Ubisoft confident Wii U will turn around

Assassin's Creed publisher says "it takes some time" to gather a fan base, but new titles should help struggling platform.

Ubisoft is confident that the struggling Wii U will turn around. A representative for the Assassin's Creed and Far Cry publisher told Games Industry International that a stream of high-profile Ubisoft titles coupled with Nintendo executing on its three-pronged strategy will give the platform new life.

"As with any new console, it takes some time to grow an established base," the Ubisoft representative said. "Ubisoft has a varied and high-quality line-up for Wii U, with more big titles on the way including Rayman Legends, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. We're confident that this will help in continuing to attract gamers to the Wii U system and that Nintendo will take steps to ensure that the Wii U is successful in the market."

Ubisoft's statement of faith in the Wii U comes after Battlefield and FIFA publisher Electronic Arts announced last week that after shipping four titles for the platform, it has no new games in development for the system. By comparison, EA supported the original Wii with 78 titles.

In addition, in a series of since-deleted tweets, an EA Sports engineer blasted the Wii U, calling the platform "crap" and saying Nintendo is "walking dead."

The Wii U has struggled since launch, selling 3.45 million units worldwide and reportedly only 55,000 systems in the United States during April. Nintendo has apologized for a lack of software, saying this will be corrected beginning in August with the release of Pikmin 3.

The all-new 3D Mario game for the Wii U announced in January is rumored to launch by October. Nintendo also has a new Mario Kart game in development for the system, as well as a Smash Bros. title and two Legend of Zelda games, among others.

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Snaptrap
Snaptrap

I believe even the Wii had struggles out of the gate. They should've waited until after the other systems launched, then at least they'd have more games and be a cheaper alternative. Now it looks like a cheap and useless alternative.

veronus2
veronus2

I'm fortunate enough to have a Wii U and the other consoles. The Wii U rocks, and it doesn't matter what anyone is saying, especially gamer's that think they know business and marketing because they are on the leaderboards for CoD. I do know business and marketing very well and what I see is August - Dec look really good for the Wii U in terms of software releases. At the end of the year there will be two new consoles with heavy price tags, a few next Gen games and touched up versions of 360 and PS3 titles. While the Wii U will likely see a slight price drop and Zelda, Mario, Dragon Quest X, Pikmin 3 etc... Nintendo doesn't need to compete with PS4 and Xbox One. Nintendo makes toys and has their own intellectual properties end of story, they have no unrealistic expectation in trying to capture the hard core PC/Call of Duty gamers and they would be stupid to try. As soon as 10 Million Wii U units are in the market base EA  will jump back in and throw some sports games in the pipeline for Wii U gamers. I personally think Microsoft is the most vulnerable right now even though the Xbox 360 is my favorite console. That being said, I do love my Wii U and it's controller. I know I can always count on Nintendo to keep it simply about games and fun and I'll look to Microsoft and PS4 to produce my Hot Rods. Now if you'll excuse me I have to play some ZombiU and get it mastered (if that's even possible) before ZombiU 2 comes out.

AzatiS
AzatiS

Even if it turns around ... 


I still cant find a single reason why to buy this crap , when it lacks the best and most well known graphic engines support ( therefore massive third party games ) ... Wii U even losing massive third party games to PS3/X360 ffs ... Imagine what will happen with PS4/X1...


Even if Wii U end up first next-gen , like Wii did , its a BIG NONO for me ... mario/mario/mario and mario and between that a zelda remake ... ? Are we serious ?! GTFO nintendo , Wii U , not me.

Edgeman315
Edgeman315

I just love listening to all of the graphics whores/non-gamers who play one genre and only buy a game based on the graphics. If your sole argument for a game or system is it's tech rap sheet or whether or not it's shiny... you might not be a gamer.

The bottom line is, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the Wii U. It's a great system and you know who has actually played it: They are the one's who can admit that the gamepad is fun to play with... even if it isn't their thing. Fan boys, haters, graphics whores, and those with deep pockets who like to show off... you're always going to have to deal with those sort of trolls every system launch. I love all of my systems because each one gives me access to different experiences and exclusive IPs. As long as those games are fun, I could give a rats ass about the tech stats. I still go back and play my PS2, Dreamcast, SNES, and Saturn occasionally. Because the games I play never stopped being fun and immersive experiences.

