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2K Games: Gamers Need Time to 'See The Beauty' of Wii U

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Nintendo is 'an impressive company'

After the limited appearance of Wii U at EA's Summer Showcase, it was another indication that developer support for the system, in some quarters, is still relatively limited. With the console arriving in a matter of months, it seems that a number of companies are adopting a "wait and see" approach, though there is still time for Nintendo and partners to unveil big titles for the system.

One developer currently holding off is 2K Games, but studio boss Christoph Hartmann spoke positively about Wii U, and Nintendo as a whole, in an interview with

In general, we at 2K are always going to be positive about new hardware out there, but we are also cautious about things we aren't experienced with. We don't want to flood the market; we'd rather pick our opportunity and work well on our projects. About the Wii U itself, Nintendo is such an impressive company, they have over and over again put handheld and consoles out that are impressive. They have so much experience that I am sure they are going to do it again. With any new console, especially where something original is added, it will take time for consumers to understand it and see the beauty of it. I know that they have such clever people at Nintendo that people will see the beauty of the console, though it may take some time.

Hartmann's talk of patience and allowing for time extends to his own studio's approach to potential development for Wii U, insisting that his team never rushes into a project on any system.

It is not different from what we have always done. We are very careful and very selective here. When you look at the Wii, we didn't do many titles, but we put out Carnival Games, which did very well. It was probably one of the best titles. While you can't plan for it all the time, we don't throw 10 things against the wall and assume that two stick. I throw two at the wall and hope two stick, perhaps one. We have a very different approach, which has a lot to do with the size of the organization and the mindset of the organization. We always focus on one thing, and we are a very different organization than a lot of the other publishers out there.

Carnival Games may not have been one of the best critically received games, but it did sell an awful lot of copies. We're hopeful that 2K Games will do more for Wii U than an average mini-game collection, but considering the quality of some of the developer's other titles it may be worth watching in the coming months.


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User Comments (14)



Kirk said:

Yes, 2K, Carnival Games is the kind of high quality 3rd party support we want to see on Wii U.



FonistofCruxis said:

"It was probably one of the best titles"? Is he implying that Carnival games was one of the best games on the Wii? I've played it, its crap! Its easily one of the worst games I've played, maybe even the worst and yet it sold so much more than so many better Wii games. Its was sad to see an awful game like that sell more than games that actually deserved those kinds of sales like Zack and Wiki and Wario land: The shake dimension.



hamae said:

He meant they spent so little on development and earn so much. That's the best profitable crappy title for 2K.



hYdeks said:

I don't blame his outlook for Nintendo. They ARE and awesome company, but the Wii was a huge miss for third party developers, they usually had to release games they normally not use to releasing (like 2k Games releases games like Borderlands on other systems, but on Wii they released Carnival Games) This is really discouraging for third party developers, so I really don't blame them with this "wait and see attitude.

I hate to admit it, cause I've been I Nintendo fan since the NES days, but I'm doing the "wait and see" thing too. I own a Wii, 3DS, and because the Wii was what it was, I also own a PS3, so right now, I see no reason to run out and buy a Wii U, until they give me a REALLY good reason to get this system.



Alienfish said:

That's actually been confirmed. They're going to start development on the port after the other versions ship next year February I think. There will be somewhat of a wait, but hopefully they will include the first two games in the package as well.



Alienfish said:

I guess if Carnival Games was the response to Wii and its many mini-game collections, then maybe GTAV will be the answer to hardcore titles like Assassins Creed 3, Arkham City, and Mass Effect 3? Fingers crossed.



hYdeks said:

ohh, one more thing: Nintendo should really have changed the name of the system from Wii U to something else, just because Wii was well known as a casual console. Anything to get them away from that casual scene they had.

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