Before Rayman helped define the 90s with his edgy lack of limbs and colourful French spirit, he was originally conceived by Michel Ancel as the star of a Super Nintendo adventure. Now the prototype for this canned platformer has been unearthed and released by Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap creative director Omar Cornut.
Ubisoft has been so busy porting Rayman 2, it's a wonder the publisher has any time left to spend on new Rayman games. Since 1999, this game has appeared everywhere – the N64 and Dreamcast, the PlayStation and PlayStation 2, the iPhone and iPad, PSN... And, most relevantly, the original DS.
Rayman 3D is the same game again, but in 3D. It seems a bit rich that this is not pointed out anywhere on the box or in the game itself. It does look a lot better than the 2005 DS iteration. It is purportedly sourced from Dreamcast version as opposed to the N64 game, and the circle pad makes controlling our hero a less torturous experience.
Other than that it's the same game again, relying on the endurance of 12 year-old mechanics and environment layouts.
15 games will be available to buy for the Nintendo 3DS when it launches in the UK on 25th March.
Four Ubisoft-created Nintendo 3DS games will launch on the same day as the console: 25th March.
They are Rayman 3D, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow Wars, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell and Asphalt 3D.
Splinter Cell is a remake of Chaos Theory. Rayman 3D is a remake of Rayman 2. Asphalt is a 3D version of the iPhone game. And Shadow Wars is a turn-based strategy game from X-COM creator Julian Gollop, who Eurogamer interviewed in November last year.