Skip to content

Rayman Legends’ Lead Designer: Wii U Hardware Is Powerful And We Haven’t Had Any Limitations With It

rayman_legends_screenshotIn an interview with GamesTM, Rayman Legends lead designer Michel Ancel said the Wii U hardware is powerful, and he claims that he and his team had no limitations with Nintendo’s new console. Thanks in part to the Wii U hardware, compared to Rayman Origins, Ancel said there is a lot of depth to the graphics of Wii U-exclusive Rayman Legends, which launches on February 26th in North America and March 1st in Europe.

“The hardware is powerful and we haven’t had any limitations. Visually, because we’ve had more time with the UbiArt engine, we were able to add a lot of depth to the graphics. You can especially see it in the backgrounds. There are more layers, more details; it feels more like a landscape. We’ve also done a lot with the lighting effects, both in gameplay and graphics.”

159 thoughts on “Rayman Legends’ Lead Designer: Wii U Hardware Is Powerful And We Haven’t Had Any Limitations With It”

            1. Yep, I looked at some of his comments he made on older posts. I can confirm he’s a troll. Mine as well, just get Ness back in here and we’ll have a full set.

                  1. Okay, give me actually specs… oh wait. YOU CAN’T!

                    Gearbox, Epic Games, Ubisoft and hell even Crytek are saying the Wii U is a pretty beefy machine.

                      1. Xbox 360 launch games were ports of PS2, Gamecube, and Xbox games, some of which looked worse on the 360 than their 6th gen counterparts. In fact 360 games looked like PS2 games for a long time. It wasn’t until two years after launch, when Gears of War launched, that the 360’s true power started to show. Never judge a new consoles graphics based on launch games, that is a huge mistake. Wii U uses much newer up to date tech than the 360 and PS3. This is undeniably factual.

                          1. And who confirmed that? Give me the name of a specific developer who uttered the words Wii U is no doubt weaker than current gen systems. The word anonymous is not allowed in your reply, nor does the Metro developers comment count either, as they simply commented on the CPU of “early development kits”, which by the way is only one of the Wii Us components. CPU alone does not determine the overall power of the system.

                                1. Not to mention it uses a GPU from the Radeon HD 5000 series. Even the weakest of that series destroys the GPUs inside the 360 and PS3. The PS3 and 360 can only dream of ever reaching what even the weakest of those cards can do.

                                2. You dodged my question, and repeated yourself. Read my question again, and give me a solid answer, because until you do, your argument has no proof or meaning.

                                  1. Wii u games look like shit, even compared to current gen, no need for proof to an idiot like you!

                                  2. Xbox 360 launch games looked like shit, even compared to 6th gen, no need for proof to an idiot like you.

                                    1. (reply to Robert)

                                      No, it is not a Wii U exclusive. However, what you are seeing here is the Wii U version. The developers behind this game confirmed this game for all platforms, HOWEVER, they also confirmed that this game will be greatly watered down to run on the PS3 and 360. Translation: the 360 and PS3 versions will not look this good. Now what does that tell you?

                                    2. That is not Wii U footage, it’s the same trailer as the PC version, as shown here:


                                      In fact, I don’t think anybody has footage from any console build of that game. The uploader clearly disabled comments because he knew he was lying about the platform being shown here.

                                      This is what Nintendo fans do now to prove some sort of point? Lie about footage to mislead the masses and make it seem like this is something the Wii U can pull off? Pathetic.

                                    3. Reply to Aeolus

                                      I’ll admit I was wrong in saying this is the Wii U version specifically, that was my mistake. However, my point still stands, because SlightlyMadStudios did in fact state that the Wii U version will look like this. The game will be altered to meet the specifications of the consoles architecture, but the developers stated that it will not affect the visuals. So you might as well say this is the Wii U version, because the Wii U version will, in fact, look like this. Whereas the 360 and PS3 versions have been confirmed to be watered down ports.

                                    4. Also, if you need further proof that the Wii U version will look like the trailer, here is a screenshot from the game, that displays a car with the Nintendo logo on the back fender. This brings the thought that this screenshot may actually be a screenshot from the Wii U version itself, because what are the chances you will see that logo on the PC version? Not likely. And if you ask me, that screenshot looks pretty nice.


