Nintendo animation looks like they spent exactly five minutes on each character:
While Ubisoft’s characters look like they are sculpted by the freaking gods:
So freaking yes, it IS actually harder and more time consuming for Ubisoft to go back and animate a female character. BECAUSE THEY MAKE REALLY GOOD ANIMATIONS.
Do not go freaking comparing Nintendo’s animations with Ubisoft’s. They don’t even make the same kind of games—not even close! Just because Nintendo can poop out six million characters per game does NOT mean they are quality made or that another company should be expected to do the same.
And just so we are clear: I like Nintendo. I think they make good games. But I’m pretty sure their animation quality should not be the standard set for other video game companies. If you want to make an argument for why Ubisoft didn’t include female characters, you are going to have to do better.