This week, two Wii U exclusive games—Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge and Rayman Legends—were revealed to no longer be exclusive, and will soon be appearing on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms. The news has caused many to wonder what games, if any, will be next to bolt from Nintendo’s exclusive club, draining what little credibility the Wii U has as a serious contender in the hearts and minds of gamers.
According to a post on Joystiq, Platinum Games’ two Wii U-exclusive projects, The Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2, will probably stay off of other platforms unless Nintendo itself says otherwise. Bayonetta 2 director offered up the following statement via Twitter:
“We are a developer. Nintendo are the ones kind enough to fund and publish our […] projects. So if Nintendo says, ‘We are publishing Bayonetta 2 on PS3/360,’ then it will happen. So please go ask them, not us.”
Indeed! The games are being published by Nintendo itself (though Bayonetta 2’s co-publisher is Sega). But it’s extremely doubtful that Nintendo would ever authorize a different platform to receive a game they’re publishing, even though neither game features Nintendo’s own characters. So that’s something.
The real question, of course, is whether other, non-Nintendo published games jump ship as well. Let’s hope not.