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Devil’s Third will be a system seller, says Tomonobu Itagaki

Devil's Third Wii U

According to legendary designer Tomonobu Itagaki, whose legacy is the Dead or Alive series, Devil’s Third is a system seller because fans will purchase a Wii U just to play it. In a recent interview Itagaki admitted he wasn’t concerned over fans asking for additional platforms and admitted that if they want to play the game, they’ll purchase a Wii U in order to do so.

I’m not concerned. Looking through my Facebook already I’ve seen a lot of comments that say, ‘I’m going to buy a Wii U just for this.’ I feel that ultimately gamers are the ones who make the future. I remember back when I took Dead Or Alive to the Xbox instead of the PlayStation – there was a certain Newsweek reporter who said, ‘Sony got steak and Xbox got hamburger.’ But what ended up happening is fans of my game came to the platform and it succeeded in the end. I wonder if looking back that reporter would still say the same thing now and if he’d be embarrassed about having written that article.

Are you excited about picking up Devil’s Third? The game has been in development since at least 2010 and when THQ went under as a publisher, the game was thought to be canned as it never went to auction like the rest of THQ’s IP holdings. With Nintendo stepping in to serve as publisher, Itagaki was finally able to finish his game as planned.

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  • TheAnimal Fleming

    LET THE HATE AND BIAS BEGIN…..

  • Hikingguy

    I hope it sells well on the system. It is not my type of game, but I know many people should like it.

  • Weslee Hardin

    Hey Ashley. Look at the Hyrule Warriors news.

  • Nintenjoe82

    I think anyone who is enough of a gamer to want to buy a system for just one game will have already bought their Wii U for something by the time this comes out but I will probably be buying this.

    After that it’s only Sports, RPGs, Strategy, FPS and flight sims that I will be missing.

    • lonewolf

      Wii u has fps rpgs (indie for now and xenoblade x and smt x fe) tps and the rest will be coming (flight sims hmm star fox?)

  • http://facebook.com/validgraphics val berger

    For Japan, this may apply. I don’t see that happening on the western market. But I’m open for a surprise.

    • Daniel Carvalho

      Really? I thought it would be exactly the opposite of that! The game looks appealing to the Western audience, full of blood and weapons, but not something that stands out on the Japanese market!

      • http://facebook.com/validgraphics val berger

        Can’t really tell for sure. I’d say, that only japanese core-fans would buy this game because of it’s famous developer. You’re right, the setting is quite western, but in a somehow crazy way that might work better in japan, where crazy isn’t necessary appealing as freaky as it is in the western market. aaah, I admit I just don’t really know, it’s just some guts-based feeling, for me I just don’t see the typical PS4XB1-target-audience-guy being interested in that game, my guess would be the Ninja-Gaiden audience, which somehow also isn’t such a huge mainstream anymore. whatever, in the end, it’s just something my guts tell me, can’t really find the right words =)

  • palomino blue

    Already having a Wii U and no other next gen system, I think it’s worth picking this up. It doesn’t strike me as a game that would sell the Wii U alone. Maybe in addition to Mario Kart, Smash Bros, HW, and Bayonetta it’s more of the icing on the cake.

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Agree. Btw I would like to include Pikmin, W101, Donkey Kong, Mario 3D World and Wind Waker as good arguments to buy a Wii U. But Devils Third will not generate any more sales by it self. Not by its current looks anyway.

      • Daniel Carvalho

        And don’t forget Xenoblade X, Yoshi’s Wooly World and Fire Emblem X Shin Megami Tensei! I don’t know if the game will be a system seller, but I can see it selling very well, specially among those who have been expecting Bayonetta 2 and who got Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge.

        • Magnus Eriksson

          Xenoblade X is possible, but the others will probably sell but not systems.

          • Daniel Carvalho

            I believe what will really become a system seller is the amount of quality exclusive titles, which means all of those will become system sellers when put together!

            Nintendo Land alone was a system seller for me (although I still don’t have a Wii U due to lack of money). The subsequent exclusives launched for the Wii U were all system sellers for me! And ultimately, the upcoming titles are system sellers for me! In other words, as long as the console has so many quality exclusive titles, each one will become a fundamental part in selling the console!

          • Xeon2

            Could you imagine if they made a nintendo land with online?, yeah I’d buy the system with that

          • Gregg

            Couch Multiplayer > Online, anyday. It had the better of the 2

          • Someone Cool

            Maybe, as long as your 14 and under.

