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How Grand Theft Auto might work on the Wii U

Grand Theft Auto is one of the biggest video game franchises ever, and we have to admit that not having it on the Wii U is a bummer. Rockstar and Take Two recently released GTA 5 on the PS3 and Xbox 360, where it went on to sell millions of copies, while Wii U owners could do nothing but watch gameplay videos of it.

One day, though, Rockstar might bring the Grand Theft Auto franchise to the Wii U, and here’s how one of the key GTA features might work on Nintendo’s new family console:

GTA Wii U

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  • Laud

    Making it rain is a key feature in the GTA series?

    I was hoping it’d be more like the pop idols games in Japan on the PS Vita where you can touch girls…

    What? Don’t look at me like that..

  • http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008SRISGU#reader_B008SRISGU Adam Howell

    Maybe I’m getting old and prudish but this puts me off wanting GTA V. Can’t I just run girls over like in the good old day?

    • ICHI

      If you could combine the two then perhaps you would be happier? Run them over then make it rain?

      • Nathan Verbois

        Ok, that’s just sick…
        and high-larious

  • http://www.youtube.com/azhood321 AZHood

    If GTA ever comes to the Wii U, I would hope other stupid concepts like this are never utilized.

    Talk about terrible GamePad implementation.

  • Cahone

    the gamepaed is so f’ing ugly and stupid. Next year, wii u will be 150$ w/o gamepad.

    • Googs

      If they drop the gamepad, they might just as well create an entirely new console.

    • NintenScience

      No.

    • NintenScience

      The Wii U GamePad is the most important feature of the Wii U.

    • Wren Justin Umlauf

      Just troll somewhere else

      • NintenScience

        lol

    • NintenScience

      GamePad*

  • https://www.imthegoddamnbatman.com Gamer Mania

    They did say they weren’t going to work on the Next gen so maybe GTA V: Next Gen Version for PS4 and Xbox One might make its way to the Wii U, plus all three will improve the graphics a lot

    • Dylan Clark

      Don’t fool yourself buddy. They know the Wii U is capable of GTA V they didn’t bring it to Wii U for a reason, look at the sales numbers for Wii U you think they want to spend the time porting a game nobody will buy?

    • Truth is Knowledge

      Wii U is not Next Gen. It’s kiddie gen.

      • NintenScience

        Oh no, it is @Donaald:disqus…

  • D.M.T

    “Wii U owners could do nothing but watch gameplay videos of it.”

    This douche John Kinsley forgets that Nintendo fans have more than 1 console. And even if they are Wii U-only gamers, why watch multiple gameplay videos of a game that i not coming to Wii U? Why torture themselves like that? Doesn’t make any sense.

    Rockstar Games should pull their heads out of their fucking asses and just put GTA 5 on Wii U or better yet, make GTA Chinatown Wars 2 for Wii U.

    • Wren Justin Umlauf

      Take it easy buddy, no need to call anyone a douche. He was simply talking about those that only have the Wii U.

      And why not watch gameplay videos of a fun game. I watch PC exclusive videos sometimes when I know my PC could never run the game properly.

      • D.M.T

        It’s fine if you like to do that but I and maybe others like me will not waste valuable time of my life watching gameplay of a game I can’t play. I don’t watch gameplay videos for entertainment purposes, I watch them to see if I should buy the game or not.

        • Jayce

          Well MAYBE some of us cant afford more than one video game console. All I have is a Wii U and I really wish I could play GTA V.

          How ignorant of you to say “Nintendo fans have more than 1 console.”

          • D.M.T

            You are maybe in the minority of people who only has a Wii U so no i’m not ignorant because a lot of Nintendo fans have more than 1 console. As a matter of fact, I gave my 360 to my brother so i only have a Wii U right now. I’m just like you so calm down.

          • GermGerm

            For someone who doesn’t want to waste valuable time of your life, you’re sure spending it wisely.