                                      Also, Aeolus, on a side note, you really need to stop accusing people of being fanboys and writing them off because of that, just because someone disagrees with you. Your word is not the end all be all, remember that. I am not a fanboy. I admit, I do have a bias towards Nintendo. Anyone who denies their bias is just fooling themselves, as bias is natural human behavior, which is why I defend them. However, I don’t JUST play Nintendo, I go where the good games are. I have a Nintendo bias, but that doesnt make me a fanboy. And don’t get me wrong, even though I have a bias towards Nintendo, if they mess up, I will call them out on it. I posted an article a few months back giving my thoughts on why the 3DS XL was not needed, and a huge mistake to begin with. A fanboy would never say such things, so don’t assume anything of the sort when you know little to nothing about the person. Just some future advice if you actually want to be taken seriously.

                                    5. Yah…thats why the 2010 early Zelda tech demo was in 1080p 60fps and streaming constantly and it was stated the 360 and PS3 couldnt handle that. Remember that was an early 2 years ago build of Wii U. It got stronger in those 2 years. Wii U is next gen its undeniable. All though you can stay in denial. Wait till Zelda, Metroid, Starfox, F-Zero come out. Then you will see the power.

                                      1. Actually, that Tech Demo was only 720p wasn’t it? Rey, you really need to stop making up facts.

                                      2. Nintendoland is meant to look like that. No one could have pushed the wii like Nintendo did. Look how beautiful Mario galaxy 2 and skyward sword look. Nintendo will do it again with the wii u.

                                          1. Dafuq? Nintendo land is a gorgeous game, and it’s a launch title. Current Xbox 360 and PS3 game ports are identical and a little better. Shows that later in the future the jump on the current gen will be massive, giving Nintendo a chance to actually compete with next-gen hardware. Even if they destroy Nintendo in specs, there is a reason the Wii outsold Xbox360 and PS3. The unique experience you can’t get anywhere else.

                                          2. Specs wise…. Wii U is not less powerful (RAM and GPU ofc), not sure about CPU but the CPU is really not good, i mean “good” in comparsion to PS4/next Xbox (im sure they will have a much better CPU).

                                            1. ….. I’m glad I’m not the only one who found the game and the new female character to be “Rock hard penis” worthy XD

                                          3. basing how powerful a hardware on a 2d game is hardly anything to praise the wiiU for but anything to make you nintendork happy, is what Aeolus would probably :P

                                              1. I’m pretty excited about the Steambox. Probably the only reason I’ll get the PS4 is for a blu ray player, plus I’m interested in some of Sony’s IP’s xD

                                                1. I so wanna play Last of Us, currently playing FarCry 3 and in my opinion its on par with the Uncharted series, its so detail and the graphics stands out a lot..

                                                2. Actually it does, on PS3 and a Xbox 2D games still have some pixels if looked up closely but Rayman Legends for Wii U on the other hand looks like it was draw by hand and its harder to tell if it was or is pixelated which means the hardware has to be powerful and the game runs at 60 FPS, also if we look at Rayman Origins for 3DS for example we can see that it lagged like hell yet many other 2D games that where less smooth in art design could run fine on the 3DS.

                                                  So really yes, it does show the power of the Wii U, if they’d try putting Rayman Legends on PS3 and Xbox it would run at half the frames than it does on the Wii U and it would lag like hell

                                                  1. Are you kidding? Rayman Legends is almost surely going to be the best Wii U during the launch window. This games is worth $60, far more so than Milked Super Mario Bros. 87

                                                    1. I’d pick this Rayman game over ‘N’SMB U anyday. I’ve had about 3 hours of gameplay on the 3 demo levels alone.

                                                              1. “Nintendo Co. rose the most in almost four months in Osaka trading after its new Wii U home video-game console generated more revenue in the U.S. than its predecessor.

                                                                The stock climbed 5.6 percent to close at 9,070 yen, posting its biggest gain since Sept. 18.

