Waaaaaah, what could it be?
A work of art?
After the success of THQ's uDraw, Ubisoft's the next company to muscle in on some of the Wii touch screen tablet action with its own peripheral Drawsome. The tablet — set for release exclusively in the United States on 6th December — boasts a 6.5" x 5" screen, slightly larger than the Wii U's 6.2" surface. Drawsome also features a transparency layer, letting you..
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..
Q & A 2
In all the excitement over Super Mario 3D Land and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, we almost forgot another iconic gaming character is due to return this Christmas. Rayman Origins on Wii and 3DS are both on the way before Christmas, and so it's time to learn a little more about them with a new trailer and a little Q&A with director...
Many have tried...
If there's one genre that's really exploded in popularity on consoles over the last five years, it's the first-person shooter, the Call of Duty series in particular experiencing phenomenal growth. While these titles thrive on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, they don't always take advantage of the Wii's qualities, particularly when it comes...
The limbless wonder rides again
Rayman Origins is coming to Wii, but 3DS owners will get a version of the game too, and Ubisoft has just sent over some new shots of Rayman Origins on 3DS. The shots certainly look impressive: the smaller screen doesn't seem to have resulted in a loss of quality for the glorious 2D art that's attracted so much attention since the game's revelation last year. Ubisoft..
First from a third-party
Ubisoft's Just Dance 2 might not be your idea of a good time, but that hasn't stopped over five million Americans picking up the game since it launched last October. The game enters an illustrious group of five-million-sellers, and is the first non-Nintendo game to reach the milestone on Wii. The other members of the 5m+ clan are Wii Play, Mario Kart Wii, New Super Mario..
Take it for a spin
It's been a while since we heard about Driver Renegade 3D, but Ubisoft is stepping up its game with a series of animated shorts depicting hero Tanner driving around, taking down bad guys and delivering cheesy one-liners. The first episode made waves in the 3DS eShop, particularly for some of the more adult language used, and the...
Back to his best?
Rayman Origins is the long awaited return to 2D platforming for Ubisoft's chopper-haired hero. While the version we played at a recent preview event was running on Xbox 360, we were told the team is aiming to make the Wii version as similar as possible. Running on Ubisoft's new UbiArt framework, the game is extremely beautiful —...
Ubisoft CEO teases what's in store
With the recent news that Assassin's Creed: Lost Legacy for the 3DS has been scrapped, we were left wondering if the Wii U instalment of the popular stealth, action series might follow the same route. In an interview with Swedish website Aftonbladet (as translated by the Swedish branch of
Re-emerges in Revelations
That Ezio Auditore da Firenze sure knows how to disappear into the crowd. So well in fact, his skills at vanishing are spilling over to the status of the Assassin's Creed title that was planned for the 3DS. Assassin's Creed: Lost Legacy was originally planned for the 3DS but during an interview with Joystiq, Darby McDevitt...
Ubisoft doesn't want anyone to miss out
Rayman Origins sure is full of surprises, and it's not even out yet. First there was the revelation that the once Xbox Live Arcade and Sony PlayStation Network-only 2D platformer was also headed to the Wii. Now, it seems the latest in the Rayman series will also appear on yet another platform. In the latest...
Are you ready?
Ubisoft has revealed a handful of titles it will be developing for the Nintendo Wii U. Along with some familiar franchises, the publisher has also announced that new IPs will be worked on for the system. Gamers can look forward to popular franchises like Assassin's Creed, Rabbids and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online to hit the Wii U, but even more exciting is the impending arrival of..
The hairy hero returns
It's been a long time since Rayman appeared in an original platformer — around 15 years, in fact — so it's very welcome news that he's coming back to Wii in Rayman Origins. The game will feature four-player co-operative play over 60 brand new side-scrolling stages, harking back to the floppy-haired hero's original adventures. The video below shows the on-stage..
