Although it seems like a highly unlikely pairing, Call of Duty has always been very closely associated to Nintendo, being one of the major third party franchises that always put out a Nintendo version. Every single Call of Duty game from last generation was on the Wii outside of Modern Warfare 2, and Call of Duty 4 through Modern Warfare 3 all got accompanying versions on the Nintendo DS. Activision was also right there at the Wii U’s launch, bringing out Black Ops 2 on Nintendo’s then new console, and then also Ghosts the following year.
But last year, Advanced Warfare skipped out on a Wii U version, bringing many to the conclusion that the franchise’s historic support of Nintendo might be coming to an end. Well… it might not be, after all. You see, on the Call of Duty website, which updated yesterday to accommodate the Black Ops 3 tease, a new option has shown up- an option to link up your Nintendo Network account, hinting that Black Ops 3 might be releasing on Wii U or 3DS this year.
There is precedence to suggest this, too. Black Ops 3 is a Treyarch game, and Treyarch has always ensured a version of its game will be on Nintendo (the studio is historically fanatical about Nintendo)- as a matter of fact, Treyarch has also handled the Nintendo versions of Call of Duty games from other studios, such as Infinity Ward. So that, coupled with the new Nintendo Network link options that have appeared on the website (spotted by catmario on NeoGAF), suggest that Call of Duty may be returning to Nintendo this year after an off year.
Right now, we know nothing, of course. No platforms have been announced yet. But we will keep you posted, when Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is officially revealed later this month.