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Ubisoft adjust Wii U support; says Nintendo owners don’t buy 'Assassin's Creed'

Ubisoft CEO says the publisher is shifting its focus on the Nintendo console.
Ubisoft CEO says the publisher is shifting its focus on the Nintendo console.
Photo courtesy of Ubisoft, used with permission.

Tuesday, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot discussed the French publisher's commitment to Nintendo flagging Wii U console, explaining why titles like "Assassin's Creed" are no longer available on it.

In an interview conducted by Game Informer at Gamescom 2014, Guillemot discussed the company's decision not to bring the two latest "Assassin's Creed" games, "Assassin’s Creed: Rogue" and "Assassin’s Creed: Unity," to the Wii U. “It’s very simple,” Guillemot said. “What we see is that Nintendo customers don’t buy Assassin’s Creed. Last year, we sold in very small numbers.” However, when it came to games like "Just Dance," Ubisoft's Wii U game sales were much better. “What we see is that they are very interested in Just Dance, very interested by other kinds of games," Guillemot said. “So what we are trying to do is to focus more on the types of games they are interested in.”

From Ubisoft's standpoint, the decision to cut Wii U owners from the "Assassin's Creed" series was motivated by poor sales, than personal spite. However, the publisher says it will continue to support the Wii U with titles more appropriate for the general Nintendo audience, such as "Rayman Legends," which sold the best on the console. One Ubisoft title still missing in action on the Wii U is "Watch_Dogs," which was delayed from its simultaneous release with the next-gen consoles and has yet to receive an official street date. Guillemot assured Game Informer the Wii U version of "Watch_Dogs" will still be released, but not to expect any more like that for Nintendo. “[Watch Dogs] is coming to Wii U. It will be the only mature game we publish on it.”

It was only in June of this year that Guillemot said Nintendo needs to improve Wii U sales, if the Japanese gaming company wished to see more titles from Ubisoft.