Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Pre-E3: Sneak Peek of Wii Party Mini Games

We all know that Pre-E3 week is absolutely terrible, because everything gets leaked. Sometimes leaks can be a good thing, like when Nintendo leaks out some mini-games for their party game called Wii Party. Here are some of the games that will be in the game:

Wanwan Karutao
Your Wiimotes make an animal sound. Players have to grab the Wiimote that makes the sound that matches the on-screen animal.

Sensitive Bomb
A hot potato-like game using the Wiimote. The catch is, you need to gently pass the device to the next person, as it will explode if it shakes too much. An on-screen indicator shows how much the Wiimote is shaking.

Remote Control Hide and Seek
This simple idea seems to be causing the greatest stir on Japanese message boards. One player hides his Wiimote somewhere in the room. The Wii makes the Wiimote emit a sound every 10 seconds. The other players have to try to find the Wiimote.

High Speed Bob Sled
Two players cooperate to control a bob sled, holding the Wiimote horizontally and timing their right and left tilts.

Balloon Coaster
A shooting game where two players aim and fire at balloons while riding a roller coaster.

Trap Adventure
A side scrolling game where players cooperate to clear seesaws and other traps as they advance to a goal.

Rear Battle
An overhead game set on a maze of tracks. Players are in carts which automatically move forward. You have to navigate the tracks to get behind opponents and ram into them.

Splash Boat
A two player cooperative game where players control opposite oars of a boat and attempt to navigate down an obstacle-filled river.

Barrel Hurdle
A competitive game where you run to the goal, jumping over incoming barrels by shaking the Wiimote fiercely.

I think that Wii Party is going to sell extremely well, and the casual audience will definitely pick it up and love it to death. Wii Party will be hitting stores in Japan on July 8th, 2010. No dates were announced for North America/Europe, but I expect to see Wii Party this November/December.

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