launch in the near future is Borderlands 2, and the developer's chief creative officer Brian Martel has been talking up Wii U to while also highlighting why, from a business perspective, publisher THQ is currently holding back.

We really like the Wii U. I think it's a really cool platform. I like what they're doing — obviously with the touchscreen — and it will be interesting to see what Microsoft do with their approach to that idea. It's one of those problems of the Wii: the only people who have ever made a lot of money on the Wii is Nintendo.

So we're really excited to bring Aliens: Colonial Marines to it. And we're going to do a wait and see approach, our publisher 2K is going to see whether they're going to go with that.

If Borderlands 2 was on the Wii U, the thing I would be most excited about is inventory management: it would be amazing on that, it would just be fantastic. And I think the artwork would look really good, with the way they can deal with the resolutions and textures, I think it's a really good console.

It's becoming clear, unless the expected upcoming third-party announcements from Nintendo are truly exceptional, that a number of publishers and developers are holding back on big projects and biding their time to judge the early success of the system. It'll be a question of whether the software available in the launch period will do enough to give Wii U a good start, and hopefully attract more projects to the console.


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hendie001 said:

I really hope nintendo learned there lesson with the wii and push for more 3rd party support we missed out on so much last generation lets hope it does not happen again.



Radixxs said:

I played a fair amount of Borderlands 1, it really was a poor game. But I guess that isn't the point here.



Alienfish said:

You know, the only negative comments I've seen are either from 'developers' who prefer to remain anonymous, People who are expected to hate Nintendo (Pachter, Microsoft, etc.) or whiners that don't want to get used to a new console's infrastructure (Tekken director). Almost every single comment from developers working on games for the system say it's great and it has so many possibilities and a lot of power. It is going to be a great system and I'm going to be a part of that. End of story.



Lan said:

This would be awesome, but I'll be playing it on PC unless Wii U can offer something



luminalace said:

Honestly the problem isn't Nintendo though tney could do more. The problem is us the average Nintendo fan. Most of us just don't buy 3rd party stuff enough and openly diss games like COD that sell millions on the rival consoles. That doesn't bode too well for smaller 3rd party games. We only usuallybuy exclusive 3rd party stuff.



alLabouTandroiD said:

Right now i don't see any reason to pay more than 279€ for the Wii U. So until they announce a price lower than that or can convince me that it's worth more i'm not getting one.
If i'll ever get one i'm sure i'd buy even more 3rd party games than the crapload i did on Wii. Can't see me paying more than 49€ for a game atm though.



darkgamer001 said:

Even gamers on the HD platforms diss COD, it's not just Nintendo fans that do so. I'll diss any recycled, repetitive games regardless of the platform they are on



odd69 said:

Wow each to his own, but borderlands was the best game ive ever played.Drop in drop out co-op was the whole reason i got back into FPS's. I grew tired of online competitive modes and borderland was and still is a breath of fresh air in the stale stale FPS genre.

Bring it to wii u!! Only problem with that is most people are already are buying it on other systems



SkywardLink98 said:

@luminalace I guess I'm not much of the "Average Nintendo fan". I'll buy any game as long as it's worth my money. Only problem was, that most 3rd party games on wii weren't.



rjejr said:

re: " the only people who have ever made a lot of money on the Wii is Nintendo."

Does Nintendo make the never-ending series of Just Dance games? Those games probably cost about $10 to make, plus music licensing fees, so I'm guessing somebody is making a lot of money or they wouldn't keep pushing them out. Seems like a new one comes out every other month, though I'm beginning to think it's all the same music and they just keep changing the title

I have nothing to say about Borderlands.



Ernest_The_Crab said:

Chances are I wouldn't buy it for the Wii U (even if I'm getting the console).

Already have investment in the PC version especially if the transfer stuff is any good. Though it is nice to know that Nintendo does have their support.



LavaTwilight said:

I don't like Nintendo because it's nintendo... I like them because their quality is absolutely astounding! I'm not a fan of futuristic sci-fi things so I steer clear of Metroid but I love fantasy so I'm a huge fan of Zelda. I buy what I like and I'm not fussed with graphics. So Wii was the natural choice for me and Wii U will be too! Any third party game out there coming to the Wii U I'll judge it by it's own merits. Incidentally, there's no chance in hell you'll see me with a CoD game or anything along those lines!



Ben_Rage_V2 said:

If you put Borderlands 2 on the Wii U I will buy it. I already preordered it for the PS3, but who cares? I own the PC version and the PS3 version of Borderlands. (Bought the PS3 version so I can play split screen co-op).



