Jun 28th, 2013


Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot has stated that the company will continue to support the Wii U throughout this Christmas. The company has several high profile titles releasing for the Wii U, including Watch Dogs, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and the much awaited Rayman Legends.

“We will continue to support the Wii U this Christmas, and we’re expecting it to take off in terms of sales. And we’ll review what happened again at the beginning of next year.”

Sales for the Wii U are expected to pick up in the holiday season when many more games will be available for the system. If the system fails to take off, Ubisoft could end up dropping support for it after a year of full support.

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  • YogiGRB

    but after ps4 and XB-one wil sell low numbers will they stop suppot for those to?

    • bizzy gie

      Nope. Not at all. Nintendo is the ONLY gaming company that has to prove itself through sales first before it receives third party support.

      • Gabriel Dowdy

        Sad but true. I really don’t understand this.

      • It is unfortunate that is the case. And in addition to that many 3rd parties like to release gimped versions of their games on the Nintendo platform with less features and little to no chance of future DLC and then cry that their games do not sell that well on Nintendo. Then since their last gimped game did not sell that well they use that excuse to make future gimped games for the platform. It makes no sense.

        • bizzy gie

          Not mention they charge full price for these gimped games that are less than half the price on other platforms.

        • Quicksilver88

          I too have wondered why publishers use this ‘strategy’ on Nintendo systems…I mean why bother putting out bunk versions at all? Many Nintendo gamers own multiple systems and if I am getting a lame version on Nintendo I will buy it on another system. I really hope WD and SC turn out good on WiiU as I don’t plan to buy ps4 until next year and want to support UBi on WiiU and buy these games!

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            The big problem is that people buy Nintendo consoles for Nintendo games. For most third parties, since their games are overshadowed often, don’t feel it’s worth a risk anymore.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          It’s the fact that they’re console is under powered compared to the other two. To be honest, Nintendo should have put out a stronger console and it most certainly wouldn’t have to worry about 3rd parties shying away. It’s been that way since Gamecube, so maybe it’s time for a change of direction? I think so.

          • First of all it is “their” not “they’re” and the console being underpowered is bullshit and you know it. Will it have a bit less power than the XB One and PS4, yes, but that is not why 3rd party companies gimp the games and do not release extras and DLC. Besides some of the games being mentioned are made in full for the XB360 and PS3 which have less power than the Wii U so your argument is invalid.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            First of all prick, it’s the internet, not an english class, and I can make a mistake if I please once in a while, and using that to justify your response did nothing for you. Hi5 tard!

            Now,to be more serious, name those games that are suppose to be for Wii U as well? How about those games for the Xbox one or the PS4? Come on, I’m waiting. I don’t see a Destiny, or EA Games and even if people hate them such as myself, they’re still needed. Sorry, but not many third parties are supporting them, so wake up and smell reality my friend cause it’s not looking that great for Nintendo.

            My argument is invalid? It is plenty valid and made with good points that which you fail or just can’t accept. Now, I’m not here to call the Wii U a complete fail, but as it stands today, right now, it is a fail. I would hope that it sells well during the holidays, but if it has low sales even then, it’s bye bye to the Wii U.

            Granted, it’s not the end of Nintendo as a company as the 3DS is selling like a beast. That, I give credit to Nintendo. They know their handelds, but lost touch with their consoles. As a Nintendo fan for years, and been around since the beginning, and have plenty of knowledge, but I won’t call myself an expert cause that’d be pushing it.

            Regardless, whether you like it or not, Nintendo is in heaps of trouble in the console market, and if 3rd party doesn’t get on board soon with some more exclusives, I see Ps4 and sad as it’s to say, even the Xbox “Done” has an edge over Nintendo.

          • Well that escalated quickly.. Name calling is not necessary. I agree that the third party situation is not good for Nintendo and the only point you made was the console was under-powered which is a typical response of someone that has no idea of what they are talking about. Forgive me if I use the fact that you do not know the difference between they’re and their to not take you seriously. I guess I assume anyone with a 3rd grade education should know that.

