According to a press release Thursday, Activision is releasing six new titles for Nintendo’s Wii U this fall. The games being released are Call of Duty: Ghosts, Angry Birds Trilogy, Angry Birds Star Wars, Skylanders SWAP Force, SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge and Wipeout Create & Crash. The biggest name on that list is Call of Duty, which is slated to hit both current and next-gen systems as well. It remains to be seen how the Wii U version of the game compares to releases on the Xbox One and Playstation 4. Skylanders is also a significant acquisition for Nintendo.
The Wii U has been struggling in regard to third party support. Less than expected sales combined with a software library viewed by many as lagging has led many third party publishers and developers to question their involvement with Nintendo’s latest console. Among these is EA, which did not list Wii U software sales on its quarterly financial report, indicating that it views the Wii U to be less viable than the original Wii and the decade old Playstation 2, which were both listed. Furthermore, EA is not releasing this year’s version of Madden for the Wii U.
Nintendo unveiled new first party software at this year’s E3, including new Super Smash Bros. and Super Mario games. The first game to launch in this new wave of Wii U titles is Pikmin 3, the first Pikmin game in nearly ten years, which arrives this August. However, many of these releases are slated for 2014 and would miss the crucial holiday season, which could put the Wii U in a vulnerable position later this year when the Playstation 4 and Xbox One launch.
Activision’s involvement in the Wii U indicates that they are confident enough to support the system with some of their biggest brands, but whether that confidence will be maintained in the coming months and years remains to be seen.