Nintendo throwing Wii Party, 160 million Miis made

Nintendo's first first-party party game in three years will be Mii-based and feature a "Living Party" mode; Mario Party 8 sells 7.6 million.

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The day after Nintendo reported its first fall in profits in six years, company president Satoru Iwata gave a presentation addressing both the previous year's earnings and the current year's release slate. The executive also used the occasion to reveal his company's next big Wii title, Wii Party.

Wii Party's "marquee" attractions will apparently include some sort of ship-based balancing game.

"As you know, 'Wii something' are the titles that we use only with software that Nintendo has developed exclusively for Wii with the aim to make them marquee titles for Wii," said Iwata. "We are developing this game with the aim to make it a marquee party game for Wii."

Although some would argue Wii Music and Wii Sports Resorts are well suited for gatherings, Wii Party will be the first first-party game made explicitly for parties on the console since 2007's Mario Party 8. Iwata revealed that the title has sold over 7.6 million units worldwide to date--nearly 2 million of which were bought in the US.

Iwata said Nintendo is eager to emulate Mario Party 8's success with Wii Party, commenting that "Since [the] Wii is usually being played by several people at once…a party title has great potential." However, he was more miserly with details on the game, saying only that its "developers are spending significant time [on] this title so that they can include elements that are must-haves in a party game, as well as making sure that [an] adequate volume of gameplay [is] available."

Miis will go globe-trekking in Wii Party.

One nugget of information Iwata did confirm was that Wii Party will be based on gamers' Mii avatars. He said that over 160 million Miis have been made in the US, Japan, and in six unnamed European countries. He also said that the success of Tomodachi Collection for the DS, which has sold 3.2 million units in Japan, has also boosted the popularity of Miis in the island nation.

Iwata also unveiled two screenshots from Wii Party, which show Miis balancing in the rigging of a ship and traveling through Central America on a globe. He also said the game would have a Wii Remote-based "Living Party" mode, but did not go into details about what that mode would entail.

Discussion

136 comments
otakubr
otakubr

16.000.000 miis wow! how many 360 avatars exists? anyone nows?

SithLordVenom
SithLordVenom

Lol all the negatives I got from my comment is from people that didn't grow up in the 70 and 80's. Do you know ho many marios we played back then. Yea it was good be got old. Again the ORIGINAL nintendo fans grow up. Not you young kids. You young kids have a few years to experience how use older people feel about nintendo. So downgrade if you want, but I am sure a lot of older people agree. Nintendo is not how nintendo use to be.

Flint247
Flint247

You guys better be glad they announced this now. Just think if this was their grand finale at E3... the internet would be so angry with Nintendo. XD (I wouldn't even if it was)

GCwasthebestsys
GCwasthebestsys

MarioParty is old and tired formula. I never thought it was that amazing in the first place. Lots of fun games and nice idea with the board-game-layout but things just moved waaaaayyyyy too slow imo. too much moving across the board and what not.

Neosonic23
Neosonic23

They Better not show this as a big deal on E3, we had enough Wii-Game Presentations already.

Lightsyde
Lightsyde

Well, the bucks are coming in, aren't they? Nintendo should keep right on doing what they are doing. At the very worst, they will become an unforgettable example as to why video game companies need to pay attention to the hardcore gods. At the very best, they will get your grandma to look moar fit and stop bugging you about wasting your life in front a controller. Not too bad a deal, and no harm done if you happen to have a Playstation 3 / X-box 360 and a very healthy e-bay account. No harm at all, unless you're not one of those poor, poor, long time Nintendo fans left weeping on the sidelines... This is why grandmas shall rule the world one day.

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

sounds cool, i like mario party although i havent played 8 yet, but im sure it will be fun playing with ur mii haha

SithLordVenom
SithLordVenom

I don't know. Are these games really selling out more then the xbox and ps3 titles? I can understand the DS. But Wii? Maybe the little kids just outnumber the amount of adults that play Wii. I say good job Nintendo even though a lot of people I know don't use your system anymore. But if your numbers are what you are using to impress people then good job. You got that far. But how about you go back to your roots when you dominated all age groups and even Sega. Nintendo, your fans grow up. Don't forget, we supported you since the first Nintendo. Now it seems like you forgot about us.

justhat1
justhat1

hear that? nintendo laughing all the way to bank!

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

@Flint247 there is some truth in that with nintendo's platforming games that are aimed for everyone but what about Goldeneye007, Perfect Dark, Turok, Conkers Bad Fur Day etc.?

Corrupted_SA_X
Corrupted_SA_X

When I bought a Wii, the first thing I did was make my Mii. After that, I never looked at it again. "Oh my god I can't wait for this to come out! It's gonna get me to play my Mii again!" - Is the kind of reaction Nintendo probably wants.

