Half-truths. Excuses. Lies. All these have no merit with me and all these describe the pitiful response to why Rayman Legends is no longer exclusive to the Wii U or being released for another 6 months. I want to put a quote from Xavier Poix, managing director of, among other things, Rayman Legends developer Montpellier. Here it is for you to see per a conversation with IGN;
“When we saw all the comments when we announced the game would be focused on Wii U, all of the people that have both the PlayStation 3 and 360 were really disappointed,” Poix told IGN. “So we thought it was making more sense to also bring the game to where it was originally from. That means Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. So we decided to go for a multiplatform launch simultaneously.”
Don't you think Xbox 360 fans would love to have God of War Ascension or PS3 fans to have Halo 4? It goes without saying that when a game is given exclusivity people will be sad. That is the idea as it is supposed to lure you to the particular system it is on. That is why Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo put down millions of dollars to secure these titles. It just sickens me that this would be the excuse they gave for delaying one of the only exciting games coming out for the Wii U.
I must say before I continue with my rant that I understand the decision, at least part of it. The Wii U does not understand its identity and Nintendo can't seem to convey its benefits to the masses which results in sales that aren't up to expectations. The PS3 and Xbox 360 have a much higher penetration rate and can potentially make them a lot of money. What I don't understand, however, is why they won't just release the Wii U version? This version was supposed to be a launch window title and with a demo being released about a month or two ago and a release date of February 26th, 2013, it can't be that far from being completed. That is, unless some unknown issue is happening behind the scenes.
I just sometimes wish people would be honest or not say anything at all.
After their Nintendo Direct announcing the Mario, Smash Brothers and Zelda games I really started to feel good about this system. It finally had the promise and titles to deliver on that promise. Then this happened, and who knows what will be next?
It feels a whole lot like the PlayStation Vita, a great piece of hardware with great potential, but with no one willing to realize it. It's also starting to feel like the Wii, one of the greatest dust collectors I have ever owned.
I want to believe in the Wii U, I really do. I enjoy it and am having a great time with what is available, it just scares me when news like this comes out and each time it gets harder and harder for me to believe. The worst part? It's not like this news is that surprising or, sadly, will be the last disappointing news regarding this system.
Ubisoft, like I said, I understand the decision. I don't understand why you feel the need to penalize those of us who have been anticipating this game and may have even purchased a system for it. I don't understand why you feel the need to make an excuse and one that is so meaningless at that.
Nintendo, support this system. Don't let it die a slow painful death. Get the message out there, get the titles in place, and secure your exclusives. Without any of those this console, which already has an up-hill battle against the upcoming Sony and Microsoft consoles, will have no hope at all.
For now, I still believe. For now, I will continue to support and enjoy my Wii U and look forward to great games from Nintendo and third-party developers. That's the thing about it though, isn't it? It's only for now.
What do you all think? Is the Wii U destined to fail? Will it pull a miraculous recovery like it's brother the 3DS? Do you believe or have you given up hope?
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