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Fans Petition for Dark Souls II on Wii U

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Over 5,000 fans want a Nintendo version of the new Dark Souls.

Internet petitions don't always effect change, but in the case of Dark Souls, developer From Software has been fairly responsive. When gamers asked for a Dark Souls PC port, they got it (even if it wasn't perfect). Since the announcement of Dark Souls II, fans of the series are ready to try their luck again. While the game is currently slated for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC release, over 5,000 gluttons for punishment want to see it on Nintendo's new Wii U console.

The petition's logic for a Wii U release is fairly reasonable, if a little scattershot. "Dark Souls II can reach an even larger audience by including development for the Nintendo Wii U," writes Chris Marcil, the author of the document. Marcil believes that, along with broadening the game's potential fanbase, the Wii U controller could provide unique opportunities for inventory management. Gaming PCs and Xbox Live memberships, Marcil argues, are expensive, so a Wii U version makes sense "for anyone who does not have or want a PS3." At present, the petition has a goal of 100,000 signees: approximately twenty times its current mass.

The Wii U seems technically capable of running Dark Souls II, both from hardware and online functionality perspectives. If From Software gets wind of this petition, it will have to consider a Wii U version from resource- and audience-based points of view: Does the company have enough time and money to develop a Wii U version, and if it does, will enough people buy it? Sign if you think it's a good idea, but remember that not every Dark Souls petition has seen success.

Source: change.org via GameSpot

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I see no reason to keep Dark Souls off the WiiU.

However FromSoft might take exception to something about the system.

And thats all the discussion value i can force out.

hey lets see if they actually look into it, or just guess (like Metro devs did) and say "it can't do it" without ever even looking at it seriously.

just hope it doesn't become gimmicky, or if they do have gamepad functionality that they also leave in like the XBox controls.

Signed the petition. The Wii U should be more than capable of running the game after all and, the gamepad can be delegated to map-duty and maybe leaving those messages that you could leave in the other Souls games. Honestly though I haven't played a souls game before...but I'm not against the series! Well, let's see what comes of this...hey, is there a petition for GTA V on the Wii U yet? What about Saint's Row 4? Or a petition to get Saint's Row: Drive By back?

If it obtains enough signatures as the PC petition did (I think it was 50,000 signatures) then From will probably at least look into it. Otherwise though, the current 5,000 may not seem profitable enough to From in order to bother trying, because even if it turned out it was possible they're unlikely to make a version of the game so that only 5,000-7,000 people will buy it, especially a version that would require them to take the tablet into consideration.

As for the implications of a tablet controller for Dark Souls 2, I could see it as making PvE easier if a player can change equipment without having a screen to block their view, but I can see PvP becoming harder if equipment can be changed on the fly in such a way that a player can essentially work out the "perfect" strategy.

captcha: know your rights

.....is the captcha working against itself so the public demands for it to be taken down?

I have never played a Dark Souls game, but if I could play one on Wiiu once I get it, I'd totally buy a coyp

This...could work. There's people who just do the Nintendo thing, and it would be great for them to experience the zen-like state it offers. There isn't a map (at least not on Dark Souls 1), but you could to inventory on the gamepad. Though I can't imagine I'd want to look down away from the screen all that much.

However, the thing I like about the petition is its motivation. The goal being to let every gamer who uses every system have the opportunity to play it. Therefore maximizing From's success. It's kinda heartwarming.

Shoggoth2588:
Signed the petition. The Wii U should be more than capable of running the game after all and, the gamepad can be delegated to map-duty and maybe leaving those messages that you could leave in the other Souls games. Honestly though I haven't played a souls game before...but I'm not against the series! Well, let's see what comes of this...hey, is there a petition for GTA V on the Wii U yet? What about Saint's Row 4? Or a petition to get Saint's Row: Drive By back?

What's this about a 'map' you speak of? Maps in a Souls game? You speak foolishness.

"The petition's logic for a Wii U release is fairly reasonable, if a little scattershot. "Dark Souls II can reach an even larger audience by including development for the Nintendo Wii U,""

Yes, in the same way that putting a starbucks on the bottom of the ocean will allow you to reach an untapped market.

I do love how the petition writer simply couldn't think of a reason why a person would want it on the WiiU instead of a Ps3.

The Wii U is obviously capable enough to run it. Question is, is the audience that wants this kind of game there? 5,000 signatures is really low.

I don't see a wii u user playing dark souls..... but perhaps they could include a easy mode?XD

With the WiiU Pro controller a thing, I don't see why not. I wouldn't play it with the bulky, flashing gamepad at all, but if the WiiU has smooth online play, it should be the same as the other consoles.

Hey, if people want it, power to them. I look at it the same way i did the PC petitions. "Why the fuck would you want this?" "WE JUST DO". "Uhh...ok cool". The only reason i dont see this truly taking off? You cant swear on the miiverse. Dark souls 2 would need a dedicated forum to hardcore fan bitching/Rage. hahaha.

