Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Activision Forced Nintendo To Release Wii U Pro Controller

Activision Forced Nintendo To Release Wii U Pro Controller

According to industry analyst Michael Pachter, Activision, with its uber-popular Call of Duty franchise, forced Nintendo to design Wii U’s Pro Controller alongside the console’s GamePad. Nintendo had two choices: give in or live with Call of Duty titles not being released on Wii U.

“I don’t get it,” Pachter told the Developer audience, via Edge. “I think that essentially this is a solution in search of a problem. I mean, somebody had an idea – ‘let’s make the controller a tablet’ – and there aren’t many games that are going to take advantage of that.

Activision never said anything to me, but I know that [for] big games like Call Of Duty they said, ‘No, we’re not putting it on there if you don’t give us a conventional controller’. So they gave in.”

It’s not a stretch to believe Nintendo created the Pro Controller to appease Activision, the latter firm has the most lucurative and most popular game in the industry.

Pachter, however, does not believe Nintendo can replicate Wii’s success. He believes “they got lucky”.

“[Wii] worked, they got lucky, [but] I don’t think they’re getting lucky with Wii U,” he said.

“I don’t think they suck – I just think that they really believe that, ‘If we’re still novel, everything we do will work’. This isn’t going to work.”

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  • benzo

    Well if the Wii U pro gets nintendo folks to the COD games then Im for it. Even though I dont really like the direction the COD games have been going,I think that anything that allows gamers to play games I’m with it. In regards to the Wii U meeting/beating the Wii’s success…aint gonna happen. Casuals already have their cell phones.

  • nick

    oh bull shit!
    ninty released the PRO controller simply because they have always offered multiple controller options to their customers!
    they know using the tablet will get tiresome and uncomfortable over extended periods of time so thats why they have the pro controller.
    god this guy loves spewing shit!!!
    as for meeting the success of the wii, for once and only once we agree.
    wii sold really well because it captured that casual and soccer mom market.
    the market which has now gone to mobiles, facebook and other social mediums.
    that is exactly why im making such a big fuss on the systems power.
    if ninty want success with the wiiu, they REALLY need to cater back to their core audience!
    bring us back to the old N64 days, where the company was king of both kids and adult games!
    thats why it is so important for the system to have the power to keep up.
    $ony and M$ are going to be pushing for the same audiences, so if ninty is going to hold onto the core market they really need to push it as far as they can go!
    not saying theres not any casual crowd for ninty, there is and always will be!
    but that said if they do what they did with the wii and cater only to the kids than its sayonara mr iwata!
    the dudes already on thin ice after the struggle the company has had with the 3DS!
    and posting the companies FIRST loss in HISTORY!
    so yea, wiiU flops, its definitely sayonara mr iwata!