The Wii U console from Nintendo has suffered from poor sales, poor reception, and a strange sort of self-demoralization since launch. Not only does Nintendo seem oblivious to this decay in their fan base but they seem content to carry on with tactics that are guaranteed to dig an early grave for the Wii U. Games like Crysis 3 were set to launch ont he console and would definitely have cemented the console’s “right to live” in the eyes of more “hardcore” gamers but Nintendo failed to engage with the publisher and let the title slip quietly off the console.
Why? Who knows — but they keep doing it.
More Disappointing News from Wii U
Kotaku is reporting that Wii U has failed to fix the problems with their console that are keeping big name publishers from pushing their huge titles on the Wii U. Games like The Witcher 3 and Thief (4 perhaps) will not appear on the console. Neither will games like the Next Dragon Age or Mass Effect. Why? Because Nintendo has its head stuck solidly up its ass.
The Wii failed on so many levels but forcing publishers and developers who were already working in HD graphics and with in-game sales models to dumb-down their code before it could be ported was an ultimately stupid idea. Sure the Wii U supports HD graphics and the user interface has been tweaked but if Nintendo can’t get solid titles on the console it will follow its younger brother into obscurity.
Lead developer of Battlefield 4, Patrick Bach, told press at Eurogamer that Wii U doesn’t support (and has no plans to support) the Frostbite 3 Engine — meaning any game that uses it will never appear on the console.
This is an incredible blunder ont he part of Nintendo because a lot of major titles already run on Frostbite and many more are to come. In fact, BioWare has adopted Frostbite for several of their upcoming titles.
Nintendo’s Wii U Has the Hardware but Not the Support
The sad part is that the Wii U is capable of handling all of these games. In fact, Crysis 3 was running on a Wii U console prior to launch but negotiations for publishing rights fell through and the Crytec team abandoned the console. What is Nintendo doing by scaring away these third-party developers? Why are they turning a blind eye to their demographic? Why don’t they want the Wii U to succeed?
Should Nintendo get out of the console game and leave it to more business-minded manufacturers like Sony and Microsoft?
Maybe. Essentially Nintendo is already allowing their Wii U to commit gaming console suicide.