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CEO also expects Xbox 360, PS3 support to wither away in 2015.

 

Nintendo consoles have long been decried by many gamers as "kiddie" systems that don't feature enough games targeted at adults. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot offered some support and explanation for that state of affairs recently, telling Game Informer that family focused titles are the only ones selling on the Wii U.

 
"It?s very simple. What we see is that Nintendo customers don?t buy Assassin?s Creed," Guillemot said in a recent interview with Game Informer. "Last year, we sold in very small numbers."
 
Apparently, that line of thinking extends past the Assassin's Creed series, as well. While Guillemot said that a long-delayed version of Watch Dogs will still be coming to Wii U, "it will be the only mature game we publish on it."
 
You'd be forgiven for thinking that the low-sales criticism could be applied to almost all third-party software released for the Wii U so far, Mature-rated or not. But Guillemot says that isn't necessarily true. "What we see is that [Wii U owners] are very interested in Just Dance, very interested by other kinds of games," he said. "So what we are trying to do is to focus more on the types of games they are interested in." Still, with Wii U sales representing only 3 percent of Ubisoft's total business in the last fiscal year, even those "non-mature" Wii U games probably won't be much of a focus for the company.
 
Elsewhere in the interview, Guillemot said he was surprised by how quickly gamers have adopted the Xbox One and PS4 as their new consoles of choice and how that uptake speed could mean less focus on the last generation of consoles relatively soon. "What we see is that this year is still fine for the PS3 and 360, but next year because they are selling very quickly, we?ll move to the new hardware,? Guillemot said. "After 2015, it will be hard for us to create games for those [older] systems."

 

 
 
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