Ubisoft: Wii U Could Shine at the "Right Price"

CEO Yves Guillemot suggests a price drop could help boost sales.

Wii U hardware sales jumped significantly after the release of Mario Kart 8 last month, and Nintendo could shift even more units if the system is sold at the "right price," according to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot.

"With Mario Kart, Wii U made one step and we expect with Smash Bros. it will also do more," Guillemot told CVG. "If Nintendo put the right price on the machine then they will probably have a chance to do further." The Wii U currently starts at $299, a full $100 less than the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

The Wii U has sold 6.17 million units worldwide as of March 31, but Nintendo has not shared a new sales update since. Earlier this week, data from the NPD Group for May 2014 showed that Wii U sales jumped 80 percent over figures from April 2014 and 90 percent year-over-year in the United States.

Ubisoft will release (at least) two games on Wii U this year: Watch Dogs and Just Dance 2015. In addition, Guillemot reiterated that Ubisoft has a Wii U game "on the shelf" and is merely waiting for further console sales to release this mystery title.

"Nintendo has to perform this year, otherwise they will have less games," Guillemot said. "Justifying investing in the machine needs a larger install base."

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335 comments
Mastadope
Mastadope

So many ignorant Nintendrones here, good lord. 

jlenoconel
jlenoconel

I think the whole pushing for specs/graphics thing is what will ultimately kill gaming.  I like Nintendo for staying true to being an actual console with console gaming rather than trying to compete with PCs.  I mean, I like playing PC style games on my console, but I also like playing console style games on my console, and I think that's where Nintendo shine.

Bread_or_Decide
Bread_or_Decide

There is such a thing as lowering your price so low the consumer thinks it has no value because it's so cheap.


$299 with a free game is cheap enough. Anything less and it will only weaken the product in the eyes of the consumer. 

balders74
balders74

Some nice games at E3 for Wii-U.  However Not getting another one as they had slow loading time, only supported up to 2TB external HD with slow USB 2 transfers or have crap 8 or 32GB internal memory support.  Only third party titles seemed to support the wii-u game pad, all Nintendo titles made me use a big chunky screen pad or a wii-mote on the side, which sucks.  So however great these games look I can't be arsed with the Nintendo touch screen gimmick.  I had same issue with ms with the crap Kinect hence why I sold it.  The PS4 I bought on its own with a pad no gimmicky crap I don't want.  So until Nintendo address these issues I'll keep clear, plus they don't seem to be great listeners so if they keep on no games will save them.  Plus wheres all new IP's and hopefully new Wii-U console (the one with USB 3 and a 500GB hd)

handofkain
handofkain

I think they're implying that Nintendo should give them a cut of their profits lol

monson21502
monson21502

i was ready to go up to sears and buy one for 99 bucks. but that turned out to be a lie and 1 guy just got lucky 

Pupchu
Pupchu

Wii U's price is ok, but the system barely has any interresting games (beside the few first party titles every now and then).

SuperiorHominid
SuperiorHominid

Nintendo gave them a price drop already... (and the MK8 bundle is essentially another price drop as you get $100 more stuff (MK8, WR+) for only $30 more). 

And the last time I checked the Wii U still has a larger install base than the Xbox One.

Veenox
Veenox

Ubisoft is really being a bitch about Wii U these days.

RyogaRod
RyogaRod

For what it is the Wii U is an excellent system. It's not the all in one gaming console it was made out to be when first launched, mainly due to losing major 3rd party support and the tech being outdated. With that said, Nintendo knows how to make Nintendo games, and they are going to sell a lot of them. I've been an owner since launch, but also have a PS4. There is a lot that the Wii U has to offer, and they are starting to gain some momentum. Welcome back Nintendo, keep it going.

John_Aguilera
John_Aguilera

That mysterious game is probably the new Assassin's Creed game.

