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Sonic Boom isn't this week's only Wii U bomber. The Wii U version of Watch Dogs has performed so badly in the UK that it failed to outsell launch title FIFA 13.

Watch Dogs limped in at No.14 in this week's single-format Wii U charts, one position behind EA Sports' two-year old FIFA 13.

The game finally launched on Wii U last Friday, six months after its debut on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Sales figures for the Wii U version have yet to be announced.

Expect Watch Dogs' sales to be the final nail in the coffin for Ubisoft's venture into adult titles on Wii U. Earlier in the year, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that Watch Dogs would be the publisher's last M-rated title on the platform.

"It's very simple," he said. "What we see is that Nintendo customers don't buy Assassin's Creed. Last year, we sold in very small numbers... What we see is that they are very interested in Just Dance, very interested by other kinds of game. So what we are trying to do is to focus more on the types of games they are interested in."

With sales like this, who can blame them?

Source: GfK Chart-Track

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Gwhite

the average age of a wii u owner is about 29 to 30 nintendo gets this data from their star points system not from console sales. every time you register a game a question pops up asking who bought the game, their age and primarily who's bought the console in the first place and why.
its not that the game did badly due demographic the problem ubisoft released the game 6 months later and they are not putting out the same DLC they did it to themselves.
Posted 14:45 on 26 November 2014
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RFK87

just... lol
Posted 19:24 on 25 November 2014
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Cynric_Cyning

That's a shame; I was really hoping that Ubisoft: Open World Game #12 would sell well so that we could see Ubisoft: Open World Game #15b ported to Wii U next year.
Posted 16:54 on 25 November 2014

BrySkye@ Neon-Soldier32

Console production? That'll still be a few years. Nintendo have never ended production before a successor is available.

As most of us have been agreeing, this farce has little to do with the console itself and more the circumstances of how Ubisoft have handled it.
Bayonetta 2 entered the UK multi-format charts at 7, so it's not just about a lack of Wii U's or Wii U gamers having no interest in an PEGI 18 game.

Mario Kart 8 is still hanging in there at 29 in the UK charts.
That's higher than the much more recent Drive Club (granted, there's still big problems there) or the multi-format and very well received Alien: Isolation.
Posted 14:10 on 25 November 2014

Neon-Soldier32

I'm glad that Ubi released it on Wii U. Only for this headline, mind. Anyone want to take a bet on when Wii U production will stop?
Posted 13:56 on 25 November 2014
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GamerWho

Like the Watch Dogs situation is Wii U owners fault. Maybe if this lazy port of a known mediocre game came out sooner not at full price and any other week than Smash Bros. It might have fared better. Ubisoft just wanted to justify dropping Wii U support. They probably need all their devs fixing the game breaking bugs for their games on the 'supported' systems.
Posted 07:32 on 25 November 2014

BrySkye@ LD_Donkey_Kong

These are UK charts. SSB isn't released here until Friday the 28th, the week after Watchdogs.
Still close, but not the same day.
Posted 16:41 on 24 November 2014
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LD_Donkey_Kong

"Why don't our mature titles sell on the Wii U?" Ubisoft executives asked themselves about a game which received mediocre reviews on other consoles six months ago, and is launching with no notable new features on the Wii U on the same day as Super Smash Bros. What can the problem be?
Posted 15:50 on 24 November 2014
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MJTH

Not only did they release Watchdogs 6 months after the they released the game on other platforms. Not only did they release it for full price when you can get the game heavily discounted for other platforms. Not only was there nearly no promotion for the game what so ever. Not only did they release the game to the Wii U in NOVEMBER, the month where the biggest triple A games come out for all platforms. The month where no one is going to give a ***** about a re-release of a game, when there are loads of newer games available. But they released watchdogs the week before Super Smash Bros. The week before the biggest Wii U game of year is released!!

Now I'm not saying that there isn't an air of truth to the idea that Wii U owners are less interested in games like Watchdogs, then owners of the other platforms. The Wii U is very much a platform to own in conjunction with either one of the two other next gen consoles or a gaming PC. However there is so much evidence saying that the odds were (almost intentionally) stacked against Watchdogs for Wii U's favour.
Posted 15:27 on 24 November 2014

pblive

SO, release a game on a format 6 months late without telling anyone and then complain that it was the console's fault it didn't sell? Nice.
Posted 13:46 on 24 November 2014
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dav2612

As with Sonic Boom, I can't say I've seen any promotion for this game other than on than it arriving on the Wii U eShop.
Posted 13:34 on 24 November 2014

BrySkye

"With sales like this, who can blame them?"

Everyone. What the **** should anyone expect when you launch a game 6 months later than technically superior versions on other formats onto a system with a smaller install base to begin with?

One has to imagine there was some kind of contract or deal in place, since Ubi quite plainly didn't care in the least about the Wii U version and would have cancelled it in a heartbeat.

Now let's be a bit objective in me claiming that.
Let's remember that Ubisoft said the delay was to fully utilise the Wii U Gamepad.
So what does it do? A map. A map and off-screen play.
Wow. Really deep integration there.
Mario Kart 8 makes more use of the gamepad!
It has a map, off-screen play AND you can use it to beep your horn.

Let's face it, most of the people who have a Wii U have another console as well. It failed to get into the casual market and has ultimately only sold to people who either know their gaming *****, or are hardcore Nintendo fans (and know their gaming *****).
Basically people who wanted to play Watchdogs already have and by many accounts, its not such a mind blowing game that people would want to buy it again.
The Wii U version is far from the definitive version of Watchdogs. It never could have been.
Under the circumstances, it should have failed. Which it has.

But there is a hell of a lot more reasons why its failed than just being a mature Wii U game.

Plus, you know, next gen GTA5.
Posted 12:37 on 24 November 2014
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aidey6@ BombaLuigi

Very true, you can pick up a 2nd hand copy on PS4 for £15.00 on the amazon marketplace.

It should have been released within a month or so of the PS3 / 360 versions. I commend Ubisoft for actually releasing a high profile title on the Wii U but they got the timing so wrong, sadly..
Posted 12:37 on 24 November 2014

BombaLuigi

No *****. Releasing it so long after every other Console and while you can get it cheaper on every other Console dosn't work so well.
Posted 12:21 on 24 November 2014

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Release Date: 21/11/2014
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
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