Game analyst Michael Pachter is no newcomer to controversy — yesterday he said the Wii U wouldn’t work, which attracted a lot of criticism on this site and the web. During the same interview, Pachter said he believed that Activision basically forced Nintendo to release the Wii U Pro Controller. Otherwise, Call of Duty on the Wii U would probably not happen, according to Pachter. He did clarify his statement later to VentureBeat, saying that this is his own opinion and that he doesn’t have any inside tips on the matter.
“I am putting two and two together to conclude that Activision put pressure on Nintendo”, Pachter said. He added that Black Ops 2 developer Treyarc recently made comments about the Wii U Pro controller, saying it’s a “tailored fit” for Call of Duty on the Wii U platform. Because of this, Pachter believes Activision put pressure on Nintendo to release a standard controller for the Wii U as well.
On one hand, we can understand where Pachter is coming from: Activision isn’t known for being the most creative developer/publisher in the world and not the fastest to embrace new technologies. It’s easy to see them asking Nintendo for something more regular than the tablet controller. On the other hand, Nintendo released a similar controller for the Wii — the Wii Classic Controller — and one can assume that the company simply followed the same path with the Wii U Pro Controller.