It’s safe to say 3rd party’s are flocking with their games to Wii U right now. As many major franchises such as Madden, FIFA, NBA2K, etc… have skipped the system since the 2013 title (which released in 2012.) But Nintendo has optimism about 3rd party’s changing their mind once the major 1st party games hit the system later this year.
In a interview with Nintendo of America Senior Director of Communication, Charlie Scibetta, expressed that publishers will come back to Wii U once systems start selling more. Meaning that Nintendo still has potential life for their system if sales do somehow increase, at least in their own minds.
“We want the same thing that the third parties want, which is to grow the installed base,” Scibetta told Ars. “We’re confident that if we can do that by driving the installed base through first-party software, like Mario Kart 8, like Super Smash Bros., then the third-party developers will follow because then they’ll see there’s a large enough installed base that it’s worth their investment to bring their games to our platform. So it’s our job to grow that installed base to make it more attractive for them to come to our platform.”
Scibetta also went on to say how this is still majorly possible, as seen with the example of Mario Kart 8 selling 1.2 million copies worldwide in it’s opening weekend.
“Sure, everybody would like to have games earlier, but the good thing about Nintendo is that product quality is really important to us, so we would never ship it early just to help our bottom line or our financials for the holiday season,” he told Ars. “It’s much more important for us to protect the brand, the goodwill we’ve built up with fans over the years.”
“The good thing about Nintendo is we’ve been dedicated to gaming for over 30 years now, and it’s not like we do anything else,” he continued, marking a contrast between Nintendo and competitors Sony and Microsoft. “It’s not like we’re going to go away from what we do and try something different. We’re in for the long haul in gaming.”
Nintendo feels that they must fully polish their games to the maximum to preserve that authentic Nintendo quality game brand given by the gaming industry to them due to their excellence seen through their games.
EA and Ubisoft also have a few words to say…
As EA has completely stopped supporting Wii U since Need for Speed: Most Wanted U, Ubisoft’s relationship with Nintendo has also gone down. Ever since the delay of Watch_Dogs, its hard to say that they (as a company) are going to preserve the Wii U with their games. As seen by the recent example of Assassin’s Creed Unity won’t be making it’s way to Wii U this year.
“We think that by releasing good games from fan favorite brands, like Mario Kart, Nintendo is taking steps to increase the Wii U’s adoption,” an Ubisoft spokesperson told Ars. “We have games coming out for the Wii U this year, including Just Dance 2015 and Watch Dogs. For any other games we announced at E3, it’s too soon to say.” -Yves Guillemot , CEO of Ubisoft
“So far, we haven’t announced any new titles for the Wii U, but that doesn’t preclude us from doing so in the future,” -EA Representative
EA seems like they haven’t closed the doors yet, as they are open to the idea for putting games on the system if it manages to sell more. What do you think? Do you believe Nintendo can do a 180 and flip this situation around with 3rd party’s? Or will we be stuck with 1st party titles for the most part this generation? Let us know in the comment section below.