Ubisoft will not have any Wii U or 3DS games at E3 2014

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What was deemed the last true major third party publisher to support Nintendo this generation has now pulled the rug from underneath them. In a statement today from the French multinational game publisher, Ubisoft will not be showing any games for the Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS at this year’s E3. “We won’t be showing off any Nintendo games at E3 this year,” a Ubisoft representative said in the statement. 

With more third party support dwindling from Nintendo (the Wii U specifically), this news may not come as a shock to some considering Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot stated last year that the company would review their partnership with Nintendo after poor Wii U sales. All this news confirms is that Nintendo appears alone with its efforts to revive the Wii U from its…for lack of a better term…sluggish start. Whatever the case, E3 2014 will serve as the barometer to how Nintendo will concentrate its efforts on the future of software on the Wii U. A tough break for Nintendo, but the company may find a way to reevaluate its assets.

What do you all think about Ubisoft somewhat pulling support from the Wii U(with the exception of Watch Dogs coming out this Fall)? Tell us in the comments below.

 

12 Responses to Ubisoft will not have any Wii U or 3DS games at E3 2014

  1. N8tiveT3ch says:

    Well sad to say that this was bound to happen. Ubisoft tried to get the ball rollin but it just wasn’t enough. Its funny how gamers are able to influence what publishers think. Most of the gaming world thinks “only Nintendo games sell on Nintendo consoles.” So publishers stop publishing games for Wii u. The bad thing is Nintendo is unable to do this on their own. Another thing that I’ve been thinking about Nintendo’s hardware is…they just need to put out hardware that is on par with other competition. Not because I’m a graphics whore but because it gives publishers/developers the option to develop for the console. This takes the argument away that “Nintendo is under powered.” Its fine because if I want a different experience ill go to Nintendo. If the option is given to me ill buy games on Wii u. Plus most games if not all come out on PC. Problem is I tend not to finish most new games. Its a problem.

  2. frstOne says:

    Worrying :S

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  4. tmuggles says:

    What’s really hurt Nintendo is the economy. They made a bet with the Wii and “blue ocean” to make a less expensive machine that appealed to more people, the casaual gamer. But in the 2008, the economy tanked and is still very weak. People are struggling and just not going spend money on games. The only people buying are the dedicated gamers, the same people that have flocked to Sony and MS.

    I really don’t think a more powerful Wii U would have made a difference. Even with equal hardware, the people buying have strong allegiances with MS and Sony. Nintendo would just be posting even bigger losses. :-\

  5. EdEN says:

    The XBO ain’t selling so great either, and the PS4 will eventually slowly sell less and less. All consoles are in trouble, but the PS4 and XBO happen to share an architecture that makes it easier to port to and from the PC environment.

    Ubisoft and all other 3rd parties can surely reevaluate their stance by the end of the year if MK8, Bayonetta 2, Hyrule Warriors, Super Smash Bros U and a couple of surprise games manage to turn things around.

  6. Lou says:

    The PS4 is already turning a profit, making it more successful in that regard than even the PS2. It’s not the economy, it’s Iwata.

    Nintendo’s target audience wants a cheaper console, and doesn’t mind sacrificing graphics for great games at a reasonable price. The gamepad destroyed that business model.

    It’s Iwata. Let’s stop making excuses for him.

  7. john Turner says:

    Nintendo has always had a curious relationship with the Third Parties, so it’s no surprise to see them come and go. The Nintendo First and Second Party Titles will just see the Wii U over, but I don’t se it changing the sluggish sales.

    The Wii hardly performed for Third Party Publisher either, so I think that going forward Nintendo need to sit down and think long and hard about where to go from here.

  8. Matthew says:

    Nintendo adn the wii U are history. Having heard this, this is the final nail in the wii U coffin.

  9. Matthew says:

    It was only a matter of time before this would happen. Just waiting for Nintendo themselves to admit the wii U is a flop and that they themselves are abandoning and discontinuing it.