Ubisoft brings the adaptation to the Wii and 3DS
If Tintin fans think the upcoming animated film is all they have to look forward to this year, think again. Along with with Steven Spielberg's motion picture adaptation of Hergé comic books featuring Belgium's favourite reporter, fans should also prepare themselves for The Adventures of Tintin: The Game. Ubisoft has unveiled some game details from..
Out in October
UK industry magazine MCV reports that Ubisoft and Nintendo will offer a 3DS hardware bundle in October this year. The console will be available in Cosmos Black or Aqua Blue and come packed with Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D and Driver Renegade 3D. There's currently no price for the packages. This isn't the first time Nintendo and...
Expects to be wowed
In one week we will get our first look at Nintendo's new home console, with all sorts of rumours circulating about its controller, horsepower and games line-up. One thing we should all keep in mind, according to Ubisoft UK Boss Rob Cooper, is what makes Nintendo stand out from its opposition: originality. What you always get with Nintendo is innovation, with consumers at the..
Predicts big system sales
Ubisoft was quick out of the gate on 3DS, with six games out for the machine within its first two weeks on sale. It will have felt the console's slower-than-expected sales almost as keenly as Nintendo itself then, but the publisher still expects the handheld to sweep all before it in the all-important Christmas period. Ubi...
Old no-arms is back
Last year at E3, Ubisoft announced a new 2D platformer starring the hair-helicopter himself, Rayman. Called Rayman Origins, the game was originally only supposed to see the light of day on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Store, but after a long period of silence it's been revealed the game is heading to retail — and Wii. After...
The house of Rayman speaks
Ubisoft has heavily supported the 3DS and Wii during their respective launch periods, so it's no surprise to hear the giant publisher is already looking to Nintendo's next console, currently codenamed Project Café. In a recent investor call, Ubi CEO Yves Guillemot praised the console, which is set to be unveiled at E3 on...
Here's mud in your eyes
3DS has already proven itself capable of handling accomplished racing games, with Ridge Racer 3D a highlight of the console's launch line-up, and Ubisoft is preparing its own four-wheel outing with World Rally Championship 2011. The game will be the first fruit of Ubi's recent acquisition of the WRC licence, meaning a full array of real-life cars, drivers and courses all..
Do'ya feel lucky, punk? Well, do'ya?
To celebrate the launch of Nintendo's record-breaking 3DS handheld we teamed up with our PALs at Ubisoft with a very tasty competition with a total prize value of almost £1,000. We had well over 500 entries, and the three winners drawn from our special Competition-tron 3000™ AI computer system were... nintendoduffin
After a glorious two weeks on shelves around North America and Europe, the 3DS has convinced many it's not just a souped-up Nintendo DS: it's got no Petz games for a start. Well, that honeymoon period is about to end, as Ubisoft has announced Petz Fantasy 3D for release in June. Animals including unicorns and red pandas hatch from giant...
Will it set your heart racing?
Ubisoft's racing series is quick off the starting grid when it comes to DS launches: Asphalt: Urban GT launched with the DS in Europe, Asphalt 4: Elite Racing hit DSiWare after a little pause and Asphalt 3D is pulling up to 3DS on day one. The latest gameplay footage shows off the gameplay modes featured in the game,...
Double LP pack includes 3D inner sleeve
It's not often you see video game soundtracks released on vinyl records, especially in this digital age where even CDs are slowly becoming obsolete. Which is why it's come as a surprise that Tom's Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D's official soundtrack is available not only via digital download, but by way of a...
Julian Gollop runs through a mission segment
As Ubisoft prepares for the release of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars 3D alongside the 3DS as the handheld launches in North America and Europe this week, the publisher has sent us a handy walkthrough video that details a segment of a mission found later on in the game. Narrated by Julian Gollop, producer and game designer at Ubisoft Sofia, the..
That's two regions now not getting the game
Remember that announcement trailer of We Dare from Ubisoft? No? You know... the one with all the suggestive flirting and bottom-spanking? Yeah, now you remember. Well, despite all the attention that the kinky party game received, it seems the French publisher is very selective in which regions the game...
