Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Not Coming to Wii U, Unlike the Last Two CoD Games

Activision decides to skip Nintendo's console with its highly anticipated new shooter.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will come to five platforms later this year, and Wii U will not be one of them.

The prospect of a Wii U version of the latest entry in the massively popular shooter series had yet to be officially addressed until today, when Michael Condrey, co-founder of developer Sledgehammer Games, responded to a question on Twitter. "No, no Wii U. That was an Activision decision," he wrote. "We are focused on Xbox One, PS4, and PC." Sledgehammer is the lead developer on those three versions of the game, while High Moon Studios is working on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.

Wii U isn't a platform strongly associated with Call of Duty, but both of the series' games released since 2012--Black Ops II and Ghosts--were released on Wii U.

Advanced Warfare is the first game to be released as part of the franchise's new three-year development cycle. It runs on a new engine and introduces futuristic exosuits that provide players with all sorts of new, superhuman abilities. Following the reveal of the single-player mode earlier this year, Activision detailed the game's multiplayer mode earlier this month (check out our impressions here).

We've contacted Activision to find out why it decided to skip Wii U this year. With each year's Call of Duty release routinely being among that year's best sellers (if not the top-selling game), this is a major game to not be available on Nintendo's platform. Activision is not, however, the only publisher deciding to avoid releasing its games on Wii U; while Watch Dogs will come to the system, Ubisoft said recently that it will be the last "mature" game it releases on Wii U for the time being.

Advanced Warfare will be released on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, and PC on November 4. By preordering, you can get your hands on the game one day early.

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311 comments
Someguy1212
Someguy1212

That's good cause Ill be too busy playing smash brothers to give a dam

Furwings
Furwings

I own a Wii U and PS4. I recently made a list of 15 must-have PS4 games I want between now and next Fall. CoD is NOT on that list. I couldn't have any less f_cks to give. I'll be having fun playing MK8, Smash, Hyrule Warriors and more on my Wii U and those 15 other games on my PS4.

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

Wii U isn't a platform associated with non Nintendo games lol. I love ya Samus baby, but it ain't no party...without a third party. 

darthvandersag
darthvandersag

Which game do I most want to see on the Wii(for that matter anywhere)? KOTOR 3.

I'm raising awareness for the cause of KOTOR3. If you want KOTOR3 say,

"GIVE ME SOME KOTOR, GIVE ME KOTOR 3"


3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

well they should rather block PC port as steamers hate the title too much every time they bash it so overall it is a wrong decision.

elway41177
elway41177

Who cares about COD anyway. I'm looking forward to Hyrule Warriors and the new Zelda!!!!


Pewbert
Pewbert

Games like this are not suited to the Wii U.

Gazz64
Gazz64

Whew! thats a relief, thanks Activision, I totally hate buying games to play on my games machines!

atopp399
atopp399

I can't wait until last gen is dropped and they can focus entirely on current gen.

JoSilver
JoSilver

Well it's a good thing I bought AC4, Ninja Gaiden 3 and Wonderfull 101 for Wii U hell I was even considering buying BLOPS 2 for zombies, PLEASE STOP MAKING GAMES FOR ME TO BUY! I BEG YOU!

unban_porygon
unban_porygon

I think one of the main problems that the Wii U has (and Nintendo as a whole if we're being realistic here) is the lack of dedication to online support to their first party games. Like, before Mario Kart 8 was released back in May 2014, how many other Nintendo games had online multiplayer on the Wii U? 

