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Wii U Version Of LEGO: The Hobbit Taking Slightly Longer To Go There And Back Again In North America

Posted by Damien McFerran

Delayed until April 22nd, out this week on other formats and in Europe

The North American release of LEGO: The Hobbit on Wii U has been pushed back slightly [and not just by a single a week, as was originally reported], publisher Warner Brothers has revealed.

The action adventure title hits Nintendo 3DS, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, and Xbox One this week in both North America and Europe, and the Wii U version appears to be hitting retail in Europe at the same time. So far, there has been no word on why the North American release of the Wii U edition has been pushed back.

The game is based on the movie series, which in turn is based on J.R.R. Tolkien's seminal fantasy novel. The second movie was released last year, and the third — The Hobbit: There and Back Again — is scheduled to hit cinemas this Christmas. LEGO: The Hobbit contains scenes from the first two films, but Warner Brothers has confirmed that content relating to the third and final entry will come later, presumably as DLC.

[via uk.ign.com]

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rjejr

#2

rjejr said:

Damo, if the game comes out Apr 8 everywhere but Wii U Apr 22 thats 2 weeks, not a week like you said.

the_truth

#4

the_truth said:

@rjejr Unless... unless it was scheduled to come out a week later than the other formats, and has been pushed back a week, making it two weeks. If that's the case, then Damo is right.

rjejr

#6

rjejr said:

@the_truth - Oh sorry, didn't know it was due a week a later, I thought it was Apr 8 on everything in US. Guess since it's Wii U I should have known better huh.

Sorry Damo.

Well anyway, I think somewhere it should be noted it's still 2 weeks later on Wii U than anything else, and not just a week later like this sounds.

DualWielding

#7

DualWielding said:

o.k if the Wii U is getting second class treatment even for Lego games, it is even more doomed than I originally thought

ejamer

#10

ejamer said:

Having the third chapter only available as DLC is a deal-breaker for me. I don't trust DLC, especially with Nintendo's hardware-based accounts. So a one week delay doesn't really worry me too much.

DamoAdmin

#11

Damo said:

@rjejr You're correct, it has been pushed back by more than a week (8th to the 22nd). I've edited the story to reflect this.

FullbringIchigo

#13

FullbringIchigo said:

@memoryman3 true but I also have a PS3 and PS4 and I haven't decided what system to get it on yet, but the DLC is bound to come to at least one of those systems

jenkje

#14

jenkje said:

Here in Norway it launches to all platforms including 3DS on 11. april. The Wii U version is due at 25. april. I've preordered it, for my beloved Wii U, and can't wait to play it... DLC for christmas after the third movie is released...

gatorboi352

#16

gatorboi352 said:

What's most interesting is that WB isn't even offering up any reason for the delay. Just cuz.

I've never seen a Nintendo console become such an after thought in the industry.

jenkje

#17

jenkje said:

@gatorboi352

They hope everyone get's it on the 3DS first. And then buys it on Wii U.`The same thing occured with Lego The Movie videogame for 3DS and Wii U...

GearsOfWarU

#18

GearsOfWarU said:

Kinda sucks ... Went to Toys R Us to pic this up yesterday they had the game on all platforms except Wii U ... Wanted to get this because my wife loves playing Lego Games with me in Co-Op ... Big Fans of Lego Batman 2 : DC Superheroes ... I enjoy the Hobbit Movies ... Sucks I must wait 2 weeks ... O well got Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze & Metroid Fuision to Play

TheWhiteFalcon

#19

TheWhiteFalcon said:

Owning a Wii U at this point is kinda like owning an N64. There's next to no third party games apart from some bad shovel ware, and the Nintendo games are far and few between. :(

rjejr

#20

rjejr said:

@jenkje - "They hope everyone get's it on the 3DS first. And then buys it on Wii U."

Well that would be a good plan, except 45mil 3DS and 6mil Wii U means if 3DS comes first many people buy it on 3DS and very few on Wii U. if Wii U came out first 6mil could potentailly buy it on Wii U and then still another 42mil buy it on 3DS. So it makes no sense. Makes no sense for SSB either.

Only thing that makes sense - Lego Hobbit sells poorly on Wii U so they have an excuse to drop Wii U support for future Lego games.

@Damo - Well in that case I replace my "sorry Damo" w/ a "you're welcome Damo". :-)

gatorboi352

#21

gatorboi352 said:

@TheWhiteFalcon
"Owning a Wii U at this point is kinda like owning an N64."

Ha. I WISH it were like owning an N64. I'd be playing Turok 2 right now.

No, owning a Wii U is like owning a SEGA Saturn. OR Dreamcast. Or Atari Jaguar.

@rjejr
"Only thing that makes sense - Lego Hobbit sells poorly on Wii U so they have an excuse to drop Wii U support for future Lego games."

And that's the real kicker here with this delay: LEGO games typically sell BETTER on Nintendo consoles. You'd think they'd want to do everything they could to get this out in time. I mean hell, LEGO Undercover City is a Wii U exclusive!

rjejr

#22

rjejr said:

"but Warner Brothers has confirmed that content relating to the third and final entry will come later, presumably as DLC."

Did they confirm how late the Wii U DLC will be, or should we just assume Wii U wont be getting the DLC at all?

caveat emptor before buying this on Wii U.

rjejr

#23

rjejr said:

@gatorboi352 - "OR Dreamcast."

