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Submitted by MakiManPR 1073d ago | news

Ubisoft Says Wii U Is A Great Console, But It Has To Sell More Units

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemo thinks that the Wii U is a great console for gamers, but he admits that the system needs to sell more units. However, Guillemo says that the company is fully committed to producing games for the format. The company recently announced that Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed 4 will be coming to the console later this year. (Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Wii U)

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TheLyonKing  +   1073d ago
God this guy is good at pointing out obvious things. I am surprised he never said that losing money is bad.

Its a good console not great in my opinion but I am (Like most people) will be waiting for the same releases that Nintendo always does. Mario kart, zelda, 3d mario
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GraveLord  +   1073d ago
If I was a Nintendo fan, I'd wait for them to take some risks and create a new core IP. Create the next Zelda or the next Mario. Enough is enough.
Llaucian  +   1073d ago
...Don't Xenoblade and "X" count since they're first party? Nintendo's problem isn't strictly about creating new IPs. They have a few new ones...the problem is that they don't advertise them as much as they should. Which is ironic cause I feel like a new Zelda or Mario game would practically handle advertising itself whereas The Last Story and the like need it so that gamers actually know about them.
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guitarded77  +   1073d ago
I bought a Wii U day one, and I've had fun with Mario Bros U, Zombie U and Nintendo Land. I agree with Ubi that it's a great console. Even though the PS4 and 720 will be beyond the Wii U technically, Nintendo could make the Wii U a great alternative to sit next to the other consoles if they do a few things.

1. Trophies/Achievements - Nintendo needs a trophy/achievement system. Many gamers like the added challenge that they add to games, and the overall gaming diary that they represent. Seriously, even if you don't care for them, the idea of getting platinum/100% in a Zelda or Metroid game has to be enticing.

2. Pro-Controller - More support for the pro-controller. Just about every game should support this input device. As cool as the gamepad is, gamers like the pro-controller design as it has a design which has become a standard in the industry.

3. Social Features - Miiverse is awesome... I love it... wish there was something similar on PS3 and 360. But Nintendo needs to implement social features beyond Miiverse. Players should be able to share screenshots, achievements and other stuffs to Facebook, Twitter and possibly YouTube.

4. Virtual Console - I and many others are glad that Nintendo have brought/bringing VC directly to the Wii U home interface. But Nintendo should add some new features to the classics like trophies, online leaderboards and even online co-op. Give us some incentive to rebuy and replay the classics. Online co-op on a game like Contra would be awesome. Unlocking trophies in a game like Super Metroid would be great. Posting a high score in Donkey Kong to an online leaderboard would be great.

5. HURRY UP - Nintendo seems to be taking their sweet time with everything Wii U related. One could argue that they are making sure to put out a quality product, but releasing ONE Virtual Console game a month it too damn slow. They can go faster than that... even if they implemented the features I listed above they can go faster than that.

Those are just a few things off the top of my head, but Nintendo needs more than just first party exclusives to make the console appealing to gamers as a whole. We know it's not gonna be able to push games like Battlefield 4, but Nintendo can offer other FUN experiences, and features which have become standard in the industry.
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SilentNegotiator  +   1072d ago
"...Don't Xenoblade and "X" count since they're first party?"

fine, taking risks AND bringing them to the West in a timely fashion. lol
PopRocks359  +   1073d ago | Well said
The problem with this guy is a console needs games to sell. These guys just delayed a Wii U game (a completed one at that) and it has suffered a two month long drought as a result.
yeahokchief  +   1073d ago
Seems like it is a development standoff where every developer/publisher is waiting for every other developer/publisher to make a hit for the console so that it has a large enough install base to warrant the development costs of making more games for it.

Nintendo really needs to put out some big must buy 1st party stuff other than the 1 mario game.... I'm talking metroid, donkey kong country, zelda, super smash bros etc. Something old nintendo fans are itching for.

The longer they wait is cool with me. I'm definitely not spending 300 on tech that old now. I'd spend maybe 200 for it with a game.
Jakens  +   1071d ago
Nintendo and I broke up. I want to see other consoles.
N0S3LFESTEEM  +   1073d ago
Biggest problem with the WII U is that a lot of people still don't know it's out yet or they don't know that it's a standalone console. I've seen kids asking their parents to buy them the "Wii controller" pointing at the Wii U's controller so it's obviously a flaw in marketing and console design if people can't differentiate.
linkenski  +   1073d ago
Yes this, but also the fact that many long-time gamers can sort of see through the Wii U being basically a Wii 2. Even though many bought the Wii, i think alot of those who bought it were still very dissapointed by the fact that it was so far behind techniacally.