      • steve

        what are you his butt buddy? now get over here and lick this white dog shit!

        • steve

          hmmmm not funny *leaves

      • Rinslowe

        They’re just fun to watch sometimes for various reasons….

    • greengecko007

      While I also wish the Wii U had better 3rd party support, is it that hard to see why these companies are not bringing their games to the Wii U? GTAV is one of the largest budgent games ever, costing over $265 million to make.

      http://metro.co.uk/2013/09/09/gta-5-is-biggest-budget-video-game-ever-at-265-million-3955201/

      Why would a company risk developing the game for a console with an astronomically lower install base? The money they would have gotten from Wii U sales may not have even covered the cost of developing for the Wii U.

      • RyuNoHadouken

        finally, someone with some sense

        • NintenScience

          no*

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Love the sarcasm.

      • D.M.T

        Why should a company risk developing for the Wii U you ask? Because that’s how you become successful. You need to take risks to succeed in life. People who play it safe all the time will not get too far. Why do you think Nintendo is so successful despite all the hate they get? Because they take risks, they try new things every generation. Rockstar Games can sell a million copy of GTA 5 on the Wii U if they want to but they don’t want to.

        • greengecko007

          Contrary to popular belief, risk does not equal reward. Rockstar didn’t take the risk of porting to the Wii U, yet their game was obviously very successful. I have to disagree with Nintendo being successful because they take risks. There is nothing risky about Mario and Pokemon coming out every year and selling millions of copies.

          Do you honestly think 1 million Wii U owners would buy GTAV for the Wii U? That’s one forth of the current Wii U install base, and considering how much people on this website act like they don’t care about GTA, I’d also to disagree on that point.

          • D.M.T

            GTA 5 was very successful I agree but it could’ve been even more successful and that’s a fact because success is never enough just like how money is never enough. I never said risk equals reward, I said you need to take risks to succeed as a company. You won’t get too far by playing it safe all the time. And yes Nintendo DOES TAKE RISKS. Releasing the Wii was a risk, releasing the Wii U was a risk, releasing the 3DS was a risk, not having a E3 conference this year was a huge risk etc. Nintendo takes more risks than everyone else in the gaming industry.

            You can disagree all you want but I strongly believe that everything is possible in this life. GTA on Wii U could sell a million if the Wii U version is much better than the other versions but they don’t want to make a Wii U version so it’s them who don’t want to succeed even more.

          • greengecko007

            That’s what I’m saying. You don’t need to take risks at all to be successful, that’s a misconception. We as people, love to hear about the underdog pulling an unexpected win, or somebody risking it all and making everything in return. But the reality is that these things almost never happen, and are story tropes for books and movies, not real life.

            Someone could risk their money by gambling in a casino, and although they may win some money, “the house always wins”. How do you think casino’s stay open? Because most people lose.

            I still disagree with Nintendo taking the most risks out of anyone else in the gaming industry. There is nothing risky about the Wii not being sold for a loss. Even if they had a fifth of the success that they had with the Wii, it would have been a success because they never lost money on it. Additionally, they didn’t risk adding development costs by keeping the Wii hardware inferior. If you want to see risk, look to Sony and Microsoft, who risked expensive hardware and years of initial losses on their consoles.

            3DS is exactly what I just said. Was it struggling to sell at first? Sure, but here’s the thing, it wasn’t being sold for a loss. When the price finally dropped and sales picked up, it became profitable, like the Wii U, after purchasing a game.

            Rockstar didn’t bring their game to the Wii U because it could very likely have caused them to LOSE MONEY, therefore, not succeeding “even more”. That’s all I’m saying. Perhaps you guys need to cut developers some slack.

