Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Ubi Soft and Midway pledge massive Wii support



Ubi Soft and Midway have pledged massive Wii support, announcing a total of seven and six Wii titles in development, respectively. 1UP has the story:
While speaking on a panel at the Ziff Davis Electronic Games Summit in Napa earlier today, Ubisoft North America President Laurent Detoc revealed that his company currently has seven titles in development for Nintendo's upcoming Wii platform. This show of support came as a surprise to many, as the company had previously only demonstrated two of those seven titles: Rayman Raving Rabbids and Red Steel.

Detoc praised the Wii several times during the panel, stating that he expects it to have "a large audience and market." He also stated that he personally felt that in a time when fewer and fewer games appeal to him, the Wii offers plenty of enjoyment. "The first time I picked up that sucker I couldn't stop playing it."

On the same panel, Midway President David Zucker stated that his company has six titles in development for the Wii.


This is truly great news for Wii. We had grown accustomed to the fact that Nintendo is rekindling a lot of the third party relations of old. But such strong support from both Ubi Soft and Midway can only mean one thing: plenty of action games and plenty of big licences.

Think Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six or Ghost Recon. Think America´s Army or Far Cry Instincts. Midway has already confirmed Mortal Kombat for Wii. SpyHunter will now surely come to Nintendo´s new console too. We might even be able to hope for some Unreal title. Who knows?

This is phenomenal news. I would actually be surprised to see those two publishers supporting the PS3 and Xbox360 with so many titles.

EDIT There are news from EA, too. As reported by Gamasutra, they revealed a total of seven titles in development for Wii, two of which will make the launch:
EA executives particularly noted that "...we have ramped up [game] production for the Wii and DS Lite", following significant excitement over the Nintendo-created consoles at E3. The company revealed that it would probably ship 2 titles for the Wii launch period (Madden and Need For Speed), and 5 titles over the fiscal year ending March 2007.

Regarding Wii pricing, EA execs simply commented that publishers would have to decide on pricing themselves, but that Nintendo had indicated that first-party Wii titles would not be priced at more than $49.99 - suggesting that Electronic Arts games may debut for Wii at $49.99 at launch, though they did not state this specifically.

$50 for a Wii game sounds a great deal better than an expected $60 or even a possible $70 tag for PS3 games. In fact, EA pledged strong PS3 support, but had a number of critical comments, too.
In addition, execs revealed that there would be 4 or 5 launch titles on the PS3, including Madden, Need For Speed, and Tiger Woods - the 'launch period' being the 2006 calendar year.

EA execs also expressed skepticism that Sony would actually make it to 6 million units PlayStation 3 units manufactured in the 2006-7 fiscal year, commenting both that "hardware companies come up a little short", and that "we expect that they will be challenged" to make that number - not necessarily good news for consumer confidence in Sony's launch.

Further asked about PS3 vs. Xbox 360 graphical and technical performance for this holiday season, it was suggested that PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games will look "more alike than different", with additional commentary: "There's a lot of horsepower in the PS3 that we're going to be able to unlock in years two, three, and four."

Interesting stuff from the world´s leading software publisher.


Sources: 1UP, IGN, Gamasutra
Thanks to: TheReturnofSaveon21, Infendo

44 comments:

Falafelkid said...

By the way: According to the list of Wii titles in development published at E3, Ubi Soft and Midway had committed to two and three titles, respectively: Open Season, Rayman Raving Rabbids and Red Steel for Ubi Soft. The Ant Bully and Happy Feet for Midway.

Grandmaster B said...

All good news.

Stop talking to yourself btw.

Falafelkid said...

Hi Grandmaster.

Stop talking to yourself btw.

*lol* You mean commenting on my own story? That´s not talking to myself!

btw: Great story, Falafel!

Morton-jn said...

It was a great story falafel!

lyxx said...

EA will never change: They go where money goes...

Falafelkid said...

Hey Morton.

It was a great story falafel!

Thanks for the compliment and please excuse me beating my own drum - that was just for the joke ;) All credit goes to TheReturnofSaveon21 and Infendo respectively for digging those stories up.

Anonymous said...

This blog is boring !


-running gag-

Anonymous said...

You know as a PS3 fanboy, i must confess that the wii will be selling well, but generally it will suck, because not delivering next gen gaming.

signed by

-running gag-

Anonymous said...

So falafelkid, I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering: will you be at Leipzig for the Gaming Convention?

-FlyingSquirrl

.:Touch-Gen:. said...

@ Anonymous

You said...
"You know as a PS3 fanboy, i must confess that the wii will be selling well, but generally it will suck, because not delivering next gen gaming."

How excatly will it not deliver next gen gaming? Ohhh, you must mean by not having the graphical capabilities that PS3 and 360 have!

No offensive, but its 360 and PS3 that wont have next gen gaming. Yes, they will have amazing grpahics. No doubt! But they will have current gen gameplay and HECK!!! the generation before that too. The wii on the other hand doesnt thoses advance HD graphics. But it does have a new generation of gaming!! DS:lite is a great example of this.....Please get your facts right Sony Fanboy!!!!

wii will dominate the market...Never undermind Nintendo!

