The Wii U has had a slow start to the year. After selling a decent amount before Christmas, sales have started to slip and many Wii U owners are worried about the future of third party titles, considering the install base is currently much lower than other platforms.
However, despite many attributing the delay of Rayman Legends to fears of poor sales, Ubisoft is still behind the console and says it has no problem with the current install base.
In an interview with Games Industry International Ubisoft's managing director Xavier Poix said the company has no disappointments regarding the Wii U install base, but is hoping sales will pick up in the coming months.
Selling a new way of playing can take some time, and we know the power of the brands from Nintendo and we know from the fans that the majority of what will be the system sellers are not yet available. And on our side, Rayman will be one of them for sure. We really expect Rayman to be a huge system seller on the console.
Poix believes the problem lies in educating people about the Wii U GamePad. He said while the Wii was simply about "the movements in your game", the GamePad's message is a little harder to convey:
We strongly believe that people have not yet realized the importance of the gameplay that this can provide, but for sure they need the good games to support the system. And they need the installed base to gain more support, which is not the case yet,
Ubisoft already has quite a few titles on Wii U with the likes of Assassin's Creed III, Just Dance 4 and ZombiU. It has Rayman Legends scheduled for a September release and Watch_Dogs will also be coming to Nintendo's system.
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