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.