Sections

Wii U Pro Controller designed to secure Call of Duty?

Analyst Michael Pachter says Activision insisted on the alternative to the Wii U GamePad

Nintendo designed the Wii U Pro Controller with the express purpose of convincing Activision to bring the Call of Duty franchise to the upcoming console, claims Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter. According to the analyst, who was speaking at Develop last week, Activision basically insisted on a more traditional controller.

"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," he said.

The Pro Controller does make it much easier for third-party publishers to bring core gaming experiences to the Wii U without any special GamePad control schemes, and it undoubtedly opens up a door for numerous 360/PS3 ports. Nintendo is trying to avoid the problem of third parties not granting enough support for the system, and it's likely that the Pro Controller is part of the strategy.

That said, Pachter remains very skeptical of Wii U overall, saying it "isn't going to work."

"I don't get it," he said. "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," he said.

[via Edge]

Related stories

Call of Duty Steam player base down sharply

Infinite Warfare's opening weekend sees peak player counts one-quarter of those posted last year by Black Ops III

By Brendan Sinclair

Blizzard's Overwatch eSports league to emphasise financial stability

Teams will be based in specific cities, with players guaranteed a minimum salary and benefits

By Matthew Handrahan

Latest comments (10)

Rod Oracheski Editor, Star News4 years ago
Call me crazy, but if I ever filed a story that included a bold claim about a company that was backed up by "Now [company] never said anything to me..." I'm pretty sure I'd be fired.
0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
James Brightman Editor in Chief, GamesIndustry.biz4 years ago
@ Rod, this was labelled as rumor in our back-end. It didn't show that way. You can feel free to disagree with the story selection.
0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 4 years ago
I don't really get the need for that controller anyway. The Wii U Pad has all of those buttons and all reports so far have said how light it is. And yeah, Pachter doesn't half talk rubbish sometimes.
0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Show all comments (10)
Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 years ago
Please, please, please...stop reporting anything this man ever says. He's more inaccurate than the weatherman, Harold Egbert Camping and Washington economic advisers put together.

He says the Wii U will not get CoD unless they made a traditional styled controller yet the original Wii, with a very nontraditional controller, received practically every single CoD to release last generation.

And the Wii U tablet is already closer to a traditional controller than the Wii controller ever was.

However, just as the Wii had a pro style controller, which was shown off well before CoD 4: Modern Warfare became a megahit, why should we not expect the Wii U to simply carry over that concept rather than speculate that Activision pointed a finger at Nintendo and demanded, "Make a Pro style controller for Wii U or no CoD for you".

Last I heard, Activision likes money and pro style controller or not, CoD on Wii U is money.

And may I repeat myself from above, please stop reporting on what this man says. It degrades the quality of this website every time I see his name in a headline.
4Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Rod Oracheski Editor, Star News4 years ago
I have no problem with you posting it as something a prominent person in the industry has gone on the record as saying, my problem is with him saying it in the first place.
0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Tony Johns4 years ago
I think the Wii U Pro Controller would be a good benefit for the Wii U.

It is better to allow developers to port games without having to use the Wii U tablet as a compulsury that plagued the earlier games on the Wii when Nintendo kinda forced developers to use the Wii mote functions as compulsury for the Wii back in 2007
0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Nuttachai Tipprasert Programmer 4 years ago
"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," he said.
^
^
Wow, this sound very professional to me...

Honestly, I don't know how this guy can get a job. If your job is all about giving baseless opinion, even 4 yo kids can easily become an analyst.
0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 years ago
Tony, Nintendo has openly stated that developers can utilize any, all or none of the specific Wii GamePad functions as they see fit. There is absolutely zero compulsory usage.

Developers already know this and Pachter should know it as well.
0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Benjamin Crause Supervisor Central Support, Nintendo of Europe4 years ago
Please, please, please...stop reporting anything this man ever says. He's more inaccurate than the weatherman, Harold Egbert Camping and Washington economic advisers put together.
Thank you Jim.
0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Thomas Dolby Project Manager / Lead Programmer, Ai Solve3 years ago
+1 to Jim from me. As soon as the page loaded and I saw the name Michael Pachter I knew what was coming. How much further into the negative does his track record of predictions have to go before GamesIndustry.biz stops publishing his rubbish?

I guess his sensationalist claims just generate a lot of clicks.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Thomas Dolby on 18th June 2013 12:43pm

0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply

Sign in to contribute

Need an account? Register now.