            I do not agree that Nintendo has lost touch with the console market at all. They seem to be the only one trying to keep making consoles affordable, backwards compatible with THEIR previous generation and trying to innovate ways to make the console unique from the PC gaming experience. In fact I think it is some of these third party publishers that have lost a little touch with the gaming market. They seem to be more focused on finding ways on trying to make money off of incomplete games and charging more for services instead of making better games. Then complain that people resell their games back which other people buy used because they do not want to pay full price for the game.

            The truth is if they made quality games that have a higher replay value and would not release a new edition of the same game every 6 months then people would be more inclined to play them. Nintendo is guilty of this as well but to a much lesser extent than most other publishers/developers. I guess that is why other publishers feel the need to release a new CoD every 6 – 12 months on average otherwise their game would become forgettable. In the end they end up flooding the market and destroying innovation.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            3rd grade education eh? Anyone with a brain can tell the Wii U doesn’t have nearly the same amount of power as the other big guys do. Now, I don’t normally name call, but I don’t appreciate people trying to correct grammar which happens to everyone, so next time you decide to correct people over grammar, don’t bother as you’re guilty of it I’m sure in more than one occasion. Now with that out of the way. Face it, it’s not that powerful of a console. It’s an improvement over the Wii, but it’s still underpowered now that the PS4 and Xbox One are releasing soon.

            Does that mean it’s the end for Nintendo? No, and it’s possible for them to get out of this mess, but with their attitude of late, I don’t see it happening. While it’s nice to have an affordable console, that also means it doesn’t have what the hardcore fans want, and by hardcore, I mean those who play CoD, or anything that shoves blood and gore in your face. While that’s not what gaming is always about, those people need to be catered to as well and Nintendo hasn’t never bothered to try at all, not even with their own development team.

            My point is, Nintendo needs to evolve, not always stick to what you know, as that just halts innovation. They need to take a few risks, it’s not like they’ll go bankrupt for years so they have plenty of chances to take a risk and try something new. It may or may not work for them, but at least people will see them trying and not hiding.

            I’m all fine for those who disagree with me. However, keep your grammar correcting to yourself. It gets old on the internet quite fast, and I’ll refrain from name calling. I call that a fair deal.

          • Quicksilver88

            Actually Daniel your first point is true in that most people on Nintendo consoles know Nintendo’s own games our their 3rd party exculsives from other JAP devs are generally so much better than western 3rd party ‘ports’ why bother buying them, the quesiton is why publisher bother puting out crappy, feature lite versions at all? As far as the power thing, that is arguable, in that it has been discussed extensively about how we are reaching the point of diminishing returns on graphics power and both Sony and Microsoft have said their new systems are not going to show the graphical leap people expect. It is generally thought the WiiU is about 1.5 to 2x more powerful than the X360 and XBone is about 3 to 4x more powerful than the X360. So essentially the ps4 and xb1 may be about twice as powerful as the WiiU. Point is they are all 1080 systems and if you would compare say a PC with a mid level graphics card to one with a high end card you would have a similiar scope of power of WiiU vs. PS4/XB1. The difference is not that vast and the same games with slighly different AA and frame rates will run on both grafx cards. My mid spec PC runs new Tomb Raider at about 40FPS with 4x AA while my hi end one runs it at 60FPS with 8x and tesalation….sure it looks better on the high end but not out of this world better. So it is a lame excuse, although if Nintendo had gone x86 it would make porting easier, thing is Nintendo went Power PC which makes sense because thats what Wii and GC used so they are familiar with it and it makes it possible to have Wii BC and easier for their dev teams to work on. Also GC was acutally more powerful than both PS2 and Xbox and the only place they really skimped was going with the minidvd which forced devs to use lower quality FMV because of the 1.4gb disc limits…still go look at Starfox, Mario SS, Zelda TWP, RE4, SW Rogue Squadron and other top GC titles and they hold up way better than anything on PS2 or Xbox. I own and play all these systems and am not a ‘fanboy’ of any one system and play a lot of classic games still. If I have one big wish its that Nintendo gets some damned GC classics on WiiU VC because they are going to look sweet on the gamepad. Nintendo is going to get crapped on by 3rd parties and we might as well accept it, the good thing is they will get some things and especially from JAP 3rd parties who they have always been able to keep decent relationships with, that with what looks like great Indy eShop support will keep the system more than viable as we wait for the big 1st party titles to come crawling in…….I think Watchdogs will be an interesting title because it is coming out on ps360, WiiU, PS4, and PC. Ubi has a seperate team (I believe the Zombie U team) on WiiU and even though that is first gen ps4 game it will give us a decent gauge of the graphical power differences between current gen, WiiU, and PS4. I think WiiU will do just fine but hope Ubi’s games this year do well enough to keep them in the fold and I would really like to see the Beyond G&E game on WiiU next year.

