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Reaction: Ubisoft Bets Big On Wii U

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Will it be legendary?

Ubisoft has now finished its E3 conference extravaganza, and unlike EA dedicated a section to Wii U, underlining support for Nintendo's next gen console. In total the publisher unveiled eight titles, not all necessarily for launch day, but in any case representing a broad variety of styles and experiences.

So, what stood out? In terms of Wii U exclusives, we learned that Rayman Legends will only be on Nintendo's system, which represents a scoop for the big N. There was a substantial demo of the GamePad in action, with a character called Murphy able to influence the environment with extensive use of the touch screen, with a significant emphasis on multiplayer co-op play. The gyroscope capabilities of the GamePad were also vital, once again influencing the environment to allow others to progress. Up to five players will be supported – one GamePad and four Wii Remotes – which promises some fun platforming chaos. Visually, it certainly looked a treat, and the demo stages looked like a continuation of the excellent level design from the original title.

Another system exclusive was ZombiU, which has actually evolved from Killer Freaks from Outer Space. The trailer was all CG animation, but we've heard that there'll be game footage shown off at Nintendo's press conference on Tuesday. This title was referenced strongly in the pre-E3 Wii U Nintendo Direct, though little did we know that the slapstick trailer with the man and his 'non-specific action figure' was probably a very limited look at Ubisoft's release. It's clear that this title could get a big third-party focus when Wii U launches, and may be one of a number of 'mature' titles to target older and more experienced gamers.

There was more, with Assassin's Creed III featuring prominently, though the game demo was played with a PS3. Wii U GamePad specifics were left out, so that may be reserved for Nintendo's conference, of if we're being pessimistic it's possible that the capabilities of the controller won't be utilised in significant ways, time will tell. As for the rest, fans of comic book heroes will be pleased to see Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth, a title that is likely to prominently feature motion controls. There's also the standard Ubisoft launch fare that is likely to target less experienced, or the so-called 'casual' audience. Rabbids return in Rabbid's Land, Just Dance 4 will bring more party fun, Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 is as expected, with Sports Connection will be full of mini-games.

Ultimately, there's the usual group of fun, party style titles accompanied, on this occasion, by some solid and exciting core gaming experiences. We have a co-op platformer that's a follow-up to one of 2011's gems, a new IP that'll involve lots of zombies and a first Nintendo home console appearance for the Assassin's Creed series. What more could you ask for?

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User Comments (18)

Xiao_Pai

#1

Xiao_Pai said:

Rayman Legends' gameplay was awesome...especially at the end with that music-based platforming. :p

Chuie

#2

Chuie said:

raymen legends yea ghost reacon yea assasins creedd 3 ok just dance 4 WTF! UBISOFT

LeTr011

#3

LeTr011 said:

Assassin's Creed 3 is going to be on the WiiU!!! Take my money already!!!

moomoo

#4

moomoo said:

I wish Watch Dogs could have been confirmed for WiiU. That is by and far the game of the show right now. It looks absolutely incredible.

RetroGBHippie92

#5

RetroGBHippie92 said:

Wow I'm Impressed, I don't like Assassin's Creed that much, but If it boosts the reputation of Nintendos console, it's good enough for me.

the_shpydar

#7

the_shpydar said:

Ubisoft's presentation was excellent.Watchdogs looked incredible, and i'd actually be surprised if it's not on WiiU, just given the style of gameplay with the "hacking" stuffs — seems like a perfect fit for the Gamepad.

Emaan

#8

Emaan said:

Its nice that Ubisoft actually acknowledged the Wii U, unlike EA. This strong support from them is great nonetheless, all the games looked pretty solid!

arrmixer

#10

arrmixer said:

@the_shpydar @moomoo yup my sentiments exactly... though I'm still glad for all the support ubisoft is giving... I do plan on getting rayman legends and later on assasin's creed

WhiteTrashGuy

#11

WhiteTrashGuy said:

I knew that footage from Nintendo Direct had to be a real game! Now just imagine your friend dropping hordes of the undead across the level using the gamepad! That was demoed for it last year when it was KILLER FREAKS....

TheChosen

#13

TheChosen said:

Ubisoft showed a brilliant line-up, and not just for Wii U. So good that Sony used a good chunk of their conference to promote Far Cry 3 and Assassins Greed 3 as well. And Watch Dogs looked amazing.

Rayman Legends was great, but it turned awesome right when the music-level started. Im pretty sure this is gonna be the top platformer of this year and the next Mario gonna has to be really innovative to top this.

Now lets hope we'll get some more ZombiU (God that name's awful) footage on Nintendo's conference!

Yellowgerbil

#14

Yellowgerbil said:

I watched most of it last night, up to the assasins creed demo, and if ubisoft make extra features to it, the other consoles version will be inferior and will give Microsoft the kick in the pants it deserves.
Rayman Legends looked absolutely epic and I was bobbing along to the music stage.

NiBar

#15

NiBar said:

Nice, but of course they will support Wii U big time. The Just Dance series sold 28 million copies on Wii, so Ubisoft can afford to take some risks on Wii U, which others maybe wont because of lesser success on the Wii.

ejamer

#16

ejamer said:

Ubisoft takes a lot of crap for releasing niche and casual games, and for bombing system releases with software that isn't really worth playing. But this lineup is really impressive and nicely covers a wide spectrum of gamer preferences.

Rayman Origins was easily better than New Super Mario Bros Wii in my opinion... hearing that Rayman Legend is exclusive to Wii U is the first thing that actually makes me want the console.

JonWahlgrenAdmin

#17

JonWahlgren said:

Kinda feel like Ubi stole the show yesterday, perhaps because they had the most "surprises" out of all presentations. Obnoxious behind-the-scenes presenter, but at this point you know they're doing it for the extra attention.

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