'Rayman Legends' Challenge Mode Joins The Virtual Console On Wii U This Week

By Trevor Ruben , Updated Apr 22, 2013 11:38 AM EDT

Shortly after Ubisoft disappointed Wii U owners back in February with the delay of Rayman Legends in favor of a multiplatform release late this year in September, the giant publisher attempted to make amends by promising a free Challenge Mode in the six or seven month buffer zone. Nintendo announced that challenge mode is coming sometime this week, according to Gamespot.

Players will be able to choose from multiple challenge levels supported by online leaderboard, which should be updated on a daily or weekly basis, depending on the slot.

In fact, a lot is coming to the Wii U this week - a substantial system-level patch and the formal introduction of a Virtual Console were both announced during last week's Nintendo Direct. The patch, among other things, should slow down those application-hopping load times significantly.

Rayman Legends is the 2D side-scroller platformer follow-up to 2011's Rayman Origins, a reboot for the limbless hero. Ubisoft said in addition to the free challenge mode, according to IGN, at least 30 new levels and some more bosses were being added to the eventual PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U simultaneous release. Ubisoft hasn't announced a release for the PS4 or any unannounced next-gen consoles (cough).

Any Wii U owner connected to the internet is going to have a surprising amount of things to do real soon, contrary to most other weeks since the game's launch. Well, unless that Wii U owner bought Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, but chances are he or she hasn't seen the light of day and won't have the emotional or physical means to actual find an article on the internet.

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