Weekend Wondering: Should Nintendo Change For Third Party Developers?

Wii U hasn’t kicked off this generation with a bang in terms of third-party support – both from the publishers and from early adopters not gravitating toward the plentiful third-party launch games en masse. Activision can’t be happy with the slow performance of Call of Duty: Black Ops II on Wii U, EA didn’t think a Wii U version of Crysis 3 would be viable, and we’ve been hearing reports right and left that other Wii U projects are getting cancelled.

For all Nintendo’s talk about getting third parties back, and all their efforts to create a controller and a platform with relative parity to current market offerings, the great Nintendo console Renaissance that people seemed to believe might be coming just hasn’t happened. What exactly is going on here? Are Nintendo and its fans just never going to be a good fit for third parties as things are? Or do third parties need to better adjust their publishing strategies to cater to Nintendo’s audience?

Let us know what you think in this week’s Weekend Wondering poll!

Should Nintendo change for third parties, or should third parties change for Nintendo’s audience?

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  • http://twitter.com/Zordauch Jonathan Rail

    Both, really, but game developers aren’t having trouble selling on other consoles. If Nintendo’s strategies make game developers hesitant to bring their A-list games, and if Nintendo can’t bring their hot properties to the console until the end of its lifespan, even fewer fans will be willing to help launch the next console when it comes out.

  • Erimgard

    Ideally third party developers would see the potential in the system and the fanbase and cater to it, because Nintendo fans are fanatic when they find something they like, and there’s money to be made.

    Realistically, Nintendo is going to have to jump through some hoops to get much third party support.

  • BlackRaven6695

    I think Nintendo have made the effort to make Wii U an attractive system for developers. Now the devs need to pull their weight and appeal to Nintendo’s unique consumer base. I remember EA made the Wii version of Fifa 10 different from the other console versions, and it wasn’t just a lazy scale-down, either. Don’t know if it payed off in sales for them but I admire their efforts to play to the console’s strength and the consumer base’s interests.

  • Brony with Sunglasses

    I personally think that, while the people who think that nintendo shouldn’t change are delusional, third parties should also take a part in that change and make more compromises. it IS business, after all.

  • The_Hyphenator

    I think Nintendo really has put a lot of effort into attracting third parties to the Wii U. Seriously, they’ve made deals to finance and publish several third-party titles, they released a minimal amount of first-party games at the launch to avoid stealing the thunder from third parties and their games, and they’ve even given third parties major billing in the Nintendo Directs, and at press events such as E3.

    Frankly, it’s the third parties that are acting foolish, here. They seem to be under the impression that Nintendo somehow owes them something, despite the fact that Nintendo has already bent over backwards to get them to put out games for the Wii U, and has already made their platform more open and friendly to third parties than either the PS3 or the 360.

  • zdog

    This is a great question, and it made me think, but in the end you must always cater to your audience.