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Rayman Legends graphically stunning, Wii U exclusivity fears

We have seen some mesmerizing tech demos at E3 showing the next-generation of gaming graphics potential, but for some users, all it takes is a simple 2D platformer with a tried and tested formula to put a smile on your face.

The new Rayman Legends game for the Nintendo Wii U definitely falls into that category and we’re pleased to say that following on from the brilliant Rayman Origins – it looks even better from a visual point of view.

Ubisoft generously showed off a decent portion of the upcoming game at E3 and we now have the key gameplay from that reveal for you below. If you played Rayman Origins, it’s essentially more of the same stuff although there is now a much bigger emphasis on teamwork as playing together and activating certain features in levels will determine the total number of lums at the end of each level.

Unsurprisingly, Rayman Legends will also feature some unique functionality on the Wii U touchscreen controller. For example, you can swipe the touchscreen to perform co-op moves and solve certain puzzles in advance to make the gameplay for the player using the TV, more easier. Watch at 1.00 into the video to see the gameplay effortlessly switch from 2D to semi-3D and further on in the video we get a confirmation from Ubisoft that the game will support a five-player co-op mode – the video shown here only displays two players for the moment.

Since Rayman Origins released on Xbox 360 and PS3, the obvious question that console owners are asking now, is whether Rayman Legends will be coming to other platforms as well. Right now, Ubisoft are only showing the Wii U version so it is still up in the air on whether Nintendo has a timed-exclusive release on this, or if Ubisoft will announce in the coming weeks that it will launch simultaneously on other platforms too.

Although it would be fantastic if this ends up a Nintendo Wii U exclusive, we have a feeling that Ubisoft won’t be able to resist bringing the game to other platforms. Rayman seems to be back in everyone’s good books at the moment, especially PS Vita owners who are currently loving the gorgeous port of Origins.

Take a look at the gameplay below and let us know your early impressions of the game. Five player co-op is a massive feature for us, but will this be possible on other platforms as well?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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