Super Smash Bros. Could Ignite Wii U Sales, Ubisoft Says

EU boss Alain Corre says upcoming mascot brawler "will be a trigger to increase the momentum of the Wii U at Christmas."

The upcoming Super Smash Bros. game for Wii U could ignite sales of the platform, helping drive momentum during the critical holiday season. That's according to Ubisoft EU boss Alain Corre, who tells GamesIndustry International that Super Smash Bros. and Just Dance 2015 could be big-sellers for Wii U.

"To be honest, we always want more consoles," Corre said. "Just Dance 2015 is resonating very well. We think it will please a lot of [existing] Wii U owners and push more families to buy extra Wii Us. But we also believe that Super Smash Bros. will be a trigger to increase the momentum of the Wii U at Christmas. As a gamer, I was playing [Super Smash Bros.] over ten years ago, and it has some of the best moments that Nintendo has shared. I think that franchise could be magical [for the Wii U]."

Predecessor Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008) for the Wii has sold more than 12 million copies.

Corre said Nintendo has "some of the best franchises in the world," and has proven it knows how to make great games. He said Nintendo proved this with Mario Kart 8 and will "prove that again with Super Smash."

Mario Kart 8 received high review scores across the board and sold nearly three million copies in its first month.

Corre's comments come after Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said earlier this week that the French publisher does not plan to release any more "mature" games on the Wii U.

The Wii U launched in November 2012 and did not get off to the hottest start. As of June 30, Nintendo had sold 6.7 million systems and 36.7 million games for the console. The company has a number of marquee games and products in the pipeline, including Super Smash Bros., Hyrule Warriors, and Bayonetta 2 this fall, alongside its new toys life, amiibo. Looking ahead to next year, Nintendo plans to release an open-world Legend of Zelda game for Wii U.

Just yesterday, GameStop president Tony Bartel said though the Wii U didn't surge out of the gate like the PlayStation 4 did, you should not bet against the console. Super Smash Bros. for Wii launches this holiday, while the 3DS version--currently in the throes of bug-testing--will be released on October 3.

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cguido
cguido

I prefer the WiiU over the PS4 by a long shot my friend is selling his ps4 because he is still waiting on good games he says there are only monotonous first person shooters on the ps4 and Sony is going bankrupt

cguido
cguido

all the ps4 and Xbox None fans wished they could play all the games on the WiiU lol so hard.

I cant wait for christmas I am buying a WiiU for me and my bros for Bayonetta2, Devils third, Watch Dogs, Smash Brothers, Mario Kart 8, 

and I just heard they announced a new Zelda and Star Fox Game for the WiiU. its got games for every one not just the mature audience :D

coolguyj30
coolguyj30

Funny that ps4 and x1 FAN COME HERE and talk trash lol ...the Wii U is an amazing console

coolguyj30
coolguyj30

The Wii U is an amazing console and has a lot of great features and I think it's wrong that companies like Ubisoft think that they can control us gamers by skipping a console ..how long till the start skipping other consoles for the same reason ?? Us gamers should stick together regardless of what console you have ..it should be about the love of the game

jts1891
jts1891

...Right. Mario Kart is a bigger franchise than Smash Bros by a wide margin, and it didn't help the Wii U's sales much.

sharpshooter188
sharpshooter188

Bad Luck Brian meme - Smash Bros could boost Wii U sales.  Everyone buys for 3ds.

burnettaj
burnettaj

Sorry no Wii for me. Just can't see any reason to buy one. All the games seem to be dominating on PS4 and Xbox One.

Dragerdeifrit
Dragerdeifrit

i just have something to say to nintendo: NO SH·%T SHERLOCK

rasterorsoniu13
rasterorsoniu13

It'll increase it's sales lead over X1 then, which it is already doing by millions.

YouEnjoyMyFluff
YouEnjoyMyFluff

Nintendo has really turned into a joke.  Pretty sad.  They made some of the best games ever and now have resorted to child's play.  They should take themselves more seriously by making improved versions of their already established, successful franchises.  Like another Mario Galaxy.  A Zelda as captivating as OoT.  A Metroid that's actually fun to play.  A Star Fox 64 type game.  


They should also put more meaningful characters in the new Smash Brothers.  Villager, Wii Trainer, No-name Japanese swordsmen, lame over abundance of lame Pokemon. 


they don't listen to their fans.  


