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WWE 13 Won't Wrestle with Wii U

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

No, absolutely not

We're used to developers and publishers dancing around questions of planned release platforms, when a game will hits stores and so on, so it's refreshing to bring you a recent Twitter exchange between a wrestling game fan and Cory Ledesma, Creative Director for WWE Games at THQ. We know that WWE 13 is coming to Wii, but naturally the fan was wondering — for not the first time, according to his timeline — whether Wii U was part of the developer's plans as an extra platform.

Joshua: @RealCoryLedesma will #wwe13 be coming to the wii u. please reply

‏Cory Ledesma: @courtsy98 no

It doesn't get more emphatic than that, with Ledesma giving the same one word answer when quizzed about a PS Vita version. This is one title that Nintendo gamers will just have to buy for Wii.

[via twitter.com]

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User Comments (30)

Bass_X0

#2

Bass_X0 said:

Me neither. Never played a wrestling game and don't want to. EXCEPT FOR CAPCOM'S WRESTLING GAMES.

edhe

#3

edhe said:

When I was replying to the previous news post (and thinking about how Wii versions of games were often scaled down), WWE games popped into my head. While the PS3 and XBOX 360 got a fancy physics engine and loads of features, the game we got was severely cut down.

So yeah. WWE 13 will be released on the Wii, but it'll be a mediocre on account of the Wii's puny processor.

Chriiis

#5

Chriiis said:

@Jamouse Of course they do, they're quite popular actually. It's a letdown to see that the game won't be appearing on the Wii U, it was one of the unannounced titles that I was hoping would be part of my first set of games for the console. I really hope they change their mind, but kind of doubt it now.

sigh

kyuubikid213

#7

kyuubikid213 said:

I played wrestling games when I was about 8. They are more complicated than fighters such as Soul Calibur, Street Fighter, Tekken, and Dead or Alive. All the crazy moves, combos, and situations you have to be in to be able to do anything is mind boggling. Half the time, I wasn't even able to hit the guy. And they don't use Health meters either (at least they didn't before...) they use stamina meters that do whatever they feel like...

I'm not really hurt by this not coming to Wii U.

Chriiis

#8

Chriiis said:

@kyuubikid213 Yeah, they're always changing things over time, but they're actually pretty simple to play and fun once you get familiar with the controls/mechanics. I guess I'm a fan of the games because I've been a fan of the shows forever.

Am I the only one bugged by it not making an appearance on the Wii U, haha? I guess I'll still try the Wii version, just would be nice if it didn't have to be watered down that much. :

I'd play a WWE game over Tekken anyday, not much of a fan of those.

Scollurio

#10

Scollurio said:

Ah well for all the folks that havent played those games, you're missing out big time. Those games have been awesome party titles. Don't think the TV show, don't think playing as wrestling stars you probably don't know or don't care fore.

Think creating your own character from scratch, create your own costume, your own move-set, your own finishers, your own entrance sequence, select your own entrance music - the possibilities are endless. Then grab 3 of your friends and have 2 on 2 tag teams or a royal rumble with 40 men, whatever.

Those games are fun for the mechanics not for the franchise. Its a bad think this is not coming to WiiU (for now) because it would make an awesome party/family game.

I'd rather have a reimagined FIRE PRO Wrestling though. Same party-appeal, better customization and just PURE fun! ;)

ajcismo

#11

ajcismo said:

And THQ wonders why they are having financial troubles. Can't progress or grow a company when going backwards.

Chriiis

#12

Chriiis said:

@Scollurio Yeah, I was just saying that a lot of people probably wouldn't care at all if they didn't have some clue about the franchise, haha. Even then though, people who don't care for the franchise still have a pretty good shot at liking the games, if they give them a chance.

You're right about the customisation part though, big time. I always end up creating my own character and take a long time to get all of the moves, entrance, etc. that I want. It's a blast with friends especially.

eleven59

#13

eleven59 said:

i actually prefer the more simple, more fun, arcade like quality of wwe all stars over this

LordJumpMad

#15

LordJumpMad said:

WWE isn't what it used to be.
Its more drama then wrestling.

The best wrestling games were back in the N64 days.

NaturalGus

#16

NaturalGus said:

well, wwe games are all the same. i have SvR 2009, 2010, and 2011 and also wwe 12, reason being i am a wrestling fan, but i have not seen a significant change other than svr2011's backstage freeroaming which was removed from wwe 12. i'll probably but wwe 13 for wii, but its no big deal if it is not on wii u. its just a repeated game with what should be DLC added to each "year"

Tasuki

#18

Tasuki said:

@CommanderAudio: Its been put on hold. So that way they could work on WWE 13. With THQs recent financial trouble I wouldn't be surprised if its been cancelled.

It doesn't matter to me really I always by the WWE games on the Xbox 360.

sdcazares1980

#19

sdcazares1980 said:

Not a big deal really. It's not as if THQ won't make WWE '14 for the Wii U... at least highly unlikely.

Scollurio

#20

Scollurio said:

Jo WWE Show sucks big time, games also lost much of its appeal, still if you're not familiar with them, it's easy to have a blast, and yes I'd say go FIRE PRO all the way, unfortunately that franchise took a dump for good! ;(

chewytapeworm

#21

chewytapeworm said:

I adored Smackdown on the PS1 with my trusty multi-tap and a group of mates. Endless fun. Wrestling doesn't appeal to me like it did back then though.

MeloMan

#22

MeloMan said:

One word reply: Why?

Gotta love the absurdity of not wanting to put this on the Wii U. Perhaps WWE14 then?

NTELLIGENTMAN

#23

NTELLIGENTMAN said:

if anyone is wondering why Wii U won't hve WWE 13, it's probably because everyone hear doesn't like wrestling games. Am I the only wrestling fan that plays Nintendo consoles?

CaPPa

#25

CaPPa said:

@MeloMan
The reason is likely due to THQ not doing too well financially at the moment (they just barely managed to stay listed on the stock exchange), so they are naturally unwilling to release many games for platforms that don't have a significant installed userbase (such as the Wii U and PS Vita). I'm sure that as soon as the Wii U has sold enough units it will receive the WWE games too.

RR529

#26

RR529 said:

It's been a few years since I've played a WWE game, but I've always had a fun time with them.

Nothing like making a Mario & Luigi tag team, and building them up to be champions. Then you add Miyamoto to the mix, and make them the Big N Syndicate.

retro_player_22

#27

retro_player_22 said:

WWE games are garbage now, their last great wrestling games were WWE Day of Reckoning 2 for GameCube and WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain for PS2, every WWE games after those are just minor rehash year after year.

Kage_88

#28

Kage_88 said:

@LordJumpMad - I don't know what WWE you're watching, but in terms of balance between storylines and in-ring action, it's still the same. In fact, I would argue that the storylines have improved (in terms of 'realism') over some of the garbage that occured in the Attitude Era.

Despite all that though, I AM generally sick of the WWE product (except when I'm watching CM Punk & Daniel Bryan). Lately, I've been enjoying TNA and ROH far more.

As for WWE '13...honestly, I couldn't care less. THQ's titles are beyond stale now. It says a lot when the 2007 TNA game STILL has better graphics!

DrDaisy

#29

DrDaisy said:

These games are getting too complicated anyway, and I'm sick of having almost all of my attacks blocked or countered.

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