          • Rinslowe

            “That’s what I’m saying. You don’t need to take risks “at all” to be successful, that’s a misconception.”
            Actually it isn’t. I don’t know one single person who has found any level of success without risk. Risk is not a misconception it is a “given” or an everyday part of the equation.
            By how much you know the risks involved in your given field, business etc… is by how much you can potentially mitigate it’s effects. But you can never get rid of it altogether. It’s there everyday in every facet and every aspect. And you have to take them constantly.
            Real life proves time and again that risk is very real and a very necessary part of any business, and any decision that needs to be made at any given time large or small.

            If you are referring only to risking everything to be successful then naturally I agree. But in relation to the quotation above is what I based my reply on.

            If not, I would be genuinely interested in if you consider yourself to be successful and how you got to achieving that success…

          • greengecko007

            I’m an A-B college student with several scholarships. I consider that being successful in my own right. I did not risk anything in order to make good grades, I simply knew what I had to do, and did it. The same applies to getting my scholarships. It didn’t hurt me in any way to apply for every scholarship that was offered in my area, and now I’m reaping the rewards.

            I agree that sometimes risks are unavoidable, but to say that they are necessary for any degree of success? I think that’s a bit of a stretch, especially when you consider the most basic level of success as simply achieving a goal.

          • Rinslowe

            I graduated years ago and also do not consider myself to having taken risks per se’ during study. And considering your record with scholarships etc… Absolutely I would also think that to be a success in the same way as you do.

            But, we are discussing business decisions here or at least that was my understanding according to @D.M.T’s comment of risks involved with success as a company. It is not the same actually. Being a business owner myself for some years I can assure you there is no such thing as what you imply. Risk permeates every decision.

            In that respect, I fully agree with D.M.T’s comment below of which you later responded;
            @D.M.T:
            ” I never said risk equals reward, I said you need to take risks to succeed as a company”
            @greengecko007:
            “That’s what I’m saying. You don’t need to take risks at all to be successful, that’s a misconception. We as people, love to hear about the underdog pulling an unexpected win, or somebody risking it all and making everything in return.”

            At the very least it would seem both to be arguing different things, whereas where DMT has explained his use of the word “Risk” and in what context. You chose to counter with a more personal understanding according to your current life experiences. But the topic according to DMT was pretty straight forward IMO and he was correct in saying so…

          • greengecko007

            There’s obviously some degree of risk involved with business, but I dont believe that in order for a business to succeed that they necessarily have to risk something in the decision making progress.

            I only qualified my claim with my personal experience because it was the first thing I thought of, and being on scholarship funds is very similar to being a contracted employee. But earlier, I did give the example of casinos and the business of gambling…

            Perhaps another business reated example though would be a person investing in silver or gold, the value of which has been increasing for ages. For someone who has the funds to do that, it’s a risk free way to make money in the long run.

            I can see where you are coming from though, and if you truly are a businessman, you would know more than me.

          • Rinslowe

            …. Edited due to preference of more anonymity

          • Rinslowe

            ” I said you need to take risks to succeed as a company. ”
            This is a fact. I don’t understand why or how anyone would even want to debate this…
            On the topic of risk and more importantly risk in the gaming industry of any level, it exists.

            Though I can’t agree with GTA success on the U. At least not for the foreseeable future anyway. As gecko mentioned selling to 25% of all Wii U owners is a stretch. Massively.
            One day perhaps by sheer install base alone. But porting now would be a risk not worth risking.
            Not having a crystal ball here though, I would be interested in seeing how that would play out in reality if it ever was to be ported in near future. Most importantly, if it incorporated gamepad support then I would be a day one adopter, taking a small risk on the game.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Well said.