Evilnator
Evilnator

First First Party party game =p

Murtaghe01
Murtaghe01

I think nintendo needs to make a real console. The wii has bad online and very few good games. its next console should be something with an actual controller and better graphics. enough with were trying to reach old ladys who want to break there backs playing bowling

MP40_sprayer
MP40_sprayer

@diesil Unless you're a certain "Bear", in which case a 5 year olds birthday party will be rather fun.

MrPMPisBeefy
MrPMPisBeefy

Every Mario Party game was made (even more in most cases) fun by making it a drinking game. The same shall be true of Wii Party.

elozl
elozl

@zomglolcats im a Nintendo Fan since the NES, but i totally agree with your comment, Nintendo is not doing it right at the moment

CharlesSteak
CharlesSteak

Some other games that would be marquee titles on Wii: UFC Undisputed EA NHL Modern Warfare 2 Need for Speed Shift Grand Theft Auto IV Street Fighter IV Final Fantasy XIII When is Nintendo gonna get with the program? For every one of these great games that are not on the Wii, there are a thousand of these silly party games. Maybe if they greased the chains with the third parties, they'll get some of those lost Wii sales back.

diesil
diesil

that party will b more boring than a 5 year olds bday party

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

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GunGriffin
GunGriffin

While I normally don't comment on Nintendo games built from first party for the Wii. This needs to change. IE the Wii is getting a fair bit of hardcore titles this year: Red Steal 2 Monster Hunter Tri (Already out and doing vary well BTW) The Conduit 2 Mad World 2 If Nintendo wants to back up those great titles they need to start pushing out some games that speak to the older fans of Mario, and Zelda, last but not least announce the release date for that Metroid game from Team Ninja. IMHO if Nintendo dropped the Release date for Metroid other M, as well as announced the fallowing: Super Mario Kart Wii (one more crack at it this time with feeling! and non sucky controls) Mario Wii (Think like Mario 64 often hailed as one of the best Mario platformers ever made) Zelda Wii Warrio Wii (Where is Mario's evil twin on the Wii anyway? He should get a dark platformer game) If they did all of that plus a new Yoshi Wii title, and Pokemon game they might get some huge sales boosts, and redeem them selfs. Until then they are only going too see their sales plummet farther down. They seem to love to push out a half finished game that speaks to the true Nintendo fan base, but then push out 8 more party games on top of it to make up the losses spent on that one game. Am I right or wrong?

jamesm7786
jamesm7786

I just get tired of nintendo making games that cater to everyone... things have not always been this way... i'm getting tired of these novelty titles...

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

Yes, it does look like crap. And yes, I complain because I want to. I'll pass on this one as well.

Flint247
Flint247

I hope to be at this "Party". My Mii will be ready to get its boogie on. :P

gamer082009
gamer082009

Wow, 7.6 million copies of Mario Party 8 sold..that's allot, yowzers!! And I'd like to know who keeps buying all those damn Wii's. Is Nintendo buying them? (joke)

junor69
junor69

good god dose anyone even play this games my old PS1 games are much batter. when Nintendo gets to the level of the PS2 i may look in to it again. so far my Wii been colecting dust from new no wait it dose have all 5hours of run time, my foult i havent turned it of after first 2min.

Flint247
Flint247

@jamesm7786 I consider Mario or Nintendo games related to Mario themed for "Everyone", not just kids. But if you want Adult-themed games, 360 and PS3 is this way...

Flint247
Flint247

I don't see why people are complaining about this. If you don't want it, then don't buy it. Simple as that. >_>

DamnedApples
DamnedApples

By Johnsons I mean Wii-motes and by golden showers I mean crunched up ranch-flavored Doritos--obviously...

DamnedApples
DamnedApples

wii party? Is that where people pull out their Johnsons and sprinkle each other with golden showers?

Brilliant_R
Brilliant_R

@jamesm7786, I get tired of people labeling these things as "kid" stuff; they are supposed to appeal to a general audience (as in everybody-friendly, non-violent), including kids, but not mainly kids. A lot of that "adult" stuff doesn't appeal to many adults anyway; it mostly appeals more to some groups of high-schoolers...

deffine
deffine

lol Mario party games is a pretty easy and fun multi player games for all ages..... and that is What is suppose to do.....simple as that :) ppl that complain should realize the purposes of mini party games first

enix165
enix165

Because the Wii didn't have enough minigame collections as it is...o_o

eyebrowless
eyebrowless

Sounds good, but most of the charm of the Mario Party games is seeing the mario characters and the mario world being played in a party atmosphere. Hopefully they can add as much charm with the Miis

jamesm7786
jamesm7786

ehh... I want more adult themed games... this mainstream kid stuff isn't hitting the spot for me...