Mastadope
Mastadope

@jlenoconel Then explain the sales situation in relation to Sony talking up specs and them outselling the timeless never ending fun Nintendo games that are on the almighty "can keep up with PS4X1" Wii U?

jlenoconel
jlenoconel

@Bread_or_Decide I agree.  $300 is cheap enough at the moment, not to mention you can get a practically new refurbished Wii U for $200 from Nintendo.

dgg2828
dgg2828

@Bread_or_Decide what are you talking about? just because something is cheap doesnt mean consumer value it less, especially if theres a distinct price drop. it sounds like you own a wiiU and dont want other people to get it cheaper than you paid for it. I completely agree with Ubisoft CEO, a price drop would boost sales. Why would I save 100$ on the WiiU when the hardware of the PS4, Xbox1 is so much better? If they sold it for 200$ I'd buy it in a heartbeat as a secondary console because of its fun first party games. Which is also a big thing, that most people will be buying an xbox1 or ps4, might dish out a little more and get a cheap and fun secondary console. No one at this stage unless they are a huge Nintendo fan would buy a WiiU over a Xbox1 or Ps4. because 3rd party games will just not be as good graphically on the WiiU.

monson21502
monson21502

@Pupchu thats been nintendo`s problem since the super nintendo. they dont want 3rd party games to outshine or out sell their first party games. they also are in gimmick mode instead of releasing a system with at least close to the power of the other two


dazedman00
dazedman00

And it will continue to be bigger. The wii u is great!

Mastadope
Mastadope

@RyogaRod Did you see the NPD?  They had a spurt not "gaining momentum" this happens EVERYTIME a Nintendo exclusive happens.

SuperiorHominid
SuperiorHominid

@John_Aguilera Yes, but then a month before it is released, they will announce it won't get any DLC and then it won't sell.

dazedman00
dazedman00

I hope not. I want something more fun then a new AC game. Plus they notes family a lot in their press release about it. So I really doubt that is it. This whole finished game thing could also be a big fat lie to just try to trick people. For what I'm not sure but ubi is losing favor fast in my book.

elway41177
elway41177

@Mastadope @jlenoconel Wait until the new games come out and you'll see Nintendo take back sales. They already own them in Japan over Sony and in the US with the 3DS


elway41177
elway41177

@dgg2828 @Bread_or_Decide  @dgg2828 @Bread_or_Decide "Why would I save 100$ on the WiiU when the hardware of the PS4, Xbox1 is so much better?" You obviously have no idea what you are talking about the Wii U's specs are just as good as both the PS4 and the XBOX1. I have owned a Wii U since launch and I see no difference in the graphics of PS4 or XBOX1. The only reason people think that is because of the way Nintendo chooses to make their graphics look on certain games like Super Mario U and the reboot of Zelda Windwaker HD(Which was originally a Gamecube game that was released in 2002 and still holds up today!!). Have you seen games such as Batman, Zombie U or Ninja Gaiden 3? Not to mention the games coming out like Hyrule Warriors or Zelda Wii U. Look at the specs before you speak next time. The Wii U is just as graphically capable as the PS4 or the XBOX1. The only difference is that they have way better 1st party titles then Microsoft and Sony combined. The 3rd party titles offered on the Wii U look "breathtaking". Not to mention the fact that they have a assortment of different controllers to use such as: Wii U Gamepad (which rocks by the way when you wanna play away from the tv), A gamepad similar to Xbox's and Sony's, the wiimote (which works great for older virtual console titles), the classic controller (which connects to the wiimote) and now the Gamecube controller!! Microsoft and Sony has always copied Nintendo, it's a proven fact!!! Does the Playstation move ring a bell? Or how about the kinect (which they stopped including with the XBOX1 to lower the price)? And also the Playstation Vita (which copied Nintendo in two ways). First they went to sd card like games when the PSP style discs were crap, and then they said you can use the vita like a Wii U touchscreen remote for your PS4. The fact of the matter is that Nintendo is the innovator and king of Video Games. They have been since the NES came out in the U.S. in 1985! So sit back and watch when the Wii U sales do a complete 360 (no pun intended) and take the #1 spot again for the home console market! Oh yeah and what is the best selling system right now???? The NINTENDO 3DS!!!! That's right, so enjoy your XBOX1 and PS4 with the whole library of 60 games combined, I'll enjoy my Wii U with there larger library of games and wait until the new ones come out. And if I get bored in the meantime I'll pop in one of my regular Wii titles into my Wii U and enjoy them all over again. Anybody who considers himself a TRUE GAMER and VIDEO GAME FAN will choose Nintendo everytime, their reputation speaks for itself!!!!

silvermeteorman
silvermeteorman

@monson21502 @Pupchu  So.... does Nintendo go around and alter the code of 3rd party games before they're released?  Sounds like 3rd parties can't (or won't) try to deliver a product as good as Nintendo that seems to do time and time again. 


