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Ubisoft's Wii U plans include Uplay support, selling full retail games on eShop

While Nintendo still hasn't fully detailed the workings of the Wii U's online network and store, speaking with Polygon earlier this week, the president of Ubisoft said his company plans to support both.

The Nintendo Network, first revealed by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata days ago, will support third-party networks.

Ubisoft president Yves Guillemot said that the company's goal is to have their Uplay online service on Wii U sometime after launch.

"We hope to have a good connection with their systems because Nintendo has been very open to us and allowed us to use our systems to communicate with our customers," Guillemot said.

Uplay is Ubisoft's digital distribution, multiplayer and achievement tracking system tied to all of the publisher's games.

Guillemot said they hope that Wii U gamers will be able to play Ubisoft's games and then use the service to see all the achievements they've earned and what other Ubisoft games they play, across all systems.

Currently, Ubisoft has eight titles already lined up for the Wii U including ZombiU, Assassin's Creed 3 and Rayman Legends.

In the interview Guillemot also said that Ubisoft will likely start selling their full, retail games as downloadable titles in the Wii U's eShop as soon as Nintendo supports the option.

"It's a good system," he said. "As soon as it's possible, we will do it. "

Guillemot said the the ability to purchase a full retail game without leaving your home may not be a perfect match for everyone, but that it's something some people are asking for.

In April, Iwata announced that Nintendo would in August begin selling full retail release games as both packaged games at retail stores and as digital downloads in the Nintendo eShop. He said at the time that a "majority" of future Nintendo-published Wii U and 3DS games would be sold the same way.

But the details of what will be available for purchase on the Wii U's eShop at launch remains a mystery. A bulk of the Wii U's online support will come to the console in a launch day patch, Nintendo has said.

Ubisoft officials are also in discussions with retailers about selling download codes for full retail games in physical stores as well.

"It's something we are discussing with the different retailers because we think sometimes when people go to the shop they want to get information on what game to buy and also how to play it and so on," he said. "So the retailers are really bringing something that can help them sell the right games so they have a good experience."

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