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An online petition for a Wii U version of Dark Souls 2 has been steadily collecting signatures since it went live this week. Thus far over 13,000 gamers have signed the petition.

Namco announced Dark Souls 2 at VGA 2012 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. The petition states that the Wii U is in some ways a better fit for the game. The Wii U features free online play, unlike the Xbox 360, and is cheaper than a gaming PC. Furthermore, the Wii U's touchscreen would be ideal for inventory management, as the Souls series typically doesn't allow pausing.

While 13,000 signatures seems like a lot, it's only a fraction of the amount that the petition for a PC version of Dark Souls received. That petition managed to earn 65,000 signatures in the same time period. Ultimately that was enough for Namco to greenlight a PC port.

The Wii U's only been available in stores for a month so there are obviously fewer Wii U gamers out there than PC gamers. It's going to take a lot longer to accumulate signatures for this particular petition, then. The ultimate goal is 100,000 signatures.

Presumably the Wii U version would be released after its PS3/Xbox 360/PC counterparts rather than alongside them. Creating the game for three platforms simultaneously is probably enough of a stretch for From Software. They admitted that the PC version of Dark Souls was difficult for them. That port was ultimately marred by shaky keyboard and mouse controls, as well as low resolution and FPS. Expecting them to develop the game for a new console at the same time as the PC - much less the Xbox 360 and PS3 - might be too much to ask.