OptometristLime said:

Twisting this news item to sound as though developers are "holding back" is a bit unfair. Gearbox is already putting its best foot forward with Aliens Colonial Marines (as mentioned), which means two things to me. One encouraging outcome is that they are becoming very familiar with the Wii U software which eliminates a significant barrier to developing further titles.
The other point which the article misses is that it would be unwise from a business standpoint for Gearbox to put all of its eggs in one basket. What some might see as skepticism, I would view as a common sense approach to a console in its infancy.



Undead_terror said:

I bought borderlands game of the year edition a few weeks back,got bored with that in a week.



ZurrrrBlattTron said:

I don't know why people are calling borderlands boring I really liked it sure it got a little dull and I felt like I was going though the same area over and over again but I got over it and started to really enjoy it hope gearbox gets more creative with the sequel



hYdeks said:

I would love to see Borderlands 2 on the Wii U, definitely would get it.

But for the Nintendo only making money off the wii, not completely true, ubisoft made some good coin from the just dance series, it has 6 games and more coming so it has to be successful



SteveW said:

Wow, there are plenty of games that have made more money on the Wii compared to other consoles, Tiger Woods sold better on Wii, Skylanders sold more on the Wii than the PS3, 360 and PC combined. U-Draw was a huge success on Wii, it flopped so bad on other systems it ran the company out of business. Need more examples?



SteveW said:

Borderlands 2? I don't really care, it's another one of those over-hyped, couldn't care less about 2 months later type of games. Same with Aliens: Colonial Marines, they can keep it. I want something new and original and I got a lot of that with the Wii.



DarkKirby said:

If I were to get Borderlands, it would be for PC, what Nintendo needs to prove for the Wii U though, is that they have the same 3rd party games Microsoft and Sony have, that and their online is amazing, which the Wii was also an utter failure at.



SteveW said:

I think that the average Nintendo console owner isn't concerned about the online functionality as much as gamers on the other consoles. I know I couldn't care less about online gaming and the other Wii owners I know feel the same way.

How can you say that the Wii U is an utter failure at online when it isn't even out yet?



Ras said:

I think it makes good business sense to downplay a Wii U version since the other versions will be released first and they don't want people to pass up a purchase now. But, they are boosters of the system and the system can handle the game, so I'm confident it'll get a release.

I loved Borderlands, but my expensive new PC couldn't handle the final section (it bottlenecks on other games as well), so I gave up out of disgust for my computer. I only like keyboard and mouse for FPSs, so I don't know what I'll do.



Collinhall said:

@SkywardLink98 Ha! Nice to see a level headed gamer in a sea of fanboys. Seriously, I love nintendo, a lot, but it pains me to listen to everyone whine about COD and how it "never changes", when nintendo does the same re-hashes with ITS gamesm such as the "new" super mario bros series. Each COD adds about as much content as each NSMB game. I love the NSMB series, but people also love COD. They see the same thing in the yearly cods as we do in each new NSMB game.



komicturtle said:

So it'll look even better than 360/PS3 versions. No surprise.

Gearbox, please negotiate with the publisher. Borderlands is the only FPS franchise to really peak my interest because it's not the typical FPS experience that's flooding and saturating the market. And I love the cel-shaded art work.




BulbasaurusRex said:

Even when the Wii did get quality 3rd party games, they usually didn't sell all that well, so it's understandable why they're taking a wait-and-see approach with Wii U.



TTGlider said:

I'd go bonkers for Borderlands 2 on Wii U. Guaranteed buy from me. I wouldn't mind (and might prefer) if they didn't do anything more dramatic than move interface elements, as he mentioned. I find his comments encouraging.



Ceviche_Stiles said:

Borderlands 1 was an incredible game, and would do wonders on the wiiu. Think about how organized your weapon and equipment inventory would be. In borderlands, you are always comparing weapons and weighing their differences, and I feel that this would work seamlessly on the game pad. And even if people were worried about the graphics push of the wiiu, it would make no difference with borderlands, because of the resolution style they choose. Borderlands steps away from the conventional "realistic shooters" of our time, and goes back to what games are really about, the gameplay, the personalization and the drive behind your adventure.



diim said:

After seeing all the third party support so far and the tablet like controller for this system, I am hoping to trade in all my 360 and PS3 hardware for a WiiU.

Nintendo needs the third party support.

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