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Bethesda Has No Current Plans For Wii U or Handhelds

Posted by Andy Green

Not ruling out future releases, though

Bethesda has never really been associated with Nintendo. The developer behind the Elder Scrolls and Fallout series can mostly be found making games for PC and other consoles and it seems likely it will stay that way for the foreseeable future.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Peter Hines, Vice President of PR and Marketing at Bethesda, said the company has no plans for social or mobile platforms and has "nothing announced" for Nintendo's latest home console:

We have nothing announced in development for Wii U. It's not something that we've done anything for previously. I don't even remember the last time we've done a Nintendo title. We don't have anything now. Whether or not we would in the future is TBD. As for why, I guess I'd rather not go into that.

Hines also recently spoke to IGN and reiterated that stance, however, he said should opportunities arise to make a game for the Wii U or handhelds the company would do so - but only if it makes sense:

We don’t have anything announced for the handhelds. Are there opportunities that could come up there that could make sense and be the kinds of things we would want to do? Absolutely. But what we have going on right now doesn’t fit with that.

There was a bit of confusion surrounding Bethesda's upcoming title Wolfenstein: The New Order, which is being developed by MachineGames, as the developer announced it would be coming to all current generation and next generation consoles, only to later say that did not include Wii U.

Bethesda appears to have left the door open with Wii U and handheld devices. Will it ever create a game for a Nintendo system in the future? Well, Hines said he "would never say never".

Would you like Bethesda to bring some content to Wii U or 3DS? If so, what titles would you want to see? Let us know in the comment section below.


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User Comments (73)



SteveW said:

I think games like Skyrim would make good use of the gamepad... too bad it will never happen..



Knux said:

I hate to imagine Bethesda's games on inferior platforms. Their games are an utter mess on the PS3.



bahooney said:

I really, really hate how Nintendo is somehow not included in the "all next-gen and current gen consoles." It's like, if you're in the industry, you know Nintendo exists. At this point, chances are it was Nintendo that got you interested in the industry in the first place. So why would you blatantly cross of Nintendo. I honestly don't get it.



Fazermint said:

@bahooney I hear ya. Nintendo has done a lot for the industry in terms of innovation and memorable games. But do people respect them for that? Nope.



Wolfgabe said:

I will be damned if they don't make Fallout for Wii U. Gamepad as PIP Boy would be genius. Why can't they just say that we will start considering it more when Wii U sales go up



Sir_JBizzle said:

@fazermint @bahooney Argeed! Not to mention there would be no industry (or a vastly different one) if it wasn't for Nintendo saving it. I shudder at the thought of what the industry would be like today if things had went different in the 80s.



Peach64 said:

The sales figures are what put off a lot of developers, but I don't think it would make a difference to Bethesda. Their background is PC gaming, and they've only started making games on the other consoles as they got more PC-like in architecture.



seronja said:

i need to admit that Bethesda didn't really have all perfect titles ( have to point at that god awful game rogue warrior ) but damn this news hurt's me alot, i just want to play some games from them on my wii u like dishonored, wolfenstein, elder scrolls & the fallout series...



Warruz said:

@JQuest Im curious as to what the layout will be in the next generation, as my crazy prediction is Sony or Microsoft will be kicked out.

As for Bethesda im somewhat suprised as they never seemed like one of be picky about platform once they spread their wings outside of PC's . I assumed none on the Wii was a power issue ( i couldnt see skyrim on the wii at all) but now that seems like an easy task. Also would of loved to see an Evil Within on the Wii U.

I really feel this is most likely the heart of it, they make PC games so it made sense to work on platforms that are closer to the PC .



hYdeks said:

I don't wanna be "that guy" but I could never get into a Bethesda game They had SOO much problems with PS3 alone, how doggiedododingleberry do you think their games would be on a Nintendo system? Nope, there just not talented enough to do it, their a PC gaming company all the way, that's what their good at.



b23cdq said:

It's probably nothing, but note how he said "nothing announced". Not "in development", not "planned", but "announced".
EDIT: Thanks, NMH-TRI!



