Nintendo Enthusiast has learned that Activision will be major ally to Nintendo in the upcoming months and years. When learning about Activision’s support for Nintendo we were told by an industry source to just wait and see because Activision will be playing an important role on ALL Nintendo consoles this year and the next.
So, does that mean the launch window, as well? Yes. You should anticipate Activision backing Nintendo during the launch of the Wii U as well as over the next few years. They are currently working on multiple titles for Nintendo systems. And not just a couple unrefined ports as they did with the Wii launch.Â Remember EA’s people up on stage at last E3’s Wii U introduction? Well Activision won\’t let EA have Nintendo all to themselves. It might not be as pronounced as with EA but it will still be a key role for Nintendo.
Let’s move on from this affirmation of Activision’s intentions and enter into my own personal speculation. What does this new information mean? Activision has already supported Nintendo with the Skylanders series and the Guitar Hero franchise (which is currently taking a break.) Our source implied that this support will be greater than it was before. So, the BIG support probably isn\’t coming from those franchises. Tony Hawk has been down and (mostly) out of gaming for the past while. Crash Bandicoot? Unlikely that that’s the important role. Marvel games like X-Men and Spiderman are getting warmer but still not a critical factor in the industry.
By process of elimination we are left with the James Bond franchise and Call of Duty. Whether Activision will be providing a new Goldeneye 007 game or a big Call of Duty release (or both), either would provide hardcore gamers with an excellent FPS title at Wii U launch or soon after. Still, if I had to wager a guess, I\’d be more inclined to say that the big role Activision will have on Nintendo systems will be primarily played out within the Call of Duty franchise. If Activision decided to focus Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer Games on creating a full-fledged Call of Duty sequel specifically designed for the Wii U and its unique capabilities, this could go a long way to giving credibility to Nintendo’s shift towards attracting a hardcore gaming audience.
If you want to reach into completely unfounded speculation you could start fantasizing about the Activision Blizzard possibilities. Starcraft? Warcraft? Diablo? Using the Wii U controller to make PC strategy games more accessible on a console? Possible, but don\’t get your hopes pinned on them until we actually hear such things mentioned.
And lastly there is the very real possibility of original titles being part of their key role, but that we won\’t know until E3 and an official reveal.