Ubisoft Plan To Sell Wii U Retail Games Via The eShop
Posted by Andy Green
Uplay service also incoming
Nintendo are being secretive as always about their plans to bring retail Wii U games to the eShop but that hasn't stopped third party developers from getting the ball rolling with their own digital plans for the new console.
Namco Bandai has already confirmed that Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition will be available to download through the eShop in Japan and now Ubisoft has thrown its hat into the ring claiming as soon as Nintendo make it possible, it will be bringing its retail games to the eShop.
Speaking to Polygon, Ubisoft president Yves Guillemot said that the company aims to have retail titles like Assassin’s Creed III and Rayman Legends available on the eShop as soon as possible, and also confirmed that the Uplay service will be coming to the Wii U sometime after the console launches.
Uplay is Ubisoft's digital distribution, multiplayer and achievement tracking system and is tied to all of the publisher's games. The achievements will be able to be viewed across all platforms, so if you were disappointed by the news that the Wii U will not have a universal achievement system you’ll at least be able to collect some in Ubisoft's games.
Guillemot also revealed the company is in talks with retailers about making download codes available to buy in-store, with the aim being to increase the purchasing options available to gamers:
It's something we are discussing with the different retailers because we think sometimes when people go to the shop they want to get information on what game to buy and also how to play it and so on. So the retailers are really bringing something that can help them sell the right games so they have a good experience.
There's no definitive date on when all of this will happen but it's nice to know it's all on the way. What are your thoughts? Would you like the option to buy a game through the Nintendo eShop? Let us know in the comments section below.