While one publisher has pulled Wii U support completely, another is reaffirming its faith Nintendo will make their latest console a success. Shortly after Electronic Arts revealed they had zero Wii U games in development, one of the Wii U’s stronger third party publishers has come out to give Nintendo’s public image a much-needed boost.
After all, Ubisoft has supported the Wii U from day 1 with ports of all their latest games — from Assassin’s Creed 3 to Watch_Dogs — and a console exclusive in ZombiU. Not to mention they were, at one point, willing to sacrifice potential 360 and PS3 sales by making Rayman Legends a Wii U exclusive. That’s no longer the case, but the initial thought still counts.
While most publishers are “abandoning ship” or reeling in Wii U support, a spokesperson for Ubisoft wants to assure the public they will do the exact opposite. Ubisoft believes that their fall 2013 content will give consumers plenty of reasons to pick up a Wii U.
“As with any new console, it takes some time to grow an established base. 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.”
Sure, gamers can pick up Assassin’s Creed 4 or Splinter Cell: Blacklist on the Wii U, but will they? When a game like Watch_Dogs is available on consoles gamers already own, what is the incentive to purchase a new console? This would be good news for gamers who only own a Wii U, but there’s no telling how many of those are out there.
It’s also important to mention that a new console generation is looming in the horizon, and pretty soon those new platforms will become the standard. And while the Wii U will become the superior alternative to the PS3 and 360, it will still presumably be at least a few steps behind both the PS4 and Xbox 720.
So while Ubisoft reaffirms their faith that Nintendo will be successful, their success isn’t really dependent on third party publishers like them. Rather, it will be Nintendo’s exclusive content that will make or break the console — games like Pikmin 3, Super Smash Bros., Mario, etc. These are the types of games that most deem “system sellers.”
Do you think third party titles from publishers like Ubisoft will help Wii U sales? What will it take for Nintendo to recover?