Nintendo made Wii U Pro Controller to secure Call Of Duty

Analyst Michael Pachter claims Activision refused to bring its biggest series to Wii U without an alternative to the standard GamePad.

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ChickeyCantor2347d ago

"He added: "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.""

What a load of bull.
Games like CoD are meant to played over internet. He knows this. So the single tablet controller doesn't affect them. Why wouldn't they want to send tactical information to the tablet controller while maintaining all the desired sticks and buttons/triggers?

iamnsuperman2347d ago

"Why wouldn't they want to send tactical information to the tablet controller while maintaining all the desired sticks and buttons/triggers?" Because that is more work and means more man hours which means more money spent on a feature that isn't a software seller (no real benefit for Activision). I agree the tablet controller could work with COD as a normal controller but I see publishers adding tactical stuff on the controller as an fad that will disappear unless Microsoft and Sony (when releasing new hardware) do the same and have a screen in the controller. They (other publishers) are doing the early PR thing now saying we are going for the next generation but this will soon wane.

ChickeyCantor2347d ago (Edited 2347d ago )

"Because that is more work and means more man hours"

You act as if building a simple interface based around touch input needs a team of 100 men. The API; GX2 helps developers to easily interface with the controller.

Pachters reason is complete bull and simply does not fit. Even if they didn't utilize the touch screen, there was no reason to demand a different controller. The configuration is right there.

I don't see why the extra screen is a "fad". It's just convenient for developers. They don't even have to utilize it. They could simply just output a constant scoring table on it without demanding a "pro controller" as pachter is suggesting.

gaffyh2346d ago

Tbh Sidar, Wii U isn't a safe bet for Actvision for COD. Why would they spend extra resources to port a game to the system, and then get only 1 million sales? Core third-party games for the Wii didn't do very well.

So the easier it is for them to port the game, the more likely they will do it.

TruthbeTold2346d ago

Regardless of how Activision feels about the Wii U controller, if they do make CoD games for Wii U, they'll have to make the tablet controller, or Wii remote controls standard since those are the controllers that every Wii U owner will have. The Wii U Pro controller will have a MUCH smaller install base.

FinalomegaS2346d ago


" if they do make CoD games for Wii U"

truth is we know they will stick their whore (COD) anywhere they can make money. The Wii had non traditional controller yet they dumb down the game and still made it with an online system. So how exactly is this supposed to be an "if" they make a COD for the wiiu.

TruthbeTold2346d ago

I wasn't saying 'if' in the sense that I don't think they will. They'd be crazy not to. I was responding to the idea that Activision wouldn't want to spend the 'extra time' to code the games for the Wii U controller. 'If' they want to bring their games to the Wii U, they'll have to take the time. Everyone will have that controller. Not everyone will have the Pro Controller.

mysterym2346d ago

Personally for multiplayer i wouldn't want to keep looking down at the controller and back up again in a fast action fps, i never look at my 360 controller whilst playing just as i don't look at my keyboard when typing.

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Pushagree2347d ago (Edited 2347d ago )

They should be sued. This controller is an xbox 360 controller with the nintendo logo stamped on it. This coming from the company that is supposed to be the "most innovative."

DoctorXpro2346d ago

If MS buys Activision that controller wont be for many CoDs

jetlian2346d ago (Edited 2346d ago )

actually the controllers second analog isnt in the same place as 360.

They could have made cod work on the original 1 tho

AWBrawler2346d ago

just how many ways can you set up buttons on a conventional controller? and the analogs are in different places, Plus compare xbox to gamecube control. can u really copy your own copy??

and even if it is a copy, oh well. now 360 fans can't nag, but i bet the one that do nag, complain about the analog position, which means that it a big enough difference to warrant a complaint.

extermin8or2346d ago

@doctor X pro- there'd b eno point in MS buying activision only to make all the games exclusive; they'd sell ALOT less of them and lose money long term; that's if it was allowed to go through by the business regulation :p

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Thepcz2347d ago

ha @ your bubbles

hmm i agree this is bull though. they gave us call of duty for the wii, using a wii mote, so dont see how the tablet would be a problem. i think what they said has been taken out of context

as if activision orders nintendo around...! nintendo would have made the pro controller regardless, just as they did with wii!

tehpees32347d ago

Nintendo don't even need to secure call of duty. He says it himself. They could put out cardboard and say "it plays Mario" and it will sell by the boat loads.

