No Tales Plans for the Wii U, Hideo Baba Talks Localization

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

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In an interview yesterday with Gematsu, producer Hideo Baba revealed that, at the current time, there are no plans to bring the Tales series to the Wii U.  Due to the unique design of the Wii U which features the use of two different screens (the TV and the controller), it may be difficult to create an RPG.  Since RPGs are typically fairly long games, Baba stresses the need to “create a game in which the gameplay will help the players feel less stress.”  So Tales fans, don’t hold your breaths waiting for a Wii U game!

In the same interview, Baba expressed an interest in bringing Tales of Xillia 2 to western countries.  Encouraging gamers to continue showing interest in Tales of Xillia 1, he hinted that it might be possible to bring Tales of Xillia 2 stateside if there was enough interest.  However, when Tales of Innocence R for the Vita and Tales of Vesperia for the PS3 were mentioned, Baba explained that the number of titles that the Tales team will be able to localize is limited – don’t expect too much for those two titles.

Hopefully, we’ll eventually see some more Tales titles slated to come out stateside.  However, only time will tell.  All that’s left to do is wait – and keep on showing interest in and supporting the series.


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  • Ya know, you don’t have to use the second screen on the controller if you don’t want to.  Just sayin’.

    • Exactly. That’s what the Pro controller is for.

    • And yet some people still have not gotten the idea that this controller exists. I tried pointing it out during Bayonetta 2 discussions on other forums, but they either ignored it or shut me down completely before going on about how Nintendo would ruin the game by adding touchscreen controls for it. I could only shake my head in shame.

    • That’s sad to know. This just shows how cynical some gamers have become this console generation.

    • Heck, you don’t even need the Pro controller.  Just let use the Game Pad or Pro Controller (depending on which you available) and leave out any secondary screen functionality.

    • Well, that would beat the purpose of using the Game Pad, now would it?

      They could use the touchscreen for the maps and/or for a shortcut to artes(like they did in Tales of the Abyss 3D). Otherwise, they could just use the Pro controller if they feel they can’t utilize the touchscreen in a meaningful way.

    • Not really.  It’s like some Wii games not using the motion controls.  The touchscreen can be left open if the developer so desires and I don’t think anyone would complain.  I mean, we’ve been playing games on consoles without a giant screen in the middle of our controllers for years now and we’re none the worse for wear.

    • But some of those Wii games had you holding the Wii remote sideways or using a different controller.

      If they are going to use the GamePad they should find some use for it. Otherwise, just use the Pro controller.

    • They can still use the second screen.  Just use it for something simple and obvious, like a screen to move the game down onto when someone needs to use the TV.  Besides, they should leave their options open, so that people who don’t have a Pro Controller can just use the GamePad as necessity demands.

    • That could work. That could actually be a very good use of the screen, actually. To be honest, I almost forgot about that feature.

  • “No Profit Plans For Namco-Bandai”
    Fixed that headline for ya.

    • InsaneChronos

      Lolwut? The Tales of series is more popular on the PlayStation than anywhere else. Stop being ignorant, please.

    • This!

      PlayStation 3 gave the most profit for each iteration of Tales of games in the series. Tales of Graces f sold considerably better then the original one on Wii, Tales of Vesperia on PS3 trumped the original Xbox 360 release. Finally Tales of Xillia is one of the highest selling Tales of game in the entire main-line series.

      So if you think Namco Bandai is not getting any profits, sorry, but you’re wrong.

  • Bf will be so bummed out about this… 

    On the plus side, Im excited for Tales of Xillia 1 and 2! 😀

  • An Tran

    Knowing Namco Bandai, they’ll just do a simple little port with features cut out, 540p HD rather than 1080p, animations that are missing frames, and releasing it in Europe a year before America gets it for no real reason. Whatever to save costs, even if their development teams try their best to FULLY please their fans rather than sorta pleasing them.

  • Most hardcore fans probably have ps3, and Xbox 360. So only those really hard up, or uncrazy enough to invest in all systems only need to worry about such things. In the mean time I’m willing to buy whatever system I need to play such games.

    • Or those who don’t have the funds to invest in all systems…

    • Its been like this for years, just gotta deal with it.

    • I still think the Wii U should get this game if it’s multiplatform.  It is multiplatform, isn’t it?

    • What Xillia or Xillia 2, cause neither are multiplaftorm, and the only reason they made PS3 version because they wanted more sales on a system that would guarantee the sales they thought the game potentially could muster. They succeed. Remember Japan comes first, we come second, they really don’t care what we think.

      Not that I blame them, the series sells very well there obviously, while the West it just okay.

  • Gary65

    Rat bastards 🙁

  • What’s  the problem with using 2 screens? Haven’t they created some Tales titles for the DS and just recently ported Tales of the Abyss to the 3DS? Last time I checked, both systems had two screens…

  • The way I see this comment about WiiU is that Namco isn’t ready to commit to it just yet.  They’re probably just playing “wait and see”; if the WiiU is a success, then of course the chances of getting a TALES will become more likely, especially if it appeals to the JRPG audience.  Hopefully it DOES come to WiiU though; I LOVED TALES OF SYMPHONIA and its sequel.

  • multibottler0cket

    Dude, the second screen is perfect for RPGs! And if you don’t want to have it as an integral part of gameplay, just use it for an extra minimap or something…

  • I’d love to even play the first Xillia. x.x

  • Well i love all tales games, and i would LOVE to play tales of Xilla 2, but its only for ps3, and i don’t really want to buy a ps3 right now.

  • boogerbooger

    pro control? 2ndry item menu? xbox got the best looking tales game Vesperia.. dont let nintendo down guys.. haha there helping with smash bros.. maybe theyll help with pokemon?? so we get a tales style pokegame Dunno hahahhaha.. vesperia port would be happy. hope this console isnt a fail because of controls when nintendo are offering 3 different styles on their present console.. dont be lame guys another 5-6 years of programmers who dont unlock potentials………… hmmmm not sure where this is going.

  • Mario G.B.

    has anybody knows Hideo Baba Twitter?