People who already own a PS3 or an Xbox 360 simply don't feel like buying a Wii U, but of course they will if it has the games that make it a better deal.

I just don't see how Nintendo is gonna go all "hardcore" and still manage to compete with Sony and MS. We need games that show what the Wii U does differently, and then we need Zelda and Mario on it, as well as some other returning core franchises.

But i simply feel that one of the reasons the system is getting surrounded by negativity is also because it feels almost "forced innovative" instead of genuinely innovative like the Wii, because Nintendo's motive for making the gamepad was "We NEED to innovate" rather than "I've always wanted to do THIS with a console" like in the case of the Wii.
donman1  +   1073d ago
Hmmm so Ubisoft excellent idea to boost sales of the Wii U by delaying a game that is ready for 7 months. Brilliant!!!
stuna1  +   1073d ago
Or maybe Ubisoft don't have faith that releasing Rayman Legends would have the power to shift the console!

Having 6 million potential consoles on the market is a lot better than having 3 million actual consoles on the market! It is a strategy that all developers employ. A reason why developers still have projects on older consoles.
DA_SHREDDER  +   1073d ago
Nintendo isnt teh doomz. The world would be doomed if Nintendo doesn't sell. WE all lose.
mochachino  +   1073d ago
We all win if Nintendo's console efforts fail, then everyone can get Nintendo exclusives...

with better graphics and online too.

Oh man, just thinking of a PS4/PC/720 Metroid and Zelda makes me happy. I used wish Nintendo consoles all the best (although haven't had one since N64) but now I'm thinking FAIL Wii U fail!
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linkofrs  +   1073d ago
Part of the reason Nintendo's games are so good is because they make them on their own hardware. which means the game code fits the hardware. if they went multiplat their games wouldn't be as impressive visually or functionally. they know their system inside and out which is why they can push it to it's limits. Ex: Super Mario galaxy. I was amazed by how good that game looked despite being in sd.
RTheRebel  +   1073d ago
when there megaton games come out wii u will sell
keep dreaming about nintendo games on other consoles which is why a majority of fanboys want
till then ill enjoy all my consoles ;)
shackdaddy  +   1073d ago
Just like how it was so much better after Sega got out of consoles, eh? >_>
subtenko  +   1073d ago
@linkofrs wtf....

Nintendo has the most multiplats for this and last gen combined (Dat shovelware) Every console has exclusives think M$ make their Gears of War series on the Wii or something?
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Brucis  +   1073d ago
>we all win if Nintendo's console efforts fail

How? How is having a competitor drop out a good thing? I don't want Sony getting lazy thinking 'All we gotta do is be a little better than MS and we'll be good.' I want them to make good games and put care into the system because they have competition and want to distinguish themselves as the company to go for. The same goes for Sony, I don't want their efforts to fail either. I want all the companies to do well and actually try to make good games worth owning their console for. If their's no competition there's little reason to do so. people start slacking, bars get lowered, and there's less effort because there's not much to be worried about. It's not a good thing at all.
admiralvic  +   1073d ago
@ Linkofrs

You have to be kidding. Yes the games run better / look better (like any first party game), but simply being first party doesn't make them good, nor is that why Nintendo does so well. If it was REALLY that simple, Sony would be able to make a kart racing game.
linkofrs  +   1073d ago

My comment appears to be misjudged. I am not suggesting Nintendo games are good only because they are on their own system, but it is a contributing factor. If they start making games on other systems it will take them longer to get used to the hardware. They will eventually get used to newer hardware but the reason they make hardware is so that they can make games the way they want to.


I was referring to the fact that Nintendo does not make games for other consoles besides their own. That is what I meant by multiplat.

Again sorry for any confusing due to the wording of my comment. =]
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THEMIGHTYDOOVDE  +   1073d ago
The industry would go stagnant a whole lot quicker without Nintendo's hardware!
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Old McGroin  +   1073d ago
@ mochachino

There's a quicker way of playing Nintendo exclusives, wait a little bit longer until they are released on he Wii U and then buy one because I think hell will freeze over before you get to play Mario Kart on the PS4 or Nextbox.
delboy  +   1072d ago
If you like N games so much, don't be cheap and buy a N console.
Same goes for Sony or Ms exclusive games, you have to buy their console.
If you're waiting for N games to come on other hardware, sorry but that wiil never happen.
mochachino  +   1073d ago
I don't think Wii U is a great console, I think it lacks games, power, and 3rd party support.