PinkenAmnesia said:

Bethesda games are the best on PC, with mods and all. They are bad at porting as well, their PS3 ports were glitchy.



MasterGraveheart said:

I'm getting so freakin' sick and of seeing third companies who never developed for a Nintendo platform and are saying they have "no plans" on developing for a Nintendo platform try and appease gamers by saying "never say never." They may not want us saying never, but they sure are. This is obvious.

Next third party rundown!



odd69 said:

Nintendo wouldn't stand for Bethesda cause Bethesda would leave it buggy and spoil Nintendo's good name...



Tender_Cutlet said:

If Nintendo is to slow imminent sales of Xbox and PS4 and boost Wii U, it needs to really get on side with the most prolific third party developers of this era like Bethesda and Rockstar and get some Wii U titles in the pipeline. It is the contemporary equivalent of letting Square, Capcom and Konami walk away from the N64 to work with Sony - complacency Nintendo has never completely recovered from in the home console market - albeit in Wii sales, certainly in image.



Shambo said:

I Have No Current Plans For Buying Any Bethesda Game.

It's really that simple.



wober2 said:

I would buy skyrim again for wiiu. Would be perfect for all those hours walking around. I hope they reconsider!



russellohh said:

Considering the hundreds of game-crushing bugs in Skyrim, anyone else think it wouldn't have passed Nintendo's quality control to actually make it on one of their systems?



sinalefa said:

I bought Fallout 3 like 2 years ago, and I haven't bothered to open it. Skyrim was released like 2 years ago, and I haven't bothered to buy it. Those bug stories are not too enticing, and it seems I would need tons of time to play them. I have a PS3.

I did not like that comment that he would rather not go into the reasons as to why they don't work with Nintendo. Makes it sound dark.



Sean_Aaron said:

I'd have to have played a Bethesda game to care about whether or not I can play one on my console. Bit of a catch-22 really. Needless to say I can't miss anything I can't play.



GraveLordXD said:

@The_Joker if we are talking the ps3 version of skyrim I can assure you there were bugs and glitches everywhere the game was basically unplayable out of the box and shouldn't have been released on the system in the condition it was in
And no I'm not exaggerating



banacheck said:

That was Bethesda biggest mistake releasing Skyrim to soon on the PS3, also the DLC which looked like it wouldn't come to the PS3 until Sony gave them a hand.
These problem's this current gen will be a thing of the past with the new consoles, you'll see a lot more quality products from multiplatform games.



takyon98 said:


(not trying to be a PS fan boy) I got skyrim at launch FOR PS3 and I BARELY had any bugs or glitches whatsoever while playing no joke



Metaknight_3Raw said:

"As for why, I guess I'd rather not go into that."

I wonder what he means by that. Let me guess, he has no ACTUAL reasons for why they refuse to develop for Nintendo's home console. Only lame excuses. I know I shouldn't let it get to me but the arrogant apathy of some third parties towards the Wii U just grates on me sometimes.



GraveLordXD said:

@takyon98 consider yourself lucky then I had several game breaking glitches and was the only time I felt ripped off and should have gotten a full refund also got it at launch had to trade it in and just recently picked it up on steam without any issues



SanderEvers said:

Games like Elder Scrolls (Skyrim etc) should be played on nothing but a PC. Having a full keyboard and mouse to control these games is essential.



Shambo said:

@The_Joker i like a medium big game with lots to do, but elder scrolls only appeals to me when we're talking the shivering isles, though i never played that one either, and dark souls has more of my attention.
i'd like a new fallout, but i have 3 and although quite enjoyable, i'd want to see it more... believable, i guess. or more tactical. there's a couple of things that draw me out of the immersion. i really wanted to love it though.
i guess i like my games a bit smaller, and bethesda often seems overambitious and with great basic ideas but 'hasty' finishing,bin comparison with the scale of their games. a bit like assassin's creed.
i respect what they do, and think it's not their fault they can't take the time to thoroughly polish such large games.

also, no offense, but...

why so serious?



