Kinect Sports Rivals could be Xbox One's Mario Kart, says dev

Rare creative director says game's visual aesthetic is "quite evergreen" and will continue to appeal to new users years after launch.

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Kinect Sports Rivals could be the Xbox One's version of Wii Sports or Mario Kart for Wii--a game with enduring appeal--Rare Ltd.'s creative director Simon Woodroffe told OXM in a new interview.

"We think--well, we hope--that this is the sort of game that's still one of the first things that anyone who buys an Xbox One gets even two or three years from now," Woodrooffe said. "Sort of like Wii Sports and Mario Kart for the Wii."

Kinect Sports Rivals stands to have a long tail, Woodrooffe said, due in part to its presentation style.

"Our visual aesthetic, our graphics, are quite evergreen, they're not going to date--it's got that sort of Pixar-style look to it," he said. "We're trying to make something that's still relevant to consumers as the audience shifts away from the core early adopters to the mainstream gamers--it's still a relevant experience for them. And of course for them it's even better value because there's more things going on, there's a history there that they can get involved in."

Kinect Sports Rivals is a follow-up to 2010's Kinect Sports for Xbox 360. The game was originally slated to launch this holiday on Xbox One, but was delayed this summer to spring 2014. It features six minigames that require motion control: climbing, wake racing, soccer, bowling, tennis, and target shooting.

Discussion

222 comments
sevencowsmoo
sevencowsmoo

While I do agree with this, I feel it would only be if it was bundled for free with the console. The reason the Wii and Wii Sports were so popular is because it came with or was a free piece of software which demonstrated what's so cool about the seemingly pointless new features.
If it isn't free, the casual market will be all "Why am I paying so much for that silly little camera which I'll never use? I'll go get that other, cheaper, Sony thing instead."

shaolinwind
shaolinwind

People said the same shi* about the Wii....

And they obliterated the console race, regardless of crap specs. So... ya. Keep hatin'

nintendians
nintendians

can't even look at you (Rareware) anymore. Screw M$ and sell all your ip to Nintendo, except for Kinect sports series.

cboye18
cboye18

M$ is rather funny; the harder they try, the faster they fall...

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

Apparently this is what microsoft think of their users.If I was an xbox one owner I would feel very insulted by this.

Batmanager
Batmanager

I highly doubt that :-7

If you want a game similar to Mario Kart, then go with Sonic All Star Racing Transformed, or however the full name of the game is :-|

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

What the fu...??? How the HELL did he even come up w/ that sort of comparison?? That doesn't even make sense......they're not even the SAME genre. 0_o

Wow....and here I thought I heard it all. <_<

jakerscythe
jakerscythe

What is this? Why waste space on this heap of nothing?

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

forget the sales what about the actual quality of the game  i would not be surprised if mariokart 8 is better actually i wouldnt be surprised if any game is better then it lol ,   and it will most certainly not be xboxs mariokart because 1 its not a  kart racing game and 2 its just a bunch of sports crap lol 

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

Rare... I can't even look at you anymore.

senjutsu
senjutsu

Kinect games are gimmicks. Nice for kids for nothing that you really want to buy. If it comes with the console it's okay at best, lol.

lostn
lostn

It won't be. Nothing will sell what Mario Kart sells. MS are dreaming if they think it will be their Mario Kart.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Nothing will rival Mario cart. Mario cart is the original and the best. 

Videodogg
Videodogg

I swear i am the last one to defend MS, but most of you have a severe lack of reading comprehension. They said THEY HOPE Kinect Sports Rivals is the type of evergreen game that games like Mario Kart are for Nintendo. 

If they put the effort into the game, and it has long lasting appeal because it is forever fun because of the nature of the game, competition with other players, then maybe they they will succeed with this game. 

I hope it does succeed and i have lots of fun playing people on Live for a long, long time. 

VincentX
VincentX

HAHAHAHAHAHA!  Oh man, dude April 1st was months ago...oh wait you're serious?  HAHAHAHAHA!

jophy
jophy

don't be hating on xbone. that's what they always do, pumps out Kinect games, dancing games, adventure games lol

kbaily
kbaily

No it's not. At best the first Kinect Sports was "Wii Sports HD" but how do you compare a sports game with realistic looking people to a cartoony kart racer.  Seriously MS, you wasted all that money on Rare to give you all the fun whimsy for kids and you wasted it on 2 Pinata farming sims and copy pasted Banjo into a car building game.

You want a Mario Kart for the Xbox?  Bring back Diddy Kong Racing just replace Diddy with someone else and call it...I don't know.

Nintyfan95
Nintyfan95

ROFL XD Hahaha I needed a good joke, thank you GameSpot. Microsoft should just discontinue Xbox, and send off some of them Rare IP's to Nintendo lol.  

kasumi45
kasumi45

Just no. Wii sports was like kinect sports and it was abondened after a year. Same with Kinect Sports. They failed on their motion kart game

Widowmaker21
Widowmaker21

you guys are really trying to look for a reason to bash this game.  for starters they  weren't comparing  Rivals to Mario  kart  they were sayin  Rivals could be to Microsoft  what Mario  kart  is to Nintendo  stop looking for a reason to  hate the game  wait til it comes out  then judge it  based off  how it actually plays

jon_bone
jon_bone

RIP Rare; what has happened to them is truly one of the saddest stories in video game history.