Sam Fisher reels you in
It's a double-whammy of Ubisoft launch game trailers this week: first we saw gameplay footage of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, and now stablemate Splinter Cell 3D has received the trailer treatment. There's not much in the way of gameplay footage available, but with three weeks yet to go until the game lands we're...
Launch title in action
Considering Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars is one of the launch titles for 3DS things have been eerily quiet on the gameplay front, with not even a sniff of footage. Until now, that is, as Ubisoft has revealed the first trailer of its upcoming tactical title. While the video isn't exactly chock-full of gameplay it does...
A new wave of adult Wii games?
When thinking of multiplayer games on the Wii, one might go for the easy examples of Wii Sport Resort, and Wii Party as they're enjoyable and played by many. Or, you might go for the obscure ones that are best left forgotten. Either way, you probably weren't thinking of Ubisoft's upcoming party game: We Dare. Developed by Ubisoft Milan, We Dare features a selection of..
Take a trip to a land that time forgot
You may not be keen on Ubisoft's Combat of Giants franchise, the three DSiWare incarnations of which – Mutant Insects - Revenge, Dinosaurs - Fight for Survival and Dragons - Bronze Edition – each scored a 5/10 in our reviews, but hopefully things will improve with Ubisoft's next entry in the series, the 3DS title
Ubisoft tells the wacky facts on Travel in Time 3D
Last week we reported on Rabbids Travel in Time 3D, a side-scrolling take on the Raving Rabbids' mini-gaming time-travelling exploits on Wii, and now Ubisoft has revealed more information on the upcoming title. Due for release during the first quarter of 2011, Rabbids Travel in Time 3D features 60...
Take out the five kingpins in this action driving game
Ubisoft is revving up Driver Renegade 3D for release on the 3DS this spring, and they've just delivered some high-speed details on what they're claiming to be the first action driving game on the system. Taking place between the events of Driver and Driver 2, the new game will follow John Tanner...
Ubisoft has announced plans to bring two Tom Clancy titles, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D, to the 3DS this year, and the company has just revealed more information about both games. Shadow Wars will put you in command of the Ghosts, the most elite fighting squad in the world, as they disable secret Soviet era "Dead Hand"..
Will adapt Dreamcast classic Rayman 2
When Rayman 3D showed up on the ESRB and OFLC websites, speculation ran wild over what form the adventure would take. Ubisoft has just answered that question, revealing that it would adapt the Dreamcast version of the armless wonder's first 3D adventure, Rayman 2. It's expected to ship during the first quarter of this year. From Ubisoft's press release: Rayman..
Start your engines!
Since it was announced last year that Asphalt 3D would be burning rubber to make it in time for the 3DS's launch window, the game has got itself a publisher outside of Japan, where it is published by Konami, and is now being brought to the Western hemisphere courtesy of Ubisoft. Developed by Gameloft, Asphalt 3D will feature 17 different locations where you can race..
Ubisoft's interactive 3D movie hoping to win big
Several developers have puzzle games already lined up for the 3DS, and Ubisoft isn't about to miss out on the party. James Noir's Hollywood Crimes (formerly known as Hollywood 61) sets itself apart from the rest of the 3DS's puzzle repertoire by presenting itself as an interactive 3D movie... with puzzles, of course. Set within a TV game show,..
Bwwaaaagh, of course
If you wondered why Ubisoft's latest outing for its chaotic creatures, Raving Rabbids Travel in Time, only made its way to Wii this might go some way to explaining: the white terrors are heading to 3DS instead. Famitsu has the game pegged for a Japanese release on March 24th, but unlike its Wii counterpart it looks set to be a 2D platform adventure, with the lapine layabouts..
Ubisoft's old mascot is making a comeback
While the Raving Rabbids spin-off series has seemingly surpassed him in popularity, the berserk bunnies got their start tagging along with the limbless Rayman, once considered Ubisoft's mascot. It looks like one title on Nintendo's new handheld will see them take a backseat once more, however, as Rayman 3D...
