Wii’s getting a new Raving Rabbids game – further cementing the series as such a strong brand in its own right that it really ought to drop Rayman from the name altogether. The game’s unique selling point is that it’s the first game you can play entirely with your butt. We tried it – it actually works!
There’s a snowboarding segment that sees you sit down on a Wii Fitness Board and lean left and right to steer your Rabbid, who is sliding down the snowy piste on a hog (ina rather suggestive position on its belly, if truth be told). The control is actually very good, with smooth increments of steering accessible through fine balance control.
Fortunately there’s no need for clenching, and although it would have been fun to access the turbo boost through flatulence, it’s actually achieved through leaning backwards. We made it through all the gates with our first attempt (at that point the only attendee so far that day to manage it), and while we found it quite easy, other people had a lot of trouble.
Either way, everyone who played got up at the end with a broad smile on their face, so the game must be doing something right. Obviously, this isn’t going to set the gaming world alight, but in terms of a high quality game that makes good use of the Wii’s capabilities, the Rabbits look like they’re succeeding again.
The rest of the game uses the Wii-mote and nuchuk and we were given a go on the dancing section where you must strike Travolta-esque disco poses with the two peripherals in time to illustrative icons on screen, along with the beat of popular disco music tracks.
This wasn’t as much fun as the butt-boarding game (nor Samba De Amigo if we’re honest), but if there’sa great enough variety of minigames with similar quality to the two we played, there’s no reason this shouldn’t enjoy decent success when it’s released. There's no shots yet, though we're expecting some real soon, but for now you'll just have to imagine us using our pert gluteus maximus to manipulate Rabbid's mini-games. Actually, don't.