Ubisoft Thinks Smash Bros. Could be “Magical” For the Wii U

Last week, we heard from Ubisoft that their plan for the near future was to release Watch Dogs as the only “mature” game from the company on the Wii U, a business strategy based on Ubisoft’s awkward struggles with the console. They’re focusing instead on games they know will sell well on the Wii U… and they’re trying to let everyone know that they’re still supporting the system. It wasn’t a dig!

Alain Corre, Ubisoft’s European boss, has spoken up to comment that he’s optimistic about Just Dance 2015, and that the company is really just waiting for that one first-party game that will give the Wii U that push it needs:

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].

Nintendo has some of the best franchises in the world and it knows how to make great games. It proved that with Mario Kart, and it will prove that again with Super Smash.”

Even if Ubisoft is limiting support to more accessible, family-friendly games, those sorts of titles could still be important for Nintendo in the Holiday season. We trust that if Smash Bros. does the job in shifting systems, meanwhile, that Ubisoft will release its game that’s already finished.

Despite the lack of mature games from Ubisoft at the moment on the Wii U, it’s important to note that family-friendly games represent a huge market—and especially one that could be very important for Nintendo during the holiday shopping season.

Will Smash Bros. be the game Nintendo needs? For their sake, and for the sake of Nintendo-console fans who want to play more Ubisoft games, we sure hope Corre is right.


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Micah has been playing games since his first pong machine, and has been writing for as long as he could grip a pencil and not drool on the paper. So, for about a week.

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