  10. Brian says:

    Well I guess Metroid Prime Trilogy is the last Metroid game I will ever see. 🙁

    Sigh… it might be the end of Wii-U. I never bought one and it’s looking like I
    won’t have a reason to.

  11. Grimreaper says:

    The console would not have been so expensive if nintendo learned from the last one. The controller seems to not make much of a difference no matter how you change it because no one wants to utilize it to its fullest so it becomes well basically useless and too expensive and well so far from what I can tell it has only been used as a way to get rid of minor things like the use of the pause function (even though it still has it) and of course made less distractions and well the portability which is useless to me no offence to anyone who finds it useful. I only have about 3 feet between me and my screen the sensor bar barely works for my wii controller. Last gen wii, waggle the controller that was all it was used for mostly the only ingenious use it was used for was skyward sword which blew big time I have my reasons (Also a lot of people cheated the wii controller me included when you have no room to move you have to improvise). Then this generation off the bat it just got rid of minor things no matter how badly nintendo wanted the developers to use the controller for something unique not many developers look at the world through the eyes of nintendo. This will probably bite nintendo in the ass but they still will survive, but honestly the safe bet is a next gen console compatible with all previous controllers and all previous consoles. If they utilize their next system like that, then they would have a wii, a wii u, a gamecube and a vast library of old games. You will have a lot of consoles in one but they will want to innovate again if they do hopefully it will be something not too bad or too expensive. I have not used my wii or wii u in so damn long I am afraid my wii u may catch on fire (lots of dust I might have to take it apart to clean it out honestly I’m not but it is that bad by now) with mario kart 8 it has an overheating issue, I have actually reverted back to playing older games on an emulator, I am retexturing and replaying mario sunshine right now, close as I will ever get to being a 3D artist for a gaming studio. I am pretty sure E3 will blow this year too not much left surprise wise what animal crossing, star fox, metroid, I am pretty sure there isn’t much left. I am even debating on getting mario kart 8 (which is a first for me) yeah it looks pretty but from what I have heard that is about it a few new things here and there, but battle mode well blows, and seriously dlc that is of real vehicles why don’t you give me a kit so I can make my own custom vehicles, I mean literally give me or sale me some modeling software for it I am willing to learn just let me use a computer to edit with instead of the gamepad, or if you can’t go that far then give us all an editable kart program, that would be sweet a good use of the touch screen, it would have a showroom the model in grayscale form, in the middle rotating you choose all the parts etc, and you can drag different vertices sculpting like if you wish to shape your car, change sizes, I mean really customizable, uv mapping somehow available if you want to go that detailed, there would need to be a way of limiting polygons on the kart and of course polygon cleanup, but for the die hard customizers that would be grand may require some 3D modeling knowledge but still better than dlc that you don’t want, I could set here for an eternity and not get what I want dlc wise or I can have a 3D modeling program not robust but it will do for mario kart it is designed around mario kart after all and make my own anyway I want, save as many as I want to an SD car and use it whenever I want the stats would be hard to figure how to allow customization after all people would be cheating the system by making everything completely full so by the way you model you would need a stat system so at the end it shows you the stats and gives you points that you can distribute to the stats in anyway you want kinda like a level up system in a game I saw once (can’t remember he name) but your car has stats at the end and then you are allowed to add a few more points to try and round it out some. You would of course have presets too, like any modeling program comes with default shapes, you know cube, cone, sphere, cylinder, torus etc. this one can come with nintendo basics, some 3D models of different things throughout nintendo’s history, a bowser head could definitely be used in a weird way for a car, or something like that especially dry bowser, I am sure that this is possible and it would have so much potential and then they could expand on it for other games in the future, customizable weapons etc. Imagine an in game weapon you built and shaped with your own hands one of a kind unique no one else has it, yeah I kinda went off on a tangent I do that when I talk about 3D modeling sorry, I am going to slowly back away now and pretend none of this happened.

  12. jessica says:

    i hear also that watch dogs(ubisoft) is the final game on wii

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