I mean seriously, can any Nintendo gamers here on this board educate me on that question, because Nintendo's marketing campaign for the Wii U sure hasn't. Before someone replies with that Monster Hunter game for the Wii U, I'm pretty sure that's from Capcom, meaning it isn't Nintendo first party. 

ghost140
ghost140

Not the first and certainly not the last 3rd party that is running as far away from the WiiU as fast as possible. Damn shame really but it is Nintendos fault they have failed to convince 3rd party devs that their user base cares about more than Mario,Mkart,Zelda and smash bros.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

You have to wonder if 3rd parties will even bother with Nintendo going forward.

javalino
javalino

Well, guess nintendo fanboys will have to sucks their our d**k to pass the time. 

jlenoconel
jlenoconel

Don't know what to make of this.  I suppose not enough people bought the last CoD games on the Wii U, hence no more games in the franchise being made for the system.  That being said, it does get annoying seeing all these companies shun the Wii U like they are.  Can Activision not make a similar game that will sell on the platform?

kehkou
kehkou

Lost a sale from me, Will PIRATE on PC then

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btroof
btroof

the last time I played through a COD campaign was World of War.

smackdowner360
smackdowner360

Why would they? The wii u is dead PS4 has past it worldwide and the Xbox One has passed it in america within 4 months of release.Once the X1 ships in the other 27 countrys next month it will have passed it worldwide also by years end.3rd party games dont sell on the wii u its just a waste of time and money.Nintendo needs to leave the hardware industry and do mobile apps.Along with putting more work towards their handheld.Also putting their games on the playstation and xbox 

starcrafthenry
starcrafthenry

I'm disappointed by this news, but I can't say it was totally unexpected. The last two CoD games on Wii U saw very limited releases. They're not even available to be downloaded from the eShop, and they both received very limited support in terms of DLC and updates.

I primarily game on PC, but with so many major 3rd party developers abandoning the Wii U, it looks like my library will grow even less than previously expected.

Flyin3lvl
Flyin3lvl

" Wii U isn't a platform strongly associated with Call of Duty"

thats just it wii u isnt a platform strongly asscoiated with any other game outside its known cirlce of games 

the wii u is another next gen console.... if im right in thinking was out before the other next gens....

it has a unique game pad that should enhance the gameplay shouldnt that be the selling point to why the wii u would bring a unique different gameplay experiance


in the articles im reading its like reading between the lines 

"instead of bringing a collection of great 3rd party games with the already aswome 1st party games that would help boost the wii u not just in sales but popularity we're jsut to lazy"


"c.b.a thinking of orginal ideas to incorparte the pad.... and developing or porting to it is to hard"





 


jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@unban_porygon during the launch of the last generation 7th Nintendo came out with "we do not believe online is the direction games will go in" which they put that plaque up beside the one " cd rom, will not catch on and is not the media for games" The ceos have become so insulated by reality even they are starting to believe their own bullshit. 

rarerichz
rarerichz

@unban_porygon first of all games dont need online multiplayer , games survived for like 20 years without online multiplayer. you newbie generation gamers need to shut your mouths you dont know smack about gaming.

Rotondi
Rotondi

@unban_porygon JoSilver has got a point.  Tell us the name of 1st Party Nintendo Wii U game that needs online multiplayer that already doesn't?  Pikmin 3 maybe, but technically that game doesn't need it either.

JoSilver
JoSilver

@unban_porygon Not every game needs Online Multiplayer, Mario is best played with actual people next to you, the only game that I feel really needed online Multiplayer was Pikmin 3, Bingo Battle would be amazing online. Other then That Mario Kart is really the only game that online Multiplayer and it go hand in hand.

Rotondi
Rotondi

@ghost140 Nintendo can't make their fanbase care about major third party games (like Creed, Cod fish and washing dogs).  You expect them to just beam some hypnotic Nintendo Direct into the homes of Wii U owners:  "You will like and go buy terrible games, you will like and go buy terrible games."


But seriously.  Nintendo fans love a huge array of games, and we are asking for Nintendo to pump out some more titles fast. However we don't like these silly big budgeted AAA action games that focus on pseudo realistic graphics and violence. If third parties want to be successful on Nintendo consoles, they need to get creative.  Eternal Darkness kind of creative or Resident Evil 4.  There is a big market for third party games on the Wii U, third parties just haven't made the game yet.  This is not Nintendo's fault.

atopp399
atopp399

Why you no speak English?

hystavito
hystavito

@javalino Hmm, that's an interesting way to pass the time, might even be more fun than playing CoD Advanced Warfare on WiiU would have been.

lunchb0x87
lunchb0x87

@smackdowner360  lol its still ahead of the Xone and it dont matter what region it owns Japan and as it sits right now with PC the other 2 systems are a waste of time and money when they offer very limited exclusives and what muiltiplats they get are sub par in compression to PC

JoSilver
JoSilver

@Wolfking685 @sector54334 Yeah cause I totally didn't buy Resident Evil Revelations for my 3DS, I didn't buy Madworld, or AC4, or any game ever with M rating! I also wasn't planning to buy Watch_Dogs for Wii U.