Also, the "gimmick" that everyone says is a gimmick is not, but rather a new and innovative way to game which separates it from all other platforms and despite all the naysayers, Nintendo delivers well while others imitate, badly!

179107199999
179107199999

@monson21502 @Pupchu I wouldn't call it gimmick mode. Its Nintendo. Giving their history of trying new things since its old Arcade days they've been always trying to push the envelope of how gamers play. Proof is how much their controller designs and functions have changed. MS and Sony pretty much have the same controller design from previous generations and their use of motion control really was "gimmicky" LOL at the established fact that MS said you had to have a Kinect to enjoy the X1 and now they removed it. That's gimmicky as heck.Also its not power that makes a great system.It leads to greater creativity but it depends on what developer is utilizing that power. MK8 was just a prelude to what's in store for the near future of Nintendo.

Mastadope
Mastadope

@dazedman00 I wonder what holiday sales will be like compared between X1 and Wii U.  

Nintendo has it's SSB while X1 will have what I think 2 or 4 exclusives on top of all the multiplats.  Wonder which console gamers will see more value in.  A console that has consistent releases and that doesn't get mocked and also receives 3rd party support or a console that has 2-3 major releases a year, hmmm I wonder.

dazedman00
dazedman00

Exactly. They half ass everything and say no install base but yet it has a larger base then xb1. However they keep dumping crap to that console. The gaming industry is just a huge cry baby fest. I am glad nintendo does what they want and produces great games regardless of what any 3rd party does. I will be the winner with great nintendo games while everyone else is stuck with poorly developed and bugged up versions of games.

GoGo gadget wii u! Let the fun out.

dgg2828
dgg2828

@elway41177 @dgg2828 @Bread_or_Decide dude get over yourself. I'm all for nintendo, but its clear it cant compete for 3rd party games and its going to hurt sales. I have no idea what I'm talking about? lol okay, so 8 gb of ram isnt different from 2 gb, and  500gb of harddrive space isn't much different from 32? not to even mention the video card.... grow up kid, theres a massive difference. I stand by what I said, which is that the only people buying a wiiU now are people who all care about nintendo's first party games and unfortunately thats a minority.

landrik
landrik

@Mastadope At least you admit that it's partially people like you, non-gamers .. as is anybody willing to mock a system with little to no merit or recognition of the greatness of the games that exist on it, mocking its users and the console that are helping to hurt customer perception and sales. 

Mastadope
Mastadope

@179107199999 @Mastadope @RyogaRod Your right it's doesn't happen every time a exclusive comes out.  W101 didn't save the console, SM3DW didn't save it, Tropical Freeze didn't save it either etc.....  Like I said though everytime a Nintendo developed AAA exclusive comes out there is always an uptick in hardware sold but you know what this is common sense and happen for all platforms.  Also nice cinema blend article, what a big win for Nintendo in Japan.  Now what the worldwide sales?  Makes Nintendo look like a drop in the bucket in comparison to Japan sales.  I'd rather my console sell oh about 150,000 more units worldwide rather than getting outsold by what 5-10,000 in Japan.  Anyways Japan is not really relevant anymore, consoles don't sell well there.  And no I don't consider the 3DS a home console it's a handheld.

Mastadope
Mastadope

@dazedman00 Wow how delusional are you.  XD yes PS4 and X1 owners are just suffering with all the 3rd parties neglecting there console, they are also suffering from last gen tech with games that look barely better than PS360.  They are also suffering from the industry not supporting them.  Now who's console does that really sound like lol, all dat suffering xD

