Jul 16th, 2012

Borderlands 2 Wii U
Developer Gearbox never held back in their praise for the Wii U. They were one of the first developers to come out and fully support the new Nintendo console with Aliens Colonial Marines. In fact, they’ve said numerous times that the Wii U version of Aliens Colonial Marines will be the best looking one.

In a new interview with Dealspwn, Gearbox founder Brian Martel says he thinks the Wii U is a “really cool platform”, and that it’ll be interesting to see how Microsoft and Sony respond to the touchscreen controller with their next gen consoles. They have sort of responded already, with SmartGlass and Sony’s Vita cross-play.

“If Borderlands 2 was on the Wii U, the thing I would be most excited about is inventory management: it would be amazing on that” Martel said about the upcoming Borderlands 2 first person shooter. He added that the artwork on the Wii U would look better because the console can handle higher resolution textures. Borderlands 2 is the sequel to the highly successful Borderlands, and is a cross between a first person shooter and role playing game, where players continuously gather loot and items.

So far, Gearbox is waiting for publisher 2K Games to give a green light for the Borderlands 2 Wii U port. However, 2K Games isn’t in a hurry, they’re waiting to see what happens with the Aliens Colonial Marines Wii U version before investing in more ports.

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  • Draco Breach

    Before the haters start hating, I can understand 2K Games’ position. They want to see if it would be a smart business move. While I would prefer something more immediate, a port later in 2013 is not a bad thing. It also gives Gearbox plenty of time to work in the GamePad elements they want to use.

    More praise from Gearbox is not a bad thing, and 2K Games is much more likely to listen to them if other IPs do well. Besides, it’s another chance for me to get the collector’s bundle :p

  • Daemonrunner

    Damn you 2K – make it happen! The developer seems to have good ideas for the game…don’t make yourself look like douche bag publishers!

  • gPadWatcher

    I hope that 2K Games gives the go-ahead in releasing Borderlands 2 for the Wii U next year. They better listen to the CEO of Gearbox Software.

  • Fuzunga

    On the one hand, I’d love to get this version. On the other hand, it might never happen and I REALLY want Borderlands 2. It’ll be a shame if they come out with a Wii U version too far after the game comes out on other platforms.

    • Marmor

      Borderlands was absolutely great and I fear if they don’t anounce it for the Wii U prior to the game release I have to buy it for the PC:-/

  • Gamer

    Things are becoming greater on the Wii U every second friends. I felt a shift in the gaming verse, a quarter of Sony and Microsoft video game fans just jumped to the Nintendo side. Thanks gearbox, even your aliens colonial marines we shall buy.

  • brandon

    And if aliens fails then borderlands prob not come. Is get borderlands…not sure bout aliens.

    • Draco Breach

      That depends on 2K Games’ definition of ‘fail’ really. Gearbox is confident that Aliens Colonial Marines will do well on the Wii U, and they’ve stated, very publicly, that it is the best version of the game. There are rumors that Gearbox purposely delayed the launch date so all three console versions hit at the same time. Again, rumor.

      Now, I doubt many who already own a 360 or PS3 will up and buy a Wii U and its version of the game. With the economy as it is, it’s doubtful they could afford it. I think success will be measured both critically and through sales. If Gearbox can point to critic reviews and, especially, fan response with glowing smiles, 2K Games will give Gearbox the go ahead.

  • theaquacharger

    2k isn’t doing Aliens: Colonial Marines Sega is. Sega owns the video game rights to Aliens. 2k isn’t investing any ports into the WiiU

    • Draco Breach

      In this case, it’s not really a matter of who has the license to what. It’s a matter of funding.

      2K Games funds Gearbox for Borderlands. Sega funds Gearbox for Aliens Colonial Marines. That’s one aspect of the business.

      If 2K Games sees funding for one of Gearbox’s games do well, they are more likely to listen and license a port. If Gearbox is willing to say IP x will do well on the Wii U, 2K Games either risks capitol to give the go ahead or asks Gearbox to put their money where their mouth is.

      2K Games has an obligation to their investors. They feel the business move has less risk. I don’t agree. I think letting Sega get that much of a leg-up is more risky than satisfying the Nintendo faithful.

