Wii U Pro Controller is for Call of Duty - analyst

by Gaetano Prestia Featured 16 Comments 17 Votes 1329 Views 17/07/2012 Back to News

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?

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I don't care if Actizard or any other group of Devs were the reason for the Pro controller, but I'm glad of it's existence regardless.

I do agree with Pachter to a certain extent regarding the success of the Wii and it's successor, though.

Silence said: I don't care if Actizard or any other group of Devs were the reason for the Pro controller, but I'm glad of it's existence regardless.
I do agree with Pachter to a certain extent regarding the success of the Wii and it's successor, though.



Yeah I don't think anyone really questions why the Pro Controller was made. It was obvious is was made to bring CoD and games for a similar audience to the console. What's troubling, though, is that Activision supposedly had to push them to do it.
What's the source on this? Because from how I'm reading it, Pachter's just using Activision and 'big games like Call of Duty' as a generic example.

The title and direction of the article is a little misleading [Shifty]

Silence said: What's the source on this? Because from how I'm reading it, Pachter's just using Activision and 'big games like Call of Duty' as a generic example.
The title and direction of the article is a little misleading



Headline:

Wii U Pro Controller is for Call of Duty - analyst (not a direct quote)

"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.

The headline is attributed to Pachter, not Activision. It's his opinion.

"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".

There is no suggestion that Activision or Nintendo made that statement. Hope that makes it clearer.

It just seemed like words were being put into Pachter's mouth.

But coolio, thanks for the clarification (*)
Wait....when is this Super Mario Cardboard coming out? I want a Nintendo Cardboard Entertainment System. ;)
well at least the sony and Microsoft noobs can't bitch and say the aiming is to hard



and yes im mocking all noobs who still use controllers for FPS
lol It didn't stop Activision putting COD on the Wii. What's the difference now?
Activision never said anything to me, but I know that is indeed what happened! Because I know without any legitmate proof.
nintendo made a controller so they could get some games?

STOP THE ****ING PRESSES
Michael Pachter really annoys me, in a market where advertisement and brand names lead to higher sales we have people like Pachter that predict the outcomes, most of the time they're bad. This in turn might effect the final outcome leading to lower sales of the product because someone thinks its not going to work. Imagine a kid reading that the Wii-U is going to fail because "Michael Pachter said so" and then telling his friends. Nintendo loses money because someone wants to tell the world the Wii-U isn't going to work.
Pro controller was obviously designed to cater for all cross platform games (nintendo has said this) also, now there is no excuse for lazy devs to port the game to Wii U they can slap the same game over there with this controller being an option and not having to use the touch screen. altho they could have used the classic controller on the Wii console too
the argument about controllers being incompatible is a little bullshit in my opinion, they just say that when its really that they cbf
With the amount of negativity against Nintendo whenever this guy opens his mouth it makes me question his motives.

Hasnt Activision or someone come out praising the WiiU controller for FPS titles?
He's an idiot, imo.
I personally dont care, im gonna use the WiiU pro controller for the WiiU on everything :L

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