Wii U losing exclusives already in 2013

By Alan Ng - Feb 8, 2013

What is going on with the Wii U at the moment we wonder? Hours after informing you about Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge releasing on the PS3 and Xbox 360, it appears the same thing has happened with another game that was once thought to be a Wii U exclusive only. The highly anticipated Rayman Legends game from Ubisoft has now become a multiplatform game, releasing on Wii U, PS3 and Xbox 360 at the same time later on in the year.

Ninja Gaiden jumping ship was bad news for Nintendo, but you can argue that this is much worse. This is due to the fact that Rayman Legends was actually supposed to release on the Wii U as a launch title at the end of last year. It didn’t happen though due to whatever reasons Ubisoft needed and instead of releasing at the end of February with a new release schedule, that idea has now been scrapped altogether too.

It appears that Ubisoft has had a major decision to make, as Rayman Legends now has a simultaneous release across all platforms in September. It means that the Wii U has lost two third-party exclusives in the space of a few days, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the same thing happens to Bayonetta 2 in the future as well.

Nintendo had said at the launch of their Wii U that a big focus would be placed on securing more third-party game support than what we had seen with the original Wii. Black Ops 2 and Assassin’s Creed 3 were great examples of this, but now it looks like the picture has changed drastically and Nintendo will obviously need to get back to work to secure more exclusives throughout the year.

If you are a Wii U owner and expected Rayman Legends to stay exclusive to your console, what is your reaction to the news of the game going multiplatform? Expect more information on the game soon.

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