Boogie shuffles onto Wii

New game from EA Montreal has cartoon characters dancing, singing in rhythm-based music game; Wii exclusive to launch worldwide in 2007.

Oh snap! He busted out the Cabbage Patch, yo!

Over the past six months, gaming giant Electronic Arts has pledged to support the Wii console and dive further into the music/rhythm game genre. Today the publisher covered both of those promises with one announcement.

EA took the wraps off of Boogie, a new property from EA Montreal. The Wii exclusive is a rhythm-based game that has users dancing using the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk attachment. EA also says players will be able to show off their karaoke skills, but does not make any note of a microphone attachment (a Wii microphone peripheral is expected to ship with Disney Interactive's High School Musical).

Oh dat's dat funky New Kids on the Block! You got served!

The game was first shown off at an EA event in San Francisco during this year's Game Developers Conference. In a live demonstration, EA Montreal's Vander Caballero led the movements of a portly cartoon character as he shucked and jived to a KC and the Sunshine Band song in front of backup dancers who look like they were pulled straight from a Tim Burton flick. The more in step Caballero was with the beat, the more praise he was awarded. Likewise, the more he showed himself having two left feet, the more he was booed.

Boogie has not yet been rated by the ESRB. Check back later for GameSpot's preview.

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56 comments
ArfenZard15
ArfenZard15

I've waited for something like this for suck a long time. I hope I love this, and from this it sounds more than likely I will! I love DDR and Singstar. I can't lose! (At least I hope so!) All they need to do now is incorporate a bit of Guitar Hero in there, then some Donkey Konga and you got a band AND performers set up!

bgres077
bgres077

Looks kiddish, but it may turn out to be a nice game for kids, teenagers, and adults.

ert47
ert47

pencilpusher69 "I haven't had any of the problems you've mentioned. Also, Nintendo have stated that the Wii remote was designed for dual use of hands, because they didn't want to leave out lefties. Didn't you notice that the wii remote is perfectly the same, in either the right or left hand? There's no lopsided shape to it, that would designate ANY hand." That maybe true, but when using the Nun-chuck attachment, its better if the wiimote is in the Right hand instead of the left hand. Why? Because with the other consoles, their control pads have the analogue stick on the left, so changing that to the right is kinda difficult to get use to. As a leftie, I hated the Left-handed controls for Metroid Prime Hunters because it was so awkward. I ended up changing to Right-Handed controls, and although I had less control over my Right hand, I found it easier to look around and move. LS - Movement RS - Sights not the other way round otherwise its too damn confusing.

theKSMM
theKSMM

Say what you want, non-traditional games like this will only expand the gaming base. I've already seen the DS and Wii make gaming converts out of the most unlikely people, and I suspect that with this sort of gaming, there are more gamers to come. And that's good for everybody. Gaming doesn't always have to be about some buff, steroid-induced guy toting around a 20 lb mini-cannon and blasting everything in sight to bits.

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

This game is a slap in the face to Wii owners

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

zsc4 "This game wont be any fun for me, so I'll pass " You sound like a child who won't even try what's on his plate. How the hell could you know if this game will be fun for you or not, unless you check it out, and I don't know, maybe try it?

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

All this hate because Nintendo is doing what they always do. Make fun games for kids. I mean come on. You have to admit that the kid games on the Wii are fun for all ages. I just think too many people got the Wii thinking it would have titles like Halo, and GoW. Nintendo has awlays been about kid frendly games and it always will be. This is just another dance game that seem to be all the rage right now.

zsc4
zsc4

This game wont be any fun for me, so I'll pass :?

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

rockko666 "pff...i want real games..come on" Yeah, like there are ZERO "real games". First, I don't know what the hell a "real game" is, since all games are just that, games. Second, there are plenty of different games coming to the wii, from traditional action games like the Godfather, to FPS games, to horror (RE Umbrella Chrinicles, 2007), and the list goes on and on. By the end of this year, you will see more Wii titles on the shelves, than you'll see for the PS3, and probably at about a tie with the 360's releases for the year. Wait for it... "wwonka666 blacktorn But seeing as the wii-remote isn't always 100% responsive i can see this game along with any other rhytham game on the wii frustrating ... !!! >>> TensiNothing I Like! hopefully the controls are more accurate then some Wii games. .. !! >> Wow i'm glad to see i'm not the only one with some unresponsiveness issues on the Wii. Sometimes while playing Rayman or Warioware and even more so Excitetruck, my control just drops out and in. It's gotten a little better since I purchased the Nyko Wireless adapter though. I've asked alot of my friends if it's happening to them and they say no, Wii is great no problems with control, for most part they right, but it's frustrating sometimes, I think it's because I'm left handed and it was designed for right handed people, they really do need a left handed version of the Wiimote." I haven't had any of the problems you've mentioned. Also, Nintendo have stated that the Wii remote was designed for dual use of hands, because they didn't want to leave out lefties. Didn't you notice that the wii remote is perfectly the same, in either the right or left hand? There's no lopsided shape to it, that would designate ANY hand. Exactely how is it that you being left handed would affect say, Excite Truck? Honestly, you sound like my brother in law who constantly tries to blame controllers for his screw ups. "I didn't do that, the control went wonky", but then I watch what he's doing and realise that he just sucks and doesn't understand that he sucks. Any time he starts that "I'm not doing that" crap, I take the controller and show him that it IS him. Also, I'm ambidexterous and do occassionally play lefty. Haven't had any issues with that...