Nor do I think the screen controller adds much to gaming.

I think Wii U is lacking at it's current price and probably worth it at $200.
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lilbroRx  +   1073d ago
Well of course you think this. You don't like Nintendo.

The console being sold at $300 is being sold at a loss. It worth more than what they are already charging regardless of whether or not you like what its offering. If you think it is lacking while being sold at a loss then I question your ability reason.

How can a controller that has the same button layout as ever other controller, + a mic, + a camera, + an HQ touchscreen, + NFS capability, +panoramic view, +gyroscopic motion control not add much to gaming? I can think of tons of things it can add beyond what has been shown. You probably just don't want it to.

The games are simply in development. We know they are coming. They have been announced. Bayonetta 2, X, Watchdogs, Wonderful 101, etc and so on are all coming and from third parties. Its has plenty of third party support.

The consoles will sale when the games come out. Nothing more to it.
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Snookies12  +   1073d ago
"The console is being sold at $300 is being sold at a loss."

Well, I mean, when you consider the controller is half of that cost... Not hating on Wii U, I actually look forward to getting one at some point. Just saying...
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TongkatAli  +   1073d ago
If the screen on the gamepad was OLED. I would be the biggest Wii U fanboy, "small" differences like that makes games look really different.

Play Dj Max Technika Tune on the Vita. I think its the best looking thing to ever come out in gaming, visually. No, it doesn't use raw graphics, but the art style in conjunction with the OLED looks better then Uncharted or any PS4 game to me.
HappyWithOneBubble  +   1073d ago
Wii U is worth about $100 if you ask me. It's just a 360 with a big touch screen controller. Nintendo went back in time to the Game Cube era. If Wii U sell less than Game Cube, Nintendo is in deep dodo.
PopRocks359  +   1073d ago
It sold over 3 million units in two months. When the next holiday season comes along and there are more games for it, what makes you think sales won't pick up when Nintendo's household name is already popular with both fans and families?

Also, don't call it a 360 when it clearly is more powerful.
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TongkatAli  +   1073d ago
Poprocks got a point. I see Wii U sales exploding after a price drop and Smash Bros : /
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Old McGroin  +   1073d ago
@ PopRocks359 and TongkatAli

Whoa, ye really think Wii U sales will pick up when Nintendo release their first party titles? Nostradamus has some serious competition from both of ye!
lilbroRx  +   1073d ago
They certainly didn't help by pushing back Rayman Legends.
Bumpmapping  +   1073d ago
At least there still supporting Wii U....U should be thankful considering how many 3rd party developers are not supporting it.
TongkatAli  +   1073d ago
Ubisoft has supported Nintendo in its last two launches Red Steel and Zombie U. How did those games sell *cricket sounds*.

Ubisoft games sell amazing on the Vita, you will be shocked to see how many downloads for Rayman on the Vita store. I don't see Ubisoft making as many titles on the Wii U compared to the Vita.
silkylove  +   1073d ago
Red Steel was complete trash and ZombiU is just OK. By the way, ZombiU is selling very well.
silkylove  +   1073d ago
Don't know why the disagree. You said that ZombiU wasn't selling. In fact it's sold close to 400k in the few months it's been out. Those are great numbers for a 3rd party game, especially an unproven new IP with average review scores. It will probably pass the million sold mark this year seeing as it's included in a few different bundles. What more can Ubisoft ask for?
lilbroRx  +   1073d ago
Last I checked, ZombiU was the best selling third party game on the console. It was made in less than a year so it couldn't have cost that much. Also, it was a release game so it will be selling until the end of the console life cycle 5-6 years from. The thing that people forget is that games on Nintendo's hardware have long shelf lives like Skylanders and Lego Batman.

Red Steel and Red Steel 2 also ultimately made a profit. Wii games only needed around 150-300k to break even.

A game that sold 300k on the Wii was the equivalent of selling a million on the PS3/360 financially unless it was a HUGE undertaking which was rare for anyone outside of Nintendo themselves.
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MasterCornholio  +   1073d ago
Instead of being ungrateful Nintendo fans should appreciate all the work that Ubisoft is doing in bringing great games to the Wii U.