ATi_Elite2346d ago

Dunno about this whole Activision/Nintendo thing but what i DO KNOW is.......

if Ninty wants Core Gamers flocking to the WiiU and Black Ops 2 then they better have a controller that will appeal to those gamers.

BAM!! Looks like they have one now!

Also I want Pachter's jobs. Seems fun and highly paid!

WeskerChildReborned2346d ago

I wouldn't know but i guess they don't wanna do extra work having to do all that with the tablet. smh.

morkendo232346d ago (Edited 2346d ago )

im just glad wii-U have regular controller instead of ipad tablet only.

joab7772346d ago

It will b used also. But they know that they have to do whatever to get Cod on Nintendo. It will only help them to have a good controller ALSO.

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iamnsuperman2347d ago

Well this title is off the mark. He is the actual quote which has a different meaning to the title

“[The Wii was] gimmicky. It worked, they got lucky. I don't think they're getting lucky with Wii U. I don't think [Nintendo] 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."

He is saying being novel will not work anymore. He has a a point. Consider the casual has basically moved on to the mobile/social gaming. Being novel (I think) will not work with hardcore games.

user54670072347d ago (Edited 2347d ago )

Especialy when it sounds like an upgrade

What casual gamer who has a Wii is going to buy this at launch.

"Hey look hunni a new point buying it since we have a working Wii here at home"

It sounds like the Wii and kind of looks like it, unless casual gamers watched E3 or have kept up with gaming realted news then they arn't going to have a clue what the Wii U can actually do compared to the Wii they have.

Besides if I was a COD fan I don't think I could play it with a Wii U Game Pad...

<Look down at map/switch weapons/check score>
<Look Up, Shoot enemies>
<Look down at game pad again>
<Look Up....DEAD>

You would have to play something like that with the Pro Controler.

I don't always agree with Pachter but he's got a point with Nintendo thinking they'll get lucky again. Should they really be relying on luck...this is a pretty big gamble for them

Hellsvacancy2347d ago

""Hardcore gamers will buy them; hardcore Nintendo fanboys will buy it. They could put out a piece of cardboard and say that it'll play Mario and they'll buy it" lol

That could be said about anybody whos hardcore about anything

NYC_Gamer2347d ago (Edited 2347d ago )

The Wii-U has the little fat Italian plumber along with other Nintendo fan favorites to promote and sell units

SandWitch2347d ago (Edited 2347d ago )

The fact is that Wii sold only because it was the cheapest.

Wii released at 250 USD while X360 launched at 400 USD and PS3 at the highest 500-600 USD. That was a HUGE margin and it helped a lot to sell Wii. If you disagree then why Wii is struggling to sell now when PS3 and X360 became affordable?

Wii had:
Bad graphics
No proper online service
No trophies/achievements
Poor 3rd party support

Motion Controls would have never helped to cover these disadvantages that I mentioned above, but Wii was twice cheaper than the competitors - and that's the reason it gained 40% market share this gen.

Wii U's success also depends on its price and 3rd party support. Controller with a screen is a cool addition, but it won't help that much if the price is too high or there's not enough 3rd party support.

P.S. Don't get me wrong, Wii has many great games, but I'm talking about system sellers like GTA, Assassin's Creed or The Elder Scrolls

raytraceme2347d ago

No. Wii had a fad called motion gaming and that's why people fell for it. It was a console aimed for family gaming. Mario fans (who are greater in number than call of duty, and halo fans) also were interested in the wii. Ofc price had a big influence on its sales but it still would have outsold the xbox/ps3 because back then there was no cod.

DarkBlood2347d ago

so games for adults then? since you only listed Rated M titles

darkgod2347d ago

cus everyone owns wii or owned a wii

Brownghost2346d ago

Another of the main reasons was people thought they were getting a next gen console for $250 but got a console with ps2 graphics and motion controller

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