Rayman Legends has just been re-released for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 with uncompressed textures, but Digital Foundry believes that the Wii U version of the game is the definitive one. The publication simply says that the game was built from the ground up on the Wii U taking full advantage of the system’s GamePad. Therefore the Wii U delivers the experience that the developers originally intended.
All of which leads us up to an interesting conclusion. Despite the enormous leap in power the new consoles represent, in our opinion it’s the Wii U version of Rayman Legends that remains the definitive edition of the game, with the title taking advantage of the GamePad’s unique features in ways that genuinely add variety and more fun to the gameplay. Let’s not forget that while this game may have been ported to a vast range of different hardware platforms, it started out life as a Wii U exclusive, built around the unique capabilities of the system. Indeed, it’s the Nintendo console that offers the experience that the developers originally intended for the game, before the last-minute switch to a multi-platform release
Nintendo has slashed the price of Ubisoft’s Rayman Legends this week on the European eShop. Fans of the limbless character who have yet to pick up his latest adventure can purchase it on the Wii U for a cracking £23.99 or €29.99 from November 21. Reduced in a permanent price drop from £36.99/ €44.99, Rayman Legends received positive reviews across the board, with Digital Foundry claiming the Wii U edition was the “definitive version” by using “GamePad-exclusive mechanics that are well thought out”. Sales for the game, however, were not quite up to scratch as it didn’t reach predicted expectations. Will you be purchasing Rayman Legends for the Wii U at the new reduced price?
Ubisoft’s Rayman Legends has not been the most profitable of the company’s games in Europe and North America. But sources say that it’s not even hitting the target sales mark in Japan either, with less than 1,500 copies sold in its first week on the Wii U. Last week’s Media Create sales revealed that the feisty Rayman couldn’t even climb into the top 30, and with sales of only 1,435 copies, we now know why. Dengeki Online’s data, however, ended on October 20, just three days after the game’s release in Japan, but nevertheless it’s still a disappointing run for the limbless character.
Ubisoft revealed during a conference call that both Rayman Legends and Splinter Cell Blacklist had lower sales than the company had originally anticipated. Splinter Cell Blacklist sold poorly on the Wii U during August and reportedly sold less than 10k during its first month on Nintendo’s latest platform. In total, Splinter Cell Blacklist sold 300k across all platforms. Rayman Legends sold the most units on Wii U, but that didn’t stop the game from doing poorly across all systems.
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Ubisoft executive Alain Corre was asked whether or not the critically acclaimed Rayman Legends would come to the Nintendo 3DS as it has been released on a multitude of platforms. Corre said that a Nintendo 3DS version of Rayman Legends shouldn’t be ruled out, but he did say that it would take time to downsize the game on the portable.
“When you look at Rayman Legends you see it’s a very big game with a lot of levels. The graphics in 2D are also second-to-none. So, it takes time to squeeze everything and downsize it onto other formats But we’re not ruling anything out for that format [the 3DS]. We can’t say anything more for the moment, but we can’t rule the format out. The 3DS is a big success, it’s selling a lot of machines in a lot of countries and if we consider a franchise, game or gameplay style that can be developed for it, we’ll consider it.”
Ubisoft’s lavish platformer has already dropped down to £20.99 on popular online retailer, Amazon UK. The price drop follows news that the Wii U version of the highly regarded game has completely dropped out of the UK individual formats charts, with only the Xbox 360 version clinging onto number forty. Will you be purchasing Rayman Legends at this price point?
This week’s UK charts serve up a poor meal for all Nintendo platforms this week as they are pushed out of the top 10 entirely. Rayman Legends on the Wii U slips from number 14 to 20 in the individual charts, with the Xbox 360 version holding firm at number 18, two places above last week’s best-selling version.
For the Nintendo 3DS, Animal Crossing: New Leaf is still looking peachy at number 16 in the all-formats and number 13 in the individual, while Luigi’s Mansion 2 continues to scare off the competition at 34. The Wii’s Disney Infinity version is still selling well though, placing in the individual at 14. You can take a look at the top 10 all-format chart below, or in full, here. The individual charts can be viewed in full, here.
- Saints Row IV
- Rome: Total War II
- Diablo III
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist
- Disney Infinity
- Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
- Payday 2
- Killzone: Mercenary
- Rayman Legends
- Farming Simulator 2013
Nintendo has released an accolades trailer for Rayman Legends. Ubisoft’s platformer has received very positive reviews from most publications, according to Metacritic. Giant Bomb awarded it with a perfect score and compared it to its predecessor, saying: “everything you loved about Rayman Origins is polished to a glistening sheen in this tremendously fun platformer.” USgamer, meanwhile, gave it a 2.5/5 and said it “needs more polish to be truly entertaining.” Rayman Legends is available now on multiple platforms, including Wii U.
The free Rayman Legends Challenges App is no longer being supported by Ubisoft as of yesterday, September 4th. The app, which was released last April and was exclusive to Wii U owners, contained weekly and daily challenges that earned players trophies based on their performance. To continue playing the challenges, you must purchase the full game, which launched a couple days ago in the Nintendo eShop and at retail. Rayman Legends costs $59.99.
Tech analysis site Digital Foundry has compared the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U versions of the recently released Rayman Legends. The publication says that the Wii U version of the game is the definitive version as imagined by its creators, and does so by introducing GamePad-exclusive mechanics that are well thought out and that never feel like cheap gimmicks. However, Digital Foundry says that the game is an outstanding release on all platforms, with the modified Wii U gameplay mechanics mostly come off as a complete success on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
“Overall, it’s clear that the Wii U offers up the definitive version of the game as imagined by its creators, and does so by introducing GamePad-exclusive mechanics that are well thought out and that never feel like cheap gimmicks. But at the same time Rayman Legends is an outstanding release on all platforms, and an essential purchase regardless of which format you happen to own. The modified Wii U gameplay mechanics mostly come off as a complete success on the 360, PS3 and PC, and the increased focus on more traditional Rayman gameplay in these sections makes for an equally compelling alternative, if not the preferred choice for the more traditionalist gamer not that keen on touchscreen or motion-based gameplay features.”