Kurushio
Kurushio

Seems more like it would be compared to Wii's Wii Sports than anything. If it's such a killer app for the Kinect then they should probably bundle it with the console than any other games that show Kinect off poorly.

whitewarriar75
whitewarriar75

Never will ANY game company come out with any racing/adventure game as good as MARIO KART !! EVER

aGiantSquirrel
aGiantSquirrel

Like Mario Kart? Microsoft is truly some kind of delusional. There is nothing that Microsoft has that has anything on Mario Kart. I can see Wii Sports, but not Mario Kart. Mario Kart has reached the status of being timeless. Microsoft has nothing that fits into that category.

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

Here's the thing, the Wii cost like $250 at launch. How much does the XBone cost again?

bluefox755
bluefox755

I bought the original kinect because my girlfriend wanted to play the dancing games, I was however baffled by how it was marketed as being groundbreaking and revolutionary, but in reality was a huge unresponsive letdown.  So after my girlfriend became frustrated and quit because the "Wii dancing games are way better", it has collected dust ever since.  I can't help but think that the exact same hype and expectation building will result in none other than another letdown.  If the Kinect 2 is as great as they say it is, won't it stand on it's own and sell in droves because something that great will be a must have product, right?  Why the need to force it into the box and take away the choice to opt out for us that don't want it?  I liked my Xbox 360, it's a shame they're effectively deciding for me not to buy their next console.

straightcur
straightcur

most people will have no interest in this beyond the initial curiosity.  but the kids might like it....  the difference is that MarioKart has appeal for all different ages and types of gamers

hadlee73
hadlee73

The games that endure the longest are the ones never taken out of the gaming drawer :P

NoSoul81
NoSoul81

lol

the only way it could dream about being in mario kart's ballpark is if it was bundled with the Xbox One at launch. 

toddx77
toddx77

Maybe pre Microsoft Rare could pull of something like this, but the current Rare I don't think so.  I don't see how Kinect sports could rivial Mario Kart because they are 2 different type of games.  

stickybun
stickybun

I'm actually looking forward to this... Call me crazy... but I need a game I can play with my wife who hates games.

briansmith90
briansmith90

@Sun-Tzu-GE You would be insulted because microsoft released one game that doesn't interest you. I think you're insulted because you're too fat to be able to play a game like this seriously. There are many things that are wrong with microsoft, but this is certainly not one of them.

senjutsu
senjutsu

@Videodogg Bah, Kinect Sports was really lame and most people only played it to test their kinect. I don't see the potential they see, at all.

finaleve
finaleve

@kbaily Ya know, if they actually fine-tuned their driving in Halo they could easily turn some of those maps into racing maps... though honestly people have done that (and made some crazy stuff too).

lostn
lostn

@Widowmaker21 "for starters they  weren't comparing  Rivals to Mario  kart  they were sayin  Rivals could be to Microsoft  what Mario  kart  is to Nintendo"

 You mean a 25 million copy seller? Not a chance in hell.

hystavito
hystavito

@LesserAngel  Yes, and Wii Sports came with the Wii didn't it?  I can't even remember now :).  To their statement I would say, dream on :).

Cronyk
Cronyk

@stickybun I had a lot of fun with my girlfriend playing Kinect Adventures, because she could get into that and play it with me. Nobody else here seems to understand that argument for some weird reason... 

Give me these type of games for a party setting, excellent voice navigation, and some good Tom Clancy type games were you have squad controls via kinect and main gameplay with the gamepad and I will be very happy with my X1

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

@briansmith90 @Sun-Tzu-GE 

1.I own a kinect on the xbox 360,I've played many games like this and it's a piece of shit.

2.I'm 8% body fat and I'm a bodybuilder.

3.This is exactly what is wrong with microsoft.Now they cater mostly to the casual audience and they forgot about hardcore gamers who don't play nonsense like this.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

@arqe Still has not over taken Mario Cart. 

FrankZoex2
FrankZoex2

@senjutsu @Videodogg Using the last Kinect SDK you had to use magnet programming techniques  to get hand gestures working because of the bad accuracy. I'm guessing from all the publicity that Kinect2 is a lot more accurate and less laggy. I know the natural reaction is to compare to the last Kinect but I'm pretty sure they have improved the sh*t out of it.

You know people said Wii Sports was lame but it sold like hot cakes. This looks to be a fun/party game I doubt hardcore gamers will be playing it in a darkened room all by themselves at 4 in the morning - at least I hope not.

Widowmaker21
Widowmaker21

dont know about all that, i'm just saying kinda a flagship type of game you associate with the console. And i'm fairly sure that not one of the mario kart installments sold 25 million alone

pjosephson
pjosephson

@Cronyk @stickybun probably because most these guys have not idea what a girlfriend is or let alone what it is to socialize in the real world. :) 

lostn
lostn

According to wikipedia's figures, Mario Kart Wii sold 34.26 million copies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_kart_wii

This is more than the highest selling CoD and the highest selling Halo game combined. I think you can even throw GTA in there.

lostn
lostn

@Widowmaker21 I was wrong about the 25 million. It's actually higher. Mario Kart Wii sold 34 million worldwide. 

 http://www.vgchartz.com/game/6968/mario-kart-wii/ 

 This is more than Call of Duty.

And if you mean flagship, forget it. It won't be. It doesn't have recognizable mascot characters to associate with the Xbox brand.

The DS version sold 22.6 million by the way.