Rayman Origins could just be this holiday’s sleeper hit

When booting up the Nintendo Wii, it is a given that you won’t be getting HD visuals and huge polygon counts when compared to other gaming machines on the market. These limitations breed innovation, however, and this is shown of magnificently with Rayman Origins for Wii and 3DS.

The hand-drawn art direction that Ubisoft has taken for Rayman Origins looks rather fantastic when running on Nintendo’s little white box. Although the title will also be released on the Xbox 360 and PS3, thanks to what Ubisoft is dubbing the UbiArt Framework, the game should be a sight for sore eyes. The UbiArt Framework allows developers to take advantage of tools that allow their hand-drawn sketches to be easily added to an interactive environment. This gives the artists and designers the freedom to focus on the art rather than the technical side of game development.

I am very much excited for the prospect of playing another New Super Mario Bros.-esque title, especially one that looks as beautiful as Rayman Origins. The game is scheduled for release on November 15 in North America. Now the only remaining problem is deciding whether to pick the title up for 3DS or Wii, and finding time to play it amongst other high profile releases.

8 Responses to Rayman Origins could just be this holiday’s sleeper hit

  1. monkat says:

    I’ll probably pick up the 3DS version.

    It’s the cheapest, by a wide margin, and it’s portable. The graphics will be comparable to the Wii, so unless you really love shaking the wiimote, or consistently have a few willing people over at your place, I don’t see any reason to go for the Wii.

  2. Richard says:

    This game looks wonderful. Gaming in general can never get enough beautiful hand-drawn animation.

    If the 3DS version is as full an experience as the Wii edition, I’ll go portable on this one. Can’t wait!

  3. ModestMrGreen says:

    Really excited for this game! I started playing Rayman 1 on the PC again recently, and I really hope this game can deliver the feeling that that game does. 🙂

  4. Mohan says:

    November eh? Sweet looking forward to getting this game!

  5. garion333 says:

    The game looks sooooooo good.

  6. king_salamon says:

    3DS version for me… at least I’ll have a chance of playing it on a portable. I’m too busy at home and any time I have for consoles will put this title further down the priority list.

    I just hope that the Wii version and 3DS version are close to being the same… I don’t want a watered down version on the 3DS. I’m enjoying Rayman 3D on the 3DS…. which I need to finish come to think of it. lol

  7. EdEN says:

    Haven’t decided for what platform I’ll be buying it… but I WILL be buying it this holiday.

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