Activision's Putting Call of Duty On Wii U

Activision's Putting Call of Duty On Wii U

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Six Activision titles are headed Nintendo's way.

"We're committed to doing everything we can to support the Wii U," says Activision's Eric Hirshberg, "which is why we're excited to be bringing some of the most popular entertainment franchises in the world to the platform this year." The list includes Call of Duty, Skylanders Swap Force, Angry Birds Trilogy, Angry Birds Star Wars, Wipeout Create & Crash and Spongebob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge, a list that, according to Hirshberg, has "something for everyone." Call of Duty and Skylanders are the two powerhouses on that list, but the Wii U needs all the help it can get; console sales have been sluggish since release, and a lack of new titles has been blamed.

Nintendo's been doing its best to keep interest in the Wii U at peak levels; cash bribes and hints of a new franchise are the latest tactics. But there's still a lot of nagging doubts. Did Nintendo wait too long to launch its next-gen console? Will it get its mojo back? Or is EA right to think that there's just no point developing for the Wii U?

Activision isn't the only big name developing for Nintendo's Wii U; Ubisoft is in there too. When Ubisoft affirmed its support, it said that "as with any new console, it takes some time to grow an established base." Maybe so. We'll see.

Source: Eurogamer

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Hooray, now the Wii U can have bland, generic modern shooters like the rest of us. I'm sure the 5 people who own one will be elated.

But I thought the advanced fish AI could only be achieved through the 'power of the cloud'. What is my life?!

Well...So long as the Wii U version has a dog, I guess that's fine.

Angry Birds is published by Activision? I'm glad I didn't buy Angry Birds Space during the Steam Summer Sale now. At least people who love grey-brown corridors have one more console to choose from I guess.

idarkphoenixi:
Well...So long as the Wii U version has a dog, I guess that's fine.

Maybe it will have *dum dum dummmmmmm* a Nintendog!

The only title that's as over exposed as Mario.
Seems like Luigi is pretty good at catching Ghosts.

Wow... their output is 100% overly bland commercial horse shit. I suppose something based on the Quake III engine will have no trouble running on the Wii-U.

Let me put it this way. If no one buys Call of Duty on the WiiU then that vindicates EA statement that there is no point in developing for the WiiU since that would suggest that people only want Nintendo games on it.

So, if you want more 3rd party games on it, THEN BUY CALL OF DUTY!

And to make the news even better, the team doing the port is Treyarch, which means it won't be a shitty port.

It could be the first CoD game I pick up after CoD4... that is when I get my WiiU in a year or so.

While I have no interest in any of these games, I do think at least some of them will be good for pushing units. Angry Birds, in particular, is a good fit for the Wii U's touchscreen; even though phones and tablets already offer that experience, this'll be the first time it's on a TV screen and has good controls. Skylanders also has a lot of potential, especially if they can find a way to use the camera in conjunction with the toys.

I doubt CoD will sell systems, though. Seems to me the dudebros who want this game mostly already have a 360, and will either get the new CoD on 360 also, or will get an Xbox One for it.

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kiri2tsubasa:
Let me put it this way. If no one buys Call of Duty on the WiiU then that vindicates EA statement that there is no point in developing for the WiiU since that would suggest that people only want Nintendo games on it.

So, if you want more 3rd party games on it, THEN BUY CALL OF DUTY!

...Or...you know, you could buy the Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 2, Zombi U, Tank Tank Tank!, or any of the other third party games coming or already out. I mean despite what this site might tell you, Nintendo does have third party titles.

xaszatm:

kiri2tsubasa:
Let me put it this way. If no one buys Call of Duty on the WiiU then that vindicates EA statement that there is no point in developing for the WiiU since that would suggest that people only want Nintendo games on it.

So, if you want more 3rd party games on it, THEN BUY CALL OF DUTY!

...Or...you know, you could buy the Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 2, Zombi U, Tank Tank Tank!, or any of the other third party games coming or already out. I mean despite what this site might tell you, Nintendo does have third party titles.

Then let me clear it up. If you want more WESTERN 3rd party games, the buy Call of Duty.

How is 'call of duty on the wii u' news exactly, when Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was a launch title?

OK, so I guess it means they're going to keep releasing them... But still... How is that news 6 months later?

CrystalShadow:
How is 'call of duty on the wii u' news exactly, when Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was a launch title?

OK, so I guess it means they're going to keep releasing them... But still... How is that news 6 months later?

Activision were playing silly buggers, and refusing to confirm until now. They were actively making it sound like there might not be a Wii U version as recently as a few weeks ago. A lot of people were taking that as a sign that Activision is bailing on the console. Glad to see that's not the case. Games like Skylanders could do really well on the system if they were given a marketing push by Nintendo.

OT: Excited for this, as it means I'll get to play with those tasty pointer controls. Shit on motion controls all you like, a pointer remote works far better for FPS gameplay than twin thumbsticks. And Treyarch are one of the few developers to really make sure there are plenty of Wiimote options in the settings menu. They know how to make an FPS with the Wiimote feel good.