  • QuizmasterBos

    I definitely hope that the PS4 launch isn’t going to cloud the Wii U. Otherwise, Nintendo may end up losing support because of under expected game sales.

    • YogiGRB

      maybe in the beginning, but after a couple of months we should compare sale nr’s (for same amount of time on shelves) and then check back

      • QuizmasterBos

        Yes, but the damage could already be done. Companies tend to look at immediate sale numbers and when these are below expectations, companies are more likely to have cross-platform releases, just like what happened with Rayman Legends. They forget that games are what sell a system, not the other way around. It’s strange how this always happens.

        • Elem187

          After the holiday season, I can’t imagine Sony and Microsoft having a console selling like gangbusters in this economy.

          1 out of 4 young adults are without a job…. thats depression era levels of unemployment among the largest video game buying demographic.

        • NkoSekirei

          microsoft isnt doing so well after the bad presentation of the xbox one and still suffereing from backlashes of their bad polices they continue to make

    • NkoSekirei

      i hardly doubt it.Wii u will have more games under its belt so it will do fine but cant say that ps4 and xboner wont suffer the same drought that the wii u went through

  • Nintedward

    Their support of Wiiu has been great. I do think they made a bad decision about delaying Rayman though… (They’ve taken all the excitement away from Legends for Nintendo fans and gimped it’s core dual screen gameplay features to accommodate weaker platforms..) (And lined it up alongside the likes Of GTA and more :/)

    We can’t expect everything they make to come to Wiiu , but I think they will have some decent stuff for Wiiu in the years to come.

    • Zombie Boy

      Yeah, they’ve been pretty good for the Wii U, with one of the few third-party exclusives (ZombiU) and haven’t given up on the system where others have (I’m looking at you, EA). Hopefully, the coming first-party games will draw more attention to the Wii U and Ubisoft – and other third parties – will continue to develop for it.

    • The Clockwork Being

      What I want is the Division on Wii U it would be great

      • Teplán Csaba

        Hell yeah my friend ! I want the same, if they will make a bundle, I’ll buy it ! Can yoau help me with your support please? https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/ubisoft-please-release-tom-clancy-s-the-division-for-wii-u

        • The Clockwork Being

          Teplan I will support but what I suggest is putting your objective to 500 supporters. Ill share this to some of my friends to help too

          • Teplán Csaba

            Thanks, we need all support. If we can get only 500 than our goal is 500. If we can get more, will be better.

    • Jon

      well, when you think about it them delaying Rayman, it actually was a bad decision, they could have released it and then also released it on other platforms if it did not do so well, but they chose to delay it when a lot of people would have bought it because of the drought. Instead they delayed it to a time where Nintendo is releasing a lot of their first party titles that people will be buying a lot of and it will just get buried in and after people buy the Nintendo first party titles, are they going to have the money to buy Rayman Legends/ will they spend money when they know there is a few more titles to come they want to buy.

      This is my situation, I would have bought the game in a heart beat if it came out before however, I am going to be buying the Mario first party titles and I won’t have money for Rayman so I’ll have to get it at a later time, but at the same time, I feel will I actually want this game after that because I’ll see Mario Kart and Smash Bros. coming, possible Zelda U coming and other titles being made. The other problem is it is set to release when the other consoles start to be released, I for one, plan on getting a ps4 when is going to be a lot of money and again, I’d rather get the games I want to play first over Rayman.Now I know not everyone is going to be like this but I am sure a lot of people that would have bought it might now because it will just get buried. It was a bad choice to most the release date to when they did.

      • Nothing5555

        But for Ubi, it was a trade off, do they release and go for a small install base or try to get a bigger install base by releasing it on the PS3 and Xbox 360? Supposedly in order to release multiplat games on Microsoft systems the game either has to be release first on the XBOX or at the same time as the others.
        At least be glad they added more content to try and make up for delaying the game.

