Game developers: Nintendo's Wii U is a 'disappointment'
Nintendo's Wii U is in developer crosshairs after a less-than-stellar start.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz in an interview published on Monday, Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore confirmed that his company -- one of the largest in the gaming industry -- has no games currently in development for the Wii U.
"We were there with four games for them [at launch]," he said in the interview. "It's been a disappointment when you look at sell-through and, as a company, we have to be very judicious where we deploy our resources."
Nintendo has been loath to admit fully that the Wii U has been a "disappointment." The company has acknowledged that sales are softer than expected, but it believes that first-party titles, including new installments in The Legend of Zelda and Luigi franchises, will turn things around.
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Still, it's hard to argue with Moore's sentiment. Over the last several months, Nintendo has been unable to sell 100,000 units in a single month in the U.S. Meanwhile, its elder competitors, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, have been beating it in overall unit sales. And with both Sony and Microsoft preparing new consoles for later this year, even more trouble seems to be on the horizon.
A strong game library has always been the reason consoles sell well. That said, another major game publisher -- Activision -- has nothing planned for the Wii U. Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg told GamesIndustry.biz that his company has "no announcements now" about upcoming Wii U games.
Even Ubisoft, which was one of the foremost supporters of the Wii U at launch with ZombiU, is taking a wait-and-see approach. The company's CEO Yves Guillemot said that ZombiU was "not even close" to profitable, causing him to shelve any plans for a follow-up. What's worse for Nintendo, he said that his company is willing to wait and see what happens with the Wii U through December, but if things don't turn around, Ubisoft would need to "see where we are from there."
So, what does the future hold for Nintendo and its Wii U? If publishers continue to ignore the console, nothing good.
CNET has contacted Nintendo for comment. We will update this story when we have more information.
The Wii U has performed horribly up to this point, but with the lack of help from devs, things may be getting even worse for the Wii U. Nintendo has been alienating third party devs for over a decade and it looks like it is finally catching up with them (actually it caught up with them when the N64/Gamecube were crushed by the PS1/2 to a degree that has not been seen since). Hopefully Nintendo can win over more third party devs because while playing only First party games may be fine for the fanboys, Other people may be expecting more out of this console.
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Interesting fact. The Gamecube made Nintendo more money than the PS2 made Sony. The worst case scenario with the Wii U is it turns into the N64 and the only games worth playing are Nintendo's and 3rd parties ignore it completely for the most part. At best, we get the 3rd party support the Gamecube got. Hate to break it to the haters out their, but the Wii U isn't going anywhere. If anything, it will be a disappointment sales wise but Nintendo will still make money on games and the 3DS. If anything, Nintendo will only learn from it and improve the things that need to be improved when it's successor is released.
It's also a little early to call. We will have to see how well the PS4 and XboxOne sell. This isn't 2005 or 2006. Completely different market and economy right now.
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He hates Nintendo as if he was the guy in the orange dress shirt in pulp fiction... an Nintendo was the cop.
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Now, on to the actual article. Only Ubisoft have any right to say they are unsure about the WiiU. With ZombiU they actually tried with a new game. EA came in with half-assed ports and it's obvious they are still pretty mad about the whole Origin thing.