When it was originally announced, there was no mention of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare coming to Nintendo's Wii U home console.
New information has surfaced hinting that the Wii U may not be down and out of contention for receiving Activision's annual first-person shooting outing. In fact, some believe that Activision may be waiting for E3 to make the big reveal for Nintendo's console.
Nintendo Castle picked up the story from Charlie Intel, who took on the painstaking task that no one asked them to do, and sift through the source code of the official Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare website.
As noted on the other two sites, you can see that the Wii U's logo is blatantly made obvious within the logo art available through the site. Check it out below.
Well there it is, about as clear and apparent as Donald Sterling's bête noire for anyone who isn't dipped in creamy vanilla.
Of course, as pointed out by both sites, even with a clear indication that the logo is present within the website source code for the game, it doesn't guarantee that the Wii U is still on the cards for Activision's latest Call of Duty title.
In fact, some gamers have commented that Advanced Warfare might skip the Wii U due to the poor sales of Call of Duty: Ghosts, as reported by Wii U Daily.
Of course, even with poor sales of Ghosts on the Wii U (which seems to show Wii U gamers have discernible tastes in what they purchase), Activision would lose more by not porting to the Wii U than what they might potentially gain by supporting the system. That's not to mention that they could always do the quick and dirty Xbox 360 port to Wii U and call it a day like some other studios; reap the benefits of a low cost venture for a couple hundred thousand sales in return.
Some pundits have pointed to the Wii U's install base as a reason for Activision to be apprehensive about a Wii U port, but keep in mind that the lead platform of development this time around is the Xbox One, and it has a smaller install base than the Wii U. With Nintendo's system sitting at 6.1 million SKUs and the Xbox One sitting at 4.4 million, according to VG Chartz.
Basically, it means that the numbers game doesn't favor the argument for the Xbox One. Most gamers have come to accept that Microsoft fronted the money for the Xbox One to be the lead platform of development, especially following the Resolutiongate fiasco from last year. The company is also ensuring that there is timed-exclusive DLC for the Xbox brand platforms. So yeah, of course the Xbox One would be on the table.
Whether or not this move opted to push the Wii U off the table is a whole other story, or possibly Nintendo and Activision have a deal of their own to consummate through some sort of announcement come E3? I guess we'll find out when the time comes.