Feature: Rayman Raving Rabbids

To start off I must say I am a Rabbids fan. It all start few months ago when I bought my first retail game, Rayman Raving Rabbids (RRR). I regretted at first because it was expensive – $72, but soon after I played the game I was converted, like how the Defend your Castle barbarians were. Now I scream like a Rabbid when I drop my handphone, hit my neighbour’s pet dog like holding a plunger and look at my wife with round Rabbid eyes. This is how serious the Rabbids infection got into my subconsciousness.

Allow me to talk about the Rayman franchise. Rayman games had never been very popular among the masses. As a mascot, Rayman looks boring and ugly. The platformer games look uninspiring and ordinary. The real breakthrough came in Nov 2006 with the release of RRR on Wii. The game matches perfectly with Wii’s motion control and IR technology and the Wiimote as the ideal tool of destruction. The raving rabbids looks so original and crazily cute (although some of my friends said they are ugly), they are the perfect icons of a crazy party game.

So Ubisoft’s faith in the Wii by making RRR as a launch game paid off very well. RRR became a 3rd party million seller on the Wii within a year. This is good news for a publisher because by end 2007, Wii is still notorious for not selling 3rd party games. The high sales of course convinced Ubisoft to create a sequel, with the mascot of the game shifted from Rayman to the Rabbids. It is also released exclusively to Nintendo platforms. With a different development team, however, the sequel feels very different from the original game. RRR 2 is much more multiplayer oriented and lost its campaign mode. Many hardcore fans therefore complained that RRR 2 is mindless and less challenging (and less difficult) than RRR 1. Nevertheless, RRR 2 was able to sell 1 million in less than 6 months.

Now for a fact: RRR 1 was the most MO-ed game by GameFrontz, having gone through 6 MOs. One reason, of course, is due to the budget price – $49. It is still selling briskly.

What can we expect from RRR 3? My take is that this game will follow after RRR 2 with a return of the RRR 1 campaign mode. 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One Response to Feature: Rayman Raving Rabbids

  1. deathscythe says:

    BAAAAAAAAAA *plunger in mouth*

    RRR rox.

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