"There has been discussion between Nintendo and EA and Crytek, but the bottom line is that there is that there's not enough business drive in it," he said. It's a purely business decision. I'd love to see it on Wii U, but what I love to see and what gets done at the end of the day are two different things. Even so, I could initiate it, but someone has to tell it, right?"
One of Nintendo's big selling points when unveiling the Wii U last summer was its strong third party support from publishers such as Electronic Arts. Many fault the Wii for dismal support from major publishers, forcing Nintendo to carry the brunt of its software support through first-party offerings, leading to dismal game droughts throughout the console's lifecycle.
But after initial releases of late third-party ports, such as "Batman Arkham City Armored Edition," "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" and "Assassin's Creed III," many titles have dropped off the radar, including 4A Games' "Metro Last Light."
Yerli said the ultimate fate of "Crysis 3" on the Wii U came down between EA and Nintendo, and the two parties couldn't work out a deal.
"It's a business decision between EA and Nintendo. If that business decision doesn't make sense, or seems to not make sense for them, it's... not possible for us to make it. We can't publish ourselves, and that's the bottom line," he said.
"Crysis 3" will be available Feb. 19 on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.