Nintendo Senior Director of Communication Charlie Scibetta knows that third party developers will jump back on board if Wii U sales numbers increase. A few days ago, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot stated that they would continue to develop for the console if the sales numbers increased. With all the recent announcements made by Nintendo at E3 this year, I’m fairly confidant that the Wii U will have the numbers that these third party developers are looking for. What do you guys think? Is it looking hopeful for Nintendo, given their amazing E3 presence and awesome first party games they have coming out soon? Let us know in the comments.
“We want the same thing that the third parties want, which is to grow the installed base. We’re confident that if we can do that by driving the installed base through first-party software, like Mario Kart 8, like Super Smash Bros., then the third-party developers will follow because then they’ll see there’s a large enough installed base that it’s worth their investment to bring their games to our platform. So it’s our job to grow that installed base to make it more attractive for them to come to our platform.”
“Scibetta wouldn’t be tied down to a prediction for how many more sales the Wii U needed before it was a more attractive platform for third-party publishers, saying that “each publisher might give you a different answer on that.” Sure enough, the publishers willing to talk on the record gave noncommittal but hopeful answers on the subject of future Wii U support.”
“We think that by releasing good games from fan favorite brands, like Mario Kart, Nintendo is taking steps to increase the Wii U’s adoption,” an Ubisoft spokesperson told Ars. “We have games coming out for the Wii U this year, including Just Dance 2015 and Watch Dogs. For any other games we announced at E3, it’s too soon to say.”