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Hide Your Remotes, It's Time for a Wii Party

Why does it sound like there's a cow between the couch cushions?


 Party hard!
Jeff and I spent some time this morning playing Wii Party, a collection of over 80 minigames spread across 13 different modes, and...

Wait a minute, get back here. I'm still talking!

OK, Wii Party is, um, a Wii party game. It's another minigame collection. But it's a first-party minigame collection, and everyone at Nintendo EAD from Miyamoto on down is said to be involved in some capacity. And truthfully, Wii Party has some pretty unusual minigame designs to offer. 
 
The best one we got to try is basically hide-and-seek-the-Wii-Remote. Nintendo had us leave the room for a couple of minutes while they stashed controllers in some insidiously out-of-the-way places around our studio. Granted, there are probably more weird nooks and crannies in a shooting space full of cameras and video equipment than there are in the typical living room, but you guys will probably be able to get creative with it.

 Harder!!
Anyway, the gist of the game was that after those couple minutes, Jeff and I had to come back in and then find all four Wii Remotes within a two-minute time limit. This led to a ridiculous two-minute scramble of turning over chairs and rifling through sofa cushions, desperately trying to find four controllers that were emitting monkey, horse, and elephant sounds.  
 
The remotes ended up being in unexpected places like up in the rafters, but we were pulling pictures off the walls and generally going kind of nuts, since those tinny little Remote speakers don't exactly project sound in a way that's easy to pinpoint. We only got one of the four at the end of the two minutes, but then, Nintendo's PR is pretty devious that way.

There's a whole separate segment of Wii Party that focuses on "pair games" which are supposed to gauge how compatible you are with your partner. (Think of it like an E-for-Everyone version of Love Connection.) Jeff and one of Nintendo's reps had to each secretly answer five multiple-choice questions (favorite pizza topping, trains versus planes) and then play a minigame where each person turned one end of an invisible jump rope.  
 
 Whoa there. Dial it down a little.
The game basically feeds the differences between your answers, and how well you performed in the two-player action game, and comes up with a percentage that shows how compatible you are. Jeff and the Nintendo rep ended up at 56 percent; pretty impressive, considering they only matched on one out of the five questions. Their jump-roping score was practically flawless, though. ...there might have been a genuine spark there. I don't know, ask Jeff about it later. 

Sure, Wii Party has plenty of more-traditional minigames, like Mii bingo and bumper car-style action challenges and such, and these can be tied together by rudimentary best-of-three and board game modes (though the board game metagame actually looked about as full-featured as Mario Party). But that hide-and-seek thing in particular convinced me there might be some genuinely surprising things in Wii Party, a game I had pretty much written off as "just another Wii Sports" without ever having seen it. Instead, you can probably expect some ridiculous video of Wii Party once a final copy rolls into the office in a few weeks.

Besides, how can you sit there and argue with anyone having as much fun as these people?!     
 
  
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Posted by Brad

 Party hard!
Jeff and I spent some time this morning playing Wii Party, a collection of over 80 minigames spread across 13 different modes, and...

Wait a minute, get back here. I'm still talking!

OK, Wii Party is, um, a Wii party game. It's another minigame collection. But it's a first-party minigame collection, and everyone at Nintendo EAD from Miyamoto on down is said to be involved in some capacity. And truthfully, Wii Party has some pretty unusual minigame designs to offer. 
 
The best one we got to try is basically hide-and-seek-the-Wii-Remote. Nintendo had us leave the room for a couple of minutes while they stashed controllers in some insidiously out-of-the-way places around our studio. Granted, there are probably more weird nooks and crannies in a shooting space full of cameras and video equipment than there are in the typical living room, but you guys will probably be able to get creative with it.

 Harder!!
Anyway, the gist of the game was that after those couple minutes, Jeff and I had to come back in and then find all four Wii Remotes within a two-minute time limit. This led to a ridiculous two-minute scramble of turning over chairs and rifling through sofa cushions, desperately trying to find four controllers that were emitting monkey, horse, and elephant sounds.  
 
The remotes ended up being in unexpected places like up in the rafters, but we were pulling pictures off the walls and generally going kind of nuts, since those tinny little Remote speakers don't exactly project sound in a way that's easy to pinpoint. We only got one of the four at the end of the two minutes, but then, Nintendo's PR is pretty devious that way.

There's a whole separate segment of Wii Party that focuses on "pair games" which are supposed to gauge how compatible you are with your partner. (Think of it like an E-for-Everyone version of Love Connection.) Jeff and one of Nintendo's reps had to each secretly answer five multiple-choice questions (favorite pizza topping, trains versus planes) and then play a minigame where each person turned one end of an invisible jump rope.  
 
 Whoa there. Dial it down a little.
The game basically feeds the differences between your answers, and how well you performed in the two-player action game, and comes up with a percentage that shows how compatible you are. Jeff and the Nintendo rep ended up at 56 percent; pretty impressive, considering they only matched on one out of the five questions. Their jump-roping score was practically flawless, though. ...there might have been a genuine spark there. I don't know, ask Jeff about it later. 

Sure, Wii Party has plenty of more-traditional minigames, like Mii bingo and bumper car-style action challenges and such, and these can be tied together by rudimentary best-of-three and board game modes (though the board game metagame actually looked about as full-featured as Mario Party). But that hide-and-seek thing in particular convinced me there might be some genuinely surprising things in Wii Party, a game I had pretty much written off as "just another Wii Sports" without ever having seen it. Instead, you can probably expect some ridiculous video of Wii Party once a final copy rolls into the office in a few weeks.

Besides, how can you sit there and argue with anyone having as much fun as these people?!     
 
  
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Posted by Lukeweizer

Goody.

Posted by SSully

SNAP

Posted by Akeldama

Really? Yawn.

Posted by FinalDasa

I always enjoyed some of the Mario Party games with friends so this has potential.

Posted by ajamafalous

So it's like Mario Party meets Wii Sports?

Posted by GilbertMordinAndSullivan

I have to admit, hiding a Wii remote sounds about as fun as most Wii games I've played recently. 
 
No, that's not sarcasm. Yes, that is sad.

Posted by BeachThunder

The board game part looks like it could be fun; the rest seems incredibly inane D:
 
Also, how did a game with this name not already exist...

Posted by RE_Player1

Wait a minigame collection... for the Wii? Dude why hasen't anyone thought this sooner?!? Seriously though at least this looks like a quality minigame collection unlike Carnival Games and that kind of stuff. 

Posted by ajamafalous
@GilbertMordinAndSullivan said:
" I have to admit, hiding a Wii remote sounds about as fun as most Wii games I've played recently.  No, that's not sarcasm. Yes, that is sad. "
Aww.
Posted by Claude

Nice article Brad, sadly, I don't have enough friends to warrant a purchase. It does seem fun though.

Posted by JackSukeru

I always get excited over the thought of multiplayer games, and then I remember that I don't actually have any friends.

Posted by Dalai

If anyone can make a minigame collection compelling and interesting, it's Nintendo. I'm actually kinda excited for this. 
 
Seriously.

Posted by daltimond

He's climbin in yo windows, snatching yo wiimotes up.

Edited by MarkWahlberg

Great! Now I have an excuse for when I hide my friends Wii controllers!

Posted by Nighthawk871

Can't wait for the Quick Look.

Posted by MisterMouse

haha the hid and seek mini game actually sounds kind of interesting.

Posted by Wrighteous86

It's been a while since there has been a quality Mario Party-type game (8 was just disappointing and rushed), so I'm psyched for this.  I've got lots of friends to play with, guys.

Posted by El_Derrico

Hide the Wii-mote Endurance Run!

Posted by Chicken008

And doesn't this game come with a Wii controller bundled with it as well? It'll sell a billion copies like Wii Play.

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Posted by Smuglittleman

My friends live hundreds of miles from me. Which is why I own an Xbox 360 and a Wii.

Posted by saladshooter4ever

Man, I have fond memories of the old Mario Party games.  If this is anything like that, I'll probably get it.

Posted by siguysimon

THIS is what I needed to make me buy another Mario Party. Miis! I love miis! Not the cool characters I know and love from my nintendo franchises like, Zelda party, or Metroid party, or maybe... boom blox party? Wait...  
So yeah... miis... cool...

Posted by enterthewumpus

I can already hide my wiimote.  It's an interesting and unexpected idea though, so maybe if they've got more where that came from...

Posted by AndrewB

*reads title* *says aloud* "Oh yeah, that's coming out..."

Posted by Ravenjade

I am a sucker for mario party, so maybe my sister and I will give this a spin.

Posted by tauran01

I will not buy, however, working at Target as I do, I will sell the shit out of this in the months to come.

Posted by rottendevice

Something about the generic, upper-middle class American family in this trailer strikes me as hilarious

Edited by RedBrain

Looking forward to grabbing this for the kidlettes. That helicopter game looks just like Hungry Hippos!

Posted by Puck

Two words:  banal, insipid.     
 
Bonus word:  Shovelware
 
That video makes Microsoft's Kinect marketing look refined. 

Posted by Scuzzy86

Those 'happy family playing together' videos freak me out, noones supposed to be that happy O.o

Posted by billysea

Is it bad that I really want to play this game now after reading this preview?

Posted by VirtuaXav
@billysea said:
" Is it bad that I really want to play this game now after reading this preview? "
Umm.....yes.
Posted by elko84
@daltimond said:
" He's climbin in yo windows, snatching yo wiimotes up. "
LOL
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Posted by elko84

i like how the people are wearing colors corresponding to their mii's.  who does that??

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Posted by FakeKisser

I'll definitely rent this, though I'm not sure if I'll play it more than a few times.  It will all depend on how the first couple sessions go (with my fiancee & friends).

Posted by S2333

It looks fun. I might pick it up.

Edited by Willy105

Seems like a worthy successor to the Mario Party games.
 
@Chicken008 said:

" And doesn't this game come with a Wii controller bundled with it as well? It'll sell a billion copies like Wii Play. "

It does.
Posted by Meowayne

If it is even remotely similar to how good the first few Mario Party games were, I'm getting it.
Mario Party + Mii support + New ideas = awesome

Posted by Hector

I am getting this for sure!

Posted by Mr_Skeleton

This looks fun...  
 
 
 
 Not! (read this with a Borat voice).

Posted by This_Dude

So this is Mario Party without any of the things that made mario party fun?

Posted by chinatown_1992@hotmail.com

My God!

Posted by AimingWandersly

i'm sure i'm not the only one who thought something dirty when i heard about people playing 'hide the wiimote'...

Posted by Tibber

sounds fun and btw, i feel sorry for people with 
 PNEUMONO­ULTRA­MICRO­SCOPIC­SILICO­VOLCANO­CONIOSIS

Posted by BraveFart

I see........... (eyes moving on to something else)

Posted by chu52

where's the beefmote?

Posted by Spooty

This will help blow the dust off my wii for another party or two but thats about it. =/

Posted by Marlowefire

i liked it better when it was mario party

Posted by Shinogu

Sounds like quite a bit of fun there, actually. Not that I think it's $49.99 fun, but hey. Wait, they're packing a Wiimote with this game, right?

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