The release of Rayman Legends on Xbox 360 and PS3 has not stopped the game being a Wii U system seller, Ubisoft has argued.
The publisher revealed last month that the SKU version – which was originally pencilled in as an exclusive Wii U launch title – had been delayed until September in order to coincide with the freshly announced Xbox and PS3 SKUs.
While this made sound business sense, elements of the more loyal Nintendo faithful online decried the publisher’s betrayal”, arguing that the decision dealt a blow to the already struggling console.
But Ubisoft France Studios boss Xavier Poix says that the platformer very much remains a Wii U system seller.
"We don’t have any disappointments compared to the installed base. We are just hoping that Nintendo’s results for Wii U will be a bit bigger,” he told GamesIndustry.
"Selling a new way of playing can take some time, and we know the power of the brands from Nintendo and we know from the fans that the majority of what will be the system sellers are not yet available. And on our side, Rayman will be one of them for sure.
We really expect Rayman to be a huge system seller on the console."
Poix also thinks that the console could yet reverse its fortunes if the industry can successfully convey the value offered by the Wii U GamePad.
"One thing for sure we knew is that this new controller would be something harder to convey than the Wii, which was about the movements in your game, so we knew we needed to educate people around this GamePad idea,” he added.
We strongly believe that people have not yet realized the importance of the gameplay that this can provide, but for sure they need the good games to support the system. And they need the installed base to gain more support, which is not the case yet.”