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Rayman Legends will be a huge system seller for Wii U - Ubisoft

Delayed game will help Nintendo shift consoles, says Xavier Poix

Ubisoft France's Xavier Poix has claimed that Rayman Legends is a game that will help Nintendo sell more Wii U consoles.

Rayman Legends may have been delayed until September so that it may be released at the same time as the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions but despite the backlash from fans, Poix has great faith in the power of Rayman.

Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, Poix said that the best is yet to come from Wii U. "Selling a new way of playing can take some time, and we know the power of the brands from Nintendo and we know from the fans that the majority of what will be the system sellers are not yet available. And on our side, Rayman will be one of them for sure. We really expect Rayman to be a huge system seller on the console."

Do you agree? Will Rayman Legends help Nintendo sell more consoles?

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  1. L_A Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 11:23

    Yeah, but no. As much as I'm looking forward to playing this (when it get a discount on the eShop), I doubt it'll have any signifcant effect on Wii U sales.

  2. K-tet Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 11:27

    If there's a Rayman Legends Wii U bundle (ala ZombiU), then perhaps. Otherwise, chances are people are just going to go with the herd mentality of the gaming media and not bother buying the Wii U (or the Wii U version), saving up otherwise for the PS4 and Nextbox (and subsequently choosing to buy the PS3/360 version of the game instead).

    At the end of the day, if the ignorant gaming media wants Nintendo's demise, the mentality of many gamers are most likely going to follow suit and echo their sentiments.

  3. AaronMclaren Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 11:38

    Once upon a time it could've been... Now though, no. Why would people buy a new console for this game when it's now going to be available on a system they most likely already own? Don't see it having a 'huge' effect on sales honestly.

  4. Waldy565 Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 12:06

    Making this multi-platform won't boost Wii U sales. Maybe throwing in MORE goodies will give some people the incentive to buy it, but most will stick with their PS360's, and I can't blame 'em. Still, I'll be getting it a) Because I only have a Wii U (well, and a Wii which my Mum uses for Zumba, and I use for Gamecube sessions) and b) I love my platformers

  5. gamerparent Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 12:10

    I think its disingenuous of them to come out and say this like they're some great saviour of the Wii U. They would have helped sell more systems in February (sorry, March) also.

  6. Komodo_Wolfgang Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 12:27

    Want someone to save the WiiU? I say

    SEND IN THE PIKMIN!

  7. King Slazo Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 13:00

    It would've been a system seller if it was exclusive (it was one of the few games that was making me consider a Wii-U), but now its multiplatform most people will pick it up for whichever system they play the most on, be it PS3 or 360.

    If there's a Rayman Legends Wii U bundle (ala ZombiU), then perhaps. Otherwise, chances are people are just going to go with the herd mentality of the gaming media and not bother buying the Wii U (or the Wii U version), saving up otherwise for the PS4 and Nextbox (and subsequently choosing to buy the PS3/360 version of the game instead).

    At the end of the day, if the ignorant gaming media wants Nintendo's demise, the mentality of many gamers are most likely going to follow suit and echo their sentiments.

    The only ignorant person is the guy who beleives that the gaming media doesn't want all consoles to succeed and do well so everybody can play great games, regardless of what platform they own. :|

  8. Shinnos Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 13:03

    If this game had been released when it was originally intended to, and exclusively on Wii U (at least for 6 months) then it may well have been a huge system seller – or at least a decent system seller – but as it is, why would someone bother to buy a new console just to play a game that is available on hardware that they already own?

    If this is released as a bundle, then perhaps it'll help sell the Wii U, but then it'll also be coming out around the same time as a number of Nintendo-owned properties that will probably be more of a selling point for the Wii U.

  9. imbusydoctorwho Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 13:05

    There's no doubt that Rayman Legends will be one of the best games on the Wii U,when it's released,and it will sell,but I just can't see it being a system seller,considering it's being released on other consoles.

  10. TheVelvetRoom Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 13:16

    I don't doubt the thing will sell well on Wii U, but it won't likely be in the top 3 platforms for the game's sales, let alone something that will sell systems. Had it remained exclusive it no doubt would have boosted Wii U sales somewhat, but nowhere near enough to justify keeping a sequel to Wii U when the vast majority of the audience who bought the previous title did so on other systems with much much larger user bases. Honestly, they should've just announced it as multi-platform from the start and hype up the Wii U exclusive features from there, then everybody would've been happy.

