Nintendo reveals Wii Party, jumps on own bandwagon

In the years since Wii rocketed to console superstardom, we've seen an alarming increase in motion-controlled party games. This glut of shovelware tossed the word "party" around so much it started to lose all meaning, and on top of the games being mostly shit, this has led to a general fear and revulsion to anything on Wii with "party" in the title.

Above: Plenty more where this came from

That hasn't stopped Nintendo from announcing Wii Party, which is slated to be the company's next big "Wii Something" title during the next fiscal year. This family of titles includes nothing but hits, ranging from pack-ins like Wii Sports and now Wii Sports Resort, to Wii Fit, Wii Play and Wii Music.

Above: Get ready to lean and/or balance!

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata called out Mario Party 8 as a blueprint for Wii Party, saying he hoped to recapture the appeal that drove the game to sell more than seven million units worldwide. We'd argue that Mario had something to do with it, and excising him and his supporting cast in favor of Miis could actually hurt its chances.

Above: Take your Mii on a global party walkabout

Then again, all our negative associations with "party" haven't prevented each and every one of those budget waggle-fests from raking in the dough, so Nintendo's totally in the right to put its official stamp on the genre. Let's just hope this isn't the biggest thing it has to show at E3 next month - we're still expecting more on that mysterious Zelda, after all.


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  • guiarherodrummer1998 - August 19, 2010 4:35 p.m.

    wow... they didn't even TRY to hide the fact that it was the same game as MP8. Without the flare of MP8, how will this succeed?
  • CH3BURASHKA - May 9, 2010 5:50 a.m.

    palm -> face
  • NanoElite666 - May 9, 2010 2:08 a.m.

    Gah! It's like some sort of paradox!
  • EnragedTortoise1 - May 8, 2010 7:16 p.m.

    Gah, who needs Starfox, Mario, Zelda, or F-Zero? We've got WII PARTY, BITCH! Stick it up your ass, Nintendo. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY???!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!!!!? *end fanboy anger spasm* Dammit, Nintendo? Seriously? FUCKING SERIOUSLY? *burns Reggie effigy*
  • SimOniS - May 8, 2010 7:12 a.m.

    Mario Karty !
  • Tenfey - May 8, 2010 5:39 a.m.

    The thing about the Wii that saddens me the most (other than PARTY GAEMZ!1!!) is that the 5 or 6 good first party Nintendo games will remain at full price until 2068.
  • Cyberninja - May 8, 2010 12:31 a.m.

    i am not supprised might be fun since nintendo is making it
  • BlueCroup - May 7, 2010 10:57 p.m.

    I swear theres a gas leak in the nintendo creative department
  • BUFFshagwell - May 7, 2010 9:46 p.m.

    Are you fucking serious wii party thats all they can come up with
  • JackSkellingtonsSkin - May 7, 2010 9:33 p.m.

    I wanted Wii Paint:(
  • crumbdunky - May 7, 2010 9:28 p.m.

    Just to echo the worries here-if they moved both SMG2 AND Other M to the summer to leave the way to the holidays open to/for THIS I'm going to explode! Surely Zelda HAS to come this Xmas with absolutely no comparable core-esque title on the cards for that time slot from the big N? Surely they cannot do this to us? Fair enough these titles make money from the taste challenged but Zelda is loved by practically any and everyone who ever picked up a controller/Wiimote to play one of the games. Isn't two huge selling games(and one likely to be critically fawned over to boot)better than just the one load of Ninty approved waggle ware.The sad thing is, these days, would you put it past them? Our saving grace is possibly going to be the luke warm pick up rate from 3rd party devs on the M+ front. With this in mind maybe Nintendo will want to show the way in the face of Move and Natal moving onto their patch, maybe?
  • Imgema - May 7, 2010 9:28 p.m.

    WII PARTY! Because, who needs a new epic Zelda, F-Zero, Kid Ikarus or Starfox? Who knows, maybe we are lucky and they also announce a Wii music sequel! MEGATON!
  • shadowarrior99 - May 7, 2010 8:46 p.m.

    Can't they be more innovative? Although they do have Mario Galaxy, Metroid Other M, the 3DS, Mario Kart, Animal Crossing, they mainly have games that have been cliched over one million times already. They need to focus on their games, GAMES!
  • garnsr - May 7, 2010 8:37 p.m.

    Wii Party is simultaneously the most bizarre concept, and one that seems like it obviously already came out several years ago, didn't it? Very odd. I sure hope Move or Natal can get some actual games, and not just get sucked into this quagmire.
  • TURbo - May 7, 2010 8:36 p.m.

    This isn't TalkRadar 100.
  • OnyxOblivion - May 7, 2010 8:30 p.m.

    Sorry for the double-comment, Brett, but what are your opinions on Sin & Punishment 2?
  • OnyxOblivion - May 7, 2010 8:29 p.m.

    Oh, how the mighty have fallen. It's bad when I'm more excited for anything SEGA puts on the Wii than Nintendo.
  • db1331 - May 7, 2010 8:04 p.m.

    If this game is Nintendo's big reveal for E3 and they don't show anything good about the motion plus Zelda, I am going to die inside. This sums up how I would feel about it perfectly, and it cracks me up every time:
  • 510BrotherPanda - May 7, 2010 7:55 p.m.

    My take on it its that Nintendo has been slowly sinking into the tar pit since Iwata became their boss. I miss the times with Hiroshi Yamauchi, the one on top when Nintendo became the king of the 80's and 90's.
  • Felixthecat - May 7, 2010 7:47 p.m.

    My heart sank when I read about this. It's all about the money with Nintendo, they're the same as any other company now.

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