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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  • mark

    Lame wii u

  • Elem187

    “we wouldn’t be surprised if the same thing happens to Bayonetta 2 in the future as well.”
    Uhh Rayman Legends and Ninja Gaiden 3:RE are both owned by different publishers who have full control over their releases….. Bayonetta 2 is being published by Nintendo. It will never see the light of day on another console.. Whens the last time you saw Mario on a non-Nintendo console (legally) ?

    See, even if Bayonetta 2 doesn’t sell enough copies to make Nintendo back all the money they invested into the project, its still an overall profitable venture, because if it even gets 500,000 people to purchase the Wii U, those new users will go on to purchase other titles that they were looking forward to, but didn’t want to purchase a console to play them.
    And this is probably going to have to be Nintendo’s strategy going forward is to find all these niche IP’s that other publishers have decided to give up on, and sprinkle some cash on to get them released on their console to attract people to purchase the Wii U.

    • Just to play devil’s advocate, there has been one non-Nintendo release of a Mario game entitled Hotel Mario though the guys at Nintendo like to pretend that game doesn’t exist =)