Developers Say Porting Games to Dreamcast More Profitable Than Porting to Wii U

With games like FIFA 14 and PES 2014 being ported to the 10-year-old PlayStation 2 and not to the Wii U, it doesn’t come as much of a shock that developers are saying porting games to even the Dreamcast is more profitable.makesmewanttobuyadreamcastinsteadofawiiuWhile the PlayStation 2 sold over 150 million consoles, the Dreamcast only sold around 10 million. Still, these figures dwarf the struggling Wii U which hasn’t even hit 4 million. We spoke with Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 producer Kei Masuda on why Konami is not porting their game to the Wii U.

“The Wii U is just not profitable,” explained Masuda, “In fact, we were actually considering a Dreamcast port because it would be profitable. We have teams at Konami that already know the Dreamcast architecture so it would be a lot easier than trying to figure out how to unlock the Wii U’s potential. The audience is definitely bigger on the Dreamcast too.”

“Is there really a point to releasing games on the Wii U?” asked Masuda, “The time it takes to add in features for the second screen would take up too much of our resources. That time could be better spent on other ports. I mean, we could probably get away with porting our games to older systems for years. I don’t see why we don’t do Xbox and PlayStation 1 ports as well.”

Some Wii U developers are also considering moving their projects to the Dreamcast. We spoke with Travis Lang, head of BlueBlitz Studios, on why they might jump ship.

“I’m mostly afraid our game won’t sell on the Wii U,” said Lang, “I’ve been looking at the Dreamcast for a while and it looks to be a viable alternative. The Dreamcast has the VMU thing and that is just as good as the Wii U screen controller. I mean, I would be developing on the system that had Skies of Arcadia and Shenmue. That’s legendary, man. The more I talk about it, the more I’m liking this idea.”

It appears that even the threat of moving games from the Wii U to the Dreamcast is causing Nintendo to panic. It has been rumored that Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has ordered all Nintendo employees to destroy as many Dreamcasts as they can.

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11 Responses

  1. Covarr says:

    This will turn out to be a poor decision when they realize that only top-down shmups are profitable on the Dreamcast. Someone should’ve told Masuda that he needs to be working on an Ikaruga clone if he really wants to succeed in that market.

  2. Toparaman says:

    Laughed as soon as I read the headline.

    And holy crap, PS2?

  3. Antiginger says:

    You make the world a better place Jack

  4. The Theory says:

    The PS2 version of the FIFA game are, surprisingly enough, the best version to play. I’m not kidding…

    -The Theory

  5. Kango234 says:

    Wow it really does say something about the WiiU if the PS2 is still getting ports

  6. elm says:






    • elm says:

      mmm,japanese letters broken :(

      i think that’s very Embarrassed speach.

      >The time it takes to add in features for the second screen would take up too much of our resources.

      that’s equal to say

      “I have no plans for WiiU game pad,(XBOX’s)smartglass,and (PS4’s)linkage to VITA”

      whare is your creativity?

  7. Nathan says:

    This is insanely crazy.

  8. proc says:

    I heard the Atari Jag and Philips CD-i are getting the next Battlefield over the WiiU.

  9. Don Tusk says:

    i shit you not, i checked the post date after reading the article. for a moment i thought it was april fools trolling.