Nintendo comment’s on Wii U 3rd party situation, EA and Ubisoft also comment

It’s safe to say 3rd party’s are flocking with their games to Wii U right now. As many major franchises such as Madden, FIFA, NBA2K, etc… have skipped the system since the 2013 title (which released in 2012.) But Nintendo has optimism about 3rd party’s changing their mind once the major 1st party games hit the system later this year.

In a interview with Nintendo of America Senior Director of Communication, Charlie Scibetta, expressed that publishers will come back to Wii U once systems start selling more. Meaning that Nintendo still has potential life for their system if sales do somehow increase, at least in their own minds.

“We want the same thing that the third parties want, which is to grow the installed base,” Scibetta told Ars. “We’re confident that if we can do that by driving the installed base through first-party software, like Mario Kart 8, like Super Smash Bros., then the third-party developers will follow because then they’ll see there’s a large enough installed base that it’s worth their investment to bring their games to our platform. So it’s our job to grow that installed base to make it more attractive for them to come to our platform.”

Scibetta also went on to say how this is still majorly possible, as seen with the example of Mario Kart 8 selling 1.2 million copies worldwide in it’s opening weekend.

“Sure, everybody would like to have games earlier, but the good thing about Nintendo is that product quality is really important to us, so we would never ship it early just to help our bottom line or our financials for the holiday season,” he told Ars. “It’s much more important for us to protect the brand, the goodwill we’ve built up with fans over the years.”

“The good thing about Nintendo is we’ve been dedicated to gaming for over 30 years now, and it’s not like we do anything else,” he continued, marking a contrast between Nintendo and competitors Sony and Microsoft. “It’s not like we’re going to go away from what we do and try something different. We’re in for the long haul in gaming.”

Nintendo feels that they must fully polish their games to the maximum to preserve that authentic Nintendo quality game brand given by the gaming industry to them due to their excellence seen through their games.


 

                                                                                                                                           EA and Ubisoft also have a few words to say…

As EA has completely stopped supporting Wii U since Need for Speed: Most Wanted U, Ubisoft’s relationship with Nintendo has also gone down. Ever since the delay of Watch_Dogs, its hard to say that they (as a company) are going to preserve the Wii U with their games. As seen by the recent example of Assassin’s Creed Unity won’t be making it’s way to Wii U this year.

“We think that by releasing good games from fan favorite brands, like Mario Kart, Nintendo is taking steps to increase the Wii U’s adoption,” an Ubisoft spokesperson told Ars. “We have games coming out for the Wii U this year, including Just Dance 2015 and Watch Dogs. For any other games we announced at E3, it’s too soon to say.” -Yves Guillemot , CEO of Ubisoft

 

“So far, we haven’t announced any new titles for the Wii U, but that doesn’t preclude us from doing so in the future,” -EA Representative

EA seems like they haven’t closed the doors yet, as they are open to the idea for putting games on the system if it manages to sell more. What do you think? Do you believe Nintendo can do a 180 and flip this situation around with 3rd party’s? Or will we be stuck with 1st party titles for the most part this generation? Let us know in the comment section below.

 

Ubisoft says they have a unannounced Wii U game complete, won’t release it until sales improve

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During Ubisoft’s roundtable event, Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft said the company has a completed Wii U game, but are holding off on release it until the Wii U “reaches a certain market.” Below, you’ll find what Guillemot had to say about the current aspect of the Wii U and the game:

 

We did adapt the number of products and the level of quantity that we did on the machine.

We will have Just Dance 2015 on Wii U, which is suited to the machine, we will have Watch Dogs. We have another couple of products that we are waiting for launch. Specifically, we have one game that we are waiting until the Wii U has a certain market size before we launch.

We have a game that has been done for six months; it is on our shelf waiting until more families to have the machine.

Nintendo is really coming with fantastic games, so they could – with the right price and very good games – get the machine to start.

If Wii U’s sales continue to multiply, it will quickly come to a mass market. We need the sales to increase so it becomes more mass market, and then we will have the volume we need to justify big marketing campaigns and TV marketing.

This game could never come out and could instead come out on another format that offers the same sort of experience. We will know this year how the machine goes.

We have to wait for Smash Bros to come. Smash Bros has always been a big, big property for Nintendo and for gamer’s. We all know that there are lots of Nintendo fans that are waiting for big games to come. We know they are coming. When I speak to the fans that come to E3, 90 per cent of them are crazy Nintendo fans. They really love Nintendo and the games they do. If they can quickly come and buy a Wii U, it would be good

 

Speaking in the shoes of a company, you want to make profit. But Ubisoft has taken risks with Wii U and hopes Super Smash Bros. for Wii U can really deliver a huge hit for the system and potentially reach a market for the Wii U where Ubisoft feels comfortable releasing this unannounced game.

Just Dance 2015 coming to Wii U this Fall

During Ubisoft’s E3 presentation, which took place today, they announced the newest iteration of the Just Dance series. The newest title will be called Just Dance 2015, coming off the heels of the previous Just Dance 2014. You’ll be able to play the game on the Wii U this October 24th in the European regions while North American gamer’s will have to wait a tad bit longer, as a November release window was given.

Even though in the press conference a Wii version wasn’t announced, the official Just Dance 2015 website lists a Wii release for the game also. Meaning that the Wii version is just likely a port from the other version’s.

Ubisoft also announced 10 new tracks from the new 40 the game will be featuring in a press release. Below, you’ll find the artists and song that were revealed for Just Dance 2015:

  • “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
  • “Problem” by Ariana Grande Ft. Iggy Azalea
  • “She Looks So Perfect” by 5 Seconds of Summer
  • “Walk this Way” by Run DMC & Aerosmith
  • “Summer” by Calvin Harris
  • “Holding Out for a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler
  • “Only You (and You Alone)” by The Platters
  • “The Fox” by Ylvis
  • “I Love It” by Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX
  • “Burn” by Ellie Goulding
  • “Love Me Again” by John Newman
  • “Tetris” by Dancing Bros.

Are you excited for Ubisoft’s latest’s dancing game to be making it’s way to Wii U? Any sonundtrack you would like to be in the game? Let us know in the comment section!

 

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Pharell Williams “Happy” (Wii U)

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Calvin Harris “Summer” (Wii U)