Bethesda: Skyrim on Wii U could happen

Although I write for a Nintendo fan site, that doesn’t stop me from being really excited about playing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim when it releases later this year. What would make me even more excited? If the game were to come to Nintendo’s sixth generation console in all it’s tablety goodness. 

In speaking with the UK Official Nintendo Magazine, Bethesda Softworks Vice President  Pete Hines says  “It’s definitely a possibility for the future. We’ll look at any platform that will support the games we’re trying to make, but that’s the key thing – the console has to support the game as it is designed.”

Initial reports on Wii U place the consoles benchmarks at, or better than consoles that are currently slated to receive Skyrim this fall, so porting the game to Wii U is something that definitely could happen.

Before you run to your local games retailer and attempt to place a preorder for the game, Hines has this to add:

“The more changes we have to make to a game the less and less palatable it becomes because making a game is an enormous process. Just doing 360, PS3 and PC – I don’t think people understand the amount of work that goes into that. All of the localisation you have to do… all of the testing you have to do… on every platform in every language… It’s a pretty huge undertaking.”

“So you aren’t just supporting the Wii U; You’re supporting it in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.”

If Nintendo can some how persuade Bethesda to publish the game on their next gen console, it may be a beginning to a beautiful relationship between gamers and the Wii U. One of the biggest knocks on the Wii has been the lack of third party support on the console, and having one of this years most anticipated titles on the Wii U certainly wouldn’t hurt to make amends.

Eugene lives in New Mexico and has been a life long gamer since getting his hands on an NES. Always partial to Nintendo, Eugene has made it a point to keep informed on all things Mario.


  1. “beautiful relationship between gamers and the Wii U”

    I’m not so sure that would be the case, though. It’s a much larger game, but it’s the same situation we found with Street Fighter on the 3DS–console price for a year old game. And I’m not sure people would rebuy a game like this (and considering the huge amount of multi-console owners…)

    Anyway, I suppose this is good (ish) news regardless–more games, more fun.

    Though first-person RPGs were never really my thing…

  2. Not my style, but glad to welcome it.

    …but yes, the year old game price would dissuade many.
    …unless this had a useful ability in the port… as in, the controls/options for the Wii U would be advantageous in paying for it again.

    …which would have been better for Fallout. You know, Pipboy screen goodness. 🙂

  3. I am skeptical about this one. Developers always talk about new Nintendo platform before they come out and when they are they don’t make their games on it.

  4. They better get some announcements for exclusive games that will be new at launch or I’m expecting another 3DS situation…

  5. Yeah, I have to agree with the comments above, it’s cool that the game would come to the wiiu but I think that anyone that wants to play skyrim at that point already has it on another console/pc

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