Activision refused to bring Call of Duty to Wii U unless a suitable controller was available, leading Nintendo to create the Wii U Pro Controller.
That's according to Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, who even went as far to say while speaking at the Develop Conference in Brighton, UK last week that the console "isn't going to work".
The Pro Controller is an alternative to the GamePad tablet controller, something it seems wasn't of especial appeal to the Call of Duty publisher.
"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," insists Mr Pachter.
He was quite skeptical of the upcoming console, as well as its predecessor, Wii, which he labelled as "gimmicky".
"It [Wii] worked, they got lucky, [but] I don't think they're getting lucky with Wii U," he predicted.
The outspoken industry analyst believes Nintendo relies on a "if we're still novel, everything we do will work" mentality, something he said "isn't going to work" with Wii U.
"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."
Do you agree that the Pro Controller was created to help bring Call of Duty to Wii U, and do you agree with Michael Pachter's comments regarding Wii U?
By Gaetano Prestia - Bio