A drought of new games and next-gen hype from Sony and Microsoft have probably put a damper on Wii U sales following the holiday 2012. But things could turn around for the Wii U once more software is released for the console. According to Ubisoft’s Xavier Poix, Rayman Legends is expected to be a big system seller for the Wii U.
‘Selling a new way to play can take time, but we expect Rayman to be huge system seller’
Poix explains in a recent interview with Games Industry that new console adoption takes time, and especially when selling a “new way to play”. “Selling a new way of playing can take some time and we know the power of the brands from Nintendo and we know from the fans that the majority of what will be the system sellers are not yet available. On our side, Rayman will be one of them for sure. We really expect Rayman to be a huge system seller on the console.”
It’s a been a rough couple of months for those that bought a Wii U at launch. The devout have only seen a handful of games that take advantage of the Wii U GamePad, and nothing from Nintendo outside of the recently released and well reviewed Lego City Undercover. More importantly though, the big franchises from Nintendo are almost non-existent on the console. Outside New Super Mario Bros and Nintendoland, fans who bought a Wii U hoping for a classic Nintendo experience have been lacking content sorely.
Hopefully this starts to turn around in the back-end of 2013, and if Poix’s predictions come true, Nintendo might have a puncher’s chance against the next-gen onslaught from Sony and Microsoft.