Massively multiplayer online games and consoles don't exactly have the strongest working relationship, despite the efforts of sizeable publishers: SEGA had Phantasy Star Online and Phantasy Star Universe, Square Enix brought Final Fantasy XI to Xbox 360 and Sony Online Entertainment's EverQuest Online Adventures for PS2 only just closed down after nine years. According to MMO specialist Funcom's Joel Bylos, Wii U could be the first console to nail the genre.
Speaking to Official Nintendo Magazine, Bylos waxed lyrical about the potential of the Wii U's touch screen controller:
Wii U could be the first real console on which running an MMORPG without compromise is plausible. The controller is perfect for lining up those rows of hotbars that are essential in most MMOs. A customisable touchscreen interface combined with the 3D spatial movement of a console controller could be a winner.
While this is all encouraging, the real question is this: would many studios actively develop MMOs for Wii U? PC MMOs come and go on a system ideally suited to the genre — how would a Wii U MMO fare?