Watch Dogs on Wii U not cancelled [UPDATE]

Update: Reports confirm that the game is still available for preorder.

UPDATE 1/24/2014 12:00: Sources at the retailer GameStop in the US have clarified that the disappearance of Watch Dogs as a preorder option was caused by a computer error.

The game is now available for pre-order again the Italian GameStop site and should be available again in the US as well, putting the issue to rest.

The title of this article has been changed to reflect this updated information.

Update: Kotaku is now reporting that GameStop US is cancelling Wii U preorders of Watch Dogs.

A Ubisoft representative declined to comment on the matter when asked by GameSpot.

Original Story: GameStop Italy is said to have cancelled preorders for the Wii U version of Watch Dogs.

Reported by Italian Nintendo site Wiitalia, a GameStop employee is reported to have said that Ubisoft had scrapped the version after the retailer previously phoned customers to tell them that their preorders would be withdrawn.

The site claims that Wii U hardware and software sales played some part in Ubisoft's and GameStop's decision. Last week Nintendo cut its sales projections for the Wii U by two thirds as part of its disappointing financials.

GameSpot has asked Ubisoft for clarification.

Ubisoft has said that Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will help bring "excitement" back to the games industry, and last week GameSpot editor Dan Hindes investigated what Watch Dogs could do to the open-world genre.

Watch Dogs, which was originally due to be released last November, is also scheduled to be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 at some point between April and June 2014.

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hirokunx2
hirokunx2

Just you guys wait for the NINTENDO FUSION!!

Sharkspawn80
Sharkspawn80

Nintendo give me a reason why I should buy Watch Dogs on Wii U and not my brand new PS4 :)


Here are 3 cool ideas, why the consumers can choose Wii U as an option.

1. Unique Gamepad functionality

2. New and unique content? Costumes, gear, etc.. Zombi U reality maybe, Ubisoft?

3. Give us a demo, a reward for buying Watch Dogs on Wii U, give us Mario Kart 8 demo, or something upcoming?


simplesurf7
simplesurf7

(maybe putting graphics aside) I would have thought Watch Dogs on the Wii U would have been the better gaming experience, given the touchpad/tablet feature. Still excited for the game.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

Watch Dogs will be downgraded in order to play on the WiiU.  

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

@jadeoscar mature as in playing as a dumb plumber saving a toonish princess from colourful monsters? Or as a pubescent mute elfish knight dressed in bright and colourful clothes who is saving a toonish princess from colourful monsters and one-dimensional villains?


Dem nintendo fans.

wcwj26
wcwj26

@Morphine_OD And yet Metacritic rates them throught the roof.


Good thing we have @Mophine_OD to set every developer, gamer and professional critic straight *facepalm*

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

Does this mean that they are mature games though? Hint: no.

wowwow27
wowwow27

i want to support the wii u but i also want a game on the ps4 to play.

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

Essentially the new nintendo system will only play nintendo games pretty soon. Why couldn't Nintendo make a stronger console that could handle the newer third party games coming out?  Guess they wanted to save a buck at the expense of their loyal fans. I long for the days when the N64 graphically owned the other systems...

fillup0
fillup0

@rickphoenixxx If they had a good online service and the technical chops of their competitors on the Wii, I'm sure they wouldn't be in this situation. But as of right now, they're a generation behind, they didn't keep people on any kind of online ecosystem to make them buy the next console so nobody has it. It really sucks.

SNESNOSTALGIA2
SNESNOSTALGIA2

Even if it weren't coming to WiiU I wouldn't blink an eye. and it has nothing to do with the fact that I already have a dudebro twin (ps4) for my third party needs. It's because this game never looked that great to me to begin with (you can actually - if there is such a way I don't know - go back and look months ago in my comments history and see my preview thoughts on Watch Dogs from footage I saw at pax) and OF COURSE it was delayed right before its release so tell me - why should I get so worked up over a game like that? Don't fret WiiU owners - the real games you'll want in 2014 are going to be WiiU exclusives - even if its only like 4-5 games. But when you think about it - how many games are the ps4/Xbox one gamers going to get this year too? Its a lot of smoke and mirrors - these companies want you to believe 50+ AAA exlusives are coming out for their consoles and its both not possible and not true - but the fanboy sheep believe it so whatever - ignorance is bliss lol. Prolly about the same if not less (I'm talking quality AAA retail titles here) Sony and MS have always had really slow first few years with all their consoles and it seems like that's continuing. Plus, watch dogs is being made for like six different platforms - way to stretch yourselves thin Ubisoft! Not impressed even though I know its still coming to WiiU.

torreth1
torreth1

@SNESNOSTALGIA2 and then...................its over. Wii U officially wont get the the game. Since you didnt want it anyway why should you care right? Well I care for you! Wii U is our introductory device.

maybock3000
maybock3000

Gee.... Why don't they make a Watch Dogs for the Atari 2600....

