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Released on 08/10/2010
The Whole Family Stars in its Own Electronic Board Game
Most video games require players to focus their attention on a screen. Now Nintendo brings the action into the living room with Wii Party, a game that changes the way people interact with other players. Featuring 13 different party game modes and 70+ minigames, Wii Party can be enjoyed by everyone in the family, regardless of age.
- Some of the 13 different party game modes take the fun out of the TV and into the living room. Players have to interact with one another in the real world to get the results they want in the game. Some House Party games include:
- Players place four Wii Remote™ controllers on a table. Each one emits a different animal noise. Players win the round by being the first to grab the controller that is making the sound of the animal shown on the TV.
- Players use Wii Remote controllers to play hide and go seek. One player asks the other players to leave the room and then hides all of the controllers around the living room. When the other players return, they have to find them.
- Wii Party features Mii™ characters in minigames in which up to four people can play together. Each player uses only the Wii Remote controller. Some of the party game modes are cooperative, such as “Balance Boat.” Others are competitive, such as “Board Game Island.”
- In Board Game Island mode, players help their Mii characters compete in more than 70 different minigames:
- Mii characters ride a rollercoaster while players try to shoot down floating
balloons containing gifts.
- Players use their Wii Remote controllers to help Mii characters navigate a virtual game of tag.
With the likes of Wii Sports and Wii Play, Nintendo's dream machine is already the party console of choice, but it looks like the platform holder might have another crowd-pleaser waiting in the wings: get ready for Wii Party.
Wii Party is apparently a multiplayer game currently in development in Japan, and was just announced during an investor presentation by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.
Iwata said, "We are developing this game with the aim to make it a marquee party game for Wii. The developers are spending significant time for this title so that they can include elements that are must-haves in a party game as well as making sure that [an] adequate volume of gameplay [is] available. We are developing it with the intent that every Wii player will be able to find a game that can be enjoyed."
Iwata then confirmed that players will be able to play the game as their Miis, and will use the Wii Remote to control them. The game will also include a mode called, "Living Party.?
"Nintendo has not launched a marquee party game since Mario Party 8, launched in summer 2007," said Iwata. "However, since Wii is usually being played by several people at once and the global sales of Mario Party have reached 7.6 million units, a party title has great potential."
There's no news yet on when we can expect Wii Party to hit UK shores.
Nintendo's Wii Party looks set to be the platform-holder's next mainstream success story as it soared into top spot in the Japanese charts this week, selling close to a quarter of a million copies in its first week of release.
The title, which comes in a solus edition, or bundled with an additional Wii remote, is a spiritual successor to the Mario Party series, with Miis replacing characters from the Mushroom Kingdom. With over 70 minigames and 13 separate modes, there's little wonder it's become a firm multiplayer favourite in the East, and it's likely to be a big success when it eventually touches down in Europe this holiday season.
In fact, it's good news all round for Nintendo at the moment, with Bioware head honcho Dr. Greg Zeschuk admitting that he was "blown away" by Nintendo's 3DS. Speaking to Eurogamer, Zeschuk suggests that the RPG giant would be interested in creating a game on 3DS, saying "we could because we've done a DS game before" - referring, of course, to the company's 2008's Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, one of the most critically-acclaimed Sonic games in recent years.
Release dates for both Wii Party and the 3DS have yet to be finalised, though the former is likely to be with us just before Christmas, with Nintendo's next portable arriving early in the New Year.
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