Ubisoft: No Wii U-Exclusives Unless Nintendo Sells More Systems

The launch of the Wii U saw the announcement (and release) of several Ubisoft exclusive titles on the platform, including Zombi U and Rayman Legends. Since then, Ubisoft has backed down on making some of its titles, like the aforementioned Rayman Legends, Wii U exclusive games due to the lackluster performance of the console in the retail space.

Speaking with Kotaku, company head Yves Guillemot says that they will only make more Wii U exclusive games if and when Nintendo manages to sell more of the system.

“We need more sold,” Guillemot emphatically said. “They are coming with five of their biggest brands ever. And the Yen went down. So maybe they will take steps that will increase the number of consoles sold.

It’s a tall order for Nintendo to be able to fulfill, and while Nintendo might be able to pull Marios out of its hat, they’re going to need to pull out a miracle at this point.

“Our job is to be agile. We have to adapt the company to the potential of the market. So, what we did last year, was we knew we could learn second-screen with Nintendo, so we went full-speed to use this capacity the console was bringing. And we were able to develop Rayman, which will come at the end of this year and which is fantastic, using this second screen.

“What we saw is that, in learning that, we can also use it with the other consoles with [Xbox 360] Smart Glass, for example, and it’s a good option that is coming to us. If you look at us this year on Wii U we will have a lot of products.”

With statements like that, it’s easy to see that Zombi U’s exclusivity on the Wii U may not be for long.

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2 Comments on Ubisoft: No Wii U-Exclusives Unless Nintendo Sells More Systems


On June 12, 2013 at 3:46 pm

This is the reason why Nintendo should screw american publishers and help release more Japanese games we don’t get to see here. How can you create a game for a console that you yourself were happy to develop for then turn around and say this because your game sucked. I’m tired of this . Is this what they going to say if Assassins Creed Black Flag doesn’t sell well on the new consoles?


On June 12, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Michael Ubisoft isn’t american. It’s based in france.