The Wii U version of Rayman Legends has outsold its Xbox 360, PS3 and PC counterparts in its first week of sale.
According to official figures provided by sales monitor ChartTrack, sales of the Wii U version of Rayman Legends accounted for 45 per cent of all copies of the game sold – meaning that it nearly matched all other system sales combined.
In comparison, 35 per cent of copies sold were the Xbox 360 edition, with the PS3 and PC versions covering 24 per cent and one per cent of sales respectively. For now, ChartTrack data only counts for the physical sales of games, which clouds the full picture and explains the particularly low turnout for the PC edition.
All sales combined were not enough to get Rayman Legends into this week’s top five software chart, with Ubisoft having to settle for a sixth place.
Rayman Legends was originally planned as an exclusive Wii U launch day game. Despite initially confirming its release date as March 1, Ubisoft announced one month before release that the game would be multi-format, and that all versions would be released in September.
The decision to delay the Wii U version was met with criticism from some fans. Meanwhile, an alleged Ubisoft Montreal worker complained about the delay on a forum, and Rayman creator Michael Ancel was photographed with protestors seeking the game’s delay to be lifted.
Rayman Legends was released to critical acclaim late in August. CVG’s Rayman Legends review described the game as “an absolute joy to play – challenging, amusing and very, very French. Essential platforming shenanigans, and one of those rarest of beasts – a third-party game best experienced on Wii U.”
Nintendo’s Wii U has sold far below industry and internal expectations since its launch. One retailer, ASDA, has suspended stocking the system.