Outside of Nintendo developed games like Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart, the Wii U doesn't have many exclusives. One of the few is Ubisoft's Zombi U. The game was released exclusively for the Wii U as a launch title in 2012, but Ubisoft has now announced the game will no longer be Nintendo exclusive.
Zombi U, now rebranded as Zombi, will be ported to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on Aug. 18 via digital download. The game takes place in a zombie infested London, where players take on the role of a number of different characters in their quest to survive the apocalypse.
To call the release of Zombi U on other platforms a major loss for Nintendo's console is a bit of a stretch, but it was one of the few, exclusive third-party games on the console that was worth checking out. Zombi U uses the Wii U's tablet controller extensively, allowing players to scan environments and perform actions like lockpicking via the second screen. It is also the method by which players manage their inventory. While performing actions on the tablet, the normally first-person survival horror game would switch to the third-person, during which the player character would be completely vulnerable to attack from the zombie hordes.
How Zombi U deals with death also helps it stand apart from other zombie titles. When the player character dies, they become another character and start from scratch. However, players can go hunt down their now zombified former self in order to pick up that character's equipment.
It's at this point unclear how Zombi for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC will incorporate the Wii U version's tablet functionality. Ubisoft has released a new trailer for the port, but none of the tablet activities are depicted. You can check out the game in-action below.
After the release of Zombi U and the long-delayed Wii U port of Watch Dogs, Ubisoft has elected to steer clear of Nintendo's console aside from annual releases of the Just Dance franchise. Considering that even Nintendo is soon to abandon the Wii U in favor of their new codename "NX" console, perhaps that's for the best. Nintendo recently announced the Wii U has surpassed the 10 million units sold mark.