It's like Timesplitters 2, but with the reticule movement controlled by your hand rather than your thumbs. Beautiful...

Good, the console needs anything it can get. I'm surprised they're doing this after their COD sales but maybe it's easy to port to since it's more powerful than current gen tech?

Nintendo has some truly beautiful-looking first party stuff coming out. It's a shame I won't be getting one for a few years when I find it on a steep sale and can buy the first-party games at a discount. But if they manage to give me a reason to buy this one I'll consider it. But right now it's $350 (32GB version) vs $400 (standard) in the WiiU vs ps4 race and that's not looking good for Nintendo.

Is it sad that I'd actually be interested in the Spongebob Squarepants game? I mean all those other games I couldn't give 2 shits about, but I like some of the Spongebob games, specifically this one:

Neronium:
Is it sad that I'd actually be interested in the Spongebob Squarepants game? I mean all those other games I couldn't give 2 shits about, but I like some of the Spongebob games, specifically this one:

This game kicked ass.

But I doubt that someone can make a game as good as it this day and age, tbh. Not to mention that the SpongeBob franchise in general has pretty much plummeted in quality a season or two after the movie.

Or is EA right to think that there's just no point developing for the Wii U?

When has EA ever really been right about anything? Ever? (I'm sure I'll get some smartass response to this).

OT: Nintendo is having some start-up issues. But I think things will be on the turn around. At the very worst, Nintendo sales will likely be lower in America than anywhere else (which is sad, given that's where I'm at). But that's just my speculative prediction. We'll see how it turns out when the new consoles start rolling out.

ThunderCavalier:

Neronium:
Is it sad that I'd actually be interested in the Spongebob Squarepants game? I mean all those other games I couldn't give 2 shits about, but I like some of the Spongebob games, specifically this one:

This game kicked ass.

But I doubt that someone can make a game as good as it this day and age, tbh. Not to mention that the SpongeBob franchise in general has pretty much plummeted in quality a season or two after the movie.

Fun fact, the movie was actually supposed to be series end for Spongebob Squapants as the person who made Spongebob, Stephen Hillenburg was gonna resign after the movie was finished. However, Nickelodeon didn't want it to end and now the original creator only serves as the Executive Producer now, with Paul Tibbitt being in charge of a lot of the Spongebob series now.

kiri2tsubasa:

xaszatm:

kiri2tsubasa:
Let me put it this way. If no one buys Call of Duty on the WiiU then that vindicates EA statement that there is no point in developing for the WiiU since that would suggest that people only want Nintendo games on it.

So, if you want more 3rd party games on it, THEN BUY CALL OF DUTY!

...Or...you know, you could buy the Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 2, Zombi U, Tank Tank Tank!, or any of the other third party games coming or already out. I mean despite what this site might tell you, Nintendo does have third party titles.

Then let me clear it up. If you want more WESTERN 3rd party games, the buy Call of Duty.

Do you really think, even for a second any one with a WiiU will give 2 shits about CoD? chances are, if they do, they probably have a PS3/360/PC for that.

Once again, when Ubisoft says things, all I hear is their refusal to actually release Rayman Legends on the Wii U because they don't understand how causality works.

j-e-f-f-e-r-s:

CrystalShadow:
How is 'call of duty on the wii u' news exactly, when Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was a launch title?

OK, so I guess it means they're going to keep releasing them... But still... How is that news 6 months later?

Activision were playing silly buggers, and refusing to confirm until now. They were actively making it sound like there might not be a Wii U version as recently as a few weeks ago. A lot of people were taking that as a sign that Activision is bailing on the console. Glad to see that's not the case. Games like Skylanders could do really well on the system if they were given a marketing push by Nintendo.

OT: Excited for this, as it means I'll get to play with those tasty pointer controls. Shit on motion controls all you like, a pointer remote works far better for FPS gameplay than twin thumbsticks. And Treyarch are one of the few developers to really make sure there are plenty of Wiimote options in the settings menu. They know how to make an FPS with the Wiimote feel good.

It's like Timesplitters 2, but with the reticule movement controlled by your hand rather than your thumbs. Beautiful...

Ah... Well, I guess there had to be some reason. So Activision has finally decided to clearly state where they stand with further Wii U titles...

And uh, yeah. I agree. Well implemented Wii remote based shooters work quite well.
It's sort of like the midpoint between game controller and mouse & keyboard controls.

It kind of makes me wonder how that affects multiplayer, considering how cross-platform play between consoles and PC's was basically killed because people claimed the PC players had an unfair advantage...

I wonder if that's an issue between Wii remote and gamepad as well?

Neronium:
Fun fact, the movie was actually supposed to be series end for Spongebob Squapants as the person who made Spongebob, Stephen Hillenburg was gonna resign after the movie was finished. However, Nickelodeon didn't want it to end and now the original creator only serves as the Executive Producer now, with Paul Tibbitt being in charge of a lot of the Spongebob series now.

Yeah, I remember reading about that. I gave the new seasons some leniency at first, since the one following wasn't too bad, but it's really a shadow of its former self now.

That basically can be said for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network in general, though.

 

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