Activision forced Nintendo to design the Wii U Pro Controller, by refusing to develop Call of Duty for the system using only the GamePad.
Such a claim was made by Wedbush Securities games industry analyst Michael Pachter, who stated his belief that Nintendo’s new venture “isn’t going to work.”
“I don’t get it,” he remarked. “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.”
Pachter didn’t stop there, however, continuing to discuss the Wii as “gimmicky.”
“It worked, they got lucky, [but] I don’t think they’re getting lucky with Wii U,” he expressed. “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.
“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.”
Alex Seedhouse+ Alex's early adoration for Nintendo began with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land. This developed over the years, later peaking when he hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Nowadays, his enthusiasm is shared through Nintendo Insider, a place in which he can document his thoughts regarding the big N.