The real problem is Nintendo's insistence  on sticking to it's archaic marketing, advertising and third-party practices. There was nearly no advertising or support for the Wii U at launch, and nothing since... they insist on playing games with the public and with their third party partners. Other that Nintendo Direct, they really haven't grown in the last decade, and STILL haven't fully committed to the online experience... although the Miiverse is a far better experience than XBOX live as a gamer community. Reggie has actually taken steps backwards, with a lack of honesty, transparency and an annoying new habit of defending the company's mistakes instead of addressing and apologizing for them and then letting us know what's being done about them. Instead of kicking ass and taking names, he's regurgitating the company line.

I read somewhere on this post that there are people who actually think the recession was the reason behind the Wii's success. To them I say: you are either stupid or ignorant of the facts. The Wii was a raging success from day one. Nintendo fans, core gamers and to a lesser extent at launch the casual gamer all contributed to it's success long before the downturn. It had an incredibly successful launch (In some regions, it was the fastest selling console in the history of system launches) and continued to outsell other systems before the casual gamer made it their system of choice. In 2007, it was the world-wide market leader for console sales and out-sold the PS3 3 to 1 in Japan... long before any price drops. 'As of November 1, 2008 the Wii had sold 13.4 million units in the US (almost two million more than Xbox 360 and over twice the number of PlayStation 3 units sold), according to the NPD Group.' The recession officially hit autumn (October) of 2008. Not bad for an 'underpowered' system... one that didn't play DVDs or Bluray or stream hi-def movies.

The Wii U has every chance to turn things around this year, provided Nintendo does snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

instigator81
instigator81

I didn't realize it is a RPG, but now that I know that the name makes more sense.  If I had the system to play it, I may take your suggestion.

instigator81
instigator81

My point was not to bash any one game.  Just pointing out a lot of IPs go on forever.  Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear, Gran Turismo, Halo, Rock Band/Guitar Hero, Mario, Zelda.  While these are all great franchises that product a lot of good or great games, they also have had their fair share of misses.  People like to really pick on Halo and CoD but there are franchises that have been milked for much longer than either of those two that didn't have nearly as much quality.  This isn't something new in the last few generations either. 

MN121MN
MN121MN

I think Ubisoft's investments will not disappoint.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I just want to know what they are talking about when they said it takes time to develop a fan base. Sure that would be the case if it wasn't a company that's been making consoles and games for more than 25 years. But if you don't have a fan base by then I would tip my hat to you if you were still around and making money.

DeeMoney19
DeeMoney19

They need to get some games out asap. This is becoming a joke of a console......

ChariotMan
ChariotMan

Ubisoft I Truly Respect. Y'all for what y'all is doing for Nintendo at y'all highest and I Will Support Y'all to the END. and I Hope y'all have Major Success with The Wii U  Because I Know Y'all Will Especially with all the Wii U Owners,. Nintendo Fans Seening this it's Only Gonna get better for Y'all as a Company and the Wii U!

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

If the Wii U dose turn around I wonder if that guy at EA will publicly eat his words.

baxwam
baxwam

Today I ate a Grilled Cheese!!!  

Fia1
Fia1

the console is dead and should be buried, especially with all the top tier supreme graphics shooters the other consoles will get, nintendo used to be awesome but not anymore

yavix
yavix

People really expected Nintendo to release a system on par with the PS4 and Nextbox, which would have cost $400 to $500, which all of the people complaining about the Wii U now still wouldn't have bought. Nintendo isn't stupid, they learned their lesson with the Gamecube. Power doesn't equal sales. Had Nintendo made that mistake they would have lost their shirts, and actually had to go software only. People need to be honest with themselves. If the PS4, Nextbox, and Wii U were all equally powerful people still would have went for Sony or M$. By playing to their strengths Nintendo will carve out their own nitch, and be successful. Even if that success isn't on the same level as the original Wii.

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

sorry, Nintendo is now back to where they normally reside: last place.  The Wii was a fluke.  Intentional or not by selling the wii at half the cost of the other systems during the start of the great recession put them at a great selling point.  It was a fluke in the sense that it will never happen again.  Proof in the pudding is the Wii U, no one is buying it.  The system is on pace with the sales of the kiddy cube when it first launched.  Make no mistake however that Nintendo isn't going anywhere.  They've long survived off of Pokemon sales.

moncealyo
moncealyo

Ubisoft stop kidding yourselves.  Get out before you lose more money.  