PS: To all those bitching on the gamepad...Bitchplease? Im playing Ninja Gaiden 3 with ease so far and actually using the gamepad as my screen mostly. But hey, you know how change is to some people.

In-be-4 nintendo haters hijack thread.

The idea's great, where can I sign? No seriously.

I can see the Gamepad being rather useful here, and I'm convinced that the technical aspects will work nicely on the Wii U.

EDIT- Durp; link was in the article. XD

Darmy647:
Hey, if people want it, power to them. I look at it the same way i did the PC petitions. "Why the fuck would you want this?" "WE JUST DO". "Uhh...ok cool".

The slight difference is that the WiiU only just came out, and the PC has been around for well..a while. A lot of people (like me) that signed the PC petition probably just had a PC and no console., which isnt that unreasonable. For this though, to have people that have had no console or PC up until getting a WiiU, then feeling left out(ignoring the fact you need one of those to even play Dark Souls) is kind of unlikely. It just means the market for it NEEDING to be on the WiiU is a bit slim, compared to people just wanting it there maybe because they recently got a WiiU.

Dark Souls II is coming out? .. Well crap I haven't even beaten the first one lol.

Besides that, yea I shall sign the petition. Every gamer and platform deserves a chance, not just an exclusive only. I dislike that, even if my platform or system gets it. Every gamer deserves to play a game regardless of system period, that's my opinion.

Foolproof:
"The petition's logic for a Wii U release is fairly reasonable, if a little scattershot. "Dark Souls II can reach an even larger audience by including development for the Nintendo Wii U,""

Yes, in the same way that putting a starbucks on the bottom of the ocean will allow you to reach an untapped market.

There is a rather large difference between designing an architectural feat in order to serve hot beverages to those who might pass by in a submarine and porting a game to a good, successful console which is more capable than the other consoles at running it.

The only excuse to NOT have Dark Souls on the Wii U is the same one that was used time and time again to keep it off the PC, and it's "We want something that the other console doesn't have!! HURRDIHURR THIS CONSOLE MUST REMAIN SUPERIOR"

I do hope it makes it to the Wii U. If it did I would pick it up.

A Smooth Criminal:

Foolproof:
"The petition's logic for a Wii U release is fairly reasonable, if a little scattershot. "Dark Souls II can reach an even larger audience by including development for the Nintendo Wii U,""

Yes, in the same way that putting a starbucks on the bottom of the ocean will allow you to reach an untapped market.

There is a rather large difference between designing an architectural feat in order to serve hot beverages to those who might pass by in a submarine and porting a game to a good, successful console which is more capable than the other consoles at running it.

I was talking about the fish, not the submariners. The fish are populous, but they aren't interested. Similarly, the kind of people who would buy a console like the WiiU are likely not looking for the kind of challenge that Dark Souls II would provide.

A Smooth Criminal:
The only excuse to NOT have Dark Souls on the Wii U is the same one that was used time and time again to keep it off the PC, and it's "We want something that the other console doesn't have!! HURRDIHURR THIS CONSOLE MUST REMAIN SUPERIOR"

The reason Dark Souls wasnt ported to PC originally was because they admitted they didnt know how to port to PC. And then when they did..we got a fairly buggy port. From Software have only done 1 Wii game, so porting it may be difficult for them and simply not worth their time. With the PC version it was worth their time because its fairly common to have only a PC and no console, meaning you could legitimately not have been able to play the game. Considering the WiiU is a brand new console, the audience size that will ONLY have a WiiU and no PC or console is basically non existent(let alone the fact that you need one of those to play the original Dark Souls).

Basically it leaves you with an audience that CAN play it on another platform, but would like to play it on WiiU, which is just want, rather than legitimate lack of being able to play it, so it may not be worth the devs time. Dark Souls PC got 93k signatures, like 30k in the first day. 7k(now) is nothing compared to that.

If this works, we should all sign a petition to have Dark Souls III ported to the abacus and just see what they say.

Definitely a comendable petition, though one that I am not sure will be worth it for Namco in the end, unfortunately.

Seeing as how From Software didn't do well with the PC port (as they themselves admitted to not being very well at), I imagine From Software has dealt even less with the Wii, let alone the WiiU. If they did end up porting it, don't be surprised if they hand out a sloppy one with tacked-on WiiU screen thing compatability. The paltry amount of signs, while no doubt likely to increase given time, is a pretty good indicator that not many WiiU owners really care enough to have the game. Remember, the PC petition got several thousand in the first day, this is just a slow burn. Top that with Nintendo's restrictive online service, not to mention the many hoops they'd have to jump through as Nintendo is legendary for that kind of stuff, and, in all likelyhood, porting Dark Souls II will probably not be worth From Software's time.