I only play Nintendo games and the E rated games at that, T is too intense for me.

hystavito
hystavito

@Rotondi @ghost140 But third parties don't really care about being successful on the WiiU because of the small install base. :)  You can't really blame the people making games anyway, they make games they wanna make and WiiU owners just don't want those kinds of games.  I think some people would argue directly against your statement "Nintendo fans love a huge array of games" by saying no they don't, that's why they're Nintendo fans :).


Nintendo, well they are kinda at fault for this because they chose to make such a system, they knew what they were doing and what market they wanted to target.  They claimed they would try to win over the "serious" gamers again, but let's be honest, they aren't dumb, and you need more than a pro controller to back that up :).  Their people had to know that there would be new consoles from MS and Sony soon and that those would be far more powerful than the WiiU and that more powerful hardware is something those "serious" gamers would want.  What they didn't know of course was how few people would end up wanting a WiiU.  They knew it wouldn't sell like the Wii, but they probably figured they'd still sell well enough that the big install base would be impossible for 3rd parties to overlook despite the weaker hardware.  That didn't happen and now they have to live with that.  People love to throw around the "entitled" word in comments, so I'll use it too, Nintendo isn't entitled to any 3rd party support, it's just business.


Finally you call the big AAA games "terrible".  Well, I don't care for CoD and AC, Watch Dogs was pretty bland to me.  I often think most games these days are shallow, or simply run & gun, or repetitive, etc.  But, you know, a huge number of people buy and love those games, so there has to be something good about them, and I always try to keep that in mind and respect it.


starcrafthenry
starcrafthenry

@smackdowner360 *copies*

I don't know where your numbers came from, but according to VGChartz, Ghosts sold 170,000 on Wii U, and BO2 sold 240,000 on Wii U. Am I sure they're right? No. However, the margin of error would be huge if the games indeed only sold 30,000 copies.

Like I said, the last two CoD games saw limited releases. I live in a city of more than a million people, and I've only seen CoD for Wii U, on shelves at two stores. Every other store makes you order it online. 

I definitely don't understand why neither game is available to be downloaded from the eShop.

Flyin3lvl
Flyin3lvl

@sector54334 @Flyin3lvl lol, i agree cod aint one of them but for a next gen console it should be geting the same next gen games i still cant help but think the wii u has wasted potental

Wolfking685
Wolfking685

@JoSilver @sector54334  my bad some m rated games work well on wii u like zombiu does maybe more game like that or put on wii u outlast gamepad as cam or silent hill

i feel dumb now that thought about it


Josliver is resident evil good on 3ds?

twisted_outlaw
twisted_outlaw

@hystavito @Rotondi @ghost140 Xbox One has a smaller install base than the Wii-U. The Wii-U would have a bigger install base, if third parties would invest in it, but then again, Nintendo released a last gen console and called it next gen. Idk why Nintendo is always behind in hardware. They make hardware strong enough for what they want, but don't take third party needs into consideration.

Rotondi
Rotondi

@hystavito @Rotondi @ghost140 I called them "terrible" in jest.  Which is why my next sentence started with,"But seriously."


