Activision Is "Somewhat Disappointed" With The Launch Of The Wii U

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It seems that Activision, the biggest video game publisher in the world, wasn't exactly thrilled with the Wii U's launch. Why? Forget Call of Duty's performance, it's the console's potential for Skylanders that has Bobby Kotick and co. worried.


During the company's latest earnings call, Kotick was asked about the future of the money-printing Skylanders franchise, specifically about the breakdown of install bases between the existing consoles. He replied "we were somewhat disappointed with the launch of the Wii U. We're concerned about the install base for 6-11 year-olds."


Considering publishers are usually coy when making public statements about platform holders, that's a surprisingly blunt assessment of the console, albeit one that must be supported by numbers or... he wouldn't have said it.

What a strange world we live in, where a major publisher is worried that a Nintendo console isn't selling with kids.

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I think it's going to be obvious that Wii U will be a disappointment to third parties just like every other Nintendo console since the SNES, people don't buy Nintendo consoles for third party games at the end of the day, though. Very few are worthwhile. That's one of the main reasons why I'm staying as far away as possible from Wii U as I can, at least until a price drop. I ended up getting a Wii 4 years after launch and outside of Mad World? I don't think I own any third party Wii titles (Last Story technically counts based on the fact that it's an XSEED published game, but it's a Nintendo/MW developed title).

I'd have bought Zack and Wiki if I could find it, but really... I'll probably end up with 20-25 Wii titles total counting the Nintendo stuff. That's compared to the, well over 80 XB360 games and 90+ PS3 games I own. :/