There's a leaked trailer currently making the rounds online for Rayman Legends, a sequel to 2011's excellent Rayman Origins that is now confirmed for the Wii U. Game confirmation and first actual console footage all in one shot. Let's back up a bit first.
It all started when Fusible spotted a Ubisoft domain registration for RaymanLegends.com and Rayman-Legends.com on April 26, 2012. The title had been floating around, but this registration was the first sign that it was anything more than a concept. Less than 24 hours later -- also known as "this morning" -- a trailer leaked online showing off a two-minute chunk of the Wii U game and its features.
As is often the case with leaks like this, steps are being taken by Ubi to see that all traces of the video are removed from the Internet. This being the Internet, of course, that's not exactly an easy task. The embed here comes from Gamekult (via Joystiq); watch it while you still can.
Just in case you get here and it's already gone, let's talk a little about what's in the trailer. The big news of course is that it's the most extensive look we've gotten so far at actual Wii U in-game footage. It looks like a 2D HD console game should, which is to say just lovely. Lots of enemies and action on the screen, detailed moving backgrounds. Cool stuff.
You also get to see a little bit of what's going on with the platform-specific features. At one point, three people play the game using horizontally oriented Wii Remotes while a fourth wields the Wii U's tablet controller, using the touch screen to manipulate platforms on the screen.
Perhaps even more exciting is seeing the tablet controller's near field communication capabilities in action. Think Skylanders. You put an action figure down on the touch screen and that item then appears in the game. You get to see a little bit of a Rabbid in the game and it's also suggested that you can do the same with an Ezio action figure (from the Assassin's Creed 2 trilogy).
Hopefully you get to see all of this for yourself, as it looks pretty neat. Let us know what you think in the comments below.