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Submitted by lilbroRx 643d ago | news

Ubisoft Says People Haven’t Grasped The Importance Of The Wii U GamePad

“We don’t have any disappointments compared to the installed base. We are just hoping that Nintendo’s results for Wii U will be a bit bigger, like Iwata-san said,” he commented. “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.” (Ubisoft, Wii U)

ElectricKaibutsu  +   643d ago
Nintendo has done a terrible job marketing this thing. Even intelligent, knowledgeable gamers on n4g don't get the point of the gamepad. How could the mass market? Unfortunately the gamepad's potential can't be demonstrated in a two second clip like the wiimote. People have to already have it in their home before they understand what makes it great. I don't know how you could market that...

From the article: "In ZombiU for instance, the players are really fond of the multiplayer mode because it’s totally new; it’s like one FPS player against an RTS player."
Doesn't that sound great? That's because it is. And that's just a launch title from one company. I just hope some more developers can come up with innovative ways to use the pad before everything crashes and burns.
ChickeyCantor  +   643d ago | Well said
" Even intelligent, knowledgeable gamers on n4g don't get the point of the gamepad. "

Sorry but that's just laughable.

A simplistic view:
1: It adds for additional input
2: It can be used as a second screen(local multiplayer)/off-screen-play).

And then you can argue "Well that isn't needed". And I will ask you: according to what?

They are features that developers can utilize. If a developer decide not to, it doesn't mean there is no point of its existence.

Just because one does not "agree" with something, doesn't mean it's wrong either.

It seems to me people just don't want to see the point.
I mean what is the point in buying an iPhone and then jailbreaking it? Why not go with Android instead?
Probably because it has something to offer the consumer likes.
And personally? I want every game to have the off-screen feature.

Seriously it does not take a genius to see what it can offer in its basic element. Nintendo is just lacking in advertisement. That's it.
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pecorre  +   642d ago
Or it could be that some people simply don't want a second screen or just don't like gaming on a touch screen.

Not understanding and not wanting/liking is not the same thing.

Edit: How can you disagree with that??? Do you think that if you understand the gamepad, you are obligated to want it and to like it. That's just dumb.
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Starfox-17  +   642d ago
When windwaker and the summer os update is here that will make menu swapping rapid they will advertise it i think.
wingman32x  +   642d ago
I think Nintendo will advertize when there's a reason to advertize the system.

Making a new ad right now would be a waste of money. I think that once their system selling IP's get close, we'll see a strong ad campaign. Right now, there isn't a lot on the system for Nintendo to sell.
ChickeyCantor  +   642d ago
@pecorre

"Or it could be that some people simply don't want a second screen or just don't like gaming on a touch screen. "

Not wanting something doesn't mean it should be left out.

And it's not just gaming with the touchscreen it comes with a full layout of buttons as well.

You are doom glooming something that should't be an issue.
Merrill  +   642d ago
It's too bad the gamepad was released on a lack luster/under powered, terribly marketed with no games system.

I love Nintendo, but why buy the Wii U? Mario U isn't enough for me.

I don't see any reason to upgrade from Wii, if only there was some type of chart to show me the advantages to upgrading...
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AWBrawler  +   642d ago
Clearly a satirical comment from merrill
onyoursistersback  +   642d ago
@ article...
Well then?!? What has keep them from making more games?!?

.....o ya, the lack of sales. (-_-*)
dboyc310  +   642d ago
Think developers can have an open mind when coming up with ideas to use with the game pad. The question is if they they are interested in doing so. I think they aren't unless of course it's an exclusive title. For third parties to actually implement different things to the wii u port it will cost them resources. Why waste it on one when most of the profit will come from Sony and Microsoft console which basically play the same way.
Venox2008  +   642d ago
your words are good, except that "inteligent players dont know how" phrase :D
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MNGamer-N  +   642d ago
The gamepad is a great piece of hardware that I am enjoying more and more with each new game I get. I personally love it. I agree that off-screen play should be required, it is one of the bigger reasons why I like it so much. I also do think adding the touchscreen makes it a fun, new way to play games and control my console and T.V.