        • Rinslowe

          Strangely I agree with you to a point here D.M.T. Risk is an everyday part of the equation. However with AAA studios closing left right and center or being assimilated into the publishing machine. Do you really think Rockstar is immune to the pressures? Alternatively they could in fact port the game with a skeleton crew as is the norm for AAA ports now (or many of them in any case). But all that will do is create backlash from scornful Wii U owners claiming the game to be just another crappy port with little support, performance issues etc…
          And ultimately the game will not sell well in all honesty. Not a good proposition for Rockstar on two fronts. They have the install base with last gen systems and the technical know-how and experience developing for those systems so there is that. Also they now have almost universally positive critical acclaim and huge success. The brand itself does not need to suffer any negative reception on account of the above and is likely yet another reason to stay clear of the platform for now. I personally would be the first to pre-order a copy on Wii U. Unfortunately it’s bad for business, so unlikely to have that chance. Having said that one may never know…. If they ever did… And the port was done with the right kind of attention to detail that the platform deserves then maybe it could be great on the U….maybe?

      • NintenScience

        Rejecting the porting of Grand Theft Auto V to the Wii U will be even worse for Nintendo Co., Ltd

        • greengecko007

          I’m not really sure what you mean. I can’t imagine that Nintendo would have a problem with GTAV being on the Wii U, if that’s what you mean by “rejecting the porting”.

        • Rinslowe

          This makes no sense. This is pure speculation at best. IF you’re saying it “would be” if they did at some unknown future event, then even still that would be hard to say…

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        It’s just sour grapes my friend. Everyone apparently thinks they know more than Rockstar or any other company on how to do business. If it’s not on the Wii U, that developer must be dumb. :P

    • makkan

      no no more china town i would rather have the gta 5 or maybe gta san andreas stories

    • Nintedward

      yep I got it on day 1 for my piece of shit 360 and finished it in 4 days and then haven’t touched it since. 9/10

      Wiiu owners can’t touch it lol! Like I can’t touch my Ps4 that I am litteraly playing right now?

    • bizzy gie

      Dude, I do that (or did that) all the time. I’m not joking. I’m a Wii U-only guy. John was right. I can only watch gameplay videos of GTA V. That’s what I do with a lot of games that aren’t on Wii U.

      And yes, I do it STRICTLY for entertainment.

  • PS4/WiiU

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

    • DarkYoshi

      My PC couldn’t handle the laugh..

  • RICK

    lol that is too funny i wouldnt mind using that feature

  • RoboticLink

    As much as I would love it to, GTA 6 isn’t coming to Wii U unless sales increase. A lot.

    • Ducked

      GTA 6? Why should we even discuss that, lets not give Rockstar any ideas. I’m still waiting for a Bully 2.

      • Guest

        Bully?

        Such as you?

  • Rinslowe

    “How Grand Theft Auto might work on the Wii U”
    It’s actually really simple…. “Just release GTAV on Wii U” … wala!

    • DarkYoshi

      Just go ahead and port it for us, then? If it really is so simple.

      • Rinslowe

        I’m sorry but I detect a lot of anti here… I never said porting the game was simple. What I said was releasing the game on Wii U is what would simply make it work, as in a successful product. And it was more humour than either fact or opinion.
        A question for you….
        What makes you think it would be so difficult to port anyway? Seeing as though you brought up the topic…

  • CEObrainz

    I’m a Wii U owner and the only video I’ve watched for GTA V is that one trailer on YouTube. In any case the image made me laugh more than I thought it would….

  • jjbredesen

    Nothing new about this, i take my gamepad to the local club every night, girls love it XD

  • Rick Valenta

    I would buy this if it came to wii u. Fun franchise and would make creative use of the game pad. I have a ps3 but not super interested in it on that platform for some reason..

  • Petri

    I knew something was still missing from gaming.

  • THEMIGHTYDOOVDE

    I’d buy it again on Wii U!

  • Sdudyoy

    There is nothing that appeals to me about the GTA series, if other people like it that’s fine with me, I just would not buy it even if it came to Wii U.

    • Ducked

      Same here.

      Of third party games, I’d prefer Kingdom Hearts and Star Wars Battlefront.

  • Chris Wells

    thats…..thats it??

  • Daniel Carvalho

    I don’t really care for GTA games, not my type of title. But still, I reckon it is a big seller, and it’s a shame developers are blind enough to don’t want any money that could come from Nintendo consoles. From a third party point of view, not launching a game for a platform that is more than capable of running it is pure stupidity!

