When Nintendo first unveiled Wii U, Ubisoft was one of their strongest supporters. However, when it became apparent that Nintendo’s first HD console would only sell a fraction of the units its predecessor sold (13.02 million Wii U sales vs. 101.63 million Wii sales at the last count), Ubisoft pulled most of its support, and many key titles skipped the console. Nintendo will be aiming to avoid running into similar problems with their next console, NX, and early indications from Ubisoft are extremely positive.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has praised NX several times in the past, calling it “really great” and “a fantastic machine,” while stating that his company will support the console. He has also expressed his beliefs that NX will attract more casual gamers to the industry and that Nintendo has learned from the Wii U.
Guillemot expressed optimism for NX once again today, perhaps giving it his strongest endorsement yet in a meeting with stockholders. Journalist Chloé Woitier reports that Guillemot told the company’s investors that he expects Nintendo to be “back in the race” thanks to NX. Guillemot didn’t outline any specific sales projection, but he’s expecting it to have a bigger impact than Wii U.
Note: The image used here is a fan-made mock-up and not an official image of Nintendo’s NX.