Nintendo 1st party games vary immensely by title to title.  Donkey Kong, Mario, Metroid, Pikmin, Star Fox, Kart, Smash, Mario Party, etc... are all so absolutely so different from each other in terms of their gameplay.  When a gamer says they like Nintendo games, it means they like a massive amount of different types of games.  No Nintendo fan is like, "I just like Zelda" or "I want a Wii U just for Galaxy 3." Non-Nintendo fans say this kind of stuff.  Nintendo fans like so many more types of games then Sony and Microsoft fans it's not even funny.  There's nothing wrong with this. I'm not saying Sony fans or Microsoft fans like terrible games (or are wrong for liking just one type of game), they, for the most part, just like 1 or 2 types of games.  Games like CoD, Far Cry, Assassins Creed, Uncharted, Halo, Gears, Last of Us, GTA, Skyrim, Destiny, etc...games that are very similar to each other.  These titles sell in HUGE numbers in their market and they don't sell well to Nintendo fans.  But big AAA developers don't want to make anything else but these super action games that have big explosive graphics.  They just don't.  Hence, no support for Nintendo.


Nintendo IS catering to the "serious" gamers with the Wii U.  I'm not sure how you are not seeing that.  They've toned down the motion controls.  They released one of the hardest games in a long time (DKTF), Kart is better than ever, Bayoneta 2, Hyrule Warriors and Smash are right on the horizon.  Star Fox is coming back.  And I could go on.  Unless, of course, you thought Nintendo meant by saying they are catering to serious gamers that that meant release a PC in a box, or get games like Skyrim and GTA on their platform.  Well to that I have to say, no.  That was never the case.

tmorri603
tmorri603

@starcrafthenry @smackdowner360 I hope I can help understand why those games were not available for download. Have you seen the storage specs that the Wii U has? The most you can get with any one you buy is 32 GB. That is pathetic in the age of consoles having 500 GB as a standard. Granted, you can get an external HDD but companies have no way of knowing how many Wii U owners have external HDD. They look at it as it is not worth the money it would take to have it available for download. I have nothing against Nintendo but they should have had a good size HDD to have games for download right out the box. 

starcrafthenry
starcrafthenry

@tmorri603 I totally agree that they screwed the pooch with the tiny amount of storage available. However, I don't see that as a valid reason to not make something available for download. I did indeed add an external HDD just for the sake of downloading games. When the 20GB HDD on my 360 filled up, I bought the larger 120GB HDD to replace it.

Is there some extra fee associated with making a game available to download? That's really the only valid reason I can think of.

zinten
zinten

@tmorri603 @starcrafthenry @smackdowner360 cod ghost sold 10 times less on the wii u than on the xb1, that had the 2nd worst sale numbers for this title amongst all platforms (not including pc in that ranking because vgcharts only include physical games sale number and that is less than 10% of pc sales).

Seeing that there are more wii u owner than xb1 at the moment this clearly shows a lack of interest in this game on wii u. 

So I think that is understandable that activision doesn't really want to make a wii u version anymore.

tmorri603
tmorri603

@starcrafthenry @tmorri603 There is an extra cost to having games available for download. You would have to use Activison's servers to download the game from which cost money and once you do, you have to use their servers to play online. All of that cost money to set up and maintain. Activison sees that as not being worth it for the Wii U.

tmorri603
tmorri603

@zinten You make some good points.  I think the lack of interest goes to 2 things: The consumer base that Nintendo has. The majority of Nintendo's consumer base does not care for games like COD. Also, Nintendo's network is still very poor. I am really disappointed that it had not evolved much over the years. We all know that COD main stay is online matches.

starcrafthenry
starcrafthenry

@zinten I don't disagree that Activision made the right business decision. That doesn't make me any less disappointed though.

I think the Xbone performed better for three main reasons. 

One, Microsoft has made CoD one of it's top priorities via exclusivity deals, and advertisements, so Xbox has the largest user base of CoD games. 

Two, Xbone didn't have as many games to choose from last November, so more people picked up CoD than would have if there had been more games to choose from. 

Three, Nintendo always receives the gimped version. If potential buyers knew for sure that the Wii U version would receive the same amount of support, and DLC, as the other versions, more people would buy it.

starcrafthenry
starcrafthenry

@tmorri603 That's what I was asking. I didn't know that publishers have to maintain the servers that the games are downloaded from. I assumed Nintendo provided them, and that any associated fees would equal to the same as fees associated with having the game in a physical form.