That's not to say I don't support this, I do. It'd be great to have the game be exposed more, and as someone in the Facebook comments said, it really is heartwarming to see how much people want this game to succeed. Hell, maybe a port to the WiiU may actually make them create an "easy" mode of some kind, I'm actually all for that. It'd be nice to have a mode where you can get your bearings (hell, I have yet to beat either Demons' or Dark Souls), and maybe in when you first beat the game on either "easy" or "normal" it will jump to "New Game+" mode regardless of which difficulty you started on.

I dunno, just spitballing here. Regardless, whatever From Software/Namco Bandai decide to do I can understand either reason.

I don't know if there's an audience for it on this console.

Porting a game costs money, if you can't make that money back, it's a pointless endeavour.

I hope there is the market, but, people signing a petition isn't quite the same thing as people who're willing to buy the game.

I have no desire to sign it, as I have no desire to own a Wii U.

Those who are fans of the series, should consider the same, releasing a game to a format that doesn't have a market is only going to hurt the IP. And if you're not part of this market, you're potentially making a false expectation.

I can't think of a good reason why Wii U shouldn't get Dark Souls 2 if its is apparent it will sell well enough on that platform.

That petition is gonna need WAY more signatures first, but if it can get them I'm all for it.

Would kinda like to hear why a fan of the series would have a wii-U but not one of the platforms needed to play the last game. Just out of curiosity.

I'm not at all opposed to the idea of Dark Souls having an even wider-reaching audience. I was a signature on the petition and now own Dark Souls on Steam. Thing is, the PC crowd made a ton of sense for DaS. For all kinds you can find in the PC gaming community, there is a large group of people that enjoy punishingly difficult RPG's. It was a sensible market to get into (That would have probably had even more success if it weren't for the quality of the port. I'm hoping for a bit of love for my new GPU this time around, but I was overall very satisfied with getting the experience of DaS. Even if Games for Winderz live meant 5000000 failed summons).

What I'm dancing around though is, I'm not sure if the WiiU has the sort of audience to justify the port. There's probably a niche there, but Hardcore gaming never found its way dramatically to the Wii (to the point where Nintendo said they didn't care about North America's Wii audience for a bit) and even though the WiiU is intended to be bigger badder and more catered to the hardcore crowd, I don't know if you'd see the numbers.

If the fans ask for it, though, From has already shown that they are incredibly receptive to user feedback, as any good purveyor of a product should be.

If it works, huzzah for them. If it doesn't, well poo. I own all platforms anyway. After seeing the miiverse come together in zombiu surviving and puzzle solving, I'd love to see how dark souls could do. Those who own zombiu and have been to its miiverse understand me.

A goal of 100,000 signees is certainly enough more-or-less guaranteed sells to warrant the port. Or at least, warrant the consideration of porting it.

The petition for a PC release saw a total amount of signatures less than the goal of this one. So it could happen.

I would like to point out that the same would need a complete redesign in order to use the Wii U controls and the functionality of the system. The reason why we got a pc port is because is is much simpler to port a game from 360 to PC. Darksouls controls were adapted to the pc. Besides, for the pc version they were given only several months and that was given that they had the 360 version to work from, imagine how long it would take to do a mutlipaltform release including the wii U? The longer dev times translates into decreased content and no one wants to see that.

Well, seeing that there was absolutely no stuttering or drop of framerates in Blighttown on PC, I take it RAM, CPU and all those other numbers current gen consoles are so openly lacking in do matter, after all.

Seeing how feeble and light the system specs of the Wii U are, I doubt that would be a very smart idea.

See, I really don't want the corridor or on-rails feeling of other games coming to my D* Souls experience.

Everything you said made sense until that last part. Where would corridor or on the rails come into this? Im legitimately confused.

Also, im done judging the Wii U. I bought it, played the games, and im satisfied with it, no more or less. Besides, why would it matter of it stutters just like the rest of its copy's? It happens, it gets patched up to tolerable to good levels, and we kind of walk on. That's what im noticing with my Wii u at least. The load times were god awful and I had some bad fps drops here and there. Nintendo rolls out a system update, and another, shit keeps getting fine tuned, better, managable. Its just like how the last cycle started. Big shock. Really. Im going back to my PC master race for superiority, but ill take my Wii u with me. Its caught my eye in innovation and community.

An absolute waste of time. Dark Souls 2 will be a marginal game on this console, and which is why it will never happen. There is no market for this at Nintendo.

This makes more sense than the PC version.
Releasing a PC version means you're making it more available to pirates, whereas releasing a WiiU version means you're making it available to Nintendo fans.
Nintendo fans tend to actually spend money compared to pirates.

worldfest:
An absolute waste of time. Dark Souls 2 will be a marginal game on this console, and which is why it will never happen. There is no market for this at Nintendo.

oh it would be totally fucked up to see this make it, but I want it to happen. I want to see how commited Nintendo is to their plea to bring the hardcore back. It would be as much awesome as hilarious that's for sure. Also, I'd just like to point you to dark zombies. Or ZombiU. Its done a good job of showing the system wants to mean serious business. Im interested to see it try.

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