    • Jeffery02

      IMO, anyone that has a PS4 or Xbone but not a Wii U are fooling themselves. Don’t get me wrong, the PS4 and Xbone are not bad systems, but they are just getting out of infancy. The Wii U has entered childhood and is starting to gain momentum. I have no regrets getting a Wii U first and I think everyone should own one. In a year or 2, I will most likely get a PS4 and it will sit right next to my Wii U and I will play both of them. Anyone that tries to justify not getting a Wii U over the other 2 most likely don’t even have a handful of games to play. If you can play that game or 2 for a while, then great, but you are still missing out on the 1 current gen system that is actually starting to get a quality library. It’s also a mistake because a Wii U doesn’t replace your “hardcore” system as it gives a experience that the other 2 don’t have and vice versa. Maybe I’m biased, but Nintendo is an experience all its own that others try to copy but never truly succeed. I love Nintendo AND PlayStation and no one has to choose between them, no matter what they may think.

      • Stephen Macneil

        I think going forward the Wii U is going to find it’s place as the secondary console for PS4 and X1 owners. If you’re into AAA third party, one of the other consoles is a must. If you enjoy masterpieces from Nintendo and niches exclusives, you need a Wii U too.

  • JudgeMethos

    I got my eye on it. I hope it’s good.

  • gerb1977

    It will be a system seller…..the question is how many? Every game has the potential to be the game that pushes someone into picking up a Wii U. Hopefully it does well but only time will tell.

  • http://www.twitch.tv/insanityraptor/profile InsanityRaptor

    Fuck yeah I’m excited for this…if I didn’t already have a Wii U I would get one…for this and other games.

  • TheyCallHimBigAl

    It’s like James Bond and Duke Nukem had a baby and he’s starring in a Kurosawa movie.

  • Jeremy Baker

    This is a day one pick up for me.

  • Guest

    ..

  • Themasteroftruth

    Lol nothing can save the wii u because it’s done, get the point. Nintendone should just make android games lol

    • Rich Garriques

      stfu and get out of here stupid troll.

      • Nintendo Of North Korea

        Don’t feed the animals Rich, he’s obviously trying to get you to make a fool out of yourself.

        • nintendope

          LOL Nintendo of North Korea LMAO!

    • Decker Shado

      Truthteller/Knowlegeiswhatsup? It’s been a while! How you been? What’s that? Oh yes, this in Mario Kart 8 in my hands, and…. oh? and the horse I rode in on? Okay, got it.

  • Rich Garriques

    day 1 buy , you people will see this game is a lot better then the trailers , this is the guy that made the original ninja gaidens up to sigma 2 , that is why ninja gaiden 3 was shit he had nothing to do with it , i have complete faith in his games.

  • Tsijiari

    they have sold me the console

  • Kobe

    Well, actually every game is a system seller. I doubt this game will sell very much systems, but who knows.

  • WiiUisgaming

    Did you guys saw IGN E3 Versus results. Nintendo won all 3 categories with an average of 46% of the votes.

    • Colbster the Man

      Yay it was amazing.

    • 00EpicGamer00

      I saw all the hate too, lol. I can’t believe how many people are mad about Nintendo “winning.” It makes me feel sad. :(

      • Carlos Coronado

        Is Link Between Worlds all over again

  • Carlos Coronado

    I will admit that this games is a must have in day 1 but I don’t really think is a system seller.

  • ActivesiN

    I’ll be picking it up, looks really fun

  • mojack411

    I dunno. I guess he’s using a different scale of magnitude than what I imagine when I hear “system seller”. Every game, especially for the Wii U at this point, has the potential to move units but I don’t think this game will come even remotely near to the success of a game such as Mario Kart 8 moving consoles or the original Halo for Xbox, which is what comes to my mind when I hear “system seller”.

    But hey, we shall see.

  • Nintendoro

    Wind Waker HD was a game that sold me a Wii U. Ever since I’m loving this system. Library is growing fast and there’s plenty to come soon. Shame some of the Wii U games are very rare and hard to find

    • Parker Johnson

      I 100% agree with you. WWHD sold the system for me. I think that this game will do just fine on the market

  • Ducked

    Off topic:

    Let’s get Destiny on the Wii U! By signing this petition you can make it possible! https://www.change.org/petitions/bungie-and-activision-release-the-upcoming-title-destiny-on-the-wii-u

    • Epicstuf

      No.

      • Ducked

        Believe it or not, Wii U owners would enjoy more third party support…

        • Carlos Coronado

          I’ll sing it.

        • Epicstuf

          It’s stuipid to make a petition, when the game is virually finshed.

  • Vorpal Blade

    Ehhhh watched the trailer and didn’t really appeal to me.

