Game loyalty largely relies on numbers, which translate to dollar signs. When they don’t match up, then one must spread the cards to increase the odds. Sorry Ninty, they don’t add up.
At a time when quality Wii U titles are harder to find than Betamax, Nintendo has lost exclusivity on a big title and suffers from a delay due to multiplatform porting. Woe are Wii U owners. Today, Ubisoft has announced that Rayman Legends is officially releasing on Xbox 360 and PS3 and is delayed for simultaneous a launch.
“We heard from many Xbox & Playstation owners and Rayman fans who told us they really wanted to play Rayman Legends on their current system,” said Geoffroy Sardin, EMEA Chief Marketing & Sales Officer in a press release."We decided to give the fans what they wanted while at the same time broadening the audience exposed to this innovative and memorable game."
The PS3 and 360 versions will be developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, the same team responsible for the Wii U version. The problem with this transition is that the game was tailored for the Wii U Gamepad, and while I don’t doubt the quality in the Sony and MS iterations, one can’t help but see this as an unfortunate situation for Big N’s new console.
Nintendo has already apologized for the lack of software on the system, but with their flagship titles nowhere in sight, Pikmin 3 missing the launch window and now Rayman Legends joining Ninja Gaiden: Razor’s Edge on the multiplatform bus, Wii U’s drought seems to be extending. On the other hand, it’s not all doom and gloom for the white box. Aliens: Colonial Marines is slated for next month and will have some exclusive features on the Gamepad not to be missed.
Timing is everything and while the Wii U misses the killer app mark right now, sales are still favorable, despite being lower than initial projections. A lone year without competition should be a golden opportunity, and everyone knows that games sell consoles, and while Ninty appears to be dropping the ball, they’re still in the game. However, truth be told, the hill is only going up with Sony, MS, OUYA, SteamBox and Gamestick on the way. Help us Super Smash Bros, you’re our only hope.