That's why Wii U and Nintendo is currently a disgrace of a company.  Keep failing 

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

Only interested in Pokemon and a new Zelda game.  This isnt enough to get me to buy a Wii U.  Not even my nieces want it and they loved the Wii.

hitomo
hitomo

what does that even mean ... increase in momentum ... more weight, more sales, more failure ?

scurran007
scurran007

Sorry, I still see no reason to buy a Wii U.

ecurl143
ecurl143

I honestly don't think games like this are going to save the Wi-U for the immediate future.

You always notice spikes in sales for the console when Nintendo release a home grown game for their own system - that's to be expected but to think it will ignite sales to match PS4 or XBOX1 is just crazy talk.

It'll probably look good on paper, like it did for Mario Kart 8 but when tumbleweed is blowing across the Nintendo games desert, any game released has owners clamouring for a any title to play because basically, there is nothing else there.

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

So Ubi expects there to be a huge selection of gamers who did NOT buy a Wii U for Mario Kart 8 but will buy one for Smash Bros? 

coolguyj30
coolguyj30

Super smash bros isn't the only big game on the way ..Zelda and Xenoblade X will deliver the knockout punch to Ubisoft !!!!!!

physxy
physxy

Ubisoft I really don't care about anything you say.  You have held back games twice on the Wii U and one was supposed to be a console exclusive and you abandoned that idea.  I really have been given many reasons to hate you as a company and so many gamers out there hate you too.  Some of what you have done has hurt the sales of the Wii U so can you please just be quiet about your opinions on how Wii U sales could increase and so on.  Go back to justifying 30 FPS and no 1080p and not patching Watch Dogs with the E3 graphics yourselves.  Seriously Ubisoft you are more hated than EA right now.  

Justtapitin
Justtapitin

So could another Zelda,  Super Mario World and your mom.

robertcain
robertcain

If all goes to plan like it often does for Super Smash Bros, Wii U sales will definitely ignite this Christmas. But the only question is, for how long? Games like this and Mario Kart 8 are keeping the system afloat but seeing as how Ubisoft recently withdrew their support for the system, the future (aside from those killer first party titles) still isn't looking too bright for Nintendo's system.

tonybob8989
tonybob8989

I'm really looking forward to the new Zelda, but what i really want to get my hands on is Xenoblade Chronicles X.  Im actually surprised that basically no one is looking forward to this game.  The Wii XB was killer in my opinion,

so_hai
so_hai

It just launched way too early. It seems the earlier you launch, the more catching up you need to do - like a paradox, man...

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

I'll still buy Watchdogs on Wii U. I'll buy it because it'll become a oddity. Just like how I bought Child of Light. I'll hope for a sequel on Wii U as well. But if Ubisoft doesn't make games for Wii U that just means that I'll spend my money elsewhere. 

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

I'd buy a 3DS for the new super smash bros, not a Wii U.

Hobbes444
Hobbes444

If only the WiiU had The Witcher 3 and it looked as good as the PS4 and XB1 versions....

cguido
cguido

@jts1891 Mario kart did a lot it pushed WiiU sales, it pushed game stops financial numbers as well Game stops CEO thanked Nintendo for Mario Kart, and it showed third party devs how dlc is done for only about 12 bucks you get 6 new characters, mercedes Benz karts, plus 16 new Tracks thats like an entire new game. 

you dont know what are you talking about man lol so hard XD


coolguyj30
coolguyj30

Mario Kart 8 is getting even bigger now that there's doc coming with 16 New tracks more vehicles and more characters ..I can't wait to race with link

cguido
cguido

@sharpshooter188 nope I am buying me  a WiiU just for smash bros I already own a 3DS and I like the Demo on it I can only imagine how good the game will be played on the WiiU. and cant wait also for the new 3DSll to play Xenoblade on it and munster hunter will be a lot better now with the new right thumb stick and its more sleek and portable ^_^

cguido
cguido

@burnettaj what games. no one likes destiny and titan fall tanked well all there is to play on the ps4 is monotonous first person shooters and indie games that no one knows about well most of the titles on the ps4 are bad because Sony cant afford the good games any more XD

Chico86_basic
Chico86_basic

@burnettaj What games? Those who are also officially coming to PC like Titanfall, MGSV, Destiny...?

shinrae5
shinrae5

So you have the total amount of Wii U's and X1 units sold?

