Although EA made it clear that it has no games in development for the Wii U, another top dog in the video game industry plans to continue supporting Nintendo and its latest console. A Ubisoft spokesperson told GamesIndustry International that, as with any new console, the Wii U needs time to grow an established base. Ubisoft has numerous games that are scheduled to be released on Nintendo’s Wii U, including Rayman Legends, Watch_Dogs, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Splinter Cell Blacklist.
“As with any new console, it takes some time to grow an established base. Ubisoft has a varied and high-quality line-up for Wii U, with more big titles on the way including Rayman Legends, Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag and Splinter Cell Blacklist. We’re confident that this will help in continuing to attract gamers to the Wii U system and that Nintendo will take steps to ensure that the Wii U is successful in the market.”
During Nintendo’s financial results briefing, company president Satoru Iwata said he’s heard that there are more unnannounced third-party games coming to Nintendo 3DS this year. Some of the confirmed third-party games hitting the handheld device this year are Disney Infinity, Disney Planes and Skylanders: Swap Force.
Recently, third-party software developers overseas have had fewer of their best development studios develop software for handheld devices. However, for this year, the release of several key titles has already been announced, and I have also heard there are more unannounced titles to come.
Also, as I mentioned on another occasion, we plan to more actively support the Japanese software developers in distributing their key titles overseas.
… I’ve also heard that our third parties are planning to launch other software titles that they have not announced yet. With these titles in the lineup, I think that, although much later than in Japan, the overseas markets are finally ready for Nintendo 3DS to get on an ideal sales track.
-Nintendo President Satoru Iwata
There are over 10 games coming from third-party publishers to Wii U in the summer and spring. Some titles, like DuckTales Remastered, Mutant Mudds Deluxe and Spin the Bottle, are download-only games and will be available in the Nintendo eShop. Upcoming physical games, including Injustice: Gods Among Us, Resident Evil: Revelations and Sniper Elite V2, will soon be released at retail. Of the upcoming Wii U titles in the list below, which ones are you looking forward to?
- Injustice: Gods Among Us
- LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
- Resident Evil: Revelations
- Fast & Furious: Showdown
- Sniper Elite V2
- DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION – DIRECTOR’S CUT
- DuckTales Remastered
- Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara
- Mutant Mudds Deluxe
- Spin the Bottle
- Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails
Jonathan Holme, writer, podcaster, animator, and video guy at Destructoid, has announced via Twitter that he has been hearing that a number of third-party developers have been receiving free Wii U development kits in an effort to entice them to design games for the system. Holmes is adamant that if enough developers take advantage of the free Wii U development kits then Nintendo could ultimately end up getting the most third-party support in the end.
Today, February 21st, Nintendo will be delivering another Nintendo 3DS Direct at 8 p.m. JST – Japan Standard Time. The upcoming online presentation will focus on third-party games for the Nintendo 3DS portable game console. The last Nintendo Direct, which aired on February 14th, focused on games featuring Mario’s twin brother, Luigi, including Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.
Nintendo is working with third-party developers to bring exclusive games to the Wii U console. For example, Nintendo will be publishing upcoming action game Bayonetta 2, which is being developed by Platinum Games, a third-party developer. Nintendo is also working with third-party developer Atlus on another Wii U exclsuive title, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem. However, the company confirmed today that it wants to work with more third-party developers to produce content for Wii U.
Kotaku made a list of multiple third-party games that are coming out next year, 2013, but haven’t been confirmed for Nintendo’s new Wii U console. However, keep in mind that the Wii U will be receiving some major third-party games early next year, including Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate, Rayman Legends, Aliens: Colonial Marines and Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Early 2013 third-party games that aren’t confirmed for Wii U are listed here:
- Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel
- BioShock Infinite
- Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2
- Crysis 3
- Dead Island Riptide
- Dead Space 3
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Metal Gear Rising Revengeance
- Metro Last Light
- Remember Me
- South Park: The Stick of Truth
- Splinter Cell: Blacklist
- Tomb Raider
Although Nintendo’s forthcoming console can run games at 60 frames per second at 1080p resolution and features unique controller with a 6.2 inch touchscreen, according to Forbes, what makes Wii U so very important is its games – as it should be with any video game console.
Forbes notes that Nintendo has been locking down exclusive publication rights to popular Japanese series, such as Fatal Frame and, more recently, Bayonetta. There are several multiplatform titles coming to Wii U, and games from major third-party publishers, including Square Enix’s Dragon Quest X, Capcom’s Monster Hunter Ultimate, Platinum Games’ Bayonetta 2, Ubisoft’s Rayman Legends and ZombiU, are scheduled to launch exclusively for one HD platform – Nintendo’s Wii U.
Two Tribes, the developer behind Toki Tori 2, which is coming to Wii U this year, thinks third-party publishers will eventually be out of reach to Nintendo with its forthcoming console. The developer claims publishers will eventually realize Wii U is a “haven for casual oriented titles.”
Referring to Nintendo’s competitors’ inevitable next-generation consoles, Two Tribes says developers will not want to spend extra money “to downscale” multiplatform games to Wii U.
Update: Two Tribes have contacted us to say that this was Tweet sent from the wrong account and was an employee’s personal opinion.
Michael Pachter previously claimed that the Wii U Pro Controller exists because Activision forced Nintendo to develop it. Earlier today, Pachter confessed that no one actually told him this was the case; his claim was just “an educated guess.” However, Pachter still believes that Nintendo was pressured by third-party developers to make the Wii U Pro Controller.
“I am putting two and two together to conclude that Activision put pressure on them. I do not know this either first-hand or third-hand; nobody told me. I am merely deducing it from what we know, and it’s an educated guess.”
“If the Pro Controller is for multiplatform games, that means it is for third-party games. Nintendo has never done anything altruistically for third parties, so I concluded that they added the Pro Controller because of pressure from third parties. The pressure could have come from anywhere — EA with sports games, Ubisoft with Assassin’s Creed, or Take-Two with GTA — but it seems to me that the ‘prize’ that would make the Wii U legitimate as a console of choice for multiplatform games is Call of Duty.”