elway41177
elway41177

@dgg2828 @elway41177 @Bread_or_Decide Can't compete? lol When they have the best 1st party games people will come around. With Watchdogs coming out for it and a new Wii U exclusive from Ubisoft the 3rd party developers will come around. I mean look at the 3DS? It's the best selling console right now so Nintendo has already won. As far as Hard drive space, it don't matter as long as you have a physical copy of the game and it also supports external drives. That's why it's cheaper than both the other consoles. I'm taking it you don't own a Wii U so you really can't talk about graphics until you have one and experience them. They clearly have better games coming out than either of the other two companies. So you stick to your Xbox and Sony and I'll stick with my 3ds and Wii U. If I need a fix of GTA or The Last Of Us (Both great games btw) I'll play my ps3, xbox 360, ps4 or xbox one but the games I'm really looking forward to are coming out on the Wii U. It's just a fact and since when do graphics matter anyway? The last time I check was back in 16 bit days with SNES and Genesis going head to head but that was probably before your time so I understand. Did you also know that the Playstation was stolen from Nintendo years back when they were working with Sony on a SNES CD add on? Whether you like Sony, Xbox, or Wii U it doesn't matter. We as gamers win with these companies going head to head. By getting to play all these great games how can you lose? I'm not trying to knock Sony or Microsoft, I'm just a Nintendo fan from day one with the NES. Way back in 1986. No matter what you like to play just have fun and play the games. All I know is I'll be the first one in line once Zelda Wii U is released and I know I won't be let down. GAME ON!!!!

Mastadope
Mastadope

@landrik @Mastadope I'm a gamer, just not loyal to one company.  I can also speak my mind about what I think of Nintendo's latest attempt at the home console market.  Quit acting immature....

noncasualgamer
noncasualgamer

@Mastadope @ajthabeast05 Ass creed is done and sucks, Ubi delaying rayman, watchdogs sucks, ubi delaying watchdogs, they won't make another amazing zombi u, and even though that game rocked it was still broken and glitchy as all hell.

179107199999
179107199999

@Mastadope @179107199999 @RyogaRod It so far is out doing the Xbox one. At least this article says that and the comparison is worldwide  http://wallstcheatsheet.com/technology/xbox-one-vs-ps4-microsoft-loses-bad-in-may-even-to-the-wii-u.html/?a=viewall This tick as you call it isn't about to end soon. A lot of holdouts were waiting for this particular time period.Nintendo's problem started because of a bad launch line up. Seriously how many people would want to play Arkaham City and Tekken Tag 2 more than one time? Also the games like Super Mario Bros. WiiU and Super Mario 3D World were as you call it triple A games.Though the products got good reviews they didn't move consoles much.SSB and Zelda already have more potential buyers.Also for the record you never said when a Nintendo developed AAA game comes out there's an uptick you actually said This happens whenever a Nintendo exclusive happens. In any case what has happend got a lot of people to notice Nintendo.Then E3 added a bit more.They do have momentum. Not a tsunami but something that is leading to more success

Mastadope
Mastadope

@dazedman00 I think the WIi U is funny.  It's a great joke, well it actually happened so it's not a joke it's a laughable failure :)

dazedman00
dazedman00

Too bad you feel that way. You are missing out.

Also what the hell do you care since you are obviously not a fan. Stop trashing something other actually enjoy. That might actually help the system, but wait that's probably not what you want to try to do.

Enjoy your day sir.

landrik
landrik

@dazedman00 He's not a gamer.  Only non-gamers diss a console to the point of not wanting to game on it. 

Mastadope
Mastadope

@dazedman00 Nintendo is the pixar of gaming they have a place in gaming for them to go would be bad, but regardless of that the Wii U is a bad console.

Mastadope
Mastadope

@landrik @dazedman00 I would want to game on a Wii U, infact I would like ot buy one also.  But it is a bad console, instead of getting upset why don't you just not comment and stop with your labeling...

dazedman00
dazedman00

Maybe for you but I think it's great.

Mastadope
Mastadope

@179107199999 @Mastadope @dazedman00 Old architecture which makes porting a pain, underpowered hardware, emphasis that gimmicks are still a great place to innovate.  No blu ray or dvd encoder, a controller with a identity crisis.  Weak library of games, no unified account system, etc....

Mastadope
Mastadope

@noncasualgamer @Mastadope @179107199999 @dazedman00 Yes I actually play games, just got EA UFC for my PS4 and just bought a X1 a week ago and got DR3 and just bought Forza 5 the other day.  And your claim about Wii U having the best game library is a subjective opinion not a FACT also I want to further point out your ignorance if Nintendo has all the great games then why is it selling so horribly compared to the PS4, enlighten me please :)  I mean Nintendo is oh so great and everything then please explain.