news\ Apr 27, 2012 at 10:13 am

Rayman Legends Wii U trailer teases Skylanders-esque technology

Coming off news that Ubisoft has registered domain names for Rayman Legends, a new trailer for the presumed sequel to 2011's profitable Ryaman Origins has leaked online offering players a first look at the game. 

Aside from our first extensive actual look at Wii U in-game footage, the trailer reveals much, much more - like how the Wii U will use the rumored NFC technology, or the same tech found in Activision's popular Skylanders game.  Nintendo President Saturo Iwata, back in January, said NFC functionality will be used in the Wii U, but spoke of it being used with credit cards to enable easier direct payments.  This is the first time we've seen it being used with a Wii U game.

In the trailer you can see four players enjoying the 2D platformer; it features lots of enemies and action, detailed moving backgrounds, and remarkable visuals.  It also gives you a look at some of platform-specific features that will be used with the Wii U.  You can see three people playing the game using the original Wii Remotes while a fourth players holds the Wii U's tablet controller, using the touch screen to manipulate platforms on screen.

It gets better.  Soon after, the players uses the tablet controller's near field communication capabilities.  Like the Skylanders technology, the players puts an action figure on the touch screen and it appears in the game.  The player places a heart on the screen and it heals his character.

Wait!  There is more!  At the end of the video, an Ezio (from Assassin's Creed) action figure is shown hinting that this NFC technology will apply to other Wii U games - or at least ones created by Ubisoft.  Given the fact that Ubisoft is positioning itself to be the leading third party publisher on the Wii U, it shouldn't come as a surprise that two Ubisoft games are being played to show off the power of the Wii U.  Earlier this month, Ubisoft VP of sales and marketing, Tony Key, announced the company has "big plans for the Wii U".  So far, his words ring true.


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