What about the Wii U? Developers and publishers keep passing over Nintendo’s ‘next-gen’ console

By Mark Melnychu

The Wii U was technically the first of the current crop of next-generation consoles to hit the market. The only problem is the game development community appears to disagree.

Third-party support has never been one of Nintendo’s strengths, but at their E3 press conference last year it appeared the company was trying to change that. Wii U versions of big games such as Mass Effect 3 and Batman: Arkham City were shown off for the system.

Sadly, the love Nintendo showed devs last year isn’t being returned. When discussing their plans for the PS4 and next Xbox, developers either don’t mention the Wii U, or take the time to say why they’re not focusing on it. So let’s take a quick rundown of who doesn’t love the Wii U so far.

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yugovega1771d ago (Edited 1771d ago )

why don't we get rid of the concept of 'next gen' and just say new systems?

ltachiUchiha1771d ago

Gotta agree wit u there bro.

yugovega1771d ago (Edited 1771d ago )

just the term screams fanboy now. it's annoying.

haha at fanboy disagrees.

ltachiUchiha1771d ago

Lol yup thats n4g for ya lol.

n4f1771d ago

my name stand for News4Fanbooy

NastyLeftHook01771d ago

wii u is as dead as a doornail.

eferreira1771d ago

everything without a soul is dead as a doornail lol

zebramocha1771d ago

@gamma next gen only implies that the system,architecture or what ever is better then the thing that came before it,it gets confusing when you compare it to competing systems and architeture.

yugovega1771d ago

its not confusing at all. lets say ps4 launchs a week before xbox. xbox will be the only next gen system for one week. its stupid. sony is already hard at work on the next gen. the ps5

Aceman181770d ago (Edited 1770d ago )

my friend who's a huge Nintendo fan sent me this link the other day which i found shocking at first but not surprising to hear.

the link is an article about dev units being returned to Nintendo.

MasterCornholio1770d ago


Even the ones that were given away for free are getting returned.

Who returns a free dev kit?

Motorola RAZR i

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Kingthrash3601771d ago

I think the 3rd party publishers have learned a lesson from the wii. 1st party nintendo games sell like water in hell but not 3rd party titles...hell even sports games struggle

Blackdeath_6631770d ago (Edited 1770d ago )

best selling game is nintendo land at 1.8mill not exactly like water in hell. monster hunter tri the only game that is interesting is at 0.33 mill

this is the reason why devs are unimpressed
P.S: source may not be super accurate

Kingthrash3601770d ago (Edited 1770d ago )

no ment on the wii that 1st party games sold great ..of corse the numbers aren't super big on the wiiu since not many own one. but I do agree with your reason devs are unimpressed. surprisingly NA is the wiiu's biggest supporter.

Blackdeath_6631770d ago

oh yeah on the wii first party games did sell but the wii offered motion controls something which has never been available and was indeed next gen despite having standard graphics the wiiU doesn't have anything which is considered new or next gen tablets have been around for a little while and the features that are possible with the wiiU controller don't really add a huge advancement to the gaming experience. only time will tell how nintendo will fare in the long run, maybe they need a helping of humble pie after all sony have been having alot of that recently and now they're turning things around.

chestnut11221771d ago (Edited 1771d ago )

I bought mine awhile ago, A 32 gb Deluxe Set with Nintendo land plus I buy a Monster Hunter. What an Amazing Device. Just Buy these People and You would shut up.

I thought it ain't a next gen. It amazingly is. Will wait patiently for games.

I never regret buying a console these way TBH.

Highlife1771d ago

I bought my kids one for xmass and regret it. They don't even play it anymore. They have 3 games and they just sit there. Mario was the same game as the Wii one. Now maybe the console will be better in a year or two if they ever release another game but I should not have bought it yet.

chestnut11221771d ago (Edited 1771d ago )

I don't regret it :P Well then Goodluck,

anyway I got dislikes for purchasing a Wii U? LOL at the fanboys in here, I have my ps3 and Vita guys and I am saying these console is amazing.

Jek_Porkins1771d ago

It's not just the Wii U that publishers and developers will be passing over for a while, even Activision is worried about the new Xbox and PlayStation because it's risky to release and make games for new consoles with low install bases.

People are saying good things about the Wii U, but in the current economy you wont see a ton of risk taken when there is little to no chance of reward or payoff. Personally I would have loved to see the new SimCity on the Wii U, but EA are kind of acting like babies, there is opportunity to make some money and sell some games, but not every third party game is going to blow up on Wii U.

lizard812881771d ago

Yeah, I think when the PS4 and the Nextbox comes out, Nintendo should get a boost, due to its bigger install base.

DoctorMontalban1771d ago

Red Leader standing I agree with the sentiment in your comment, but EA is a public company so they act in accordance with their shareholder/fiduciary responsibility, sometimes in the interest in gamers, insofar as we help them with their primary objective.

V0LT1771d ago

I own one and I really feel it is priced just a tad too high. Also, the low amount of GB that you get is kind of an insult.

LOL_WUT1771d ago

Nintendo had the casuals in mind when developing the Wii U. ;)

CEOSteveBallmer1771d ago

let's just hope nintendo can once again count on casual gamers since most of them are already satisfied playing on tablets and smartphones.

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