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Wii U third-party game support takes another hit

When Wii U owners picked up their shiny new consoles at launch, most were probably assuming that Nintendo had managed to mend the mistakes of the Wii and provide customers with a console that truly delivers on third-party game support at the same level as the Xbox 360 and PS3, at least.

Unfortunately though, as we enter March 2013, Nintendo are still struggling a little bit in this department. Over the last few months, we have seen big titles such as Tomb Raider slip away, and once exclusive titles such as Rayman Legends and Ninja Gaiden 3:Razor’s Edge become multiplatform.

Now we have one more title to add to that list, as it has just been confirmed that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will not be releasing on the Wii U either, unfortunately. The game has already been confirmed for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, and some Wii U owners were expecting the sequel to arrive on their console too after the 3DS received a sequel to the first game called Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate.

It’s not going to happen though, and the reason is solely due to ‘resources’, according to Konami producer Dave Cox. He has said that it would take another 20 personel to port the game over to the Wii U and that is 20 people which they do not have at the moment. He also mentioned that budget was another barrier in the way, calling it a ‘distraction’ if they were to suddenly develop the game for the Wii U as well.

Don’t forget that there would also be extra time needed to implement exclusive features to take advantage of the Wii U GamePad, a factor that ultimately stopped Crystal Dynamics from bringing Tomb Raider to the Wii U, since they wanted to give it their full attention, not just a bog standard port.

Considering that Castlevania made its name on Nintendo systems though, it is a shame to see that the Wii U has been left out of the Lords of Shadow 2 party. It’s an unwelcome trend that we are seeing with these third-party game releases, so is it ultimately down to Nintendo to make sure these games get made?

What is the next title that won’t appear on the Wii U? Surely it can’t keep happening throughout the year. If you own a Wii U and are wondering the same thing, let us know your thoughts on this latest snub.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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