Anonymous said...

Wii will dominate the market??

You know , it is really sad to see how the nintendo fans are trying to get some attention! I dont think that the will is going to dominate, the fact is that there are no killer apps. Ok, zelda is not bad, but it does not sell like FF or MGS. The machine with MGS and FF 13 is going to dominate the market. The wii will only be an entertainment system, but not a gaming system.
PS 3 is going to dominate the market definately, and the Wii, who knows , maybe the third place is suited for "it".
Wii will suck !

signed by

-running gag-

Grandmaster B said...

Animal Crossing, Mario Kart, Mario and Pokemon all seem to be killer apps for Nintendo. You leave out a few details son.

Whether or not it will show on the Wii is still yet to be seen but they have strong following on DS. Lets see the transition so dont give me the BS of Nintendo not having killer apps.

Nintendo have the a collection of them. Guys like you are amusing. It is like reading a news article which forgot to include the 2nd page to the other side of the story.

BTW Fal, yeh I was speaking in relation to you commenting on your own post first. Joking of course!

Falafelkid said...

Hi FlyingSquirrl. Of course I will be there and I hope to be able to post some updates via my PDA again, just like I did at E3.

@running gag: Wii sucks? That´s it? You´re not putting forward coherent arguments. Looks like you´re just trolling, which won´t be tolerated here. Did you by any chance post under a different name before? Nice try, mate.

Anonymous said...

List of pro's and contra's of the Wii:

Pro:

1. Nintendo=Quality
2. Wiimote
3. Virtual Console
4. games=mario,zelda etc.
5. the size of the Wii
6. THE PRICE
7. Miyamoto
8. Wii is DS'like
9. Innovation
10. No HD (this can be a pro and contra)

Contra:

1. secrecy!
2. Hardware?(i have not played with it and not seen it live, therefore a questionmark!)
3. Games ? maybe too simple
4. Zelda TP for GCN and Wii(why not standalone with better graphs!)
5. third party support
6. DVD ?(in relation to BluRay)
7. no SpaceWorld
8. no Launch date
9. Launch too late
10. hmmmm.... i dont know!

Ok this should be a list of my pro's and contra's, what do you think , what would you add or leave out?

-CaptainN-

Anonymous said...

Stop feeding the trolls!

@-running gag-

I was the one who used your "name" the first time to express the irony of your being. The fact that you use -running gag- as your name just shows how uncreative and pathetic you are... But who cares... as long as you're happy with it!

Oh! I nearly forgot...
Stop feeding the trolls!!! :-)))

*somegermanguy* (very creative, I know)

lyxx said...

To the anonymous who said this :
"Ok, zelda is not bad, but it does not sell like FF or MGS. The machine with MGS and FF 13 is going to dominate the market. The wii will only be an entertainment system, but not a gaming system. "

Excuse me but this comment deserves a "LOL" !!!
The true power of selling for a Zelda is a number like Ocarina of time with 8.5 millions units sold!
If TP manages to sell very well it will hit this number!
The same that the MGS and FF u mentions man. Then don't understimate this Nintendo(Wii+Ds) because they are back this time around. And i think they don't want to joke like they did with poor sales of gamecube.

some guy said...

Atari is holding off PS3 titles until 2007;
here is the link

Anonymous said...

BOAH ! This is really bad for sony ! Another bad news !

babble said...

All of this is great news.

On an other subject, are we still waiting for a final "big" secret from Nintendo concerning the Wii? How come no one talks about it anymore?

Anonymous said...

CAPCOMS's BIOAHARD G.S --> !!! Wii (???)

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and @ babble...

you will read about it very soon my friend. just let me finnish my writings ;)

/silver

Anonymous said...

...please understand this


1.vision
2.business
3.marketing
4.sales
5.feedback

this is what many company do. In my humble opinon; Nintendo only lacks in sales and that is only becoz many still don't get what true colors of entertainment and what it can do for you/them...


/silver

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, there is a last secret, i mean not only did nintendo say :"Wii prove our promise." They will drop the bomb in Leipzig. We can only speculate , but i think they have something special to show to public.
Do anyone of you know something about the CodeFree story of the Wii ?

-=CaptainN=-

Anonymous said...

@silver

If you'd go to gonintendo.com you would know more about the Resident Evil rumors...

Anonymous said...

they promised us a revolution...

"Wii keep our promise."

-"superfan" tactics.

Zaro said...

An interesting news here:
http://gonintendo.com/?p=4253

Will Wright talks Spore on consoles.
I really hope Spore will come on Wii.

babble said...

Woo-hoo!

Bring it on silver, I want to read it. : )

babble said...

@Superfan...

Nice interpretation for the slogan "Wii keep our promise"... I never thought of it that way.

So any rumours related to graphics are now dead in the wather? Or can I still dream? ; )

Anonymous said...