      • Alienfish

        Very good point. The thing about the launch of a new system is that it is probably the best time for new IP’s and also getting a new group of people into your game. If Borderlands 2 comes out sooner rather than later on WiiU, I am more likely to buy it if there aren’t 20 other games I already know I’m going to like.

      • theaquacharger

        I’m more so talking about how almost everytime Aliens is mentioned on this site in the articles they talk about 2k in someway ignoring that it’s sega. Hell if you look at the WiiU launch list 2k is listed as the publisher instead of Sega,

        • Draco Breach

          Sometimes, it’s hard to separate Gearbox from 2K Games.

          I agree, though. Gearbox is a private company that typically leases IPs, but they are still independent from 2K Games.

          • theaquacharger

            Well it’s not really hard for me as I know people who know people who work there. I also know people who get random QA jobs there.

      • Daemonrunner

        I think the real question we need to ask ourselves is who owns the rights to the game? Is it Gearbox or Take-Two Interactive/2K Games?

        If it’s Gearbox, they could find another publisher to fund a Wii U port. Hell, start a Kickstarter for it and let the fans decide with partial funding and then have 2K cover the difference. If it still runs off UE3, which is already up and running on Wii U, then it shouldn’t be obscenely expensive to port it over – especially with a partial funding from a Kickstarter.

        I am not a huge Borderlands fan, but I am a fan of equal opportunities for gamers of all shapes and sizes. Just the idea that one system is going to be ignored burns me up.

        I bet if Sony or Microsoft came out with Nintendo’s idea, everyone would back them up in a heartbeat with no questions asked. But because Nintendo chose a different, “non-core” route with the previous system (but sold more), everyone is bottling up.

        What happened to taking a risk?

        /off sopabox

        • Draco Breach

          I’m pretty sure 2K Games owns the Borderland IP. However, Gearbox is incredibly excited by the Wii U and GamePad, and excitement is contagious.

          I strongly agree. This is a great opportunity for 2K Games, and another avenue for profit with rather minimal additional cost seems like low risk to me. As Gearbox has said the Wii U can handle higher texture packs and this, that, and the other thing, I’m sure they’ve already played around with a few levels within the Wii U environment.

          In other words, Gearbox has taken the initiative to test Borderlands 2 on the Wii U! Take-Two Interactive, please, please, please listen to Gearbox.

          I want my collector’s edition loot chest 🙁

          • Draco Breach

            I hereby amend my above comment.

            Gearbox owns the Borderlands IP. Take-Two Interactive has a contract as publisher for some period of time, which I couldn’t find.

  • Gamer

    I, as a Nintendo fan and gamer is planning and is saving up for five third party games. So as third parties make money too and give us part two three four and all the other parallel games. Wii U is epic period.

  • ArkhamPacMan

    Screw it! The xbox 360 will get all these games and more!

    • Shankovich

      With the touchscreen right?? So I won’t have to pause each time I pick up a new weapon and wanna check it out right?? Or so I can play on lower graphics settings right? Or so I can lag when I kill 50 scrags with 3 other people online with me right??

      Can’t wait to pay $500+ for an ipad (or similar in size pad) so I can use it as a sub to the Wii U controller, even though I’ll have to use it along with the 360 controller…

      Yes, I know I can use my phone, but why on earth would I want to use a 3.5 inch screen to look at inventory?? Everything will be too small.

    • Alienfish

      That’s your call. Higher resolution textures and output and an inventory system that will more than likely make the game easier and save precious hours of your life don’t mean anything, right?

    • LordFenix

      arkhampacman…. I love my Xbox 360 as much as the next guy… but what u fail to understand… is every wii-u version of the game offers u 2 ways to play… Normal standard controller or new Wii-U gamepad way… with a visual boost… and im sure performance boost as well… the only thing im still worried on is Online play…

      as for them waiting for port this game…. i can understand why gearbox wants to wait… and im sure how Gearbox measures success is if by so and so date X many consoles were sold and almost the same amount of copies of aliens wii-u sold. That is positive reviews point out that the wii-u version offers a new possible better experience

      • Draco Breach


        Gearbox wants Borderlands 2 on Wii U now.