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

This will be a big seller amongst young female gamers and the mass market. These are Nintendo's target audience and will guarantee them massive Wii sales. You hardcore guy's do not matter to Nintendo anymore so go back to your 360's.

rockko666
rockko666

pff...i want real games..come on

meimnobody
meimnobody

Other previews mention that videos can be created and sent off to friends by the wiiconnect24 service. There is some info that suggest miis may be involved or a pretty extensive character creator possibly.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Did someone just call this original? You've got to kidding me.

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

Yay...why does EA love Nintendo so much?

dr3b
dr3b

I have never been into the dance games, but if they make it fun enough this might be worth a rental for a laugh, and who knows might like it as long is it isn't to fussy about exact timing.

GrimGravy
GrimGravy

ea does original things every now and then i still love the black and white 1

-Squirrel-
-Squirrel-

This is definitely going on my games to look out for list. The Wii library is building nicely, and more announcements of exclusives are great. As the problem with the PS3 of losing exclusives, the Wii can only gain them due to the unique style of the Wii.

firebubbles
firebubbles

looks like it will be a lot of fun. can't wait to check it out

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

This is the type of game that needs to be on the Wii. The Wii needs more games that fully take advantage of its uniqueness.

GIJesse77
GIJesse77

ha, cracked out lookin game.

AvinashTyagi
AvinashTyagi

wwonka666, you have problems with Warioware? Are your sure you read the directions properly on the Wii, placement, calibration, distance etc. I've never noticed any problems with warioware, even my left-handed sister has no issues with it

wwonka666
wwonka666

blacktorn But seeing as the wii-remote isn't always 100% responsive i can see this game along with any other rhytham game on the wii frustrating ... !!! >>> TensiNothing I Like! hopefully the controls are more accurate then some Wii games. .. !! >> Wow i'm glad to see i'm not the only one with some unresponsiveness issues on the Wii. Sometimes while playing Rayman or Warioware and even more so Excitetruck, my control just drops out and in. It's gotten a little better since I purchased the Nyko Wireless adapter though. I've asked alot of my friends if it's happening to them and they say no, Wii is great no problems with control, for most part they right, but it's frustrating sometimes, I think it's because I'm left handed and it was designed for right handed people, they really do need a left handed version of the Wiimote.

Funereal
Funereal

Is it just me or does that character look a bit like Jeff? :O

AvinashTyagi
AvinashTyagi

Any Wii remote Unresponsiveness is a result of bad development, not the Wiimote, Warioware had very few issues

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Wow this is coming from EA? They usually don't do anything this original. Anyway this is looking like one crazy game, maybe it will end up being good.

LorenaLarue
LorenaLarue

Woah I didn't expect this from cookie-cutter EA. Lets see how this one goes.

blacktorn
blacktorn

But seeing as the wii-remote isn't always 100% responsive i can see this game along with any other rhytham game on the wii frustrating

waffle79
waffle79

:D looks quite fun, plus visually it looks kl :D

TensiNothing
TensiNothing

I Like! hopefully the controls are more accurate then some Wii games.

Jebril
Jebril

One of the first Wii games with graphics that the Gamecube couldn't do.

cobrax80
cobrax80

Looks cool and funny at the same time

Misfit119
Misfit119

Im all for rythm games but this is a bit silly.

Heathcliff
Heathcliff

I like the art style, and it seems like fun. . . . but wouldn't be better to have a rythm game that actually makes you dance like 'DDR Hottest Party', instead of just making characters dance on screen?

Sargus
Sargus

I'm inclined to lean with everybody else who says "Bad idea", because it doesn't really sound like my thing... But when this thing was still under massive NDAs, and people weren't allowed to talk about it, all they DID say was, "EA is making an original game, and it's COOL!" So apparently, there's something about it that makes it really fun and exciting. We'll have to see. I'll certainly keep an open mind.

SyluxElite
SyluxElite

You guys are too neagtive. This is unique and I love it. :)

slayer1090
slayer1090

c'mon when are we getting half decent games for the Wii.

billysea
billysea

I think it is a good idea and could be the next Elite Beat or Guitar Hero.

Maeros4
Maeros4

hmm... atleast its something EA never does... create something new, but yes it still is EA, i wished they came up with a shooter or something else

Jaysonguy
Jaysonguy

I need this game. I cannot wait until this hits the market.