Explosive toilet rolls included
Raving Rabbids Travel in Time has probably given historians plenty of bother with its anachronistic view of history, but now it can similarly perplex anyone with a web browser with the official Flash minigame from Ubisoft. The aim of the game is to throw explosive toilet rolls at targets, taking them all out as quickly and with as few throws as possible. It's..
Vuvuzela: The ultimate anti-piracy tool
Piracy on the DS is a big problem for Nintendo as well as other developers, and if they can't beat the pirates, they might as well have some fun with them. If you're a software criminal, Ubisoft isn't making things smooth for you. One thing about this year's World Cup tournament that people won't forget is the sound of the vuvuzela and Ubisoft is using the..
Try to contain your surprise
Have you been enjoying the recently released Just Dance 2? Then you'll be pleased to know that we've learned from an anonymous source that Ubisoft is already working on the follow-up, Just Dance 3, set for release in the holiday season of 2011. The game has been in planning since before Just Dance 2 was released,...
Cast your minds back to E3 and that long list of upcoming third-party releases for 3DS: it's going to take a while for each of those games to be revealed, but Ubisoft's doing its part by showing off the first screenshots of Driver 3D and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory 3D. Splinter Cell seems to take some of the stylistic inventions of most recent title Splinter Cell: Conviction but..
New trailer takes on the Wild West
A group of white rabbits found Excalibur and met Julius Caesar, and now they're in the Wild West taking on outlaw Billy the Kid. It can only be Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time. The first online-enabled party game in the series, Travel in Time plots a course through various times in human history and lets the Rabbids...
Ubisoft's latest instalment swaps snow for concrete
With Tony Hawk: Shred already confirmed to feature the Birdman taking on the snow slopes as well as the concrete parks, now it's snowboarding giant Shaun White's turn to make his own crossover of sorts with his upcoming Ubisoft title, Shaun White Skateboarding for the Wii. Gamers will be treated to an empty city which they basically modify into a..
Tom Clancy's latest instalment built from the ground up
A couple of months ago at E3, it was made known that amongst the strong third-party support for the upcoming 3DS, numerous games were in the planning stages and two Tom Clancy titles were just a couple of examples. Today, Ubisoft has announced that Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon will also be released on the Wii, with a scheduled North American..
More murder mystery from Ubisoft
Just as the Crime Scene Investigation television series show no signs of running out of steam, so Ubisoft's video game adaptations continue to find fresh corpses and accompanying mysteries to solve. This year is no exception, with both Wii and DS receiving new titles before Christmas rolls around. Along with PS3 and 360, the Wii will play host to CSI: Fatal..
Rabbids back in party mode
The new Rabbids title was announced at E3, and now Ubisoft has unleashed a further set of details about Raving Rabbids Travel in Time. After a brief spell spent in the world of 3D adventures in Rabbids Go Home, the white monsters are now back in minigame territory as they explore the fabric of space in a washing machine. As well as promising the usual range of new..
Heading to Wii in a washing machine
Ubisoft has an impressive record when it comes to Rabbids titles on Wii: since the console's launch in 2006 we've seen no fewer than four outings for the chaotic white bunnies, with last year's Rabbids Go Home the most recent and very decent title. Now, straight from E3, Ubisoft has announced another new title for...
The Office of Film and Literature Classification says so, but which ones?
Those Space Invaders have been around for 30 years now and are still going strong. New adaptions are keeping the series fresh yet recognisable, and it seems the latest instalment could be making an appearance on home consoles and/or handheld systems. A recent
More accurate figures sadly lacking
It may have failed to set the charts alight but Red Steel 2 still performed in line with Ubisoft's sales estimates. In its end of year financial report, the company failed to give more exact sales figures but did say it had performed in line with revised estimates, a reference to the halving of expectations just...
The next best thing to Top Gun
If you dream of flying virtual modern-day fighter jets, the Wii probably isn't the console for you, but its line-up just got a little bit brighter with the announcement that a follow-up to last year's mega-selling Tom Clancy's HAWX will arrive on Wii later this year. Although little is known about the game, it's currently in development at Ubisoft Bucharest and will..
