Namco's Wii wave exercises, cooks, and cheers

Peripheral-aided Active Life: Extreme Challenge, Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked, and We Cheer 2 all being readied by Japanese publisher for release this fall.

With M-for-Mature games faring poorly on the Wii, third-party publishers are embracing the most popular genres for Nintendo's console: exercise games, cooking games, and casual minigame compilations. Today, after both Activision and Sega announced sports anthologies, Namco Bandai has revealed a trio of exclusives geared at the mass market that has helped the Wii ship more than 50 million units worldwide.

Namco's first offering goes after the demographic targeted by Wii Fit, Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum and the forthcoming EA Sports Active. Titled Active Life: Extreme Challenge, the game will come bundled with a mat controller and an eight-button peripheral. In tandem with the Wii Remote, the add-ons will let players control the game with both their hands and feet. Early screens of the extreme-sports game, due out this fall, show such activities as rock climbing, parasurfing, BASE jumping, go-karting, BMX riding, and double-Dutch jump roping. No price or rating has yet been announced, but GameSpot's preview has more details.

For the more gastronomically oriented, Namco is also offering up Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked this fall. Unlike other cooking games such as Yoshinoya, Cooking Mama: Cook Off, or Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine, the game aims to actually help players hone their culinary skills. Developed by Red Fly, which is currently putting the finishing touches on the PlayStation 2 and Wii versions of Ghostbusters, the game will offer introductory lessons on how to use utensils and will provide a range of recipes straight from the titular cable network's kitchen.

Last but not least on the Wii front, Namco has also announced a sequel to We Cheer, its 2008 Wii Balance Board-based cheerleader simulator. The game will combine rhythm game action and feature twice as many onscreen cheerleaders whose pom-poms are linked to movement with the Wii Remote. Besides a plethora of both male and female characters, the game will feature 30 licensed tracks and 20 multiplayer stages that support up to four players in co-op squad challenges. We Cheer 2 for the Wii will launch in fall 2009 with an MSRP of $39.99.

For more on Namco Bandai's lineup, check out GameSpot's full coverage of the 2009 Namco Bandai Gamers' Day.

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26 comments
MrG31
MrG31

Cooking games?!? Where did those come from? Go away, please.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Namco Bandai, what the heck? First you take D3 and now this. I miss the days when you were seperate.

Madmangamer364
Madmangamer364

Having a GameCube throughout all of last gen, Namco was my favorite third party developer for the system... What the heck happened? Just like every other publisher for the system, NamcoBandai has fallen under the "Me too" syndrome that is making me cringe more and more by the day. It doesn't help that I've already been disappointed by their installments of two series that I became a fan of last gen. The Wii version of both Soul Calibur and Tales of Symphonia were half-hearted compared to their amazing GCN predecessors. Man, is it really THAT hard to figure out the Wii userbase these days? :|

Blue-N-Yellow
Blue-N-Yellow

This news would piss me off if the Wii '09 lineup wasn't already stellar, but it is, so this is meh. Only gripe I have is that Namco brings Soul Calibur to the PSP while not even attempting a SC fighting game on the Wii. I know 'hardcore' (please) SC fans would complain about a Motion+ SC fighter but I would kinda like to see that. I'm kinda disappointed in GS for posting this as well; developers making crappy games for Wii isn't news or anything, it happens all the time. Just sort of a lame attempt at creating a conversation by sowing the seeds for a Wii-bashing thread. Hey GS, did you ever get around to reviewing Rune Factory Frontier?

wiifan001
wiifan001

You mean to tell me there was a Wii Cheer 1?

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

People buy this stuff, so it's silly to complain about them. It's the same reason they make reality television and slasher movies: they're cheap to make and have a reliable, built-in audience that almost guarantees a modest profit. Low risk, solid reward. We have to accept that there's a big wide world out there that doesn't revolve around us hardcore gamers, and that we're sharing a playspace with people that have an entirely different perspective on what the hobby is all about. Besides, look on the bright side. This stuff keeps the Wii around so we can savor the Mario Galaxies of the world. It's like the PlayStation 2, whose popularity made it a shovelware magnet, but also let it stick around so companies like Atlus could work their mojo during the later years.

TaMuK711
TaMuK711

Lol, guess they gotta put out a cheap cash-cow so they can have funds to work on a real game...

CamiKitten
CamiKitten

Namco you're letting me down man, letting me down. Tales of Graces better hit the States to make up for this garbage. And Tales of Vesperia better hit the PS3 in the States too. Pretty soon I'm gonna run out of sellable games on my Wii that already sits in dust since I've beaten Tales of Symphonia 2, so that I could purchase more titles on my PS3...... /sigh

aquabot
aquabot

@halowars86 AHhahahahahaha... yeah, you're totally right.

