Ubisoft executive Alain Corre talks up the prospects of the Nintendo NX, stating that he expects the console to ‘recapture’ the lost Wii user base when it sees release.
Although the Wii U is continuing its role as Nintendo’s primary home console, it’s clear that Nintendo already has eyes on the future. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild received its first gameplay trailer during E3, and although Nintendo has confirmed that the game will offer the same experience on Wii U and the upcoming NX, there’s no doubt a reason that the company is releasing the much-wanted title on both consoles. It’s not just Nintendo that has high hopes for the NX, either, as it turns out Ubisoft also has big expectations.
Speaking with MCV, Ubisoft’s EMEA boss Alain Corre expressed Ubisoft’s belief in the in-development system. In particular, Corre has suggested that the Nintendo NX is likely to bring back fans who left Nintendo after the end of the original Wii’s prominence. “We believe that the NX will recapture a lot of the lapsed Wii players,” said Corre. “So we will see when they release it, but we are confident.”
It turns out that this is not just idle talk, either, as Ubisoft has already expressed support for the console. The publisher revealed during E3 2016 that Just Dance 2017 is going to be available on a wide array of consoles, including the Nintendo NX, and there have even been suggestions that the game will be a launch title for the unreleased console. The announcement of the game for the NX makes Ubisoft the first Western third-party publisher to confirm its projects for the console.
Based on Corre’s comments, it looks as though Ubisoft is extremely keen to continue its relationship with Nintendo – in particular with regards to a more casual, family market. “We have always appreciated the relationship with Nintendo, the co-creation and the fact that they are really concentrating on quality,” stated Corre. “They are addressing the family market in a very different way, their own way, which we appreciate. We have done a lot of products and successes with Nintendo in the past.”
Nintendo will no doubt consider a return to the commercial side of the Wii a tremendous success. The console had sold 30 million units in the US alone by 2010, and can be considered a powerhouse in terms of sales. Compared to the poor sales of the Wii U, it’s clearly an area where Nintendo needs to improve.
However, gamers may well want Ubisoft to announce more than just the likes of Just Dance 2017 for the NX. After all, one of the main criticisms of the Wii was that it did not do enough to cater for an adult gaming audience, and that same demographic will no doubt want other upcoming Ubisoft games such as Ghost Recon: Wildlands to also be announced for the console. Whether that same market will also be available on the Nintendo NX remains to be seen.