Shows off all the gameplay footage you ever wanted... wrapped inside a nightmare
Ubisoft recently premiered a new trailer for the next iteration in its popular Prince of Persia series, The Forgotten Sands, scheduled for release on May 18th. Monsters, magic, captivating narration and some brief bubble-riding are just a few of the things you'll see in the new video, posted at the bottom of this..
March 23rd for North America, 26th in Europe
Ubisoft's sales predictions for Red Steel 2 may not be as lofty as they were, but gamers worldwide will have a chance to exchange their hard-earned money for blades and bullets in late March. The game is due to hit North American stores on March 23rd, with the European release date a few days later on the 26th. As well as confirming these release dates,..
500,000 still a big figure, though
We've been keeping a close eye on Ubisoft's upcoming East-meets-West shooter Red Steel 2 - seriously, we have some of the world's best content on it, y'know - which is now due for launch in March of this year. Perhaps taking on board the recent discussion of mature games on Wii, the company has decided to lower its sales estimate from one million to 500,000 units..
Get into the swing of things!
Ubisoft has just announced that they'll be releasing a brand new title for North American Wii owners called Racquet Sports. The game will be targeted at families looking to enjoy a little Wii playing time together by allowing them to take part in five different racquet sports games. You can check out a snippet from the...
It's official: Henry wears "a right natty vest"
Here at Nintendo Life we’re very excited about the imminent release of No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle and it seems Ubisoft have been reading our Christmas wish lists as they have now launched a dedicated web site (not to be visited by those who are easily offended!) The site is really rather good if a little low on content just yet though..
Souped-up trolley hitting UK cities
Game-themed cars are nothing new - everyone from Pikachu to Sonic has had their face plastered on a car over the years - but a game-themed shopping trolley capable of 70mph is definitely something we haven't seen before. Add a huge Rabbid figure to the back - in mid-BWAAAH pose, of course - and drive the trolley through the streets of London and you've got one of..
New build, new features, new joy
Since our first hands-on play with Red Steel 2 all the way back in June - yes, it really was that long ago - we've had two more chances to get to grips with the game, the most recent at this week's Eurogamer EXPO where a new build was on display. How's the title coming along? Very, very nicely. Our play-through was...
Might and magic and myths and... Meteos?!
The DS has loads of good puzzle games - Picross, Tetris, Meteos - and some fantastic strategy titles too - Fire Emblem and Advance Wars chief among them. But it could certainly do with more great puzzle strategy games; titles that blend the addictive action of matching coloured objects with the cerebral challenge of conquering enemies and planning attacks..
Take the beat to the streets
C.O.P. The Recruit was announced back at E3 in June, and quickly marked itself out as one to watch by promising an open world experience unlike anything on DS. Now we've had chance to grab a few minutes with the title, does it live up to the hype or is it lagging behind Chinatown Wars? The first thing you'll notice on loading up C.O.P. is that it looks pretty. Very,..
Put this in your trolley!
There's only one possible conclusion to be drawn from Rabbids Go Home - it's mental. Anyone involved in its development should probably be sectioned under the Mental Health Act, such is the scale of the crazy acts featured in this first traditional adventure game for the Rabbids. Of course, if you've been following our exclusive Behind the Scenes Developer's Blog you'll..
Still have room for breakfast
We're getting excited about Red Steel 2 here at Nintendo Life - in fact, we have been ever since our hands-on back in April! Whether it's the super-cool Japan-come-Wild West setting, the tasty graphics or the MotionPlus controls, there's no doubt it's one of the big titles we're dying to play next year. Sadly, all this time not able to play the game is proving a bit..
Introducing Payne, your new best friend
Red Steel 2 is looking more and more exciting with every piece of new media. You'll be pleased to hear then that this latest piece doesn't disappoint. The trailer showcases the first boss of the game, and who doesn't like bosses? [Depends if you're talking about the day job! - Editor] If you remember during one of the previous trailers the protagonist of the..
