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Ubisoft talks about sticking with Nintendo through thick and thin, working with the StarFox license, and tiptoes around Mario + Rabbids 2 questions

Fans of Nintendo know that the Big N and Ubisoft have been pretty friendly with one another for years now, and that appreciation only seems to grow. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot sat down with GameSpot to talk about their relationship with Nintendo, working with the StarFox brand, and dodge questions about Mario + Rabbids getting a sequel.

On the Nintendo/Ubisoft relationship

It's a long-term relationship, so we've been working with them on all the machines they launched, and so from the beginning of the Wii to the Wii U, Switch, we were always there with them, and so we have been working closely while it was going out, when it was more difficult, so we are real partners that are happy to work together, and that helps a lot. We like what they do also. We are big fans of what Mr. Miyamoto and his team is creating, so that helps the creators at Ubisoft to work with the Nintendo teams because they learn so much.

On working with the StarFox brand

It's never ... it's always ... you know, when you work with the brands of another publisher, it's never easy, because you really have to understand the spirit of it, you have to really bring something that can help that to continue to grow. So it's not easy, but as we know each other well, they are confident that we can really bring high quality experiences, so that helps.

On the potential for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle 2

[Laughs] I can't give you an answer yet.

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Yeah. Got Mario vs Rabbs and some exclusive content to Starlink. Thick and thin, eh? I bet, and very much hope, we'll see a lot more support from Platinum.

I'm hoping for a port of some kind of Assassin's Creed game, I've never played them and would like to try them.

It's a long-term relationship, so we've been working with them on all the machines they launched, and so from the beginning of the Wii to the Wii U, Switch, we were always there with them, and so we have been working closely while it was going out, when it was more difficult, so we are real partners that are happy to work together, and that helps a lot.

Haha, no. You bailed on the Wii U like everyone else. Once you saw the sales weren't so great Rayman Legends and ZombiU were suddenly no longer exclusives and you even had a fully completed game that you refused to release at all. So, yeah, I guess from a business standpoint it made sense to not waste time and money on Wii U games anymore, but you don't have to lie about it. Don't act like one of those friends that is gonna be there forever but in reality you'll only be there on the times you can get something out of it.

Thick and Thin my ass. They are sticking with Nintendo when they get to use Nintendo's properties because that means an automatic hit for them.

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