Ubisoft Releases The Smurfs This Week On The Nintendo 3DS

Today, Ubisoft announced that The Smurfs will be available this week on Nintendo 3DS across all EMEA territories (Europe, Middle East and Asia).

Developed by Magic Pockets, The Smurfs for Nintendo 3DS will take players to the colourful comic book world of their favourite characters. In this great new adventure, players will need to help the Smurfs rebuild their village while finding out what could have possibly caused its destruction. To complete their quest, they will have to play through a variety of 12 mini-games, collecting resources and avoiding Gargamel’s traps.

In this brand new Smurfs game, players will be able to build the greatest village for Papa Smurf, Smurfette and all their friends. Through multiple environments, from Gargamel’s lab to the deep forest surrounding the village, players will collect wood, rocks and bricks to help them in their quest. Customisation will be possible for both the Smurf houses as well as the whole village by sawing logs, nailing planks and stacking bricks.

All the mini-games are tailored for Nintendo 3DS, taking full advantage of its features: players will play hide and seek with the Nintendo 3DS stylus, pilot a plane through the woodlands, organise music contests or create their very own recipes by tilting the Nintendo 3DS to mix ingredients and blow in the microphone to cool their preparations.

 

ZOMBI Published by Ubisoft Rated For Xbox One, Most Likely ZombiU

It’s been rumoured for quite some time, but it would appear as though ZombiU will be headed to other consoles. The Australian Classification Board has rated a game called ZOMBI that is published by Ubisoft. It seems extremely likely that this is the rumoured ZombiU port that we’ve heard about. Guess we shall find out in the coming weeks. Currently it is only rated for the Xbox One.

Thanks, Cammy

Just Dance 2016 Announced For Wii U

We all knew it was coming and today Ubisoft officially confirmed that Just Dance 2016 will be arriving on the Wii U. We may be missing out on several other games, but at least we’ve got the Just Dance series, right? The game will be coming to the Wii U this October and will no doubt perform well. Ubisoft also announced the Just Dance Streaming Service to get new songs all year-long for your console.

Ubisoft E3 2015 Conference Will Be Hosted By Aisha Tyler And Promises “Big Surprises”

It’s that time of year again and we are all gearing up for E3. Popular video game developer and publisher Ubisoft has announced their plans for the event. Their press conference will once again be hosted by Aisha Tyler and promises a number of big surprises. You will be able to watch it on YouTube at 3pm PT/6pm ET on Monday, June 15th. Here’s what Ubisoft Co-Founder and CEO Yves Guillemot had to say about the exciting event.

“E3 is always a very special moment for the entire gaming community because we all come together to share our visions for the future of entertainment and reveal the games into which we’ve been pouring our energy and passion. The players’ excitement and feedback when they first experience what we’re developing is what motivates us the most. We love being a part of this great community, and our talented teams continue to take risks, push boundaries and offer more freedom and choice within our games so that we can create long-lasting, enriching experiences for the players.”

“For the third year running, the Uplay Lounge offers fans the chance to see and play the new games in Ubisoft’s E3 lineup, meet the developers, compete with other gamers and more. Throughout the week, Ubisoft is organizing a series of Master Classes for fans, during which a number of newly announced games will be demonstrated live by the production teams. These Master Classes, which will include sessions on Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege and Tom Clancy’s The Division, will be streamed live on Twitch.”

Ubisoft’s “Hero” New IP Storyboard Trailers Leaked

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Looks like someone has let the cat out of the bag early at Ubisoft as concept trailers for their new IP which is being dubbed Hero have found their way online. We heard earlier today that Ubisoft is developing a new IP which they hope to release before March 2016. Hero could well be the one that was mentioned. Ubisoft is apparently scrambling to remove the videos and the image. Guess it was a project that was due to be officially announced at E3 next month.

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Thanks, Adrian F

Mario Features 2nd In Top 20 Grossing Franchises At Retail In The Last 10 Years

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Ubisoft have just published their latest earnings from the last fiscal year. In their presentation, they’ve included a chart of the top 20 grossing franchises from 2005-2014 to showcase key success factors. The chart highlights Ubisoft games, naturally, but lets take a look at how Nintendo did! Mario is the second biggest grossing franchise, falling just under Call of Duty from Activision Blizzard. The other Nintendo title to appear– which may come as a surprise– is Wii Fit! Which includes hardware sales, and makes sense given all the families that jumped on board with the balance board. Super Smash Bros. also features 8th on a chart for the top 10 grossing games of 2014. Take a look at the charts yourself and see what you think, find anything else surprising?

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Wii U Accounted For 1% Of Ubisoft’s Sales From 2014 To 2015

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It’s probably not too surprising that recent Ubisoft titles have skipped the Wii U as the company has provided a breakdown of sales by platform and region and it clearly shows that the Wii U only accounted for 1% of sales in 2014 to 2015. In fact the original Wii shifted more software for Ubisoft than the Wii U. You can check out the sales breakdown in the chart uploaded above.