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Why Baldur’s Gate Isn’t Coming To Wii U

Beamdog’s Trent Oster stated earlier this week that Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition wouldn’t be released on the Wii U. Whilst this is regrettable, it is hardly shocking news. Only the Bioware veteran didn’t stop there, he went on to clarify his company’s feelings towards Nintendo, explaining why Beamdog has no future plans to work with them.

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Beamdog and auxiliary Overhaul Games, which is in charge of the Baldur’s port, had previously worked on a WiiWare version of Bioware's MDK2.  Oster says Nintendo's high sales thresholds and developer restrictions made him unwilling to work with Wiiware again “6000 unit sales before payment, a 9 month certification process and a 40mb [game data] limit.” He says this gave him the “belief that Nintendo isn't a good platform for developers.”

Oster also tweeted “The Wii is a toy, not a console, you buy a Wii, Wii sports and never buy another game. Bad for devs... we made a great version of a fun game, MDK2 for Wii, and it didn't sell anywhere near our expectations.”

However, while he feels this way about Nintendo’s strict control over third-party devs, he continued to announce that Ocarina of Time and Mario 64 “blew me away on N64”. Regardless, the company is now focused on “110% Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition for the visible future”. If those who own a Wii U want in, they will have to buy themselves a console such as the iPad.


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