Bad News for PS3: (=Good news for Wii)

"Erstes Spiel von SNK Playmore frühestens 2009."

Source : www.gamefront.de

SNK will release their first PS3 game in 2009. They are complaining about the expensive price for developing for PS3.
I think they will release their future games on Wii, like Metal Slug ( YEAH! ).
Hmmm, first Atari, and now SNK, everyone is leaving the boat with sony, hmmm , the Wii has really good chances to win this race!
Who is next, maybe Square ?

-=CaptainN=-

Anonymous said...

http://www.xgaming.com/newsletter/may06a.shtml

U Should All Read This Artical Especially U Disgusting Troll Son Of Whore

Anonymous said...

Are you doing soliloquies? I wonder who did teach you such a language! It is sad that you are disturbing the whole blog by your primitive language. You should behave man, and not take everything serious.

babble said...

Woaaa the language... And who are you talking, what am I saying, trash-talking to?

Anonymous said...

And i forgot: I must confess that the article is really interesting, especially the part: Nintendo® Execs Play with Words.
Should they really launch such a hardware, then this is a real REVOLUTION !

Anonymous said...

But, would such a technology not be very expansive, i mean even not affordable for the hardcore gamer?!

Anonymous said...

babble: ever since that title for the LGC speech was announced i've been thinking about it NON-STOP.
(almost) hopelessly, i'm a 3d dreamer. i can't help it. i remember every single rumor, every quote, every patent. i remember everything. it seemed so obvious. the fact that nintendo came out at e3 without 3d was literally astonishing to me.

maybe (probably) i am a fool, but i'm STILL holding out for "iwata to drop the bomb" (like my sign from GDC hahaha) and i'm hoping he does so at the LGC.
it almost seems to me like nintendo's hype machine was rocking so hard they had to completely shut it down... i mean, it seems that after e3, when nintendo came out and showed what they showed, people took that as definitive proof against crazy rumors and crazy visual display speculation. i, on the other hand, am not convinced.

i am not a respected nintendo blogger. i have no reputation to uphold. i have nothing to lose by backing 3d with 100% of my heart, and i do.
call me what you will, but i still believe that the revolution has not yet begun, and i have a feeling that i am not alone - maybe i'm just the most vocal about it.

-"superfan" tactics.

Anonymous said...

www.MarioKartWii.com

Anonymous said...

Where can i get the whole Nintendo Press Conference E3 2006 in a good quality?
THX

Anonymous said...

...I don't know if I'm the whore? But I thank you for the link you provided. It has taking me days to locate rumors here and there...hehe :P

and byw thanks for the gonintendo link also ;)

...and let me tell you guys something: lock again at some of the Rayman, Mario Galaxy and Pokemon movies/trailers thats out there. They have a connections regarding the visuals. Coz I'm quite positve that what you see might not be something you had expected!

more when I'm finished.

ps: the rumor about Mr Speilberg comenting about something - night have some truth after all :)

cheers guys!

/silver

Anonymous said...

yes, silver, it is shit like those rayman commercials with the butterflies and the cannons shooting from the screen that help me keep hope alive :)

-"superfan" tactics.

babble said...

@superfan tactics

You're the guy with the sign from the photos with the "Drop the bomb"!??!?

Cool!

I also still have dreams of 3D... And I'm looking at you Fal, you got all my hopes up! ; )

Anonymous said...

yeah, babble! i thought everyone knew that :)

in fact, the "superfan" part of my name came about in June, when nintendo published a picture of me at GDC with the sign, along with a short blurb saying "this nintendo superfan [...]"! :) this was the issue with the new Castlevania DS exclusive story on the cover... i think it was issue 206 or 204 or something. i forget.

i do not call myself a superfan. NINTENDO calls ME a superfan. what?! :)

and i gotta say... my GDC sign was *clearly* a stab at the whole concept of a "3d revolution", right? why the FUCK would they publish that picture if it wasn't true?!?! i dunno... maybe just because i'm so sexy... (hahaha... no.)

-"superfan" tactics.

babble said...

Oh I remeber all the hype surrounding that event and your picture all over the net (with Matt) and in Nintendo Power...

I just didn't make the link between the two.

So you and Falafel are the ones that made me believe. Shame on you! ; )

babble said...
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Anonymous said...

...hehe so true so true "superfan" ;)

if your dream is/are only in that direction then your dream will come true. but! your attention should really be on another direction - wrong part of the movie I guess ;)

Let me teal someones word that have been alot in here. MARK MY WORD that 's is GAME OVER for not only Nintendo's competition like Sony and Microsoft ect. This is something much much heavier. When and if only Nintendo can convince you guys (customers)that thier offering is/are the future - then and only then this 3D gaming history "WILL" be no more...

\0/~ hurray!!

...just a hint


3Dc



/silver


PS: have anyone here the Hi Def of the Rayman Trailer for charing?

if yes, plz contact me @ msn cain_makai@hotmail.com

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