Published on June 29th, 2013 | by Ghost0
Will CoD Ghosts Even Bother With Nintendo?
There has been a bit of speculation recently around the potential release of CoD Ghosts on the Wii U with Mark Rubin appearing to indicate it was on the cards just after E3 in an interview where he claimed he could not speak yet on the future of the franchise with Nintendo.
However, barely a week later, it appears as though Mr. Rubin is indicating that the possible collaboration with Nintendo is completely up in the air, stating himself:
“…I don’t even know the answer to that. I swear to God, I don’t..”
A Bit of CoD History:
Call of Duty and Nintendo have always had an interesting relationship. While Nintendo has made its mark with bright, colourful games aimed at being family friendly and accessible by all, even the Japanese gaming giant recognised Call of Duty’s potential as one of the premier gaming franchises of all time.
Every CoD game has found its way to a Nintendo console (or at least had an attempt of a port to it) but the strain of keeping up with the graphical powerhouses of Microsoft and Sony has been taking its toll.
From as early back as CoD 3, the Wii has been compared to the previous generation of consoles for sheer power, resulting in the Wii generally receiving a stripped down version (or in the case of CoD World at War, a completely different version) of its current gen counterparts.
When we look at the figures for Black Ops alone, the sales for the Wii version made up less than 1% when the Wii, X360 and PS3 were totalled.
CoD Modern Warfare 3 didn’t even make half that. (Source: VG Chartz.)
And with the lacklustre reception to the Wii U, its unsurprising that this trend is continuing as Black Ops 2 failed to sell even 200K copies, which for a premier AAA title.. is not exactly a promising sales record.
Where Will Call of Duty Go From Here?
With the figures in front of you, it seems logical to forget about adding the extra dimension of Nintendo development and concentrate on where greater than 90% of your console income is coming from.
But there is always that nagging thought to consider, Nintendo shipped more Wii’s than Sony or Microsoft could ship of their respective consoles. A lot more.
In fact.. Almost 25 million more.
And Nintendo has been around since the home console was defined, which in case you forgot, was also by them. They are the veteran console company so they must be doing something right, and you don’t drop support for them lightly.
It will be interesting to see what Activision decide to do here, at the moment it looks like there is nothing in the pipeline, at least.. if Infinity Ward are to be believed.
But retailers have been listing it as available for the Wii U so maybe they are privy to something we are not. After supporting Nintendo consoles since 2006, I can’t see them stopping now, but at the beginning of a console war, anything is possible.
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