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In case it wasn’t obvious enough, Nintendo’s “next-gen” console the Wii U is having a drought of good third-party games at the moment.

Unfortunately, you can add Just Cause devs Avalanche Studios to the list of developers who aren’t making any games.

In an interview with Norwegian site Pressfire (translated by NeoGAF), Christofer Sundbderg, founder of Avalanche, states that not only do they have “no plans” for the Wii U, but the dev kits they have of the console is actually “collecting dust.

Keep in mind that the text below came from Google translate, so it might sound a bit off.

No. Not at the moment. My kids play “Skylanders Giants” on Wii U. It’s pretty much the only dealings I have with the console…We actually had some develop (dev kits) consoles that just collected dust. It’s a little sad, because we were supposed wanted to do something. I think it is a cool platform, but right now it’s not just up to us. We want the game to release an as wide as possible.

In addition to that, Sundberg mentions that they think the Wii U’s user base is too small for them to risk developing a game for it, and adds that Nintendo is “difficult” to reach, claiming, “Nintendo have from our point of view has always been difficult to get in. You never quite know where to turn. Now, however, we have managed to get through, via the publisher we work with.”

Sadly, this honestly doesn’t surprise me anymore. Hopefully, Nintendo listens to some of the feedback from studios and corrects them for the sake of every Wii U owner out there.

Is this news even shocking to you at all or are you expecting it given Nintendo’s past consoles?

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Third party speaking his mind about the Wii U situation. Let's hope the industry gets out of this mentality soon or we'll all have to game on tablets and smartphones :S

PS: Excuses have to be made for such an ugly text layout, but i can't correct it more than what you see here!

Who is this again?

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So are the actual consoles so yeah.

 Nintendopie  Was obviously right and I was obviously wrong. I will forever be a lesser being than them. (6/16/13)

Here I'll post something someone said on Gonintendo so don't ban me.

>Wah, wah, wah, poor little devs let me wipe their tears on my NOT CARING. I'm sorry, but there is NO way they can't just pick up a phone and call Nintendo of Europe for some bloody help. Nintendo DOES have the power and money for it, but if devs aren't willing to reach Nintendo halfway, then why should Nintendo do the same? This smacks of the kind of spoiled, childish developers that are plaguing the industry.

>And yet it seems indie devs like the guys making C-Wars, Cryamore, Days of Dawn, Dreamfall Chapters, Giana Sisters, Noctemis, Pier Solar, Shovel Knight, Super Ubi Land, etc have had ZERO problems getting in touch with Nintendo and have quite a bit of praise for the Wii U. Maybe it's something that only happens with so-called "AAA" gaming studios who are too lazy and spoiled to actually put some WORK into communicating. If they're not gonna act like pros, then I'm not gonna treat them like pros.

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Never played a Just Cause game, so I guess I won't be missing much.

So basically, they want to make games for Wii U, but the Publishers don't want to get on board to fund them. Corporations FTW?

Hang on, Nintendo is to blame for 3rd party relations?

This isn't the first time I've seen that, and certainly won't be the last. Instead people here continue to blame the 3rd parties and 3rd parties only for not supporting Nintendo out of good will.

Watch this space - counting down to the GOTG soon

Developer also says

"I think Nintendo has a lot to gain from being more like Sony, by reaching out to developers and that way get more developers with them.

If that were to happen, you feel more enthusiasm as a developer, and perhaps you'd be inspired to make something cool, something good. In the case of Nintendo this could be something based on the GamePad for the Wii U."

(This is my translation)

So developers are children who need approval and encouragement from Nintendo to be inspired to develop something cool or good?

This is a laughable excuse and quite discouraging to see grown men fall back on this kind of thinking. In the real world it works like this:

You have the dev kits, you either use them to make something or you don't. It's up to you. Don't pretend that Nintendo needs to reach out to you, that it's too difficult to figure out how to do it, that you would like to do something it's just all these things that are out of our hands. This is excuse driven thinking and not the domain of men, that is how children think.

Finally, I think it's only fair to point out that the guy is Swedish, and that perhaps it reflects poorly on me to expect clear analytical thinking from a Swede.

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The wii u is just not a profitable console to develop on.