So what if they delayed Rayman Legends? Just be happy that Ubisoft is still developing the game for the Wii U and thank them for bringing Watchdogs as well.
linkofrs  +   1073d ago
I was pretty disappointed up until they announced watch dogs coming to the wiiu. I still think it would have gone better for them if they didn't delay the game. However it is good that they are giving Nintendo their support.
Old McGroin  +   1073d ago
Happy and very surprised that Watchdogs will be released on the soon to be humble Wii U but Rayman has now officially completely disappeared from my radar. You ask me to name one game to be released this September and my answer is GTA V.
talocaca  +   1073d ago
well....since 80% of casual players that bought a Wii and never played it probably won't buy a WiiU....I say yes, the future is looking bleak.
Gamer-40  +   1073d ago
One question for you.
Why not sales rocket hardcore Ps Vita now? Why?

No many AAA exklusive games, same on WiiU history.
No games, no sales.
Snookies12  +   1073d ago
To be fair, the Vita seems to be doing exceptionally well now in Japan after that price cut. So, we'll see how things go on that end. Although yes, I agree. It takes time for a lot of good games to end up on a console, and in turn rack up more sales.
Gamer-40  +   1073d ago

I think price cut not enough for one console, many exklusive good games coming WiiU and Vita, doing fine the sales.
MNGamer-N  +   1073d ago
It is a great system. Which needs great games. Which are coming. Which will sell console units. Patience, Daniel San.
LastXeno  +   1073d ago
Splinter Cell Blacklist is also coming to Wii U. Rainbow Six Patriots will likely as well.
LastXeno  +   1073d ago
Also Bungie's new game, so stop shit talking you Sony fucking drones. Whenever I see Nintendo hate I automatically know it's from a Sony fan.
Genuine-User  +   1073d ago
I want the Wii U to succeed. I'm buying one around summer and guess what.. I am a Sony Playstation fan who owns all current gen consoles.
Gamer-40  +   1073d ago
Wii U is a great console, this true.
Only one problem this period, now lack system seller games the console. Nothing more.
Not too complex.
Jag-T1000  +   1073d ago
The only salvation for the Wii-U is if the PS4 and 720 are priced $500 or higher. That way they are out of reach for most people.
AdmiralSnake  +   1073d ago
Nintendo Repeated the same mistake like they did before...however the Wii-U is a massive improvement over the Wii, so we will see how it goes. I just don't see why people would buy 3rd party titles on that system, especially when the PS3-Xbox 360 has a bigger install...and we have our friends on those two systems. Even worse, you will have to compete with the PS4 and Xbox 720 down the road, they will be much more powerful than the wii...I just don't know.

Nintendo will strive though, they always do
momthemeatloaf  +   1073d ago
Saw Need for speed U and it looks next-gen, it looks like the PC version. Not lying.
tinezedw  +   1073d ago
U joking right?
animegamingnerd  +   1073d ago
they ported the PC version
OmniSlashPT  +   1073d ago
The big selling point of the Wii U was its controller. And it sucks. What makes it different from current gen consoles? abosolutely nothing, apart from the lack of games and terrible ports. When the next gen comes, the Wii U will be history if Nintendo continues like this. I dont even know if Zelda and Mario can save Nintendo if the PS4/Xbox720 are really sucessful. If Nintendo wasnt so sucessful with the handheld market, you could say they were facing doom, but since they have that pretty much in the pocket they'll just be facing some dark times with the Wii U.
delboy  +   1072d ago
No the controler doesn't suck, it's the best thing that could happen to gaming.
The possibilities are endless with a second screen, use your brain if you have one, and you might come up with some great ideas for how to use the secon screen in games.
I personally didn't like the wii and motion gaming, never bought a wii, my last N console was N64, but wiiu is perfect and yes I'm a core gamer.
I game for over 30 year now, and I became a little bored with same shit in games over and over.
No, not with Mario or Zelda, those games bring inovation with each iteration, unlike Kz, GoW, Uncharted ect.
So I have no real interest to go with ps4 and have the same game experience I've had with ps3, but now just with updated graphics, I have a PC for my graphics fix.
It just to lame for me now, and if the new mgs game is multiplat and I can play it on my pc or wiiu, then there's no reason for me to buy a ps4.

