Wii U Missing Out On Over 150 PS3, Xbox 360 Games


As many Wii U owners, such as myself, have come to know, some very popular multi-platform games have skipped out on the Wii U. For those who own the console itching to play Destiny or are eagerly awaiting to play titles like The Evil Within will have to do so on a plethora of other consoles. Before seeing the above video, in the almost-two-years since the launch of the Wii U I figured there had to be probably a few dozen games that skipped Nintendo’s newest console, only to come out on everything but the Wii U. It turns out, that number is over 150.

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Andrew Eisen created a video on Youtube, highlighting this detail, that caught my attention recently. At the time of the video’s release, there had been 155 retail games that came out on both the PS3 and Xbox 360, but not the Wii U, since the Wii U first came out on November 18th, 2012. Coming out on those two consoles is the only requirement for the list, but adding further restrictions doesn’t make third party support look any better. If you add the PC to the PS3/Xbox 360 requirement list, that number slides only to 117. If you forget the PC and count the games to come out only on Microsoft and Sony’s current console outputs (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360), that number becomes 45. Finally, throwing PC back into the mix results in 37 games coming to “almost literally Everything But Wii U.”

The above video is a very informative collection of stats and facts, including the shocker that Linux, iOS, Android, OUYA and even Raspberry Pi owners have access to Minecraft on their devices, but not the Wii U. There have even been games removed from the “Everything But Wii U” list, which publisher skipped out on Wii U the most (take a big guess) and the biggest surprise of them all; more games have skipped the Wii U than there are Wii U games available at retail. It doesn’t count eShop, WiiWare games or backwards compatibility, but it’s still a concerning fact.

For fans of the Wii U, it shouldn’t matter that much. A huge reason why I picked up the system was to play Nintendo games, which typically play only on Nintendo consoles. I’m certain that’s the reason why most picked up the device. For executives at Nintendo, however, it’s a different story entirely. After losing great deals of money for the past few years on the Wii U platform, it’s not likely that game publishers are going to get them out of the financial mess they’re currently in. Even if they have a successful Christmas with the upcoming release of Super Smash Bros for Wii U, there are just too many games not coming to the Wii U, but to almost every other platform but.

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