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Ubisoft Believes in Wii U for Core and Casual Customers

Posted by James Newton

But which will prevail?

Ubisoft is always a big supporter of new hardware — it had six titles out for the 3DS launch, for example — and the publishing giant will be there on Wii U day one. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has spoken to Gamasutra about the upcoming console's potential to appeal to the casual and core customers that could help it eclipse the Wii's mammoth sales:

We are big believers in the Wii U, on two subjects. One is for high-end games, where we'll be able to do a game for the Wii U, but also for other [high-definition] machines, but also with specific use of [Wii U's] tablet. Two, is we like the Wii U for all the [potential of] casual games.

Having seen such success with casual games on Wii, it's clear Ubisoft will continue to produce dancing and fitness games for Wii U, but will the publisher's more core-oriented games such as Killer Freaks From Outer Space help to establish that second audience for the console?

[via gamasutra.com]

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User Comments (26)

CorbsAdmin

#1

Corbs said:

I think the console has the potential to cater to both, but the big question is will enough developers believe in its core potential to bring those types of gaming experiences to the system, rather than a flood of casual content like we saw on Wii. :D

LEGEND_MARIOID

#2

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Hopefully devs will show more bravery this time eh. Some great 3rd party stuff on the Wii, but not quite enough.

Portista

#3

Portista said:

@Corbs I think both things will happen. We will see a lot of casual games and a lot of core games. Can't wait to see Ubisoft bring some games to the WiiU! :)

CorbsAdmin

#4

Corbs said:

I'm just not sure third-party developers are going to take Nintendo seriously and take chances releasing core games when they've become so comfortable releasing those kinds of games on the HD consoles, especially with this new console still carrying the Wii name and using similar controls. I hope you're right Portista, I really do. :D

Dyl_73

#5

Dyl_73 said:

It may be able to cater for core gamers as well as the casual market. However, it will not be an immediate change. The core gamers are not all suddenly going to rush out and buy a Wii. Even if developers create the hardcore games for the Wii U that have been lacking on the Wii, it will still probably be at least a couple of years before a lot of core gamers take it seriously.

Jono97

#6

Jono97 said:

Well, anyone think this would end up like the situation the 3DS is in?-well I do want it.. I don't really know why.

eviLaTtenDant

#7

eviLaTtenDant said:

Will be great to see Ubisoft's big franchises on the WiiU. :)

@clubmini: You mean like Ubisoft having 1 1/2 good game (Ghost Recon and Rayman 3D) out of the nine they have on the 3DS so far ?

@Dyl_73: The problem is that somebody has to start bringing good WiiU-exclusive features to "hardcore" games and not give up quickly if they don't sell as well as hoped. Though that's understandable and i'm not blaming companies for this since it's serious business after all.
If Nintendo itself doesn't bring something new, more "hardcore" to the WiiU they better make sure that third parties either make exclusive "hardcore" games for 'em or at least that the very best version of their game will be on WiiU.

shoopdawoop70

#8

shoopdawoop70 said:

core better prevail... I love the wii (my favorite console) but i'll shake my fist at nintendo if I can't tell my friends I play "Wii U". Now would be a good time to fix your red with kids my age, nintendo.

daznsaz

#9

daznsaz said:

think doom&gloom dude should work/comment on the other sites ps3 or 360.sick of reading the negative.hell probably wont like the wiiu controller because it has 2 sliders and he wanted 4 lol.stick with kinect or something.

odd69

#10

odd69 said:

I feel bad for even thinking this machine (mostly the controller) looked "god awful". Now i think it will be Nintendo's best console IF it's truly supported with core games. An example would be Fallout. It would make the game play experience better with the tablet for a controller (pip boy interface?) instead of jumbled up menus on screen.Id buy it on Wii U over any of the leading consoles and over PC.I believe the core games that will exist on the Wii U will be better just because the controller is essentially a handheld. I bet most menu systems will end up there leaving the actual TV screen open for less distractions.

Back on the subject , I guess we all can give credit to Ubisoft for supporting Wii U ( and other new systems too).Hopefully other devs will get hyped and spread the good word around.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#11

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Well, I'll probably be playing Arkham City on it..:)

I wonder if the Wii U's odd name is to do with the uDraw gaming tablet. Some kind of oddball naming right thing going on for gaming tablets on Nintendo consoles??

motang

#12

motang said:

I sure hope it more for core than for the casual, as there more money to be made for Nintendo with the core.

NiaLovesNinty

#13

NiaLovesNinty said:

I want there to be a good balance of all types of games. The more people that have a Wii U the better. My biggest hope is that my fellow Nintendo fans actually buy the 3rd party games. There are too many of us that only play Nintendo games.

rjejr

#14

rjejr said:

This has the potential to be an all around great selling machine. It'll be equal graphically to the PS3 and Xbox360 yet still work w/ the Wimotes. Nintendo attracts people w/ Mario and Link exclusives and then needs to keep them w/ good 3rd party support. 5 yr. old Wiis are due for replacement. The WiiUpad can work as a gaming tablet. [I was in a bookstore that had an entire table devoted to Angry Birds. Angry Birds doesn't even have a book.] The question is - how bad does Nintendo screw it up? The WiiU needs significant on board storage - 16/32gig - for demos and downloadable games like XBL and PSN. And 99c "cheap" app type games for the tablet. They should sign up "Where's my Water?" as a home console exclusive. And add a HDMI cable in the box to advertise the HD aspect, those things are dirt cheap now. The potential is there for Nintendo to grab everybody from high end graphics whores to cheap handheld casuals while holding on to it's huge installed Wii and DS base. All they have to do is not screw it up.

eviLaTtenDant

#15

eviLaTtenDant said:

Yes, it would be a bit sad if third parties only did their typical PS360 games on the WiiU. But many of us are stressing these since they were missing or lacking on the Wii.
And i'd say that when there are demos for all the great games and they're communicated to the WiiU owners they'll buy more games aside from the typical Nintendo stuff.

FOREST_RANGER

#16

FOREST_RANGER said:

I can't wait for shooters! Wii remote controls and some beefed-up graphics capability has got to attract developers to make an FPS! Would be lovely if they had lots of exclusives for the WiiU to make it stand out.

taffy

#17

taffy said:

I hope the new Rainbow Six game comes out for Wii U, that looks mint!

pepsilover2008

#18

pepsilover2008 said:

hmm i kinda hope that both win tbh because with the wii it was often great for both, but the hardcore games where fewer than the casual games

TheGreenSpiny

#21

TheGreenSpiny said:

Well I actually believe Ubisoft on this one. At least they supported Wii with both from the get go. Hopefully they don't have so many growing pains as they did with the Wii.

letsplay

#22

letsplay said:

I'll buy WiiU if I can get the same games that are ported to XBox and PS3. If I have to use XBox and PS3 to play the hard core games whats the point? I'm to replay Mario and Zelda etc on the WiiU?

Chunky_Droid

#24

Chunky_Droid said:

Well, I just hope Ubisoft don't bring out 5 mediocre games and a lazy port like they did on the 3DS :D

JimLad

#25

JimLad said:

I don't think I like them calling fitness and virtual pet titles casual games.
In my mind they are more like non-game software. Mario is a casual game, anyone can play it becaue it's simple. A hardcore game is something with more buttons that perhaps requires more playtime invested.
What I really want to see from Ubi though is Red Steel 3. RS2 is one of the best games on the Wii, but it was far too short.

KiroX777

#26

KiroX777 said:

And yet pooor hard core gamers get no type of love or affection. Smh.. well wii u is still by no means will ever replace a ps3 or 360. Nintendo not number 1 yay go nintendo! :P

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