  • Decker Shado

    The way I see it, Devil’s Third works well as “another game” for those tempted to buy a Wii U for Bayonetta 2. I personally don’t really think one game sells a system.. I believe it’s the whole library that moves units, single games merely the catalyst to start the fire.

    Unless you’re selling PS4s of course. Delicious hype…

  • Andrew Clear

    I’ll probably pick it up for my Wii U. Still waiting for Watch Dogs to come out on the Wii U so I can finally buy it (I do have a PS4, but waiting for the Wii U version).

    Man, I upgraded my TV (got a 65 inch, 3D tv now), and I was so pissed when my PS4 didn’t play my 3D Blu-ray. Had to boot up the ps3 for that. Seriously Sony, why can’t you carry over features from the ps3 to the ps4? Why gut almost every good feature you had on the ps3?

  • Rinslowe

    I know the guy has his following, but…
    Not sure Facebook qualifies as a good place to get a feel for how it’s looking on the ground. To many sycophants ready and willing to say whatever he wants to hear. Maybe they’re being truthful and will buy a Wii U “just” for Devils Third. But it would be fair to say, that’s the hardcore Itagaki faithful more-so than the average gamer.
    Would be happy to be wrong on that though. Hope it does well enough to have some people to game online with. Put it that way…

  • leo

    Well lets polish up first huh?

  • lonewolf

    But what ended up happening is fans of my game came to the platform and it succeeded in the end. I wonder if looking back that reporter would still say the same thing now and if he’d be embarrassed about having written that article.

    HILLARIOUS

  • lonewolf

    Pls change the picture as this belongs to the old design of the game with the old main character

    • Decker Shado

      Yeah, but.. it was the first one to come up in google image search! It’s too much work to look for one based on how fitting it is or is not to a specific article…

  • companyoflosers

    Well assuming this is true and not a developer just hyping his own product, this will be really good for the wii u. Theres no harm and everything to gain from having multiple system sellers. This combined with smash bros, the new zelda game, mario kart and anything else im leaving out, make for a very diverse list of system sellers. Id like to say nintendo is covering all their bases but i wouldnt want to speak too soon. Guess ill have to see once all these games r out.

  • LordiMcKill

    I planned to pick this as soon as it was announced a month ago (by golly as time flown already) but I already own a Wii U so, yeah.

  • NowhereStarr14

    The only reason I’ll get this game, is that if it’s a, “so bad it’s good” type of thing.

    • LukeMM95

      I think the plot and tone of the game is opting for a “so bad, it’s good” style. Based solely on the trailers of course.

  • 504HotBoy

    He may be on to something. Today I showed one of my co-workers both single and multiplayer trailers of Devil’s Third and he was really impressed. He’s a Microsoft fan and owns a Xbox 360 & Xbox One. He loves shooters and playing multiplayer. He’s not a diehard game head. I guess he would be in the casual category based on the things I know of him. Anyways he was excited and wanted to know the price of a Wii U and said he may pick up one in a few months. Asked when Devil’s Third was coming out, cause he wants the game. I told him either the end of the year or beginning of next year.

  • george

    I believe it will be system seller only in japan, these game really has the japanese weirdness like the watermelons, or the chickens, things they only see normal in japapn

    • 00EpicGamer00

      What are you talking about? And perhaps you should work on your writing skills?

  • Epicstuf

    Polish it more. Mario Kart 8 looks better than this.

  • steveb944

    I think it’s possible for the cult following, just like the Bayo fans.

  • bistricky

    Tomonobu Itagaki is definitely passionate about his creation “Devil’s Third”. His system seller message likely is part hype and part ego. I don’t see anything wrong with that. I hope the final results are positive …. and “Devil’s Third” becomes that game that successfully fills the void of an exclusive M-rated game on the Wii U (with the potential for an exclusive franchise).

  • darkcreap

    Hmm. I hope he is right. He seems very confident of the game. If he is as good a designer as they say, then it is good for Nintendo.

    If Bayonetta and Devil’s Third work, Nintendo should make more collaborations like these. Same applies for Hyrule Warriors.

  • ~OMEGA~

    my question is, will there be a demo?

    ‘cus i can get behind a game if it IS fun, a lot more easily if i think it looks fun :/

  • FutureFox

    I see this as a Winter 2014 release as not to conflict with Bayonetta’s Fall release in the U.S.

  • Rodger_Ramjet

    Ooooh yeeaah! I’m getting this is for sure! Love the concept and the footage I’ve seen looks intense and very cool

  • Gregg

    I’ve been enjoying my Wii U since day one. Any game that pushes people off the fence, is welcome.

  • Epicstuf

    Hopefully, there is a feature that allows you to ONLY be in third person. With shooting and slashing.