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Ubisoft Wants to Be Top Dog on Wii U

Posted by James Newton

Sound familiar?

Ubisoft will stick to its tactic of big launch support for new consoles when Wii U launches later this year.

Last year Ubi launched six games alongside 3DS and, back in 2006, released half a dozen games on the same day as Wii. That plan helped it become the biggest third-party publisher on both formats — though Ubi's Wii success may owe just a little to Just Dance — and senior vice president of sales and marketing Tony Key is confident it'll happen again.

Speaking to Gamasutra, Key said:

We have big plans for Wii U. Our intention is to be the number one third-party on Wii U, just like we were on Kinect and just like we were on 3DS.

At E3 last year Ubisoft announced Wii U games, and we know the publisher is working on Assassin's Creed III, Killer Freaks from Outer Space and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online for the console. Going on past experience, we could have as many as half a dozen Ubi games on the console when it's launched later this year, which is either a very good or bad thing depending on how much you like Ubisoft games.

[via gamasutra.com]

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User Comments (48)

Undead_terror

#1

Undead_terror said:

yes just give us good games and not some dance games,but that would be cool,to have a online shooter at launch

motang

#3

motang said:

Doesn't Ubisoft say that for every Nintendo console (starting with the Wii) and then they bring out crap like Horses 3D!

mamp

#5

mamp said:

Hope they actually put out some decent games aside from AC, and Just Dance. Odds are since the WiiU can still use Wii controls Just Dance will still be around. Oh and I was wondering if Wiimotion plus is more accurate how come ubisoft never used it for their just dance series I never played the series but I always wondered about that.

thedanman64

#6

thedanman64 said:

I have a feeling that one of the launch titles will probably be yet another port of Rayman 2.

mamp

#8

mamp said:

@Eureka odds are they'll make a sequel of they'll just put up origins on Nintendo's online store since nowadays they can afford to sell the same game over again if it's got HD.

Late

#9

Late said:

I'd like to see Heroes of Might and Magic games on Wii U. Clash of Heroes for DS is one of my favorite DS games and I have the 1-5 collection for PC.
New Settlers, Rayman and No More Heroes would be nice too.

Expa0

#10

Expa0 said:

Here's an idea ubisoft, start bringing Atlus games to europe, you have my full respect then no matter what crap you may produce.

Smooth27

#12

Smooth27 said:

Beside the games mentioned how bout, Red Steel 3, and please! An assassins creed for 3DS!!

Smooth27

#13

Smooth27 said:

Beside the games mentioned how bout, Red Steel 3, and please! An assassins creed for 3DS!! Seeing what resident evil revelations did on 3ds cant wait for an assassins creed.

Alienfish

#14

Alienfish said:

I just wish that Ubisoft would stop being all about quantity and start producing more quality. They have a few good games, but for the most part I just feel like I'm getting a pile of half eaten sandwiches from them. Put some of those dev teams together and make some truly remarkable games.

Dreadjaws

#15

Dreadjaws said:

The Assassin's Creed games are fantastic, and Rayman Origins is spectacular, but Ubisoft has too many shovelware games, which gives them a bad fame. Not to mention their problems with DRM on PC, but that's another topic.

Hardy83

#16

Hardy83 said:

So by top dog, they mean port a bunch of crap games, sell them for full price and then bail when the fallout happens.

AltDotNerd

#17

AltDotNerd said:

Good luck beating Super Smash Bros Universe*, Ubisoft...

*SSBU is Reggie Fils-Aime's temporary name for the game.

Myx

#18

Myx said:

ubisoft shouldn't be allowed to put something on wii u, seriously. that is one of the lousiest companies in the business.

nfzeta007

#20

nfzeta007 said:

I think the problem here is that all the 3rd party developers have given up on producing quality of the same or similar level to the Nintendo first party titles, so instead they push for quantity, well at least this was partially the case for the Wii (other than the fact they just couldn't be bothered to produce good non-HD games anymore)

Well not saying Ubisoft will be like this with the Wii U as they have already promised good titles for it, just hope the rest do the same and Ubisoft keeps it up and doesn't resort to shovelware when the initial push calms down.

HappyHappy

#21

HappyHappy said:

If Ubi gives us a Rayman, Assassin's Creed, and a Red Steel game in the first year of the Wii U that would awesome.

TimboBaggins

#22

TimboBaggins said:

Just a new 3d Rayman and Assasins Creed. And a sequel to Rayman Origins. everything else seems like filler.

misswliu81

#23

misswliu81 said:

until they start putting out more quality instead of shovelware titles, i won't be convinced by this.

Ren

#26

Ren said:

Come on, folks. Ubisoft isn't that bad. Sure they make bad kiddie/ casual games for... kids and 'casual' gamers. Don't buy those ones. But they've also made some really great games, for more serious gamers. I'm not a huge fan but I like the ones that... I know are good. Just vote with your dollars; don't buy the kiddie games and you won't be all mad.
but don't whine about big support and then whine about no 3rd party support; they're trying to do what we've all been asking for, and I don't think it's easy to make top tier games for Wii when you have the HD systems that can handle any fancy thing you can create.

