It’s no secret that Nintendo pins its success on all its first party titles. From Mario Kart to Hyrule Warriors, it’s been just enough to push the Wii U into the black within the previous year — with very little help from third party developers. Early on in the Wii U’s life cycle, sales were so bad for third party games that Ubisoft had to cut back on the number of releases for the platform, and even sat on a certain title until Nintendo installed a larger user base for the Wii U, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot told Polygon.
“We did adapt the number of products to the level of quantities that the machine did. So we will have Just Dance again, which is well suited for the machine. We’ll have Watch Dogs. We have another couple of products that we are waiting to launch, specifically we have one game that we wait for the machine to be more mass market to launch.”
It’s been 8 months since that announcement, and not a lot has changed. Third party and Ubisoft games still hit the Wii U at a trickle. We do, however, now have some information on that mystery Wii U title that Guillemot teased, including its title: Know Your Friends (via Nintendo World Report).
“Know Your Friends is a quirky party/quiz game that features local and online multiplayer. The Wii U exclusive was focused on using the GamePad in interesting ways, mostly playing on social interactions. One question, according to Unseen 64, has each player arrange one another on the GamePad based on who is most likely to invite the others over for dinner.”
“It features a goofy papercraft art style that is akin to Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Each player is represented by a 2D papercraft person that, thanks to the GamePad’s camera, has their face mapped to the in-game character.”
The Wii U game has also, apparently, been completed for over a year, and even has an ESRB rating. All that Ubisoft seems to be waiting for is for the sales on the Wii U to pick up. In recent months, the sales have definitely picked up, but is it enough for Ubisoft? It’s hard to say. Back when they pulled support, Guillemot said, “We don’t have a number. We need the sales to increase so it becomes more and more mass market then we will have the volume that will justify massive marketing and TV marketing.”
What do you think? Was much lost from not releasing Know Your Friends? Do you expect we’ll be seeing it hit the Wii U anytime soon? Let us know your thoughts!
[Image Credit: Nintendo World Report]