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Ubisoft's CEO recently made some inflammatory comments about the Wii U, noting that the system just isn't much of a carrier for mature-rated games and that the audience isn't there to support them. This caused a lot of uproar from within the community, and quite naturally there was someone from Ubisoft available to quell the flames.
Ubisoft's European boss, Alain Corre, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz recently about the issues plaguing Nintendo's system and how the momentum could shift with a few key titles... specifically a Ubisoft title and one of Nintendo's own, saying...
"To be honest, we always want more consoles," ... "Just Dance 2015 is resonating very well. We think it will please a lot of [existing] Wii U owners and push more families to buy extra Wii Us. But we also believe that Super Smash Bros. will be a trigger to increase the momentum of the Wii U at Christmas. As a gamer, I was playing [Super Smash Bros.] over ten years ago, and it has some of the best moments that Nintendo has shared. I think that franchise could be magical [for the Wii U].”
It seems unlikely that Just Dance 2015 would really be that much of a shaker and a mover for the Wii U, but maybe it will garner a couple hundred thousand in sales.
The core crowd has decided to take a different route to supporting the Wii U, starting a social movement called #OperationPlatinum in an attempt to get core gamers to support hardcore titles like Bayonetta 2, and potentially move the sales gauge over the million mark once the game releases for Nintendo's console in October.
It's hard to get a gauge on the spread and breadth of the campaign since it's taking place in the underpinnings of social aggregation, but the YouTube videos are popping up and the Facebook and Twitter shares are spreading like wildfire.
But that hasn't deterred larger publishers like Activision and Electronic Arts from picking up their toys and heading home. In fact, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is no longer coming to the Wii U, and Electronic Arts had mentioned before that they were dropping support for Nintendo's console.
Ubisoft is now fully focused on the Xbox One and PS4, with Corre making it known who their target audience is...
"There will come a moment when the majority of our fans and gamers will be next gen. And because the new generation of machines have given us extra possibilities to create better, bigger worlds, there will be a point where it gets too complicated to adapt the gameplay to older technology."
The above statement applies to games like The Crew, Assassin's Creed Unity and the upcoming shooter The Division. The company is slowly letting go of the seventh generation consoles, and the Wii U, as they focus primarily on the PS4 and the Xbox One.
It's interesting though that PC gamers were once treated the same way as Wii U gamers, but Ubisoft quickly turned around their position about PC gamers mostly being software thieves when they saw how lucrative Steam had become. Maybe we'll see a similar thing happen after Super Smash Bros. and the Amiibo line drops later this year during the holiday season?