CptJohnnyRico
CptJohnnyRico

Ubisoft confident based on what? the hardware will never survive next gen graphics, this console is dead.

ahpuck
ahpuck

Of course they are going to say that, they have a lot of money invested in games for the Wii U. Problem is, all those games are also on the other 2 platforms, so what do I need to buy a Wii U for when I can play them somewhere else?

hadlee73
hadlee73

The trouble is, Nintendo have done nothing to convince people like myself to invest in their console. All the titles Ubi mentioned above I will be able to get on my current gen or upcoming next gen platform. Their first party titles like Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Pokemon etc don't interest me (although I really like Luigi's Mansion, but I wouldn't buy an entirely new system for it). If they want people who aren't their existing fan base they need to come up with something to draw us in. I'm not seeing that yet.

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

chances are it will happen the PS3 was a way worst launch than the wiiu gabe newell said it was a disaster & sony should apologize to its consumer & start over again & when its install based picked up E3 2010 he came on stage & apologize to sony see $ talks even to say portal 2 will be the best console version on the PS3. but i remember that cause i don't just look forward & not backwards like some of you who can't keep your bias in check.

gokuofheaven
gokuofheaven

I like Nintendo, they'll do fine by next year.  By then the Wii U will have some bundles available, better price too, and I'll pick one up. 

desert_thief
desert_thief

The history is repeating itself, let's see:

2006: People said that Wii will fail because PS3 and X360 will decimate it. 6 years later, almost 100 million Wii units were sold worldwide while 70 million units of PS3 sold and 72 million Xbox 360 units.

2011: People said that Nintendo 3DS will flop because of Playstation Vita, and the opposite has happened.

Lesson need to be learned people: No matter what you say about Nintendo, look at the history for references.

snxx
snxx

@tightwad34 That's because he's not talking about establishing a "fan base", just a "base", a "installed base" if you may: the number of systems bought and operational at the moment.

wcwj26
wcwj26

 @Fia1 Yeah, because the most powerful machines always win the the console wars....... oh wait!

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Fia1

"especially with all the top tier supreme graphics shooters the other consoles will get"

So what if you don't care about these kinds of games? Exactly, whatever if Nintendo is not for you, but don't act like your preference is the same as everyone else's. 

ChariotMan
ChariotMan

@moncealyo Trust Me there Doing the Right Thing. They have a Number one Fan and Supporter for them an it's Me!

mamelon2012
mamelon2012

@hadlee73  

I agree.  I love Nintendo for their 1st party games.  For this same reason, I haven't bought a WiiU because there just isnt enough incentive.  Maybe some day down the road when a better library is released I will have something to ponder.

speedyapple
speedyapple

@desert_thief 

All true. Nintendo trumps in overall sales, though PS3 and Xbox 360 (with their price drop) have outpaced the Wii in the later years. Dollar for dollar, the average consumer probably recognized that the PS3/Xbox 360 are worth more. HDMI, plays DVDs, streaming such as Netflix, with the Wii U -- Nintendo's "next-gen" -- finally catching up on these features.


I guess we'll find out if history repeats.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

The Wii raked in casuals the Wii u isnt , see the correlation in sales?

Fia1
Fia1

@abHS4L88 @Fia1 knock-knock anybody there? your lack to comprehend sarcasm is something to be cherished.

desert_thief
desert_thief

@b74kd3th Yeah I know that Wii U was a bad name for its newest console, and most people nowadays are confusing Wii U for an add-on for Wii, but I know that Nintendo will figure out something to diverse the Wii U from its predecessor.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@abHS4L88 Exactly. I wish people would realize things like that. It did not appear to be sarcastic at all. Common sense ain't so common is it?

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Fia1

Like the other two were saying, it's pretty hard to come across as sarcastic, even if it's very obvious, especially on GameSpot where idiotic trolls litter these comment sections, there are people who'll say exactly what you posted and mean it.

snxx
snxx

@Fia1 @abHS4L88 While I'm glad that you were being sarcastic, I should remind you it's hard to get sarcasm via internet, because we neither know you in person nor we are able to hear your voice's tone or even see your facial expression.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@desert_thief @b74kd3th I actually think Ninty should have named it something completely different from Wii-anything. The trouble with the Wii is, many (many many) bought one, the novelty wore off, and those consumers will have that stuck in their memory. "Wii" will forever be in thousands of people's minds that it was a gimmick toy thing that was primarily useful at parties. Only the die-hard fans seem to know it was something much more than that.