Theres a good opportunity to make some great games without the limitations of the Wii, and I won't scoff at even some ports of the great HD stuff that we didn't get this gen. Not all of us own multiple systems so I'd be happy to have some of the HD stuff that I didn't get the first time around with the tablet functions added; win-win, or whine-whine depending on how jaded you are.

BulbasaurusRex

#27

BulbasaurusRex said:

I don't care for most of Ubisoft's games, even the non-casual ones. At least they're going to no longer be responsible for the most disappointing use of the TMNT licence now that Michael Bay has his hooks in it.

Ren

#28

Ren said:

Wow, I can't think of anything more sad than Michael Bay making a Ninja Turtles movie; I guess him making movies at all is at least that sad, though.

BenAV

#30

BenAV said:

If they makes good games then good, I'll buy them.
If they make crappy games and nothing good then I'll pass.
I'm still yet to own a Ubisoft 3DS game.

Bankai

#31

Bankai said:

Oh look. Lots of people pretending Just Dance 2 and 3 aren't good games.

But yeah, Ubi's strategy with launch is to release a bunch of games from its back catalogue, and one or two original titles. They did that with the 3DS and the Vita. Both times, one or two of the games were great (the Tom Clancy Tactics game on the 3DS, Lumines and Rayman on the Vita), and then the rest are terrible.

It clearly works or they wouldn't keep doing it.

hillbill26

#32

hillbill26 said:

Bring back Rayman and I be satisfied. But, seriously, give other third-parties a chance. RAYMAN!

GamerZack87

#34

GamerZack87 said:

That's so cute...Ubisoft thinks it'll be better than Nintendo on Nintendo's own console! :3
GamerZack gives Ubisoft a lollipop, pats it on the head and sends it home

WaveBoy

#35

WaveBoy said:

Ya, the top dog at releasing Ports with tacked on half bunzed control schemes. The cash they make will go towards making big AAA titles for the PS4 and XBOX 720. LOL :p

If it's any indication of the craptastic lazy junk they released for the Wii & 3DS's launch than I'll obviously be passing....Not supporting a bunch of goober headed Uubs. :p However, I'll [strong]Totaly[/strong] support any new 2D Rayman title ! B-)

Kage_88

#36

Kage_88 said:

"We have big plans for Wii U. Our intention is to be the number one third-party on Wii U, just like we were on Kinect and just like we were on 3DS."

Eh? Well, I suppose Rayman 2, Splinter Cell 3D, Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D & Asphalt 3D were known for their sterling quality...wern't they?

Still, I do loves me some Assassin's Creed, and I can't wait for Rayman Origins 3DS. I'd also love to see a Red Steel 3.

NINTENBOY

#37

NINTENBOY said:

I've got alot of trust in Ubisoft the only game that's got me worried is killer freaks but other then that I'm pretty sure they will rightfully dominate lunch with good games unless Nintendo comes out with a suprise lunch title. All I ask Ubisoft is that you make sure the controller is used well and great online

R-L-A-George

#38

R-L-A-George said:

Well the most success in years I've seen in titles that are hardcore gamer concentric, is Prince of Persia and some on the Rayman Playstation games (even that one early childhood learning game which was very hard.)

JimLad

#39

JimLad said:

Didn't Ubisoft come over all humble and apologetic after they admitted their Wii Launch games were rushed and promised to make quality games from henceforth?
I hope they learnt their lesson.

erv

#40

erv said:

I think they can do a better job at selling rayman 2 HD than ever before!

Tryken

#42

Tryken said:

Noooo! Ubisoft can keep as far away from Nintendo launches as possible. After their slew of crappy software on the 3DS launch, I partially blame them for causing the "3DS has no good software" problem because they wanted to get in like 6 launch titles.

Marakuto

#43

Marakuto said:

They release new games on a system as a port for a quater the price of the system yet it is a port or some crap Imagine babies game, Ubisoft just waste their efforts on those but the real games take damn long!

Chuie

#44

Chuie said:

this why i dont like ubisooft they always try to be a big show but i do like rayman and ghost reacon

DarkKirby

#45

DarkKirby said:

Your opinions on Ubisoft aside, big game game developers saying they will support the Wii U with their big name games, not downgraded versions, is exactly what the Wii U needs.

vio

#46

vio said:

You guys are too harsh. I'm grateful for Ubi's support. They've pretty much always been behind Nintendo strongly and Nintendo needs strong 3rd party support. The lack of 3rd support really hurt the N64 and Gamecube.

Chuie

#47

Chuie said:

ubisoft just threw games at wii 3ds and vita when it was realesed i like ghost reacon and will them and i love rayman games even rayman arena which i had for gamecube

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