My Dreamcast demands an apology. ;-)

Don't have the dates in front of me, so I don't know what was out on Dreamcast 1 1/2 years into it's life, but it only lasted about 3 years and it had some really great games, and odd games, and stuff of the future like a built in modem w/ online web browser and VMU. It also was first to what I consider the modern era of realistic looking graphics - perhaps muddled messes by todays standards - but tennis and football were a huge leap from any system previous. Wii U has an under utilized Gamepad and a 2 month wait to MK8.

Skies of Arcadia, Grandia 2, Shemue, Jet Grind Radio, Soul Calibur, Deep Sea Fishing, Sonic Adventure, the 2K sports games, Seaman, Space Channel 5 (Wii gets all the well deserved credit for motion but I think a debt is owed to SC5.) That's just off the top of my head.

I could be off on the dates, and Dreamcast may have been barren it's first 18 months, but Wii U has a long way to go before touching Dreamcast in variety and quantity of quality games.

I agree w/ the Saturn and Jaguar.

Kaine_Morrison

#24

Kaine_Morrison said:

Everyone that wants this game is going to buy it for systemes that have it available.
Nintendo's WiiU copy will not sell as much because people already have it for other systems.

Why can't Nintendo have a clause in their contracts like Microsoft does, where a game NEEDS to come out at the same time as other systems or it doesn't get released for the systems?

Or why not just delay the game until it's available for all systems?

JaredJ

#27

JaredJ said:

I will still get this for Wii U. Just hope the 3rd movie dlc isn't cancelled for Wii U.

dumedum

#28

dumedum said:

who cares if it's two weeks late, (and on time on the eshop?) . Can't believe people commented on this. And why would DLC not come to Wii U? The Lego titles consistently sell very well on the Nintendo consoles.

Action51

#29

Action51 said:

This is a real shame for a number of reasons.

First, "last gen" the LEGO games sold very well on Nintendo consoles despite the myths and "low attach rate" stigma.

Secondly, it seems WB games is punishing Wii U owners for releasing buggy and incomplete games (Batman Arkham: Origins), and delayed games even from franchises that DO sell well on Nintendo systems.

Honestly, this delay and the way WB treated us with Origins (Which I made the mistake of pre-ordering)...makes me lose confidence in their products. I own many LEGO games including Lego City Undercover on the WIi U.

Next time WB whines about sales on the WIi U, think about how they are screwing over an actual, loyal, money spending customer like me because the Wii U platform wasn't an immediate cash cow for them.

Pretty crappy WB....pretty crappy.

dumedum

#30

dumedum said:

@Action51 this gen the Lego games also sell incredibly well on Nintendo consoles. Lego Marvel Superheroes on Wii U is in the amazon top 100 and sells betters than its rivals. The 3DS version is usually the best seller. I don't understand why you care about a two weeks delay though. This is non sequitor.

Action51

#31

Action51 said:

@dumedum - The two week delay by itself is not the problem, and the problem is not with Travelers Tales, the developers.

My problem is the greater pattern at WB games and their continued abuse of customers who spend good money on their products because one system (the Wii U) wasn't an instant cash cow for them.

I understand the need to turn a profit, but you don't create customer loyalty by half-assing releases with missing features, delays, lack of patches, and canceled content...especially when those customers have supported your products in the past and made you money on other Nintendo platforms.

By the way...LEGO Lord of the Rings was fairly buggy on Wii...it's one of the last Wii games I bought, and while it's a decent game and I enjoyed some of the new additions, it did occasionally freeze up or leave me stuck in areas with broken transitions.

andreoni79

#33

andreoni79 said:

I'm still waiting for a Lego City pricedrop. It's still € 50+ here and it's ridiculous.

ledreppe

#34

ledreppe said:

I'm in Europe, so where's my pre-order?! The site I bought it from, shopto.net, says 18th, yet Amazon says 11th. Who's right?

unrandomsam

#35

unrandomsam said:

@gatorboi352 If the Wii U had the same sort of games as the Saturn and Dreamcast then I would get one straight away.

It doesn't have brilliant Arcade ports. (All I ever wanted from a home console). Even just the stuff in the Japanese Arcades now would be enough.

8bitforever

#36

8bitforever said:

@gatorboi352 I thought the same thing only to find out that Lego Marvel sold best on 360 them PS3 then 3DS, etc. I think even the later released PS4 and XBone editions outsold WiiU. So things have really changed. I went to pick up Lego Hobbit for my Vita and no store had it in stock for Vita or 3DS. Very strange, as I had to buy it online.

kensredemption

#38

kensredemption said:

I don't normally play Lego games, but I'll get this for the Wii U just to spite all the idiotic haters and misers.

Action51

#39

Action51 said:

@memoryman3 - Obviously opinions are subjective, but the N64 is the ultimate rose colored glasses nostalgia console. The Wii U is better is pretty much every conceivable way in my opinion. This includes comparing the Wii U's great gamepad to the horrendously designed and hideous to look at N64 "price gun" controller. The Gamecube was a highly under-rated console with a library that rivaled the PS2 in quality where it lacked the sheer quantity of releases.

It gets a little annoying hearing the repetitious trashing of the Wii U on the very thread where we see even loyal third party developers that have enjoyed profitable successes in recent years on Nintendo consoles making decision akin to sales sabotage on the platform.

It's quality over quantity, and the Wii U library may not be large, but it's got some great gems already, including what is arguably the best Lego game to date in exclusive Lego City Undercover.

Even with all their healthy third party support, the other consoles don't have much to rave about. The latest console "gen" has been mostly a huge disappointment, with the Wii U providing some of the few notable highlights.

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