Ubisoft recently laid claim to title of most successful third-party developer for the Kinect, and they’re looking to do it again with the 3DS. The publisher has announced its lineup for Nintendo’s upcoming 3D handheld, and it includes a whopping eight titles set for release within the first half of 2011.
“Ubisoft is a leader in developing innovative content for Nintendo platforms and we’re thrilled to continue that tradition, offering numerous titles for all audiences out of the gate for the Nintendo 3DS,” said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer at Ubisoft. “Ubisoft’s creative teams have developed a rich and diverse line-up of games that take advantage of the amazing innovations that Nintendo has designed with its new handheld platform.”
Developed by Gameloft and published by Ubisoft, Asphalt 3D brings all the excitement and speed of the Asphalt franchise to stereoscopic 3D, featuring more than 40 licensed vehicles, 17 exotic track locations and complete StreetPass™ functionality.
Combat of Giants Dinosaurs 3D
This 3D take on the popular kids’ franchise mixes exploration and customization with real-time combats. Players ages 7 to 10-years old will be immersed into a cataclysmic universe and live the ultimate 3D fighting experience.
The first and exclusive action driving game on the Nintendo 3DS that lets the player experience the intensity and brutality of urban car chases in 3D. Players will embody the Driver series hero John Tanner and use the accelerometer to unleash their urban driving skills.
James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes
A brand new intellectual property developed exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS, James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes makes the player the main character in a mind-twisting puzzle adventure taking place in an interactive 3D world, with 150 puzzles and mind games to solve.
Rabbids Travel in Time
Rabbids are bwaaaaaack and this time they have an infallible plan to invade the human world: conquer history in their first platform adventure developed exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.
One of the most popular franchises of all time lands on Nintendo 3DS with an outstanding platform experience that will take advantage of the Nintendo 3DS specifications with impressive graphics, stunning 3D effects and full use of the Circle Pad. An adaptation of the acclaimed Rayman 2 original game on Dreamcast, Rayman 3D will feature major updates on key game play elements such as accessibility, progression and learning curve.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars
The first tactical, turn-based Ghost Recon game, featuring eye-popping 3D cut scenes and in-game effects, deep team management options and a 1vs1 multiplayer mode on the same console.
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D
Sam Fisher is back in this masterpiece of the stealth/action genre, mixing the tension and realism that makes the essence of the franchise with unprecedented immersion and accessibility thanks to the stereoscopic 3D and innovative controls of the Nintendo 3DS.
Unfortunately, most of these are ports of pre-existing titles or games that no one would want to play anyway, 3D or not. Ubisoft’s shotgun approach to peripheral/console launches may work out for their bottomline, but it only tarnishes their company’s brand appeal.
Let’s hope Capcom and EA take a more quality over quantity route.