                                                                Sales of the new console in the U.S. in the first 41 days after its Nov. 18 introduction were more than $300 million, while those of the original Wii were $270 million at the same point after release, the company said in an e-mailed statement. Nintendo has sold almost 890,000 units of the Wii U in the U.S., according to market researcher NPD Group Inc.”


                                                                  1. I see that you understand the truth, Robson Jr. I’m glad that you’ve seen the light and earn respect. There will be more hardcore games… especially games that have the overall fun factor… to come. I guarantee you that you won’t be disappointed. And BTW, thank you for your understanding. Truce…

                                                                  2. I’m laughing right now. Niintendo is gonna survive. It’s been making games since 1977. Sony? 1993. Microsoft? 2001. Suck it Johnny.

                                                                  3. LOL You are so naive. Anyone who was around during the 5th generation knows that there was plenty of downfall predictions towards Nintendo in the late 90’s due to the N64’s poor sales against the PS and the Nintendos stuborness to not praise the CD format, and instead go with the outdated cartridge format, just like when Nintendo didn’t embrace HD with the Wii.

                                                                        1. Listen up. I have decided to give Wii U a second chance. But if Nintendo blows it this time…I will leave them forever.

                                                                              1. So far, Nintendo have already released one hardcore title.. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge. Ubisoft’s ZombiU is published by Nintendo of Europe, however. Later this year, the Big N will bring in the big guns… one of them is Bayonetta 2 and the latest update for next year’s Super Smash Bros. game.

                                                                              2. Interesting. You just admitted that they were wrong about those predictions, regardless of Nintendo using a format that was outdated for 5 years at the time, as well as its poor sales compared to Playstation. Yet you claim this is Nintendos last year as a console maker due to having, what you “think” is a weak console (even though it’s not). Tell me something. Did you ever think of the Wii as an ultimate failure for lacking HD? Did the thought ever occur to you that the Wii would be Nintendos final system? If so, then you just admitted you were wrong about the Wii, so wouldn’t that mean you are probably wrong about the Wii U, since it is selling extremely well right now? Just something to think about.

                                                                                  1. That’s why you buy other consoles. I knew that the wii wasnt going to be geared hardcores. So i bought a xbox. Seriously, did you really think the wii was going to cater to hardcore fans? I mean, I like the wii and all, but theres one too many carnival games

                                                                                    1. Wii was a secondary system for hardcore Nintendo fans. It wasn’t ment to compete for the same hardcore gamer Sony & Microsoft were getting. I can see why people may not like the Wii if they’re general hardcore gamers. But if your a Nintendo fan, then I can’t see how you wouldn’t like it. It feature some of Nintendo’s most agressive 1st & 2nd party support since the SNES.

                                                                                      Sin & Punishment: Star Successor,
                                                                                      LoZ: TP & SS,
                                                                                      Mario Galaxy 1 & 2,
                                                                                      Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn,
                                                                                      Metroid Prime 3,
                                                                                      Excite games,
                                                                                      Kirby Epic Yarn & RTDL,
                                                                                      Batalion Wars 2,
                                                                                      Punch-Out!! and several others. So anybody who is a fan of Nintendo really didn’t have much reason to hate the Wii because they still got their Nintendo franchises.

                                                                                    2. And how does that make them doomed to stop console manufacturing this year? Sales are the deeming factor that weigh in on that prediction, not the appeal. also, it would be wise to not use the term “hardcore gamer” again, but there is no such thing. There are dedicated gamers, people who put many hours into a game while facing challenges, and non-dedicated gamers, people who like to spend a few minutes playing a fun easy game and then putting it down for the day. The Wii had appeal to both. Do you know how much people go ham on Super Mario Brothers to get high scores and crazy high amounts of coins?

                                                                                      1. ^this is true, lets see how hardcore you really are when you try to collect a million coins in Mario, then comes back at me with your argument..

                                                                                      2. Reply to Rich

                                                                                        I’ve actually collected about roughly 400,000 coins in NSMB 2. It’s not a million, but then again, I don’t go hardcore on Mario games too often. MH3, on the other hand, I have put hundreds of hours into just collecting materials for new armor sets that are hard as f*** to get.