ESRB let slip a sequel to Altair's Chronicles
Although 2008's Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles for DS may not have been one of the machine's most memorable titles, that hasn't deterred Ubisoft from putting together a sequel for the little handheld. The ESRB have just posted a rating for Assassin's Creed II: Discovery, and although the listing is predictably low on information it does give a..
Trains explode too, all in new gameplay video
No Wild West meets feudal Japan first-person shooting game would be complete without some deadly ninjas appearing, would it? That's obviously the thinking of those clever guys at Ubisoft, who recently revealed some brand new screenshots of their upcoming MotionPlus-demanding title Red Steel 2 showing off the devious little chaps in action. The..
Ubisoft's sword-swinging sequel bumped into next year.
Well Red Steel fans will be getting a lump of coal in their stockings this Christmas with word from Ubisoft that their upcoming Wii sequel Red Steel 2 will now be delayed into 2010. Red Steel 2 was originally going to be released sometime this holiday season, but according to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, that's just not going to happen..
Our own Objection_Blaster! gets a question answered!
Recently we invited you guys to submit your questions to Ubisoft's Red Steel 2 development team, and we've just received word that the first round of developer answers has gone live on the official Red Steel 2 forums! One of the questions that caught the community team's eye was from our very own Objection Blaster!, who asked: How does RS2 handle..
Nintendo adds two new videos to their Nintendo Channel.
The nice folks at Nintendo were kind enough to send over two brand new videos of upcoming releases. These videos were just added to the Nintendo Channel as well, and more are on the way. The first video is of Ubisoft's Red Steel 2 with charismatic Creative Director Jason Vandenberghe on hand to give you some insight into their upcoming Wii..
Plus your chance to pitch your questions to the developers!
Before I got the MotionPlus add-on in my sweaty hands, we had an in-depth presentation from the game's development team outlining the game's story to us. The original Red Steel revolved around an American entering the seedy underbelly of the Japanese mob world, but the second title tells a totally different tale that'll be familiar to fans..
In the great man's words, "f***ing A!"
After my extremely enjoyable but all-too short time spent playing the game I was bursting with questions, and luckily I got to sit down with just the man to answer them - Red Steel 2's Creative Director, Jason VandenBerghe. Nintendo Life: It seems almost compulsory for every Wii game these days to include minigames. We've already seen the safe-cracking..
Get your eyes on the real-time opening for Ubi's new title.
If you've read our exclusive hands-on preview of Red Steel 2, you'll know I came away very impressed by the game's cel-shaded graphics. Nothing beats the ability to watch them in action yourself though, and earlier today Ubisoft revealed the game's opening scene to the public. Until the fade-to-black this is all in-game footage, with the..
Details on the newly emerged action title begin to spill...
Although Wii launch title Red Steel received a mixed response from the critics, its sequel is deep in the works and presents more than a little promise. The motion sensitive Wii Remote seems an uncanny representative for both shooting and sword fighting games, and Red Steel 2 promises to deliver both in full force. The original attempted..
Game to showcase a Wild West theme?
US magazine Nintendo Power has published some new imagery from Ubisoft's upcoming Red Steel 2. The new artwork appears to show some kind of katana-welding cowboy. The images shown so far are merely snippets from the final print magazine, and we'll have to wait until the physical issue hits the news stands before...
My Cooking Coach to harness the immense power of the DSi for... not much, really.
Ubisoft today announced the launch of cooking aid My Cooking Coach, designed to support the new functionality of the Nintendo DSi. You can watch the (DSi-less) trailer below the fold. The "DSi-enhanced" title, set for release in June and playable on both the...
In a completely random announcement today, Ubisoft has revealed they are bringing the 2005 PC game Protöthea to WiiWare. The game is a shooter, but doesn't really stand out too much.
The WiiWare release will include extra features and things to do, and apparently will be released on WiiWare's launch day for 1000 Wii Points. Ubisoft's James Regan told IGN: Ubisoft is excited to bring Protöthea..
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