Nintendo developed and published titles aside, the Wii U might have just snagged its first killer exclusive. Rayman Legends, Ubisoft’s follow-up to the well-received return of the limbless platformer, has been confirmed to be exclusive to Nintendo’s next-gen console. That means no Xbox 360 release and no PS3 release.
This doesn’t come as a complete shock considering the abundance of Wii-pad specific content we’ve been seeing for the game, but there was still a widely held belief that Rayman Legends would be multiplatform.
Playing the game at E3 2012, while fun, left most saying that they couldn’t wait to see the stunning visuals rendered using their 360 or PS3, and to trade the Wii U pro controller for a more ergonomically sound gamepad. That’s not going to be the case however, as a trailer teased and then Ubisoft confirmed that Rayman Legends will find its home on the Wii U only.
That isn’t to say a port of the title to other platforms isn’t in the cards, but apparently some sort of deal was struck between Ubisoft and Nintendo that gives them the rights to put Legends on their console first, for hopefully a predetermined amount of time. Ubisoft was, after all, the only developer to feature the Wii U during their press conference, and even joined Reggie Fils-Aime on stage to show off ZombiU, their new Wii U centric survival horror shooter.
Even the Wii U touch pad controller has ostensibly been copied by both Microsoft, with Smart Glass, and Sony, with the Vita. Who’s to say that the largely touch-specific controls couldn’t be replicated on either a Vita or a Smart Glass ready device? Maybe Nintendo caught wind of those innovations and snatched up an exclusive deal with Ubisoft in the hopes of capturing a few hardcore gamers.
Nintendo‘s E3 2012 press conference was sorely lacking in the intriguing title category, but an announcement like Rayman Legends as a Wii U exclusive would have definitely caught our eye. It wouldn’t have been enough to justify a $250-$350 console, but would have moved some units.
How do you feel about Rayman Legends being a Wii U exclusive? Does this change your feeling about picking Nintendo’s console up at launch?
Rayman Legends should be out by Holiday 2012 for the Wii U.