Ubisoft still believes in Vita, Wii U

Monday, 26 August 2013 01:48 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Neither Sony’s latest handheld nor Nintendo’s newest console have gained much ground in the last year, but notoriously new hardware-friendly Ubisoft believes both Vita and Wii U are worth pursuing.

Speaking with IGN Ubisoft executive director Alain Corre reacted to the Vita price drop announced during Sony’s gamescom 2013 presser.

“We were very pleasantly surprised by Sony’s last push on the Vita. Decreasing the price and investing a lot in new IP and trying to use the Vita as a second screen for the PS4, all of that gives a lot of advantages for the future of the Vita,” he said.

“We’re watching that space and making sure that our PS4 games work on Vita, so the global experience on PS4 is even better.”

While Nintendo has made no such move for the Wii U – and at its current profit margin, is quite unlikely to – Corre seems confident the ailing Nintendo platform will come about thanks to the “tens of millions” of Nintendo franchise fans.

“After that, it’s up to Nintendo to make sure that the machine can reach as many consumers as possible,” he said.

“We all think that they’ll be able to sell more machines in the future. They have some of the best IP in the world, and some of the best memories for their players. If you’ve played Smash Bros. in the past, you want to play the next one. So these brands have a future, for sure. It’s up to them to work on more communication to get the machine into more hands.”

In news that arguably pertains to both Vita and Wii U, Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida said recently that the reason PlayStation isn’t pursuing second-screen features with the handheld, ala the Wii U’s Game Pad, is that people don’t have four eyes.