        Take-Two Interactive wants to assure success.

  • Man

    Cant wait borderlands 2 would simply be a beaut on Wii U They themselves said it and i agree could u imagine the game play! DONT GET ME STARTED!!!

  • Raul

    Something about the idea of killing Aliens from the movies just sounds so great… Plus I was reading that this one actually looks and plays like an excellent title unlike the Aliens vs. Predator game. I think I’ma get it so that should help 2K decide to fully support the Wii U. (:

  • Rasta

    PYRO all day my NI**A
    Boarderlands on Wii U my NI**A (u can replace ni**a for people….if u wan) BRRRRRRUUUUPPPP

    • Rasta


      • AKOK

        Sorry, but who is this dickhead? Go to sleep you moron.

  • Shankovich

    Awesome, that’ll mean no lag when things get really nuts haha.

    This would also mean no more freaking pausing every 30 seconds to restock, check item stats, etc. (though I’d still pause during harder fights to think a bit).

    That, combined with better graphics = instabuy for me 😀

  • Whatajoke

    If you don’t like the idea of Borderlands 2 on the Wii U, then the most sensible thing would be to buy it on another platform… Of course people can’t seem to comprehend that, they just want to create unnecessary drama. Is it that difficult to play a game for fun instead of scrutinizing every tiny detail about the console it runs on? Good grief you guys must not have very much fun playing video games.

  • AwayToHit

    Wii U will be way too beast. Sony and Microsoft wont be able to handle it =D

    And then, all teh games will be on Wii U anyway :p

    • Gamer

      Yes, I also suspect alot of the haters posting these days are Sony and Microsoft employees. Cause now they know the done messed up. Had to go street on that one, because all greatness of gaming has arrived.

    • David Ben Agosta

      Yeah I am getting a Wii u for my b-day I have grow up with Nintendo I have a Xbox now but I am thinking of going back to Nintendo

  • Paul

    this would be a major coup if there is a port because the map or inventery could be on the tablet which would make the game extra special unlike the playstation and xbox versions

  • 3dsguy

    I will buy all gearbox games to keep them with the wii u and might get an exclusive 1 day a game which would not work on xbox an ps something that has to be played with a wii u controller. keep up the good work gearbox I’ll be supporting

  • SanPharaoh

    After reading this article and most of the comments above mine, I feel compelled to spell-out a slight position that I forgot to mention before.

    People who own PS360’s made a few ignorant remarks in various forums around the web about games that are being ported to the Wii U that they have already broken the brakes off of, and making statements like: “Why would I buy a whole new system just to play games that I’ve already beaten on my 360?”

    Though short-sighted, this is still a valid question. Why would anyone buy a new system just to play games that they’ve already beaten? Think about it. What sense does it make? Not much, until you consider the great number of exclusive games that will be coming out on that new system. Games that will be mind-blowing, immersing, compelling, and revolutionary in the world of gaming.

    To put it another way. Nintendo is showing you games that you already know of and are saying, we made this same game for our new system and we did it better, and we weren’t even trying. Imagine what we will do with our exclusive titles. And they’re probably already doing it.

    Borderlands 1, and or 2 would be great on the Wii U, but I’m willing to bet that if Ninty wanted to they could dub one out in the form of a “new IP” that would put this one to shame.

    These publishers should see working with Nintendo as a gift and not a curse. A blessing, and not a burden. If they were smart they would lead the way while the path is still pretty much untrodden instead of waiting for others to achieve success and then swimming in their wake.

    • Draco Breach

      Which is why I’m really starting to like Gearbox :p

      They want to work with the Wii U, and they have visions for the GamePad. I want to see what kind of IPs they can bring and what gameplay they can imagine. As an independent company, they can go to plenty of publishers to develop a game, and Nintendo’s all for Kickstarter.

      If Gearbox is excited, I want to see what they really have in store. If they’re drooling over what existing IPs can do, just imagine a new one 😉

      • SanPharaoh

        I can’t wait…I’m literally “can’t waiting” right now.

  • Johny

    oh god YES .. that would be AWSOME … and i really like the support from Gearbox :3