Aside from some pretty lacklustre earnings, the Wii U is getting hit with even more bad news today with the announcement that Batman: Arkham Origin's online mode will be on everything except the Wii U due to the console having a small audience.

In a statement to Eurogamer, a Warner Bros. rep said of the exclusion, "MP will be available for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. The team is focusing development efforts on platforms with the largest MP audience."

Some would say this is a Catch 22 situation in which publishers don't support the Wii U and in turn the console's sales never get better. However its probably a bit more straight-up when you consider Batman Arkham City sold nearly 160,000 copies despite being a full priced port of a year old game and as Ubisoft confirmed Wii U ports cost less than $1.3 million, so within its first week of release this game was already profitable.

So the lack of support from third party publishers for the WIi U isn't just about a lack of user base, but could be seen as publishers (and developers) punishing Nintendo for not following the Xbox 360 and PS3 standards of investing in exclusive DLC, advertisement campaigns and for delaying release on other platforms.

Lastly, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata's decision to not support the mobile game market in fears of destroying the quality of Nintendo's image and software base has maybe irked certain publishers who have supported developing mobile software.

The game industry is a dirty business, but in the end the only ones who always lose is the consumer - and that's never a good thing.