Announced at Ubisoft’s Pre-E3 2012 Press Conference, the game is played using a conjunction of one person on the Wii U GamePad tablet controller, stepping in the shoes of a lil green floating guy, and another player who uses the standard, newly revealed Xbox 360 style Wii U Controller Pro to control the land-based character. With this setup, the tablet player is able to smoothly, quickly, and easily move his character anywhere on the game screen, and then swipe the touchscreen on the Wii U GamePad Controller with their fingers to interact with the environment, defeat enemies and solve puzzles; helping his partner to clear the way.
If they want to, up to five players can jump into the game and play co-op at the same time using any combination of Wii U supported controllers, be it a Wii Remote and Nunchuck or more Wii U Pro Controllers. The co-op gameplay really has to be seen to be believed, as this game uses it absolutely brilliantly, such as having the flying guy rotate a spiked platform for the other character to stand on, or cutting a horizontal taut rope with perfect timing to create swings for his partners. This is one game where co-op was built in from the beginning, and it really shows. There is not a dull moment, and the tablet controlled character is anything but an afterthought, becoming central in everything that is going on and must be accomplished onscreen. This is true cooperative play in the truest sense of the word.
Here is the Wii U Rayman Legends debut gameplay trailer stage demo from Ubisoft’s E3 2012 Press Conference!