Philip_J_Reed said:

I've reviewed enough on behalf of Nintendo Life to know that, no, it wouldn't be strange at all for a very buggy game to slip through the big N's "quality control."



BlatantlyHeroic said:

@LDXD I have the PS3 version. Now Oblivion on the other hand... that game was pretty much unplayable. Saves corrupt ever few minutes, it was a mess. I can't even play it on my PC, which I do love my PC more than consoles.



bassoongoon said:

It would be nice to see some of their titles on Wii U eventually. I would gladly fork over $60 bucks to get Skyrim on Wii U (I currently have it for the PC).



Lalivero said:

Like others, my gripe here is why they aren't releasing the reasons as to why they are holding back. Makes it seem like there are no real reasons and it could be to make it seem like there are.

I think it'd be a more understandable situation if they give some of the reasons, unless it involves some bizarre bias like other parties. If it really is because of low console sales, why is so scary to announce that? That'd at least give hope that we'd get stuff once they pick up.

This is only making me think it's something lame as another person here put. :l




Can't you just wait until that rare occation when a developer announce that they actually have plans to release a game for the Wii U? It might be a very news dry season though.



AugustusOxy said:

Because we have to focus ridiculous amounts of money into over-hyped bullcrap games that go on over-hyped bullcrap systems.

Which is fine. I go to nintendo for mario, pikmin, metroid and pokemon. I go to their 'competitors' for interactive movies.




I respect him for being honest and how he said "As for why I'd rather not go in to it" THANK YOU if you have nothing good to say keep you mouth shut!! It's called being a grown up and being a professional....EA!!



Drobotic said:

These developers don't get the point.If they make these popular games for Wii U,IT WILL SELL.



ivanmata said:

This is really bad, I hope the wii U sells enough to catch third party developers' attention, the wii U has a big challenge.



retro_player_22 said:

Never really heard of these ppl before so I'll just say I don't really care if they had a game coming or not. If they do, yippy, if not, then go away.



Rafie said:

Patience fans. As soon as the Wii U sales pick up, the devs will come back.



Contrite said:

I really don't care at all. Apart from the fact that more third-party games are positive, even if i want to get them or not.

I love Bethesda games, though. At least, kind of. Pretty much all of their latest games are "mediocre" in my opinion.

The thing that makes these games wonderful for me though, is all the mods. Which fixes most things Bethesda ain't good at. Which is pretty much everything except: Lore, Exploration, and World Building. Which is why I can't fathom why people rate these games as amazing when they're playing them on consoles.

Any Bethesda game without unofficial fixes, or even the console to cure general buggy-ness of it all would be horrible.



russellohh said:

@The_Joker I can name at least 11 off the top of my head that completely bork a quest. I've already lost 4 followers, a wife, and a questline thanks to known issues. I don't care about a basket on my head, or a character with a spinning head. But when I join the werewolf quest, my character blacks out, and my companions are all missing? ...Three times? Honestly, I can't imagine it passing through Nintendo.



Dodger said:

While I'm not sure if it would run well or not, I can imagine Skyrim being fun to play with a gamepad for the inventory menus. Still, I would rather play on a PC where I can fix glitches using console commands, mod things if I want to and quicksave easily.



R_Champ said:


Honestly, this is the only Bethesda series I care about, and the only that would be flat-out amazing with the gamepad Pipboy.



banacheck said:

It effected me as well but i also know a few others that didn't have the same problems.



Caryslan said:

@russellohh Given some of the junk that Nintendo allowed on the Wii and DS, I would not be praising their quality control when it comes to third-parties. Keep in mind, Nintendo allowed some games that even Sony rejected for being horrible quality titles.

Just something to keep in mind.



ElkinFencer10 said:

Man, screw Bethesda. They make some great games, don't get me wrong - I'm a total Fallout junkie - but their attitude towards Nintendo is complete crap. It's like IGN on steroids with their prejudice towards the company.



taffy said:

Never played a Bethesda game before Skyrim and can't say i'll play another one again. I gave in into on the hype and praise and got it on the 360 but my goodness does it have the worst combat EVER!!!
I will say that they make great stories, but great games.... no, no way. If they had Skyrim with Zelda's (or even Fable's) combat then yes.



julienpoo said:

An updated Daggerfall on 3DS would have been cool, you have the second screen, the stylus... on a portable format I think it would be great...
(With Doom, Cruisn', Rush, 1080, Wave Race and F-Zero, right?)



