You want hype? You got it! Nintendo could be making some of our wishes come true. It appears that there have been some leaked pictures spreading around that Rayman is joining the Smash Bros Wii U/3DS roster. Created by Ubisoft, Rayman is a classic character who has been around since the days of the very first Playstation console. Can you imagine what this would mean if this were real? Lets figure out the possibilities.
According to sources regarding the relationship between Ubisoft and Nintendo, since E3 of 2013, Ubisoft hasn’t been able to promise Nintendo any exclusive Ubisoft games for their consoles due to lack of Wii U sales. And although we’ve recently been able to take a look at Wii U sales as of earlier this year, indicating that the company revealed that lifetime sales of its Wii U console to be 9.2 million sold units, there hasn’t been any word on anything exclusive as of yet; that includes Rayman. Ubisoft’s latest series to the Rayman franchise, “Rayman Legends“, was released on all consoles (Xbox 360, PS3 and WiiU). How does this relate to Super Smash Bros? Well, this could mean either Ubisoft wouldn’t support this movement or that they would, maybe to possibly help with Nintendo’s sales.
Yes, there’s even a shot of Rayman added into the roster right underneath Mewtwo — who is said to be officially available via DLC during the spring of 2015. This helps us believe that Rayman could likely be a DLC as well. Don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up, but this is looking pretty friggin’ convincing. Still not convinced? Well! To further increase the evidence, here’s another screenshot taken that shows Mr. Sakurai (the Director of the Super Smash Bros franchise) speaking on the Rayman trophy:
But hey, who knows. We all want someone in the next Super Smash Bros game so much that we’re willing to do anything to fool the masses to believe that it’s true. All of this could be done with some quite impressive photoshop skills. I don’t like to be a party-pooper but I also don’t like to be fooled! All we can do is wait and see how the world, including Mr. Sakurai himself, will react to this spreading around the web.
Will keep you posted, but until then, what do you think?
UPDATE: Rayman is not going to be apart of this roster. Apparently, after new sources, Artist and YouTuber “Artsy Omni” revealed that he was behind the “leaked footage” of Rayman as a playable character in Super Smash Bros for Wii U. He did this with a step-by-step video of how he went about Implementing Rayman (and even Mewtwo) into the Roster, and how he created an animated video to convince us even more! All of this was done with the use of Adobe Photoshop (I told you!) and After Effects.
Lesson of the day: Don’t believe in every leak you see!