The problem with creating something entirely unique and groundbreaking in an existing market is that you may well struggle to get partners and suppliers involved in the whole process. This has largely been the case with the Wii U, the latest console from gaming giant Nintendo. The hardware is unique but it requires different coding when compared to the Xbox 360 and PS4. With little to show in the way of returns, thanks to lower than forecast console sales figures, this has put a lot of game producers off. The latest to say that they are sidestepping the Wii U is EA, and this could represent a serious problem.
EA had previously promised an unprecedented partnership with Nintendo but such promises mean nothing if they are not delivered upon. In an interview with gaming site Kotaku, spokesperson Jeff Brown has said that EA will not be making games for the Wii U and this is only the latest in a series of well known producers to elicit similar response.
Brown said that games like Mass Effect 3 and Need For Speed: Most Wanted ensured that EA kept their promise of an unprecedented partnership although we’re not sure that it really qualifies. They released these same titles on other platforms so the partnership certainly wasn’t unprecedented.
Insomniac delivered perhaps the most damming statement, by saying that the Wii U is considered only current generation and not next generation. They intimated that they would not be concentrating on the platform, although they have recently announced that they may publish upcoming shooter Fuse on the Nintendo platform. Future games on the company may well avoid the Wii U, however.
Nintendo recently admitted that they had underestimated the resources required to produce launch titles for the console which is a fairly glaring mistake for their own system. If game producers are having similar problems, because they are effectively taught how to develop for the platform by Nintendo, then this could be the reason why so few games are set for release on the Wii U.
Sega, however, may be the saviour of the console as they have stated that they will be releasing 7 new Wii U games. The company are expected to make an announcement regarding the titles and what the games may actually be at the E3 2013 exhibition which takes place in June. Could Sega save Nintendo’s console?