Ubisoft to port Wii U titles to tablets, smartphones

Publisher will keep costs down of developing for new Nintendo console

In order to better manage costs of Wii U development, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has said that the publisher will be able to port projects for Nintendo's new console to tablets and smartphones.

Speaking to press last night at an invitation-only event ahead of the company's E3 showing, Guillemot said while Wii U content can't be shared with Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles there's more opportunity to recoup costs if a title isn't successful on a single touch-screen platform.

"The new content you can't port on the other machines but what you can do is to port it to mobile phones and to tablets. So it's a way to create content that you will be able to port on the generations of tablets or phones that work well - if you don't monetise it there you can monetise it on many other platforms."

"You have to do specific content to be monetised by the Wii U itself but it's also an opening to all the tablets and phones because it's a same system in in a way, the touch screen."

Today the publisher revealed all eight titles it's preparing for the launch window of the Wii U, covering core, casual, sports and fitness audiences.

New IP ZombiU, from Ubisoft Montpellier, is designed for the hardcore gamer, and will join Assassin's Creed III as an 18-rated game for the Nintendo console.

Catering to the casual audience that the Wii so successfully attracted are Just Dance 4 and Your Shape Fitness Evolved, while Rayman Legends and Rabbids Land are geared towards the family - central to Nintendo's vision of playing together. Completing the portfolio are Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth and Sports Connection

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I think its more possible the other way around will work - port phone/tablet games to the WiiU. Then the controls & graphics can be improved (it could also be a DL-only title).

I can't see how a "true" WiiU game (high-specs, uses the controller properly, 2 screen support) could be ported to a tablet any easier than other console titles could.
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Andrew Ihegbu / 5 years ago
I'm keen to see how Ubi attempts to port Just Dance and their fitness game to a smartphone.

I mean I can see them porting a dual screen game to a single one and its much easier to reduce the quality or just use the lower LOD model that would be in the Wii U version than it is to add detail to an existing game, but getting dance peripherals or a proper motion controller (PS Move or Wii style) seems a little far fetched.

I think this actually tells us the types of games Ubi plan to make. Games, in which the new ways of playing that Wii U and the second stage of other 7th Gen consoles (Kinect, PS Move, and vanilla Wii) have been putting forward are optional. Games in which the focus will be touch and touch only to keep porting easy.
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Is this the first trumpets commencing the attack on Apple?

A Nintendo phone in the works?

Fundamentally, a company that hated DLC, online and sharing, now wants to break into the social gaming sector!!
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