  11. jemm33 Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 13:31

    I apoligize for being ignorant of all the facts but it seems like really bad business sense to delay it on Wii U for 6 months if it was ready to go.
    It would have helped the console as well as their wallets and with the great reviews from wii u could have gone on to sell loads for other consoles 6 months later. I will be getting this for my Wii U but it better be amazing after the wait.

  12. danbish Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 13:40

    It should have already been a huge system seller. Thanks Ubisoft... :evil:

  13. bmc1up Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 13:41

    Fat chance, I have a Wii U but now it's going multiplat i'll be buying on xbox as it generally has games for the cheapest, and i'll most likely buy used anyway.

  14. lminett Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 14:05

    I think he meant this WOULD have been a system seller if it had come out months ago, now? I doubt it very much.

  15. OXM Joe Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 14:22
  16. Spyrolad Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 14:28

    Go away Ubi

  17. JuleyJules Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 14:31

    Had this game came out in February as planned then yes it would have been a great system seller. However, it did not. What I'd like to know is what this guy is smoking? I'd like some as it would help me with the pain of recent surgery!

  18. fatherofthenoo Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 14:32

    Is he high? A multi platform game is not going to sell a new system when almost every other gamer already owns the other systems, and can buy it for those. What Wii U needs are high quality exclusives. We don't need Assassins Creed 4, we don't need Call of Duty, etc. What we need are games to differentiate the system. Not games to show how it is the same!

    An exclusive, big budget sequel to Zombi U could probably do it. Make that Ubisoft!

  19. Coggit Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 14:33

    No it won't. For the simple reason: *IF* someone has a PS3 or 360 and wants this game, are they gonna think "You know what would be cool.... PLAYING IT ON THE WII U!!!!" and then rush out and buy a £200+ console for this game when they already have it on the 360? Of course not.

  20. K-tet Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 14:40

    It would've been a system seller if it was exclusive (it was one of the few games that was making me consider a Wii-U), but now its multiplatform most people will pick it up for whichever system they play the most on, be it PS3 or 360.

    If there's a Rayman Legends Wii U bundle (ala ZombiU), then perhaps. Otherwise, chances are people are just going to go with the herd mentality of the gaming media and not bother buying the Wii U (or the Wii U version), saving up otherwise for the PS4 and Nextbox (and subsequently choosing to buy the PS3/360 version of the game instead).

    At the end of the day, if the ignorant gaming media wants Nintendo's demise, the mentality of many gamers are most likely going to follow suit and echo their sentiments.

    The only ignorant person is the guy who beleives that the gaming media doesn't want all consoles to succeed and do well so everybody can play great games, regardless of what platform they own. :|


    Ironic really when certain big gaming media sites and their members are overplaying the 'Nintendo is Doomed' card, even going as far as to saying recent events are going to kill the system, which also includes the Rayman Legends scenario.

    The only ignorant person here is the one who hasn't carefully read into the entire scenario, though I'll happily eat my hat if Wii U sells a crap ton of units because of Rayman Legends. This might have been the case once upon a time, but almost certainly won't be now.

  21. ihuntermusic Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 14:45

    This article has kinda annoyed me - what are they talking about!? The game may help people decide to get a Wii U if they were already on the fence and like the look of the game but it isn't likely to shift many consoles based on people buying a console just for this game. There are too many factors to consider - do people own a console already? Will this be part of a great line up of Wii U games at the time? Etc... I think it's cheeky of them to even suggest the game will bring Nintendo so much credit when Ubisoft buggered up on their exclusive offering in the launch window! :evil:

  22. jawafour Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 14:59

    I really want to avoid buying this when it comes out; purely because of how Ubisoft acted in delaying the game from the launch window. I may compromise and wait for it to hit the bargain bucket.

    With Ram Jam's Black Betty blasting out, it reminds me of Vib Ribbon on the PlayStation. The music makes the level!

  23. Pyron12 Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 16:04

    Sorry but that is a no. Why? Because it isn't exclusive, therefore it won't help.

