The ever growing disconnect between the AAA market and Nintendo continues to expand. Ubisoft will no longer be releasing mature rated games on the Wii U platform saying that Nintendo fans just don’t seem to want Assassin’s Creed that much.
Commenting to Game Informer, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot confirmed that Watch_Dogs will be the last mature game his company releases on the Wii U, if indeed, it ever does get released.
“[Watch Dogs] is coming to Wii U… It will be the only mature game we publish on it,” says Guillemot.”What we see is that Nintendo customers don’t buy Assassin’s Creed. Last year, we sold in very small numbers.”
“They are very interested in Just Dance, very interested by other kinds of games. So what we are trying to do is to focus more on the types of games they are interested in.”
With EA taking a very hands off approach to the Wii U, it’s safe to say that Ubisoft is the biggest publisher that still has Nintendo’s back on its flailing console. Now though, Just Dance is all that the Nintendo fanbase wants from them.
There there, don’t be too offended by that overgeneralization. I’m sure Nintendo fans still love them some other non-M rated Ubisoft franchises. Who doesn’t love Rayman? Maybe even Child of Light was a hit?
How about it? Is this another major blow to Nintendo from a triple AAA publisher who just can’t seem to find a way of making successful video game franchises that don’t revolve around mindless mass murder. In that sense, Just Dance and Rayman are kings compared to Watch_Dogs, Splinter Cell, Far Cry, Assassin’s Creed, and Rainbow Six.
I’d love to take Guillemot’s word for focusing on new kinds of games that aren’t mature rated for the Wii U. The only problem is that when a major publisher thinks a game should be family oriented, it often panders to lowest common denominator design and it’s also nothing Nintendo fans want anything to do with. Child of Light and Rayman Legends should act as a wonderful jumping point for the kinds of games Nintendo fans might like from a AAA publisher.
I mean, we used to have an industry built around Nintendo which welcomed all ages with brilliant video games of the highest quality. Happier times.
But come on, Nintendo! That’s in the past, and this is what you get for not conforming! How dare you try to have your own sense of character and ideas about how to make fun games which don’t adhere to the latest trends or incite bloody disturbing images of horrible violence.
How dare you make fun games about fairy boys and fat plumbers when the key to success is clearly blowing apart your fellow human beings with bullets or rockets, jabbing knives into their sternums and diaphragms, pushing them off cliffs to splatter on the rocks below, running them down with jeeps as guts trickle through your grips, dropping bombs on their heads, or countless other ways of inflicting horrible murder and death.
Why don’t you get it, Nintendo?