The Rayman Legends Challenges App is now available to download from the Wii U eShop in North America and Europe. New challenges will be added daily and weekly until the full game hits store shelves later this year. It supports single-player and co-op, along with leaderboards.
Here's an excerpt from the press release:
April 25th, 2013 — Today, Ubisoft announced that Nintendo Wii U™ owners can now download the Rayman Legends Challenges application on the Nintendo e-Shop for free. Players will be able to experience the Online Challenges Mode through the release of the complete Rayman Legends game. Rayman Legends will be available on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Nintendo Wii U™ on August 30th.
The Wii U exclusive Online Challenges App is a totally free application containing the Online Challenges Mode of Rayman Legends. In this game mode players will find updated Daily and Weekly Challenges to compete online with their friends and players from all around the world!
The Online Challenges Mode includes:
-A crazy run through the Land of the Livid Dead,- Dizzying descent into the Neverending Pit,- A fast and frantic sprint through the Infinite Tower,- A synchronized adventure through Murfy’s Dungeon, a challenge dedicated to the Wii U GamePad where one player controls as Murfy on the touch screen while another controls one of the classic characters such as Rayman.
There's more good news as well: Ubisoft has announced that Rayman Legends will released slightly earlier than expected. It will be available in Europe on August 30th, and in North America on September 3rd, two weeks before the release dates given earlier.
While the Wii U version's release was delayed to coincide with the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, it sounds like the wait will be worth it. The development team has taken advantage of the extra time and added 30 levels to extend the game, and several new bosses will appear as well.