If the console does flop, it will be a shame, but Nintendo will be moving on to a new console in 5-6 years anyway. After a price drop and more games, I would encourage fence sitters to pick it up, and enjoy it for what it is. The $ -to- FUN ratio is certainly in the positive category for me.
valormeer  +   642d ago
Pack it up Ubisoft
SolidSystem  +   642d ago
maybe people would see it.... if Ubisoft wasnt a dick and delayed a (finished)game I should be playing right now.
lovegames718  +   642d ago
lol yeah try to sell that controll scheme to ppl so they can buy more Wiius and by your game lol!!!!

Man stfu and consumers are talking they are tired of the same old, same old ips and bs Nintendo passes off as next gen hardware!!!!!

Im not like others on here that trys to sugar coat #hit. I speak off of personal thoughts and the reasons i gave above is the main reason i havent picked up a Wiiu and im sure there are thousands and millions who feel the same. The casuals have flocked so they arent the ones buying the systems the hardcores are!!!!
Starfox-17  +   642d ago
And yet Sony and Mico have just bought the same consoles out time and time again with slightly improved graphics ?? is why ps3 and 360 sold twice as bad as wiiu ? when Mariokart and windwaker hit then it will take off,to be fair its selling better than ps3 or 360 did and thats with no system sellers until now with Monster hunter ultimate and Lego city ect,Monster hunter has sold tons in the uk already.
wingman32x  +   642d ago
I think the Gamepad can do a lot of awesome stuff, but unfortunately, it's stuff that needs to be experienced first hand. It's the kind of stuff that's harder to capture in a :30 promo. Hopefully they come up with a remedy.

Also, it's great to see that Ubisoft sees the Wii U situation for what it is, instead of having a knee-jerk reaction like a few other publishers. There are people waiting for Nintendo to get into gear with their games. Nintendo obviously rushed the Wii U, and now it seems like their first party stable is finally caught up. Asking owners of a newly launched system to wait through a 2 month drought after a launch period that was already light on first party content was asking a lot. Hopefully they have some good stuff to show at E3.
GraveLord  +   642d ago
Maybe because it looks like it was made by Fisher Price?
sitharrefus  +   642d ago
First Rayman will not be a system seller at this point....

Second the Gamepad can bring so many gameplay possibilities, its up to the developer to actually "think and apply and make it unique" (varies by game) and not all games need the gamepad but i would like to see more input from developers..
syphon32  +   642d ago
I can tell you right now Rayman won't be a game changer for the current state of nintendo, nor will it sell systems like that.
profgerbik  +   642d ago
Is there something hard to understand about this gamepad or what it does? I don't think people are having a hard time figuring anything out about it.

I mean what gets me about this gamepad is they make it seem like it is its own separate identity when it only works within the radius of the Wii U. It really isn't that hard to understand at all.

I mean they are right, people don't see the importance because it really isn't that important. It may be fun and new way for games to be played but some don't care and would rather just still use a regular controller, just like some PS4 users won't care to use a PS Vita with it either.

I think that is where Sony got it right though, theirs is optional, the Wii U, the gamepad is somewhat forced upon you of course you don't have to use it, just like you don't have to own a PS Vita but when you buy a PS4 it won't come with a PS Vita unless it would be a bundle. They aren't going to sell the system by making sure every PS4 comes bundles with a PS Vita..

I am sure if some people could buy the Wii U without the gamepad, maybe they would see more importance in having a choice to even use or own it.

It is a number of things about the Wii U though not just the gamepad or people not understanding its importance. They just aren't buying it because they have no interest in it at the moment.
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mochachino  +   642d ago
I think people get it and just don't think it's that important.

And it's not like Nintendo or any other dev has put forth a convincing GAMEPLAY argument demonstrating that the controller is as important as Nintendo and Ubisoft claim.
BitbyDeath  +   642d ago
It's a niche crowd, not everyone wants a screen on their controller. Phones and tablets are popular for large screens for watching shows/accessing the internet.

Games are used on these devices but nobody buys a phone/tablet to only play games.

Nintendo got it wrong.
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