Originally posted on VentureBeat:
Nintendo wasn’t planning for a standard gaming controller for the Wii U. But it announced one this year for “multiplatform gaming.” Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter speculates that the reason the publisher did so was pressure from third parties such as Activision Blizzard.
After all, you can’t really play blockbuster games like the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops II with the Wii U’s tablet controller. So Activision probably leaned on Nintendo as much as it could, saying it would publish Black Ops II on the Wii U if it had an option for a standard game controller.