                                                                                      3. They have been saying it since the SNES days, back when the Turbographix and Genesis were suppose to dominate cause of the SNES slow CPU. You know back when Sony (they made the sound processor) and Nintendo worked together.

                                                                                          1. Just because they have been around 124 years, doesn’t mean they won’t die. Sure they probably won’t die for years to come, but saying the won’t because they’ve been around 124 years is just stupid.

                                                                                          1. Still at least that’s ANOTHER developer who says the Wii U is more powerful so I’m starting to question whether the supposed “Specs” that where exposed last year are the actually specs or not.

                                                                                          1. I thought Nintendo had no money left for console manufacturing. Where did they get the money to pay Ubisoft to lie?

                                                                                              1. Tell me something, did you ever utter the words “This is Nintendos last year as a console maker” in the year of 2012? Don’t you lie to me mister.

                                                                                                  1. Even before I began working in this industry, older reporters told me tales of Doom and gloom for Nintendo during Snes and N64. When I first started I wrote about how Nintendo will blow it with releasing the DS.

                                                                                                    All these yrs later, I’m eating my words. The Nintendo DS managed to out sell the PS2 and the 3DS is selling 3x faster, then the DS. When the Wii released, I kept the Doom and gloom out of my works. Now going on 10 yrs in Game Journalism, I’ve learned never count the Big N out.

                                                                                                    BTW Nintendo wasn’t the Game Company, that lost Billions in 2012, that was Sony. Whom are looking very similar to Sega 12 years ago.

                                                                                                    1. Unlike the competition, nintendo does not have a handheld with poor sales.

                                                                                                      The 3DS alone could support Nintendo for several years.

                                                                                                      1. Sigh….. If you guys seriously still have doubts about the Wii Us power after watching this trailer, then you need to have your eyes checked. The game you are about to see has been confirmed for all HD consoles, INCLUDING Wii U. It’s also important to note that the developers behind this game have stated that the visuals you are about to see will only look this good on PC and Wii U, the 360 and PS3 versions will be greatly watered down from this. Hopefully this video puts your doubts to rest, because the Wii U is weaker rumor has to stop.

                                                                                                        1. I can’t believe you would use an unmanly game like that to demonstrate your weakling system. Toughen up Nintendo lover!!!

                                                                                                          1. So just because this game isn’t manly enough, it doesn’t count? lol Firstly, what is the definition of a manly game? I would very much like to know. Secondly, I thought the argument was Wii U is weaker than the 360 and PS3. I thought the argument was it can’t handle advanced HD graphics. Well here it is, right in your face, and your response? It’s unamly. So now you try to shift from “It’s a weak system” to “It’s not manly enough.” I believe that’s called “Sidestepping out of desperation in the face of failure”

                                                                                                                1. Be careful. You dont know what kind of skills the Japanese have… skills if you’re catching my drift. 0.0

                                                                                                                          1. Your comment is the weakest of them all, Billy the kid. You don’t know fucking shit about A) Nintendo and the innovation of making video games and systems; B) the video game industry overall; and C) Wall Street! Furthermore, your manhood has been cut of by your mother and put you in a shit infested and urine drenched basement. Nintendo Wii U have earned over $2 million worldwide by consumers. In the United States, they’ve earned $300 million… compared to the $270 million in the original Wii. This is what we call, in the words of Nintendo of America executive vice president Scott Mofitt, “Revenue Generation”.

                                                                                                                          2. Hahaha, I did laugh out loud at this, they should make that game, and another one called ‘True hardcore gamers gamer’ which is a super violent FPS with massive guns, steroid pumping muscular male characters, blood, gore, violence, explosions, women wearing very little clothes and shiny Unreal Engine 4 graphics.

                                                                                                                                  1. Unmanly? Interesting statement, especially considering that motorsports are considered one of the most male dominated sports that there are.

                                                                                                                                1. Pingback: Michel Ancel de Ubisoft: El hardware de Wii U es poderoso, no hemos tenido ninguna limitación |

                                                                                                                                2. Yawn… well it’s late, and people don’t seem to be responding to me with a decent argument. Gonna get me some shut eye now. Night

                                                                                                                                3. It’s good to hear that the Wii U has power. But it sure is a shame that it’s the first Nintendo console to have absolutely no games that I care about at the moment, and also the first Nintendo console I didn’t buy on launch (not counting the NES and SNES, which back then wasn’y my consoles). Pikmin 3 will be MY reason to buy a Wii U. If even then.