    • RyuNoHadouken

      i pray you are never in charge of a business

      • Guest

        No…

        • Guest

          @disqus_tjHiBPyQZn:disqus! I do NOT need you here.

        • NintenScience

          WTF? 7 downvotes??

    • Ducked

      Not if it’s not going to make any money. 3rd party developers held off on Wii U this past year, because not many people own one. And people don’t buy systems for 3rd party developers, so why waste the money?

      I’m sure third party support will be much better for the Wii U next year, as Nintendo’s software helps sell Wii U’s.

  • Eduardo

    Lol

    • Guest

      ??

  • Dallan

    I would buy grand theft auto for the wii u just for this!

  • Joey

    I did not care for GTA, not my type of game anyways

  • Ducked

    “Grand Theft Auto is one of the biggest video game franchises ever”

    Lets try one of the most “overrated” ever.

    • Rinslowe

      True, I’m on my second play through now and I wouldn’t put it on the same level as SM3DW for eg. Personally I thoroughly enjoy both titles and genres. But there’s only one game that has me wanting to play it, all the time. Mario with family as “the best game experience of 2013″ can not be overstated, IMO.

      • Ducked

        Super Mario 3D World is game of the year in my opinion. Everyone was cheering about GTA V, and I agree it’s a good game. But I’d but A Link Between Worlds, SM3DW, and The Last of Us over it.

        And I think people forget how bad the first two GTA games were.

        • Guest

          Awesome profile picture.

        • Guest

          @disqus_tjHiBPyQZn:disqus, why did you have to downvote me?

          • Ducked

            I haven’t downvoted any of your comments, I swear!

          • NintenScience

            Oh really?

            Nice hateful LIE you have there.

          • Guest

            Oh no, you’ve downvoted me again…

          • DarkYoshi

            What matters? What if Ducked disagreed with you in some comment?

          • Guest

            Most likely.

  • Luciano

    No thanks,please NO.

    • Gameonfool

      just dont buy it if it happens. so simple

      • Luciano

        Seriously? What’s the main objective of this game?
        Don’t forget all the shits that’ll happen to Miiverse!!!!!!!

        • Gameonfool

          nope nintendo are a more mature audiance. just cus they could play gta doesnt mean they will act like that.

          • Luciano

            I see,that’s your opinion.
            Once again,I won’t take any risks in Miiverse with this title.

          • Gameonfool

            I can understand your concerns as miiverse is a wonderful place to share and discuss. But people should have the choice to play games like that if they choose to. If you don’t like it just don’t go there. I don’t even play it myself but you can’t nanny people. And a social network would be more vile on ps/xbox than on Nintendo.

  • e_rocket

    jajaja… that looks funny

  • NintenScience

    Hmm…

    • NintenScience

      Who is downvoting my posts here? O_o

  • Michael Erick Reyes

    At least credit reddit when you take something from there. Even then the guy who psted it stole kt from a post like a year ago ….btw gta4 is pictured that is neko on the tv

  • David Trail

    GTA 5 on Wii U needs to happen… It would be awesome. Make the main characters wear some Mario Bros costumes to and Miiverse support. The controls for the phone will also be highly improved!

  • Michael Ocampo

    Seems like the downvote fairy is spreading the love.

    [On Topic] Woooooooowwwwwww…

  • Riley Preator

    And People without a 3ds will watch gameplay of pokemon x and y which also sold millions of copies.

  • Deadpool U

    What is with the excessive amount of downvotes around here?

    • jjbredesen

      Trolls and fanboys….

    • ETeach

      Winter break for the middle schoolers.

    • Pikachief

      Well if its for people saying they should bring it to Wii U its probably because there seems to be more people than you’d think who hate the idea of a high quality multi-billion dollar franchise, which could make fantastic use of the gamepad, making its way into a Nintendo console.