Meaty-cheeky said:

Very sad news, The Elder Scrolls and Fallout games are simply amazing and are crazy fun. Their is no excuse for Bethesda to not put out a Skyrim Game of the Year Edition or a New Fallow for the Wii U. I understand that the Wii was seriously weak hardware, but the Wii U is a very capable system if only major developers just put some effort into it.

The Wii U game-pad would work wonders for Fallout & Elder Scrolls, some one at Bethesda needs to wake up!



Caryslan said:

@MasterGraveheart To be fair to them, when you have fanboys constantly ask you when will you develop for a certain platform, a company has every right to respond and openly state their stance on the matter. I would not be surprised if they got numerous questions about developing on Nintendo platforms, and they decided to respond with a clear answer.

And of course they are going to say "never say never." What do you expect them to say, "Will you Nintendo fanboys leave us alone and go play Mario Kart whatever number it is? We're making real games on real systems and the WIi U is not a real system."

The first rule for any business is not to burn their bridges. Someday Bethesda might want to work on Nintendo's platforms. Why burn their bridges and make Nintendo fans bitter? Most are already dissapointed about their games not coming, why make things worse?

Plus, if you go around insulting a system and then suddenly support it, you look like a major fool. Look at EA and how foolish they looked!

Personally, I am very dissapointed and sad over how some people are reacting to Bethesda's statement. They were not insulting and they kept the door open. I understand people are unhappy with them not supporting the Wii U, but it bothers me when a developer is demonized because they don't want to support a certain console.



Araknie said:

@bahooney Calm down a sec Bethesda never developed really something on Nintendo consoles since N64. I bet it's hard for them even try to approach Nintendo, they give a bugged game to every console and even their PC counterparts have minor or major bugs.

Really, they are not very good developers because they need time to understand a platform. Look Skyrim on PS3 for example.




You see the whole of them not releasing the new wolfenstien is because they obviously believe it wouldn't sell well enough

But the truth is wolfenstien TNO wont sell that well on any platform.

How well did the last one perform ? 55k thats how well

There seems to be this myth that these kind of games do really well on "hardcore" consoles

And this just is not the case. If consumers see a steady flow of third party games on the wii u, not a watered down port of an old game there is no reason for that game not to perform well on nintendo consoles.

Give the damn thing a chance



Kiokothepirate said:

@SteveW I agree with you. All those different menus Skyrim has would be much more manageable with the gamepad and I can imagine them making the lock picking make use of the touch screen. I've played though skyrim on the 360 three times, but I would definitely buy it and play again if it came to the WiiU.



SteveW said:

@bahooney People laughed at me in the 90's when Sega was Nintendo's competitor, I said "Some day Sega will be making games for Nintendo".

I would now say that Microsoft will be making games for Nintendo but they don't actually make games do they? they will be paying others to make their games for Nintendo, lol



ReaperX30 said:

I'm thinking of an Elder Scroll game for the 3DS. Even a remake of Morrowind if done well could be awesome to have on a portable device. I can dream.



ReaperX30 said:

@julienpoo Exactly! I read your comment after posting mine so all in all you wrote what I wanted to say. Daggerfall, Morrowind or a new one would be a dream come true on the 3DS.



ReaperX30 said:

@SteveW Amnesia is an awesome game. It's made by Frictional Games. Never played anything on the Wii-U so I can't say if it would work well with the pad. It would be a great game for Wii-U users that's for sure.



FadedSun said:

When has Bethesda ever released a handheld game? I'm not really surprised. They've also never released games on a Nintendo console, so I'm not surprised there either.



psyguy said:

I swear people are just hunting for bad news..

"lets ask a company who's never made anything on a Nintendo console if they have anything planned" huuurrrr Wii U doomed!

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