19James89
19James89

This is good news for the Wii U gamers that are anticipating this game, I just hope this game fairs better on the Wii U than previous Ubisoft games, so Ubisoft see the Wii U as a viable platform to release future games on.


However Nintendo gamers are some of the most picky gamers going and if it doesn't have Mario or Zelda in the game they won't buy it.

theprismhead
theprismhead

Make Wii U emulate 3DS and I might even start to think about getting one... eventually.

meeghoulz
meeghoulz

@theprismhead That would be great,but without a smooth pixel solution for hd resolution  it would be worse than playin´some original wii games on it...

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Whew! I was worried there for a moment....NOT! Is the NOT joke still trendy? Is it still a thing?

gamerfreak77
gamerfreak77

All this fiasco actually turned out really good for the Wii U as pre-orders shot-up 703% on Amazon.

gamerfreak77
gamerfreak77

@DiverseGamer My sides are hurting with laughter *sarcasm*. No need to get defensive, cause you can't afford multiple systems. Unlike you I enjoy gaming, not forum trolling with a pathetic attempt at humor.

rarerichz
rarerichz

@Garm31@gamerfreak77seriously why do you guys sit there all day and bash wii u , what about microsofts underpowered overpriced xbox one that costs more then ps4 the true next gen console.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Reading 5% of people happy that the game is not canceled.

95% sad/mad that the game is not canceled


R.I.P. Mature gaming.

Danny_KickAzz
Danny_KickAzz

@Warlord_Irochi @ArabrockermanX Extremely Cutthroat gaming community we all live in. As a mature gamer, I say just let the kids keep fighting over which console is more shiny. while mature players keep on enjoying the games.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@Warlord_Irochi

It died with the internet... I think GTAV's representation of a stereotypical gamer was pretty damn accurate... 


ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

Unless Watch Dogs was the next Aliens game, it wouldn't make since to cancel it this deep into development... You've spent most of your money already finish it(even with cut features), release it, and collect some of your development cost back(assuming it bombs on Wii U)...

PS4Lives
PS4Lives

I like Ubisoft when they take zero intention from the bad media practice. They do what they think best for all gamers. 

cvantu
cvantu

@PS4Livesyes, they do try...that is why they implemented so heavily the practices of DRM implementations. Thanks Ubi!

PS4Lives
PS4Lives

EA want to benefit from the experiences of other publishers, "Bad Business".

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

They could do a lot with the touchscreen, mic, and camera on the Wii U gamepad. I'm interested to see if they will do more than off-TV play or map/inventory management with the Wii U version.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@YomigaeruIf the Wii U was more successful I could see them trying but with it only just now picking up and at that only a little, I don't see them doing anything extra.

cvantu
cvantu

@lazarius12@ArabrockermanX@Yomigaeruobviously you are clueless - it may sound that way, but putting the money into development for these additions will most likely hurt them, as their sales will not come from WiiU, and those benefits will most likely benefit Nintendo more than themselves.

lazarius12
lazarius12

@ArabrockermanX@Yomigaeru Doing that extra is the kind of thing that will make people WANT the Wii U version over any other, so it would be dumb not to try something extra.

Talavaj
Talavaj

Great ! So the 5 Wii U users will get their inferior version after all !

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

@Talavaj  5 was excluding me so including me makes 6 now. :)

rarerichz
rarerichz

@Talavajpeople who make comments like this are seriously waste , power does not make the console the best

meeghoulz
meeghoulz

@Endofme @Talavaj It seems that we´re in 8 with me(nice ERGO PROXY mask).I´ve benn playn´´´DEUS EX HR DC´´ on my Wii U and gotta say the tablet really makes it quite more fun!Be it as a map/inventory/gadget or just streamin´.Curious how SONY tried to give VITA these functions on the PS3 but failed miserably.Now they insist on doin´it on PS4 but rely on 3rd party devs to accomplish it instead of comin´up with their own ideas.If it´s not something that add up to a better gamin´experience why not ignore it?My advice to the Wii U haters:go to a friend´s house that owns one and try it out in secret,soon the hate comments will start to vanish from the web...