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Ubisoft Goes Out on a Limb to Bring Rayman Origins to Wii

Posted by James Newton

Old no-arms is back

Last year at E3, Ubisoft announced a new 2D platformer starring the hair-helicopter himself, Rayman. Called Rayman Origins, the game was originally only supposed to see the light of day on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Store, but after a long period of silence it's been revealed the game is heading to retail — and Wii.

After several retailers leaked the game's box art, a Ubisoft representative to Dutch website that Rayman Origins is indeed a retail game for the Wii.

Here's the HD trailer from last year's E3 that got Rayman fans into a spin in the first place. Expect to hear more at Ubisoft's pre-E3 press conference on 6th June.

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FonistofCruxis said:

This is awesome news but if this is still a downloadable game on other consoles than the wii version should be budget priced.



Raylax said:

inb4 "Wii version is a special retelling of Rayman 2"

Edit: Much as I'm delighted to see a Rayman game on a Nintendo console that's not Rayman 2 or a Rabbid-infested minigame collection, I'd be more excited to see what else Ubisoft could use the framework for. My cynical side let out a little groan when, after showing us the original hyper-creative things that could be done with it, Ubi decided (cynical side adds: more like Ubisoft's marketing department and shareholders decided) the best way forward would be to cast aside original concepts and go with TEH RAYMANZ. Not really digging the 'wacky' sense of humour either that seems largely derived from mid-2000s Flash animations, but willing to put that down to the crap narrator.



moosa said:

LoL Sushi shush. This game really looks phenomenal. It actually reminds me of Fancy Pants Adventures...



Scribbler said:

Retail or not, I'm just thrilled that this game is still going to happen. After hearing about all the layoffs at UbiSoft, I was getting a little worried.

Yeah, would've liked to have seen something brand-new, myself, but 1) best to test the unfamiliar on something more familiar and 2) it's a new 2D Rayman game. I mean, come on! And the "wacky" humor and art style really doesn't seem to out-of-place if you've ever played the original Rayman. The "epic" style didn't start happening until Rayman 2: The Great Escape.

I can't wait.



bro2dragons said:

I'm really digging the art style. Loving that much of it. It does look like good fun. The one thing that concerns me, though, is that if this is actual gameplay, it looks REALLY loose for a 2D platformer. The cave-like segment shown at 1:47, especially to me looks like there're some iffy collisions going on, both with the grabbing of the plant ledge and the punching of the baddies... but we'll see.



WolfRamHeart said:

Great move on Ubisoft's part. Now everyone will be able to play this game regardless of what console they own.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@bro2dragons: Keep in mind that the video you just watched is almost a year old. I'm sure they've touched up the collision issues by now.

Wasn't this originally supposed to be an episodic game? And, as I recall, the first episode was meant to release late last year. So I guess now they've decided to just put the whole thing together, kind of like what WayForward did with Risky's Revenge? That's cool with me, I suppose...I just want it to be done and released already?



Kid_A said:

YES! Game Informer did a preview of it this month, and it looks stunning.



speshalmon said:

Between this, Dragon Quest Collection, Skyward Sword, The Last Story, Pandora's Tower and Xenoblade I might have to wait a while to get Project Cafe just because the Wii isn't dead.



Popyman said:

Finally, a real Rayman game on a console he has been long overdue to appear on. And oh my God, that is like the best box art of all time.



TheBaconator said:

This is one of those games that I think is much better suited for HD consoles, but hey it is nice to have an option.



moosa said:

@ballkirby1 I don't see why. The Wii is perfectly capable of 2D graphics. Screen resolution is a lot less important for 2D rendered games.



WaveGhoul said:

Hell ya, if it's anything simular to the original Rayman on the PS1, than I'm totaly down. Hopefully it turns out as good as it looks.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Kid_A: Thanks for the reminder...I hadn't read that article yet. I noticed that at the time of printing, GameInformer was apparently NOT aware that the game was also coming to Wii. They did confirm my thoughts on the game design, was originally going to be episodic on PSN and XBLA, but they decided during development that it was better to do a retail release.

I also learned that the game has 4-player multiplayer that looks HEAVILY inspired (enough to count as "ripped off") by NSMBW. Rayman, Globox, and two random Teensies, all having the same abilities (however the heck THAT'S supposed to work) can even go into a "ghost" mode that sounds pretty much exactly like the bubble mode from NSMBW. So I guess anyone who enjoyed that will like this, but I'm sure some will complain.



TheBaconator said:

I own a lot of 2D hand drawn Wii games, (pretty much all the ones bro2dragon mentioned) but I played one one the 360 (having a brain-fart trying to remember which) and the colors really pop and everything runs so smoothly comparatively speaking. It really isn't a big difference, but I personally prefer these types of games on the HD consoles, because I think 2D animation is one of the few things that look better in HD. (Which is why I'm still waiting for Spirited Away to come to blu-ray)



bboy2970 said:

That sounds cool that Ubisoft isn't just shafting the Wii. We need some good releases to fleash out the rest of the year. I was a bit confused by the article though. Is it coming to XBLA and PSN and Wii retail or is it retail for all 3 platforms?



Rathe said:

Rayman is one of the most challenging platformers I've ever played. Really looking forward to this one.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@bboy: The GameInformer article makes it clear that it's now a retail release on all platforms. As I said before, they didn't know about the Wii version at the time, but Ancel confirmed it's now a retail game, so that definitely includes PS3 and 360.



Henmii said:

Cool, it's coming to Wii! That's very good news! Nice box-art. I wonder though: Is it still coming to xbla and Ps-store? I just want to know out of curiousity!



Vinsanity said:

It's a shame it looks so terrible. Wanna make a new 2D Rayman? Awesome. Wanna turn Rayman and Globox into complete morons? Not welcome. Actually, Globox is not welcome anyway - he's always been stupid.

sigh It feels like an eternity since Rayman was awesome with games like Rayman Forever and Rayman the Great Escape (to this day, it seriously may be the best 3D platformer of all time behind Mario Galaxy). Heck, even the Game Boy Advance 2D Raymans were great. But this? Looks totally, completely, wretched.

The Ubi-Art GDK, though, looks impressive as heck! I can't wait for that thing to get released. Hurry up and rush out this turd Rayman game so we can get our hands on that, Ubi Soft!



Vinsanity said:

@Henmii. Nope. Ubi Soft said this thing switched to retail for all platforms, so you'll have to pick this up on either a DVD or a Blu-Ray, mans.



Gameday said:

Smack that all on the floor , smack that give me some mo... Looks pretty koo tho and im not a rayman fan...



2-D said:

That's made my day. This is going to be something special



Henmii said:


Okay, so that means they have ditched the whole several episodes they where going for. Hopefully this means a more robust game!

I bet this makes Rayman fans very happy! It was heart-breaking for them to see a new Rayman game getting dumped on the download-systems, while through the years the market got flooded with Rabbids games (all on discs). This move (putting it on disc) gives at least the impression that Ubisoft still cares a little about Rayman!



Henmii said:

"Hell, yeah! And bring the two classic versions to the VC already!"

They could bring the N64 version of Rayman 2 to the VC (when Nintendo actually starts caring about the N64 section). Otherwise they could bring Rayman 2 and 1 to wiiware. They could also include Rayman 1 into "origins" as a unlockable! Who knows!

Whatever may happen: If there isn't a better option for me (concerning Rayman 1), I'll just go for the dsiware version of Rayman 1 (when I have a 3DS).

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