Rayman Legends Revelation – Great For Most Gamers, Terrible For Wii U Owners
Ubisoft have decided to release the title on the PS3 and Xbox360, with the Wii U version – previously set for sale later this month – now delayed considerably to coincide with the launch on those other platforms.
For most gamers, this news will come as an absolute delight. After all, the game’s predecessor Rayman Origins was a sublime, fun-filled creation that has to rank as one of the finest 2D platformers of all-time – with our writers among countless others to proclaim it one of the Games of the Year back in 2011.
Already PS3 and Xbox360 owners are buzzing at the knowledge that they too will get their hands on Ubisoft’s terrific-looking sequel, without having to fork out for a whole new console to do so.
However, the news has understandably gone down less well with Wii U owners. And with good reason.
Rayman Legends was generally regarded as a major coup for Nintendo’s new console, with some seeing the exclusive-as-was as the jewel in the crown of the Wii U’s initial line-up. Indeed, the fixture of Rayman Legends on the Wii U’s calendar was no doubt enough to sway a significant number of gamers into purchasing the console when they might otherwise not have done.
And yet, other system-selling exclusives on the Wii U remain conspicuous by their absence, and it is this fact that will make the substantial delay of Legends – and its availability on other platforms – a bitter pill for many Wii U buyers to swallow.
The bulk of the console’s current picks consists of ports of major Triple A titles that have long been available elsewhere, with unique experiences such as survival-horror gem ZombiU incredibly thin on the ground.
With such a sparse availability of major exclusives then, Rayman Legends was a crucial entry in the Wii U landscape, and one that would have quite rightly given Wii U owners a certain amount of satisfaction in their decision to snap up Nintendo’s new platform at launch.
But now that Legends has been pulled from the schedule and announced for other consoles just a few weeks before its planned release, I wouldn’t be surprised if Nintendo have some very dissatisfied customers on their hands.