And given the huge amount of time the wii has over the x1 that isn't a massive feat

From anything I have seen the wii u isn't far ahead of the x1 even w the time advantage and the x1 has most of it's premiere titles coming out over the next 2 years. It won't be an easy race to second place

Chico86_basic
Chico86_basic

@YouEnjoyMyFluff Mario 3D World was like a mix between Mario 3D Land and Galaxy. Starfox 64 was literally ported to the 3DS and Miyamoto is working on the next for WiiU. The next Zelda should be more captivating than Ocarina Of Time judging by the trailer. Other M was fun, even though not as good as the Prime series and Smash roster is pretty good right now I think!

SpiderLuke
SpiderLuke

@YouEnjoyMyFluff  It's my most played system right now. I find it worlds better than my PS4. The games they have out now are loads of fun. Shovel Knight takes up a lot of my time now, Mario Kart 8 is amazing, Mario 3D World was like a proper 3D version of Super Mario World and there's plenty more on there. They are still the king of local multiplayer. Not to mention that I have plenty of a Wii back catalogue to conquer still along with the overabundance of Virtual Console titles offered on both the Wii and Wii U sides combined. Paired with the Pro controller and MiiVerse it is absolutely everything I need from a console now.  

Rotondi
Rotondi

@daikkenaurora12 All the cool kids in school are playing CoD and that ain't coming out for the Wii U.  Your nieces made the right call.

robbdgaf
robbdgaf

@scurran007 but pornhub on the wii u gamepad, and swiping through music videos on the gamepad screen while the other one is still playing on the tv haha

Nuvendil
Nuvendil

@ecurl143  First off, the summer drought has been horrible for all the systems.  Second, Nintendo has announced a well rounded and consistent games lineup for the next year that is all exclusive.  Splatoon, Mario Party 10, Yoshi's Wooly World, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Mario Maker, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Devil's Third, The Legend of Zelda, Star Fox, and a remastered game (not confirmed what it will be) are all releasing in 2015 and the plan is to have an exclusive per month.  Whether that consistency happens, time will tell, but those are just the announced games. 


However, third and most important, is that Nintendo doesn't need to "ignite sales" to match the Xbox One.  They have been outselling the One for four months (May, June, July, and August).  If the current trends hold (with multiplats giving the One only very moderate hardware boosts), Nintendo could easily outsell the One in the Holiday stretch.  And the One doesn't have as well spread out a lineup for 2015 announced as Nintendo does, not in exclusives at least.  The facts are that the PS4 is destroying the One; the Wii U vs Xbox One fight is the only one worth watching right now.

robbdgaf
robbdgaf

@Fallout_red Never really liked Mario Kart too much, I only got my Wii U last week coz of all the hype for upcoming games.. I love it, even when im not playing games seem to always use the gamepad just surfing the net, or streaming youtube documentarys, swiping through music videos while there playing on the tv, that 2nd screen on the control is pretty sweet... but when your using the internet it will show a red curtain and your avatar on the tv screen, you can press x to open or close it, so if your away from the tv all anyone will see is a red curtain... but if you hear someone is near the tv, you can also hold down the x button and it will do a drum roll and make "TA-DAA" sound as the curtains open, so you can surprise them with a whole lot of naughty stuff, like pornhub etc haha

Zipote32
Zipote32

@zhangyahsk Too bad is to expensive I'm going to wait and see if they drop the price at least to $50. Since there are no new good games for wii...

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

@robertcain The problem is that software doesn't come frequently enough.  Mario Kart 8 was the last game I got on the Wii U, and the only games on tap the rest of the year I give a damn about are Hyrule Warriors and SSB Wii U.  So the Wii U gets a bump, maybe a month or two of hot hardware sales, and then it's back to silence.  That trend naturally scares off 3rd parties.

label07
label07

@Hobbes444 LOL, even if they launched a Wii V with upgraded hardware I highly doubt it would even do 30fps/720P.  Even the other consoles are supposedly struggling running it, that's why < PC.

cguido
cguido

@Rotondi @daikkenaurora12 dont bet on it the last 4 COD games were also not sure to come to the WiiU. COD comes out where ever it can. The latest COD Ghost is on the WiiU.

robbdgaf
robbdgaf

@Rotondi @daikkenaurora12 there are 2 CoD games on Wii U tho... Me personaly, I love the Wi U, even when Im not playing games, Ill be surfing the net on the gamepad, or watching documentarys on the youtube app, or music videos while mates are over, awesome to be able to swipe through different music videos on the gamepad screenwhile they are playing on the tv

robbdgaf
robbdgaf

@label07 xbox cant run even do 1080p lollllz.. I always go PS for 3rd party games, PS exclusives suck. ie. the ladder of us: refurbished