  24. Ganonsmurf Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 16:08

    Hahaha... Ubisoft, Ubisoft. You've got one crapload of a mess on your hands and your just making it worse.
    All comments on this post summed up : Bah Humbug

  25. GiftedGimp Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 17:10

    Possibly could help shift some extra WiiU units. Although it Rayman is now multiplatform, the WiiU will have exclusove levels and gameplay element that are only possible because of the touchpad controller, the thing is Ubisoft need to push the exclusive to WiiU content with advertising so people understand that WiiU version has got content only possible on the WiiU version.

    By that time some big name Nintendo titles should be arriving, or just about to at least, coupled with a minor pre-xmas price cut of around £50, (anymore would be unfair to early adoptors) and even tjough ps4/nextbox will be just around the corner the WiiU will have a good sales increase.
    Lets be honest, only the sony/ms fanboys are going to pay the £350-£500 price range these systems will be priced at. People are calling on a price cut on the WiiU as they did on the PsVita and 3ds even though imo they were all priced about right on launch, considering what they are capable of.

  26. Herbert_Rarr Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 18:05

    We're not swallowing your <deleted>, Ubisoft. And we're not forgiving you either. Unless you do something special for Nintendo, say, I dunno - release Assassin's Creed IV as a Wii U exclusive instead? Sound fair?

  27. Xenobladeperson Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 22:01

    How could a multiformat game possibly be system seller?

  28. Zaphod_B Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 23:19

    Oh, Ubisoft.
    After ZombiU, how much fun the WiiU Rayman Legends demo was, and those announcements for Sleeping Dogs and Assassin's Creed: FRIGGIN' PIRATES on WiiU I was ready to forget your horrendous delay decision, but don't delude yourselves up in UbiTowers. By September, this won't shift WiiU's on it's strengths alone, especially if it's out on other consoles too.

    P.S. Also: if the Murphy GamePad mode is shoved into a corner in favour of more multi-format friendly play I'll...I'll do something terrible. Like not buy your game *while* drawing something horrendous happening to Rayman on Miiverse. Consider yourselves warned!

  29. IPecksU Wednesday 27th Mar 2013 at 01:50

    I'd say more like "was going to be be" a huge system seller for wii u. Past tense :P

  30. GiftedGimp Wednesday 27th Mar 2013 at 02:11

    All those saying "I'm boycotting Rayman/Ubisoft" for god sake grow up!

    So what the game has been delayed when there wasn't any need. But its not the first game to have been delayed for no reason, Gears Of War 3 was delayed by over 6 months just so it would release during a time that is optimal for sales is just one example and no-one boycotted that.
    Yes Rayman has gone Multiplatform, so what, thats buisness sense from a 3rd party publisher yet due to no other console having a touch controller it's going to have its own exclusive gameplay and levels.

    Ubisoft have released more games for the WiiU than any other 3rd party publisher, by all accounts they seem to be keeping a strong WiiU supportive release schedule for the future. They definatley have more games scheduled for release on WiiU than any other 3rd party publisher.

  31. DIC Wednesday 27th Mar 2013 at 04:11

    Slight delusions of grandeur there methinks!!!!!

  32. Spyrolad Wednesday 27th Mar 2013 at 20:18

    All those saying "I'm boycotting Rayman/Ubisoft" for god sake grow up!

    So what the game has been delayed when there wasn't any need. But its not the first game to have been delayed for no reason, Gears Of War 3 was delayed by over 6 months just so it would release during a time that is optimal for sales is just one example and no-one boycotted that.
    Yes Rayman has gone Multiplatform, so what, thats buisness sense from a 3rd party publisher yet due to no other console having a touch controller it's going to have its own exclusive gameplay and levels.

    Ubisoft have released more games for the WiiU than any other 3rd party publisher, by all accounts they seem to be keeping a strong WiiU supportive release schedule for the future. They definatley have more games scheduled for release on WiiU than any other 3rd party publisher.

    If we don't make a stand now this kind of thing will become the norm.

  33. NintendofanAlec Wednesday 3rd Apr 2013 at 18:50

    Haha... ok just keep telling yourself that ubisoft, what ever helps you sleep at night

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