                                                                                                                                4. Why do I always sense Microsoft behind these accusations, that cause real developers to back the Wii U’s real power? Let’s face it, if then PS4 releases at the same time as the xbox720, the xbox shall be in trouble, due to Nintendo and Sony’s great game libraries.

                                                                                                                                5. Pingback: NewsXpress: Édition matinale du 12 janvier 2013 | Facteur Geek

                                                                                                                                  1. Love the reference!!
                                                                                                                                    And IKR?
                                                                                                                                    I’m going back to Miiverse to have REAL gaming conversations. Just wanted to get out to see what was new.
                                                                                                                                    Just more troll shit all over.

                                                                                                                                  1. It dosnt matter if game is 2d 3d a console will show some limmitations in his game development at some point look at rayman origins it has horrible loading.

                                                                                                                                    1. Origins didn’t have horrible loading. Maybe it did on the PS3 but only because the PS3 has a shit disc read speed

                                                                                                                                  2. What these guys said is not completely credible. If a developer wants to sell you his game he won’t trash talk the system. If it is powerful or not depends on the way you see it. Powerful compared to what? Phones? Other consoles? PCs? Toasters?

                                                                                                                                    And the Wii was a failure not financial but game wise. NINTENDO’S GAMES WEREN’T BETTER THE THIRDS. 2 Mario’s, 2 Metroid’s and 1 Zelda aren’t better than Skyrim, GTA, Far Cry, Crysis, Dead Space, Sonic Generations, Need for Speed and some others. It’s not like they are no competition for Nintendo games.

                                                                                                                                    1. Do you even know of Nintendo’s other franchises/games? Like Smash Bros. Fire Emblem, Batalion Wars, Sin & Punishment, Xenoblade, Batalion Wars, Punch-Out!!, Donkey Kong Country, Kirby, Pikmin

                                                                                                                                  3. There is one problem I have with Nintendo. They want the people who play games like Fear, Call of Duty and all.of this stuff on the Wii U. But I can’t understand why Nintendo has to make the Wii U user interface so extremely colorful and adorable and rainbowish.

                                                                                                                                      1. …..No
                                                                                                                                        I don’t say that it has to be super brutal and that the Miis have to run around with chainsaws and kill each other or whenever I select a game that there has to be a nuclear explosion. Just make it neutral like the gamecube was.

                                                                                                                                      2. You forgot about blood and gore. It’s true, theyellowcat… the Wii U does have the most definitive games that your favorite console pales in comparison. Call of Duty: Black Ops II, FIFA Soccer 13, Trine 2: Director’s Cut, Aliens: Colonial Marines, and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge.

                                                                                                                                        You need to stop kissing 4A Games’ ass and try playing games on the Wii U. The more we see developers take full advantage of the Wii U’s GPU (GPGPU at the maximum point), the better we get to see and play them.

                                                                                                                                    1. I know one thing Wii didn’t disappointing me because IDGAF about graphics i rather have excellent game-play. SSBB was the top fighting game of 5 years, Skyward sword made tons, new super mario bros sold a ton out of a ton. Graphics don’t have far to go and Nintendo knows that in about 20 years counsels will reach peak graphic capability (because we don’t want scary realistic graphics in shooting games, and hack and slash games!!!!) Nintendo has worked best in game-play and if the other counsels don’t get that they need to make unique systems in a couple gens to make money then there going to die because graphics are not going to improve allot anymore and ya need to get over it. Wiiu is a great idea and has potential but nobody is giving it time to reach its potential so before you rage the wiiu about being weak…. LOOK AT BAYONNETA 2. -_-

                                                                                                                                    2. Okay I know were arguing about graphics and shit, but real talk, Look at Globox his EYES BOUNCE OFF HIS HEAD NOW IS THAT AMAZING OR WHAT?

                                                                                                                                    3. Pingback: GDC Conference 2013: Rayman Reinvented | My Nintendo News

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: