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Game Reviews
Wii Party
By: Nd CUBE CO., Ltd.
(Wii / ASIN: B003O6DZSQ / Rated: E / $49.99)

Features: Wii Party features Mii characters in minigames in 13 unique party game modes in which up to four people can play together. Party games such as:

Board Game Island: Players use their Mii characters and try and reach the finish line by rolling dice to advance. Between turns, players compete in minigames to get extra dice to roll on their turn. Some of the 13 different party game modes take the fun out of the TV and into the living room. Some House Party games include:

Animal Tracker: Players place four Wii Remote controllers (sold separately) on a table. Wii Party will then give the players an animal noise to listen for. Each Wii Remote will emit a different animal noise and the first player to grab the Wii Remote making the correct sound wins. This game can also be played with two people.

Hide n Hunt: One player asks the other players to leave the room and then hides Wii Remote controllers around the living room. When the other players return, they have a few seconds to find the hidden controllers hidden around the room. This game is also playable with just one Wii remote controller.

Woven throughout various party game modes are over 80 different minigames, such as:
Derby Dash: Players use the Wii Remote as if they were holding a whip to spur their horse to victory in a horse race Chop Chops: Players use the Wii Remote to see who can cut through vegetables the fastest
*For multiplayer modes, additional Wii Remote controllers are required and are sold separately.

Description: The Whole Family Stars in its Own Electronic Board Game. Wii Party is a fun, multiplayer* experience for everyone in the family that features your Mii characters in the midst of the action.

Now Nintendo brings the fun from the TV and into the living room with Wii Party, a game that changes the way people interact with other players to get the results they want in the game. Featuring 13 different party game modes and over 80 minigames, Wii Party can be enjoyed by everyone in the family, regardless of age.

Verdict: Here we go again with another party game. That was my first thought when hearing about this titles release. Since Nintendo had a successful franchise with the Mario Party series which spawned several sequels over the run of the N64, Game boy Advance and Game Cube it comes as no surprise that it would develop another of its own party type games for the Wii.

Instead of using Mario and the rest of the iconic Nintendo family, Nintendo invited the Miis this time to the party and built the games around the technology embedded in the Wii Remotes. This is where the game really differentiates itself from the previous mentioned series.

I really enjoyed the experiences with games like a hot potato type game where players are required to pass around a Wii Remote (the hot potato) and press a series of buttons to prevent a bomb from going off. Move too quickly and you will set off the bomb.

Another one I experienced required each player to balance a series of packages using the remote. Tilt too far in one particular direction and they would all fall. Games like these, which took advantage of the technology like the speakers and the accelerometer, were more engaging from my experience.

With 13 game modes and over 80 minigames there is lots of variety to choose from. Some games work better than others depending on the number of players participating and audience level.

That is expected with these party type minigames and may leave some people unsatisfied. In Wii Party Nintendo has a done a good job of balancing the games out so that it appeals to gamers of all ages.

Overall it is one of the better party type games so far released for the Nintendo Wii and can be a lot of fun with a group of friends and/or family.

Reviewed by: Ken Tebo