Honestly I haven't bought a wiiu yet, but I will, just waiting for new 3d Mario or Zelda.
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mshope10  +   1073d ago
remember when Nintendo was doomed because of 3ds not doing good? two years later its already at 30 million sold.

so I hope all the wii-u haters will remember how they said its over for Nintendo after wii u gets more games.
silkylove  +   1073d ago
Thanks Yves. Sure would've been nice to have a game released in the February drought that was guaranteed to move software and hardware units. A game whose demo had people salivating, a game you pushed your devs to finish on time, a game a bunch of people preordered.
OSIRUSSS  +   1073d ago
After the failure of the WiiU and Ninty's bankruptcy, Apple can swoop in and buy them for cheap and then smash the console industry.
MNGamer-N  +   1073d ago
Funniest thing I've heard in quite some time. Coming soon to ACME comedy club.
OSIRUSSS  +   1073d ago
Apple and Ninty already have the same closed minded business model so a transition would be painless.
DwightOwen  +   1073d ago
And yet, both Apple and Nintendo have shitloads of $$$ sitting in the bank.

I know Fanboy Land is a nice place to visit, but your plane for REALITY leaves in five minutes.
Kevlar009  +   1073d ago
The WiiU lacks games and advertising, it has no way of selling itself which it currently is failing to do
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KontryBoy706  +   1073d ago
I refuse to buy a Wii U until there are a decent amount of games to buy. It's just that simple. Nintendo, get the games, and I'll buy the system. But... If you keep dragging your heels and Sony and Microsoft releases their systems I'm going to pretty much skip the Wii U like most people.
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ylwzx3  +   1073d ago
The best thing that can happen to Nintendo right now is for the board of directors to kick Reggie out.. NOA needs a new leader IMO.
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NYC_Gamer  +   1072d ago
Reggie is just a mouth piece that has no real control over Nintendo decisions.
lovegames718  +   1073d ago
No disrespect but some of you guys mention games like Rayman, pikmin and bayonet ta being the reason it hadn't sold well yet. Dont you guys know that those above mentioned games aren't big sellers. Pikmin on the Wii sold under a million Lol Bayonetta sold like 1 mil between Xbox and ps3. The other day it was suppose to be monster hunter in Japan yet its out and not selling thebeay Lol thought and def. Not moving units.
gamer42  +   1073d ago
Pikmin on the wii were just ports of the original gamecube versions.
Publishing Bayonetta was a smart move. Bayonetta has fans who have been wanting a sequel so bad they'll buy another system to do so. As long as they move systems they're good.
Monster Hunter has been doing great in Japan, but in North America I have no idea how it will fare.
ISNeko  +   1073d ago
I'm doing all I can. All my interested console games are Wii U purchases now. eShop preferred if available.
keisarinn  +   1073d ago
Does anyone tak badly about the Wii u that has one? The second screen has me playing it more than any console I´ve had, because I can play even if someones watching TV and I find the games I have awesome fun.
Murad  +   1073d ago
I agree with Ubisoft, and they couldn't have summarized it better in a single sentence.
DwightOwen  +   1073d ago
"Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemo thinks that the Wii U is a great console for gamers, but he admits that the system needs to sell more units."

The #1 rule in the games industry:

SOFTware drives HARDware.

I find it alarming that the CEO of one of the industry's largest publishers doesn't understand this. Delaying a finished game for half a year doesn't help sales, either.
LastXeno  +   1073d ago
The only place you'll be able to play Rainbow Six, Destiny, Zelda, and Smash Bros all on the same console.
Nodoze  +   1073d ago
Nintendo responds, "We would sell more consoles if the 3rd parties we signed to exclusive deals would keep their word."

CouldHaveYelledUiiW  +   1073d ago

(if using old terms)
Shnazzyone  +   1073d ago
Fuck yes, I can play watchdogs and AC4 on my wii u when i buy it. No worries Ubi, i'll be getting one soon.
mamotte  +   1073d ago
Maybe if you release timed exclusive games to the console it'd sell more -cough, cough-
just-joe  +   1073d ago
In other news, cows go moo.
PS4isKing_82  +   1073d ago
.....Horses eat hay.
DivineAssault  +   1072d ago
Theyre simply prepping nintendo & its fans for the lack of incoming support.. The rest of this gen may coast for another 2-3 years & if nintendo doesnt sell more units, those 2-3 yrs will be pretty damn dry.. PS3 will get many more games im sure & they will begin many nx gen projects.. Wii U needs to pick up if they hope to receive any type of games.. Theyre pretty damn expensive to develop.. All 3rd party devs complain about how they cant sell on nintendo.. I wonder why that is
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