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

Whatever the outcome of this game is, it's bound to be better than Wii Music.

zomglolcats
zomglolcats

I think the idea of using Mii's instead of established Nintendo characters is a flawed design decision. I've heard arguments that Mario Party has grown stale and this would be better. Which is ludicrous, because this game is essentially a Mario Party style game only without a single ounce of personality or likeable characters. Yes, I haven't played it, but based on the knowledge it uses Miis pretty much guarantees this is the case. In addition, Mario Party 8 wasn't that great because it was a half arsed game. Uninspired, weak graphics, no widescreen (really Nintendo?), so that is hardly anything to measure the series by. If Nintendo didn't want to make yet another Mario Party game... they have tons of other characters and franchises to tap. I agree with thps48... make a Nintendo All Stars game. Mario, Link, Samus, etc. That would be awesome. As it is, this game seems extremely bland and uninteresting. Half the fun of Mario Party was the Mario characters. For those who disagree, think of it this way: would be even half as interested in Brawl, if they used Mii's instead of Nintendo characters?

thps48
thps48

Yeah... What about making a ****ing Nintendo All-Star Party. The concept is ripe for endless genres and all you can make is Smash. And Sakurai isn't even planning another one at the very least. Is it completely impossible to do this kind of **** in not-****ing-Smash form?! Anyway, I'd probably still buy Wii Party 'cause I need some coins for those Hanafuda. However, if Hudson's involved, they better add in the best elements of Mario Party or leave it alone because Mario Party 8 deserves to be erased from existence by Chaos Emerald-empowered Norse gods... Or Phazon. Either way, they **** you up. XD

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

Miis are awesome but this game looks weak.

KillerWabbit23
KillerWabbit23

Hardcore gamer's response (aka mine): No... no... no... nononononononono! WHYYYYYYY???? Granny's response: "Oh, goody. The children do love these games, or at least I think so. They keep asking for the receipts... oh well. I'll buy it!" Average gamer's response: "Wait, what is this?" *keeps walking, shrug*

SpiKeX-Crom
SpiKeX-Crom

Wow, I am sadly interested. hopefully this will be good, if not, the wii will continue to sit on my tv, undisturbed.

Flint247
Flint247

I like mini-game games, let's hope Nintendo can make this one last a while.

mattg90520
mattg90520

@monson21502 thats not exactly what i meant. sure, ninty knows where they can make a lot of money. however, that area is filled with mediocre party games. nintendo needs to learn who their true audience is, has been. they need to realize its the hardcore audience that has supported them through every generation and make games for them, which also incidentally would make ninty lots of money. thats what they need to learn. as for natal and move, honestly, i think thats microsoft and sony just cashing in on the motion craze. i have a feeling its just going to be a bunch more party games, honestly. sony will push it as an hd wii and natal will have the controllerless angle. its really going to depend on what they have at launch to determine whether it goes in the hardcore, more dedicated direction or straight into party game territory.

Brilliant_R
Brilliant_R

Though Nintendo could be focusing on some more of their core first-party series, this looks like it'll be fun, especially for social gatherings. And I love what they can do with motion control, which is always incorporated into the Wii series, and it would be a really fun gameplay meachanic in a party game.

thetravman
thetravman

Looking forward to it actually. I've been waiting for a Mario Party 9 for a while now. This should be just as good if not better.

Cruse34
Cruse34

@Pikaandpi What are you saying the Wii series is the thrid highest selling franchise ever. Only Mario and Pokemon have ever sold more. This game will sell over ten mil. Those games your asking for would be great but you really can't blame them for being smart

bulletsword
bulletsword

@ zar144 I laughed out loud. Hard. The bottom 5% of my graduating high school class would've been able to point out that factual inaccuracy.

Pikaandpi
Pikaandpi

Geez, talk about needing to get one's priorities in order. I love Nintendo as much as the next Nintendo fan, but this is getting a bit crazy. I'm sure there's a few games in the works that could use the manpower instead of this game... you know, ones that will actually sell, like... oh, I don't know... Pikmin 3? Maybe a rebirth of F-Zero? How about a Wii version of Kirby? It's not like there's a shortage of franchises that Nintendo could revive on Wii that would produce high sales...

Gooshnads
Gooshnads

They are only doing this for PR... Wii sales hit a wall, they wanna try to push it back I don't know why people don't really see this.

frogloe
frogloe

Why do I get the strange feeling that this is supposed to replace Mario Party 9?