Nintendo of America Senior Director of Communication Charlie Scibett is confident that third-party developers will return to the Wii U if console sales eventually rise. Scibett says the developers want the same thing as Nintendo, and that’s to see the install base grow.
“We want the same thing that the third parties want, which is to grow the installed base. 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 wouldn’t be tied down to a prediction for how many more sales the Wii U needed before it was a more attractive platform for third-party publishers, saying that “each publisher might give you a different answer on that.” Sure enough, the publishers willing to talk on the record gave noncommittal but hopeful answers on the subject of future Wii U support.”
“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.”
An unannounced third-party game is apparently in development for Wii U. The supposed project will launch in 2014 and exclusively on Nintendo’s console, according to Nico Wav of French gaming website Gameblog. The title is said to be somewhat similar to Platinum Games‘ upcoming Wii U exclusive Bayonetta 2, although it isn’t related to the franchise.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime believes that third party developers haven’t given up on the Wii U, despite dwindling support from big name publishers. With a number of key titles missing from the Wii U lineup, it’s certainly interesting to hear Reggie’s perspective on things, especially with regards to Call of Duty Ghosts which sold poorly on the platform.
“With a healthy and vibrant installed base, those key publishers are gonna create content that are going to be wonderful for the system. Case in point: Activision. One of the number one rated games [recently] on the Wii U is Skylander SWAP Force. They’ve done a stellar job creating that content. And absolutely we look forward to Call of Duty coming on the platform. A true Call of Duty experience, leveraging unique play with the GamePad. You look at someone like Ubisoft. They do tremendous business with Just Dance on our platform. And we look forward to Assassin’s Creed, we look forward to Watchdogs next year coming on the platform. Warner Brothers… I could go through the list in terms of key software publishers that are making great content for the platform. And what they tell me every day is, “Reggie, how can I help you drive your installed base?”
Nintendo has released a video showing the third-party games coming this year to Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Among the third-party games that will be released on Wii U in 2013 are several games from Ubisoft, including Watch_Dogs, Rayman Legends, Just Dance 2014 and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Watch the above video to find out which other third-party games will launch on Nintendo platforms.
According to Nintendo, there are many third-party games coming to both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Among the confirmed third-party games being developed for Nintendo platforms are Rayman Legends, Disney Planes, Scribblenauts Unmasked, Sonic Lost World and Watch_Dogs. An image Nintendo has released regarding third-party games can be seen above.
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.