By now, you have probably heard that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is skipping the Wii U. They have not really said the exact reasons why the game is not coming to Nintendo’s newest console, but we all know why. The install base is small, and many do not consider Nintendo the place to go for FPS games. The last two Call of Duty games have launched on Wii U to sub-par sales numbers. So, it is not a big surprise that Activision wants to put their efforts where they can make more money. I get it, and if I were in their shoes, it would be hard for me to push forward with a Nintendo version, too.
However, this brings me to my main point. How many third-party titles are we going to lose before things change? This “generation” gap between the now old consoles and the new ones was the perfect opportunity for Nintendo to step up and get some gamers back on their side. Instead, it seems that they have let Sony do just that. While the PS3 sales were under the Xbox 360, it seems the PS4 is the one that will lead this next generation over the Xbox One. That could have been Nintendo’s place. Instead, they have fallen head-first into what so many believe — Nintendo home consoles are for kiddy/party games and Nintendo first-party.
Ubisoft has even said they are not bringing their newest Assassin’s Creed game to Wii U either, due to lackluster sales of previous games. They know that Just Dance sells like crazy, but they do not get their money’s worth with “hard-core” titles. Thankfully, they have not given up on Watch_Dogs, yet, even though many of us saw that being the next cancellation. Even the non-FPS games from Ubisoft have been moved from exclusives to multi-platform (i.e. Rayman Legends), due to their expectations of lower sales on Wii U.
We have said it before many times on the podcast, but we will say it again. It’s time to get big-time third-party support on Wii U. If not, sales will probably not pick up, and the Wii U will go the way of the N64 and GameCube. Both were great systems, but due to the lack of third-party games that other systems had, they suffered. What did the NES and SNES have that made them so good? Many things! But one was great third-party support. One could even argue that Wii kind of had a lot of support too. They were often bad games, but they were there.
While we not expect anything to change, we do wish it would. We really enjoy Nintendo games and consoles here at NintendoFuse. We grew up with them, and we want them to continue to succeed. We want others to have the same experiences we did, growing up with Mario and Zelda. But we also want to play our Call of Duties, Assassin’s Creeds, and other top-tier third-party games too. Come on, Nintendo, please make it happen for your loyal fans.
But, hey… At least we have some great indie developers that continue supporting Wii U.