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Watch Dogs Finally Releasing on Wii U but Should We Care?

/ Sep 13th, 2014 1 Comment

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Ubisoft announced Watch Dogs will be making its way to the Wii U on Nov. 18.

For those not keeping track, Watch Dogs released for every other platform on May 27. Of course, Ubisoft’s next big open world title was meant to release on Nov. 19, a date that likely would have made it the biggest PS4 and Xbox One launch titles.

So after an entire year (and nearly six months after everyone else), Wii U owners finally get to see what all the hype is about. That is, barring they haven’t read any reviews, bought it for another console or watched enough gameplay to be satisfied. The real question at this point is if any Nintendo fans should ultimately care.


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Should Wii U owners care about Watch Dogs’ release date announcement?

Feature-wise, Watch Dogs on Wii U may be the most rich. It doesn’t have the much-hyped exclusive missions of the PlayStation version but does contain something better with GamePad enhancements. Chicago’s dense map will be interactive on the GamePad’s screen, hopefully eliminating the minor frustration of pausing the game to search for mission objectives. Off-TV Play allows players to take Watch Dogs from the television to the GamePad. Sony’s PS4 and Vita have similar interactivity but for players who don’t have spectacular internet, the GamePad is the way to go.

Reviews would suggest that despite its promise and years of hype, Watch Dogs ultimately didn’t meet up to expectations. Minus those exclusive features, what’s going to convince players Watch Dogs on Wii U is worth it? Ubisoft has not handled it’s relationship with Nintendo players very well of late and past comments have likely soured gamers’ opinions. CEO Yves Guillemot commented that Watch Dogs will probably be the last mature game on the console since that’s not what the player base purchases, at least from them.

[adsense250itp]That lack of confidence seeps into every inch of Watch Dogs. Despite the title shattering records for Ubisoft first day sales and new IP launches, it was done without Wii U players. Development of the game is being led by Ubisoft Bucharest with Ubisoft Montreal Montreal collaborating. The game has been out six months and no videos or screenshots have been released showing what the game is like on Wii U. Except for everything that’s been seen and said about Watch Dogs so far, no one has anything to base the Wii U version off of. Will there be less NPCs walking around Chicago? Poorer framerate? Sub-par graphics?

Watch Dogs also not being the critical darling everyone thought it would be might also be a sign of hesitation. After the first few weeks of release, buzz died down for the game. The new “Bad Blood” DLC featuring T-Bone is the most significant update the game has received so far. After that, what’s left?

Wii U players won’t be lacking games to play in the same time frame that Watch Dogs will release. Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2 and even Ubisoft’s own Just Dance 2015 are coming out as well. The pedigree of Nintendo’s exclusives is without comparison and players may want to take their money elsewhere than invest in a game that just might not live up to the standards they expect.


Ben Sheene

Ben Sheene

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ben is from Kentucky where he originally began playing games (an activity he still continues to this day). With a love for writing he graduated from Centre College with a BA in English. He recently moved to California to pursue whatever future endeavors were there. A passion for music, gaming, blogging, and existing keeps him up at night and crafts him into the person he is today.
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