Marcster1994
Marcster1994

You should blame THE DEVELOPER who are trying to put it on the wii, like Namco.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

It looks like utter garbage but this stuff sells so I guess we'll be seeing more of it.

firehawk998
firehawk998

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mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

@corruptgamer so you want to insult me again well how many times do i have to tell you , on you flaming wii , you already did, last i checked e3 08 had cod world at war shaun white and animal crossing , lol not just wii music, and what came out after that quantu m of solace madworld dead rising house of the dead over kill deblob dr mario online rx etc like i said go to system wars , you blame nintendo for namcos short comings rotflol whens the last good game they came out with to begin with , pft on any system let me guess it was namco museum the same garbage thats played on every console known to man do you expect namco to take wii seriously when nothing they do is serious capcom and others have provided wii with games like quantum of solace red steel driver paralel lines bully madworld deblob give it a rest e3 08 is done with, punchout is coming or came thats a game every one and ther mother knew in the snes era , nintendo is the only one that knows what theyll announce you and i do not but seeing their last conference-zelda ds excite bots trick racing, the storage fix dsi etc it may end up better then 08 you like i said let one title decide for you , that e3 09 will be bad ,thats just bad practice oh really not even 1/3 of that list was on gc, not even driver paralel lines , if you got some copy hiding give it to me than id gladly take it , and i wont waste my time listing each and every gem wii has to offer , thats not my specailty its your job to go look ,and stop relying on namco to do the dirty work for ya

firehawk998
firehawk998

Boy here I was wishing that (when majority of gaming companies are making the Wii fit/party /resort/ etc clones) Namco would have the courage to come with something original. Heres hope that Sega who atleast did try something new doesnt do the same. Though Madworld didnt sell well on the Wii I loved it and will support fully if they decide to do a sequel.

Bigboi500
Bigboi500

Let us all not forget Namco/Bandai is also making Tales of Graces exclusive for the Wii.

halo_wars86
halo_wars86

i smell the wii console game of the year : )

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

@mariokart64fan Please learn how to spell before saying I fail. Nintendo's crappy E3 last pretty much encouraged this outcome to happen. I mean, wasn't their big announcement WII MUSIC out of all things? Pulling a random game list out your *** won't save Nintendo from failing this year. For every good game you list, there are at least 5 bad titles to replace them. Oh wow, Mario Power Tennis and Pikmin. Why are you excited to list GAMECUBE games with tacked-on controls? In fact 1/3 of your list are GAMECUBE games from last-gen. How the heck I am flaming the Wii when the article clearly states Namco made these crappy game to challenge the Wii Fit clones and appeal to the casuals because it happens to be the Wii's specialty.

doomsoth
doomsoth

The PSP gets SC and the Wii gets crap. Way to support your fans Namco!

tamir1014
tamir1014

We need STAR FOX DAMIT i mean are u with me guys or what?

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

don ,, this game is a third party game, just like i told corrupt gamer, nintendo released excite bots pikmin and mario power tennis this year , , tthird party released ff cc echoes of time ,, madworld dead rising ctyd nascar kart racing and house of the dead over kill , some of the good/gamer oriented or should i say , , not minigame games, ignore this release thats forsure but look forward to re re0 redc klonoa condoit red steel 2 ,dead space extraction and many more non-mini game titles, there is one game thats ap arty game its fun ,, , trivial pursuit , i will leave that as an exception , its on ps3 360 to so , ya wii sports resort is also an exception because it is sports titles ,who played madden 92 , if you did , then you shouldnt have a problem which motion plus comes with it so you best gravb a copy just for that , , red steel 2 is among the games that will suppoort it ,

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

corrupt,,, one third party title and you are here pointing fingers at nintendo at e3 , , you fail , because this long long list of great wii games, for 09 1 madworld 2 house of the dead over kill 3 dead rising 4 ffcc echoes of time-im not even a ff fan , this was an awsome game 5 punchout 6 klonoa door to phantomile 7 resident evil 8 resident evil 0 9 dead space extraction 10 red steel 2 11 condoit 12 excite bots trick racing 13 npc pikmin 1/2 14 npc metroid prime .1/2 enjoy basing based on one game ? well ,, this list compared to ms halo odst halo wars and gta iv add -on how about ps3 kz2 09 releases only remember that god of war 3-ill be getting no doubt after enjoyin psp one (chains of olympus) gran turismo 5 i played every gt since, gt1 , so why should i stop .. and those other titles dont bother mentioning as i have to many fps on ps3 360 already , , besides the sequal to one of ps3s early games dont mention it , (encharted2) IS WHAT IM TALKIN ABOUT BY THE LOOKS OF THAT ALREADY STEADY STREAM of quality first and 3rd party titles for wii , i dont think e3 will be bad at all ,, why would ms sony or nintndos e3 be bad based on current announcments lol , you worry to much ,, , these announcments dont affect e3 , ,, and it definatelly doesnt affect nintendo thats like saying because activision continues milking the guitar hero franchise on all consoles, sony and ms and nintendo will have a bad e3 ,, lol , lets not forget that third party do seperate announcments then nintendo , and sony and ms their main conference will be amazing , i didnt really see e3 08 that bad, , they had animal crossing ,,, motion plus and the cod waw game and shaun white, snowboarding ,, which sold 3 million , and is a solid game on all 3 consoles, so ya, , save your flaming for system wars corrupt gamer this is the wrong topic , ,

DonTonyDeluca
DonTonyDeluca

money money money. must be funny. in a rich mans world. common i mean we need games built on originality, depth, character, story, thats what nintendo is all about! what happened? now everyones just making the same thing a million different ways :(

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!! More add-ons and shovelware? I smell another disappointing E3 for Nintendo this year.

HOMIE_G64
HOMIE_G64

I looked at this post and shook my head. At least some Wii developers managed to get some balls and release ExciteBot, but other than that the Wii doesn't look too good.