Surprise Ubisoft Sale Arrives on Wii U eShop in North America
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Should be codenamed "Operation Rayman Appeasement"
There's certainly been a lot of fiery outrage around the web and here on Nintendo Life in the past week, with Ubisoft being a target following its delay of Rayman Legends on Wii U — implemented in order to accommodate a simultaneous release on Xbox 360 and PS3. Wii U owners excited about the game have been exceptionally vocal, petitions have been raised and there were even pictures of the development team posing with a poster bemoaning the news.
Ubisoft stayed quiet on the issue until earlier today, when Rayman Legends creative director Michel Ancel and senior game designer Michael Micholic posted a video on Facebook to confirm that Wii U owners would receive an exclusive Rayman Legends online challenge mode for free in April, a download for all on the eShop. That gesture makes any prospect of the full game coming back to its original release particularly unlikely, but a free download that could represent plenty of content is an offering that could please many.
Somewhat coincidentally — or not, we suspect — it's now been confirmed that six retail Ubisoft titles on Wii U have now had their prices cut 30% in a one week promotion on the North American eShop. The following games are reduced until 26th February.
ZombiU — $41.99 (was $59.99)
Assassin's Creed III — $41.99 (was $59.99)
Just Dance 4 — $34.99 (was $49.99)
Rabbids Land — $34.99 (was $49.99)
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013 — $34.99 (was $49.99)
ESPN Sports Connection — $34.99 (was $49.99)
At the time of writing no equivalent offers are available in the European Wii U eShop. So, North Americans, do any of these price reductions tempt you into a retail download, and do you think this is part of ongoing Rayman Legends damage limitation? Let us know in the comments below.