Activision Not Impressed by Wii U Launch

The Wooster

King Snap
Jul 15, 2008
Activision Not Impressed by Wii U Launch

Kotick is worried that the Wii U's slow sales could hurt Skylanders.

The Wii U's slow launch seems to be making a lot of big names worried. With Disney snapping at its heels with the upcoming Disney Infinity, Activision is trying to cement Skylanders as the game du jour for wringing cash out of 6-to-11-year-olds. Unfortunately, the Wii U's slow start means the audience of impressionable proto-humans isn't as big as Activision might like.

"As you know, we were somewhat disappointed with the launch of the Wii U," CEO Bobby Kotick explained during an earnings call. "And I think it's a challenging environment this year, and one of the things we are concerned about is what the install base of hardware will be like for 6-to-11-year-olds. But we have a lot of confidence in the franchise in the long term. I think we're delivering another great product this year."

Skylanders, a toy/game franchise juggernaut hewed from the bones of the Spyro the Dragon series, is in with a shot of replacing Call of Duty as Activision's primary money spinner, having shifted 30+ million toys since its launch in March, 2012. Judging by how many adults I know that are caught in the game's thrall (myself included), Activision may not have to worry about the 6-to-11-year-old market after all.

Like the 3DS, the Wii U is going through a troubled launch. Unlike the 3DS, the Wii U won't be receiving a price cut, as Nintendo President Satoru Iwata explained last month. So what's the problem exactly? Well Ubisoft's Xavier Poix reckons the target audience simply doesn't grasp how the console works. []

"It's different from the Wii, where seeing was believing," he said. "With the Wii U, people really need to experience it."

Iwata is putting the slow sales down to a far more mundane problem: The product lineup has "not yet fully communicated the value of our product." In other words: There ain't enough games.

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Ryan Hughes

New member
Jul 10, 2012
And I'm not impressed by Activision. I really have a hard time understanding how they are in a position to criticize when they are 60% owned by Vivendi.

The White Hunter

Basment Abomination
Oct 19, 2011
Y'know I think out of those people Iwata might be on to something while the others are mostly full of shit.

Though the Wii U is something that you understand better after you have a tinker with it.


New member
Jun 21, 2010
The console does better than the 360/PS3 did in their launch frames, but not impressed. Got it.

It's funny how business decisions seem to be made by people who are little more rational and knowledgeable than the weirdos who populate gaming forums.

If the Wii U isn't considered to be doing well, than I think that's an indictment of console gaming in general and that it's dying in the face of mobile and PC gaming.

Andy Shandy

Fucked if I know
Jun 7, 2010
Ugh, despite me standing up for Activision on occasion, nearly everything Bobby Kotick says makes me want to punch him.

And I agree with Iwata, when more big names drop, the Wii U will be better and better.
Dec 14, 2009
I wonder if Kotick even knows what video games are.

I bet he thinks he sells shampoo or something, for how out of touch he is.


New member
Mar 22, 2010
Daystar Clarion said:
I wonder if Kotick even knows what video games are.

I bet he thinks he sells shampoo or something, for how out of touch he is.
We all know here that Bobby's just disappointed he might not be able to rake in and squeeze more money on this console compared to others.

He dislikes video games yet works in the industry but only to make money and couldn't care less what franchises he liquidates.

D Moness

Left the building
Sep 16, 2010
Who would have guessed it. Activision thinks there are not enough kids on a kiddie console.

I am shocked I tell you

For the people that do not understand it this post is sarcasm


The Laughing Arsehole
Dec 29, 2009
(Jeffers incoming in 3... 2... 1...)

At least that Iwata fellow has his head screwed on properly.


They will not take our Fluids
Jun 5, 2008
I thought this might happen. For some reason even I'm a little concerned. And what's worse is that Bobby didn't say something absolutely retarded this time (though the great product part puts me off).

Nintendo need to get out there more, just like they did with the Wii. I found hooked up Wii's in the middle of market places and shopping centres, why aren't they doing it this time?

D Moness said:
Who would have guessed it. Activision thinks there are not enough kids on a kiddie console.

I am shocked I tell you

For the people that do not understand it this post is sarcasm
Sorry to be off topic, but I love your avatar. Mischief Makers kicks ass, and I hope they bring that to the WiiU.


Yes.. Swooping is bad.
May 21, 2012
I'm still very on the fence about the Wii U.. I generally like Nintendo stuff, even if mostly for their own games (Mario, Zelda etc.) but the controller looks awkward and even if it's not, it looks like a prime target for gimmicky gameplay. But I do think Poix has a point, stores need to put it on display so we can try it.

By the way, is there a skype function for the Wii U? Or just the Wiichat thing? And is it compatible with Gamecube stuff, like the Wii?


Needs more Dakka
Apr 13, 2010
In my experience, most of the parents buy Skylanders for the Wii because their kids are either A) still really young or B) only recently got the Wii. So they didn't get a Wiiu for their kids for those reasons and as such don't get the Wiiu version of the game.


PS Thanks
May 29, 2009
You want a bigger userbase for the Wii U? Release more games! Believe it or not, Nintendo consoles aren't just for first-party games and shovelware! If Activision makes a system-seller, systems will sell.

Of course, you could also blame Nintendo for not releasing enough first-party games, and then when Nintendo eventually does release the next Mario and the next Zelda, complain that Nintendo is edging out third parties because their games are too good.

Frankly, Mr. Kotick, I think you're just angry because Activision's standard annual CoD roster update style of development doesn't fly on Nintendo consoles (and let's face it, the Skylanders franchise is attempting the exact same thing now), and you're looking to shift the blame anywhere you can. The Wii U, while not as successful as the Wii was at this stage in its life, is selling pretty well for a freshly-launched console. You can't expect it to have the install base of a late-cycle console already, and you certainly can't blame Nintendo if existing users don't want to buy a port of a game that is also on consoles they already have, and obviously just an excuse to sell figures, and doesn't have anything significantly new to offer over the first game.

So try releasing an exclusive (and if you can't think of anything actually fun to do with the second screen, a map on there is better than something annoying and gimmicky). Put some time and effort into it. Make something great, delay it if you need to, and put a ton of marketing in it. If it's genuinely good, it won't just sell, it'll sell systems. Certainly this is smarter than blaming Nintendo for your multiplatform game doing better on consoles with six-year install bases.

P.S. Thanks


Feb 9, 2009
New Jersey
United States
Well Bobby you know what you need to do? Make some console selling exclusives for the WiiU! -smack-

That Iwata guy speaks the truth. The main reason for the WiiU's slow start is lack of console selling games. It's a good system from what I've experienced of it(a friend of mine has one) but right now it's just not worth the investment for what I would essentially just be using to play the few Wii games I already own.


Swamp Weather Balloon Gas
Apr 11, 2011
It's time to stop blaming the consoles entirely (yes, we get it, it's a tablet, why the hell is it so scary to children if your claims are believed) and look at publishers who ***** constantly about the console not selling enough.

People buy consoles to PLAY GAMES. If there is a game they REALLY WANT the console is the SECONDARY PURCHASE to THE ACTUAL GAME.

Nintendo is the only console company to actively push its own lineup of games to sell its own console, and yet, the other consoles seem to be doing fine, because YOU AREN'T ACTIVELY BITCHING ABOUT THEIR CONSOLE WHILE DELAYING OR CANCELLING YOUR RELEASES ON THEM.

Do your job, and they'll do theirs. We've moved on from the Wii era. Get past it.