        • Quicksilver88

          I wish publishers would start calling M$ bluff and say OK we won’t release on x360 and we will just go on WiiU, 3DS, Vita, PS3 and PC. Was does M$ get to determine who gets a timed exclusive. The delay on Rayman on WiiU is going to hurt its sales for sure…the other one I was looking to buy was Dues EX but its delay hurts as well. We needed quality titles in the spring and summer and by fall so much to buy. I am planning on Splinter Cell and WD as long as they turn out good. Likely will get Rayman used or discounted or maybe on Vita.

          • The True Gamer

            Hey, I love Xbox, but Microsoft is so evil, that if publishers tell Microsoft that if they don’t change their policies, they will abandon the console, maybe they will re-examine their money making policies.

          • Quicksilver88

            We can hope, but realize M$ has used bully tactics since the beginning of time….the problem is those same hostile tacticts worked well for them in the PC arena so they will likely keep it up. It’s a big reason why they are not to be trusted on their recent policy reversal. I also have enjoed xbox and x360’but unless xbone gets some game I can’t live without I will be skipping them this generation.

          • The True Gamer

            I’d probably be getting a PS4 if everybody I knew wasn’t getting an Xbox One.

    • JB

      Agreed. That’s why I’m going to continue to support them. Ubi has a problem with Rayman though. With delaying the game they now are going to have to do battle with Nintendo’s first party titles this holiday, which doesn’t exactly bode well for them and as fun as the Rayman Challenge App is, they now risked overexposure for the current install base… Should’ve released it when it would’ve been almost a guaranteed system seller. They easily could’ve patched all the extra content later.

      Really, I think Nintendo should’ve just paid for a timed exclusive, that would’ve solved all their problems. With that said, I’m still picking up Rayman, Watch_Dogs and Assassin’s Creed this holiday alongside the Nintendo titles.

      • Nintedward

        Double agreed!

    • ICHI

      Back when they first delayed it I thought ubi would have a problem going against the likes of pikmin and zelda, but the situation is worse than that. Ubi are going against themselves with splinter cell out soon and AC black flag, you dont even need to factor in mario, sonic or wonderful 101, to see for those of us who only get a couple of new retail games a year, rayman is something that is quickly losing interest.

    • Potemkin

      Exactly. People need to understand the point of view of developers and the current situation of the Wii U.

    • mikel334u2

      I don’t understand the hate going around Ubisoft’s decision to delay Rayman. They have supported the Wii U extensively and more than any other publisher. They ported Rayman because of the Wii U’s smaller install base and the availability for the game on other platforms. They are considerate because they’re releasing the game to other consoles who can’t spend $300 in order to play this game. Wii U owners still get the game even though it’s a multi-plat, so why complain? Now about the delay, Wii U fans can afford some patience for the game (like Pikmin 3). Also, I remember I read that they used the extra time to make the Wii U version of Rayman even better, therefore, the Wii U version would have been worse than it will be in September had they released the game in February for Wii U. They also made a challenge app to make up their decision to angry Wii U owners (which definitely does not replace the full game). I don’t know where you heard that the gameplay features on the Wii U will be gimped, but I think the extra time would allow them to add more content to the Wii U version, such as extra levels and features. I’m still excited for this game, and there’s no reason not to be. Just because it’s gonna be launched next to games like GTA V doesn’t mean it’ll be a bad game that I should get. I would get GTA and Rayman and just play either Rayman or GTA at a later date. Overall, IMO, I think Ubisoft made the right decisions in balancing the game for all gamers to play.

  • everyone

    I like how the picture is of the old unreleased model of the gamepad. Either way excited for Legends.

  • greengecko007

    Watch Dogs is really the only game that looks interesting. Rayman is easily overshadowed by other fall releases, and I’ve never really cared for the shooters from Tom Clancy.

  • Ricardo de Lima Thomaz

    I’m 100% sure I’m buying watch_dogs and if I have money Rayman Legends (because the game is awesome!) But I’ll have to buy Wind Waker before them! Ubisoft will probably see a large number of sales on the Wii U

  • Justis Bistawros

    Fantastic Ubisoft is such an awesome developer just plain great they believe in Wii U to make the very best games for it and believe that the wii u will succeed which obviously we all do.

