July 26th, 2013, 01:01 Posted By: wraggster
Activision has pledged extensive support for Wii U, bringing six new games - including Call of Duty: Ghosts - to the platform this Autumn.
The latest game in the publisher's flagship shooter series had previously gone unconfirmed for Wii U, leading to the suspicion that Activision might skip Nintendo's console following its slow pick-up at retail this year.
The FPS was confirmed for the platform today along with five other titles: Skylanders SWAP Force, Angry Birds Trilogy, Angry Birds Star Wars, SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge and Wipeout Create & Crash.
Speaking more specifically on Call of Duty: Ghosts, the announcement confirmed support for the Wii Remote and second-screen Wii U GamePad gameplay, but didn't go into details. The Wii U version will release alongside other current-gen platforms on November 5.
Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said the announcement re-enforces the publisher's support for Wii U.
"As we have said before, we're committed to doing everything we can to support the Wii U, which is why we're excited to be bringing some of the most popular entertainment franchises in the world to the platform this year," he commented.
"The Call of Duty franchise continues to be one of the most powerful forces in gaming and Skylanders continues to enchant new fans around the world. Our studios have been hard at work creating brand new immersive experiences perfectly suited to the Wii U platform and our fall lineup has something for everyone," added Hirshberg.
This will come as a relief to Wii U owners, who've endured a severe lack of game releases in 2013 due largely to third parties' lack of confidence in the platform.
EA was among the largest to shun the platform major releases; the publisher confirmed in May that there will be no FIFA 14 on Wii Ufollowing "disappointing" sales of FIFA 13 on the console. Likewise, other EA sports titles, including Madden NFL 25 will skip the Nintendo machine.
EA Labels president Frank Gibeau told press that the firm will resume full support for Wii U when it "becomes a viable platform" on which to sell games, and that Nintendo must "sell more boxes".
Discussing third-party support earlier this month, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said, "There were so many games released by third party publishers for Wii U during the launch period, but most of them were converted from other platforms and therefore could not enjoy brisk sales. As a result, some software developers have become pessimistic about Wii U."
Without going into detail, Iwata said "there are more key titles to be announced by [third party developers]."
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