  • Adam Fox

    They put Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft Auto II on the Game Boy/Game Boy Color…..ChinaTown Wars was on the DS…so there have been GTA games on Nintendo hardware before….but piss-poor ports……they really do need to put a mainstream GTA game on the Wii U hardware….people look at Nintendo as the “Kiddy Console”….yea, most of their IPs are E-rated games like Mario, Zelda and StarFox….while Xbox has Halo and PlayStation has God of War, both M-rated IPs that sell like crazy. The Wii U, however, has had a fair share of M-rated titles pretty much from day one…such as ZombieU and Call of Duty BlackOps 2. Not to mention they will be getting exclusive rights to Bayonetta 2 which will feature over-the-top gore. I think what game designers need to do is put some AAA titles on the Wii U as “timed exclusives” to get folks to buy a Wii U…..just think about some AAA titles that could be on the Wii U that would get people to buy it…..how about putting future Call of Duty games on the Wii U a month or two before it hit the other consoles. I know this won’t happen, but it could help sells. Also, Nintendo needs to release a racing sim….PlayStation has Gran Turismo and Xbox has Forza…I think it would be awesome to have your dashboard on the game-pad controller….working in real time…..eyes on the screen for racing and on the game pad to monitor your speed, RPMs and fuel. Also have lights on there letting you know your vehicle damage, etc….

    • Michał Pasternak

      Nintendo does not have “M” rated titles and its racing game is Mario Kart. There is nothing wrong with that, anyway, as Nintendo is a different market niche than Sony and Microsoft.

  • GuardiansFan

    what a waste of an article…

  • ETeach

    That was… actually pretty funny. If not a few months late XD

  • Vextrum

    I seriously hope this is a joke.

  • Mendoza Manuel

    AAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA!! 3HILARIOUS5ME!!!

  • Norfair20X5

    This mock-up has been around for a while. Also, that is GTA IV. Niko is clearly seen on the bottom left of the screen.

  • Pikachief

    Gonna be honest, to have the touch screen as a quick menu for radio, map, stats, and item selection would be really awesome. The Wii U could definitely handle it and I’m not sure why Nintendo doesn’t throw money themselves at Rockstar for the port to be made.

    I’d like to drive around with my whole screen free of a HUD and have my map below me along with a radio tuner. I’ve never bought a GTA game but the thought of how much it could be improved with the Wii U would push me to buying it.

  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    olllllllllllllllld but gold

  • Alienfish

    I’m a Wii U owner, but I still play GTA V regularly. If you don’t have at least Nintendo’s console and one other, you’re doing it wrong. The game could work on Wii U and do some cool things, but it doesn’t support analog triggers which I as a GTA player make full use of.

  • John Craft

    GTA5 is the best game ever! Check cool cheats at 99GTAguides web.

  • Stephen Davis

    How about NO this is a disgrace for everything Nintendo stands for. How about you play gta5 on another console. Cause WIIU doesn’t need this garbage.

    • Untrentide

      Wii U is merely a platform for developers to display their work. Whether it’s a child or adult’s game, each should be given a chance to be shown. It’s up to the consumer to choose what he wishes to own from that point.

  • InterTreble

    It’s a RockStar’s fail, not Nintendo’s. GTA V would have been sold very well also on Wii U, perhaps proposing something different in contrast with every “more-of-the-same” on each other platform. As it happened with other 3rd party titles delivered also on Wii U, whose best version is actually the Wii U one (such as NFS Most Wanted, Rayman Legends, etc.)

  • https://soundcloud.com/rauschenmaschine Kristian Kouvo

    GTA – MEH.

  • John Craft

    For some cool GTA5 guides checkout http://www.99gtaguides.com

  • Gregg

    Yikes. This is what kids consider a “game” these days? :( Back to Animal Crossing…

  • Nathan Verbois

    That’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen! Oh, the controversy this would create.