  • supanovaX

    Im just ready for Ghost Recon Online to pop up again it was one of the original games to be released as soon as the wii u was released but sadly everyone forgot about It dont see why because it is a really good game imho.

  • cement

    wind waker…. and watchodgs… will make wii u sell more!!!

  • Well Ubisoft I pre-ordered Watchdogs for the Wii U and I am hoping a game on hacking makes good use of the gamepad. And if I have the extra money I may pick up Rayman Legends too as the Challenge App was very fun and I liked the gamepad features.

  • Ducked

    I know a lot of people are still upset about Rayman Legends, but I think people should still take it as a Wii U exclusive. Rayman Legends will be the best version on the Wii U, and ubisoft deserves the sales. However, I think AC4 Black Flag will be the highest selling Wii U game this year by ubisoft.

    • Elem187

      I don’t know. I purchased AC3 last year (Decemberish) and it was fun for the first half of the game, the second half felt like a real chore to finish it.

      I really don’t think i can purchase AC4 based on my experience with part 3.. and I’m sure I’m not alone on that. Watch_Dogs and Rayman will probably sell the best on the system if as long as they implement interesting gamepad features to coincide with Aiden’s smartphone.

      • Ducked

        Yeah, I can agree with you there. But AC4 is currently has more preorders then watch dogs, and rayman legends.

        There acting like Watch Dogs could win game of the year, and since the best version will be on the Wii U, that’s pretty good lol

  • Elem187

    Ubisoft makes interesting games… I can’t say the same about EA… I really don’t care for Madden or Fifa. And Battlefield series can be replaced by just about any other shooter franchise… are we really missing much here?

  • Streakin-Cobra

    Im just here waiting for The Crew to be announce for Wii U

  • kevin nun—-

    Ubisoft please don’t analyse the results of your sales next year you will be disappointed because your games probably won’t sell well on the Wii U as it will on other consoles, why? Because you decided to drop and delay release dates near must-buy 1st party titles from Nintendo. Still, thanks for the contribution though.

  • NkoSekirei

    ubisoft u and several other devs that support the wii u continue to impress me and u guys got guts by taking risks by making games for the wii u not like the rest of the devs that are lazy and playing it too safe

  • Wanderlei

    They wont ‘drop’ support, they will just be less inclined to produce Wii U exclusives.

  • Joyous Killer

    If only they released Rayman When they said they were, and at least an update later. That would of been so much better.

  • Chris Hamilton

    where is Ghost Recon Online?


      On hold while they make the PC version. Pretty much they probably scrapped it, or on the drawing board.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        Most likely scrapped. I would think they would have mentioned something about it long ago.

        • Chris Hamilton

          On hold in the video game industry usually means scrapped,but as this was one of the games I bought my wiiu for I’m still holding out hope that they start working on it again (especially since it was so close to being finished when put on hold)

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Abandon all hope he who enter here.

            P.S. That should’ve been Virtual Boy’s slogan.

  • Amz Strange

    I really do hope the sales pick up, I’m happy with my Wii U and really don’t want to have to buy another console until at least 2015. I don’t want every third party game, but a decent selection of some of the biggest would keep me entertained in between Nintendo goodness. A port of Bioshock Infinite would have been nice, for example, I had to buy that for the 360, but I would have bought the Wii U version if there was one.

    Same goes for GTA V. Possibly the biggest game release so far this decade, and it’s not on Wii U… Nintendo should have paid them to port it, I strongly believe that.

  • bugart19

    And this Nintendo fan plans to invest in Ubisoft for its faithful support.

  • John Raybell
  • Watch Dogs!!!!!!!!!!

  • Link Slayer

    If Nintendo can’t sell the Wii U and people don’t buy there games on the Wii U platform they have no choice. It would be like throwing money in the trash if they make games for a system that don’t sell games. I think they are seeing how the PS4 preorders are record breaking. At launch there may be more ps4’s in the hands of consumers. I’m not certian but its a huge possibility. Amazon seen record breaking preorders. something like 2500 pre orders a minute. I hope Nintendo can pick up on a huge level this holiday.

  • beerkin

    Whatever happened to Kid Icaruse uprsising U?

    • Your money

      It’s too early for another kid icarus game. Nintendo will probably focus on different Nintendo licensed games.

      • beerkin

        There was talk or doing uprising HD for the ehop….