Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 Q&A

What's going on with Rayman's latest outing on the DS? We spoke to game manager Loic Gounon to find out.

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Ubisoft's dismembered hero Rayman has been making quite a name for himself ever since he skipped onto the Wii with an entertaining minigame collection starring last year's most hilarious new villains, the raving rabbids. Now Rayman is on his way back to the Wii in Rayman Raving Rabbids 2, and he'll also be giving the Nintendo DS its due with a handheld version of the game that will purportedly contain 60 minigames, as well as more multiplayer action than we saw last time around.

To get the final word on the DS version of Raving Rabbids 2, we went straight to the source: game manager Loic Gounon.

GameSpot: How much collaboration has gone on with the Wii team?

Loic Gounon: There was a strong collaboration with the Wii team in terms of game ideas, as well as making sure that the rabbids remain as insane as ever.

GS: How did you come up with the DS minigames, since they were inspired by the Wii game and not necessarily an exact fit for the DS?

LG: For us it was really about the humor and fun that the rabbids create with their ridiculous antics that was the source of inspiration. Rules and controls are completely different. We started from scratch in order to use the DS controls fully and make them as fun as possible.

GS: Was it a concerted effort to make use of the mic? Or did that develop naturally?

Bunnies like to play, too.

LG: You might know that one of the most noticeable [of the] bunnies' behavior is the screaming! So we developed the use of the microphone (essentially to make noise) to let the player enjoy the screaming. We also use the mic as a gameplay feature in some minigames where you have to talk ("movie theater") or blow ("bunny bubble").

GS: How have you improved on the tech from the last game, or is it the same graphics engine?

LG: We use a new engine (developed mainly for the DS by Ubisoft Technology Group) with a more powerful 3D/2D graphic engine, so the game looks really good.

GS: Can you run us through the game's story?

LG: The rabbids invade the human world, and they try to mimic human behavior in a rabbid way! Rayman follows them around the world as he tries to collect useful information (pictures) about their ridiculous and crazy behavior.

GS: Can you explain the music system in the game?

LG: We decided to create musical minigames based on classic hits ("Smoke on the Water," "Funkytown") performed by the rabbids! You play with the stylus and try to follow the rhythm as accurately as possible, tapping to the beat. We implemented a groove box that you tap on the screen. This allows you access to prerecorded sounds that you can unlock throughout the game.

GS: Can you run us through the customization possible in the game?

Look out, Rock Band.

LG: When you beat top scores, you unlock fancy items for your rabbid: hat, clothes, and accessories. There are loads of different styles...Brazilian stuff, Japanese costumes, and so on. You can dress your rabbid and use it to play in most of the minigames. You can also draw on your rabbid using the stylus as a pencil and unleash your creativity! At last, you can draw on a blank background, or unlock predrawn backgrounds and fill the shapes.

GS: How are you going to interact with your virtual rabbid?

LG: Virtual rabbids can be punched or tickled with the stylus. You can also record your voice and the rabbid will say what you've been recording. This way you can compete with your friends on who has the best Bwwaaaaaaa!

GS: Can you run us through the game's Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection features? Will it just be playing games, or will you be able to trade rabbids as well?

LG: We didn't implement an Internet gaming feature. However, you can play in local Wi-Fi, in classic multiplayer (one cartridge per DS), or in game-sharing mode (only one cartridge for up to four players). You'll play with your customized rabbid, but you won't be able to trade it. He'll stay your own personal creation.

Discussion

20 comments
Loopuze
Loopuze

Yeah, I never played the first one, heard and read it sucked, but I can't see any way Gamespot could give this game less than a 9, even the few frustrating mini-games are still fun and humourous, there's all three types of DS Multiplayer, and playing the mini-games in score mode again to unlock more stuff is fun, giving the game good replay value.

spider-manfan45
spider-manfan45

the two things that let down the 1st game in DS was , finish something get nothing and their was only like 6 minigames.

Loopuze
Loopuze

Omg I've been playing this game all day, and it's right up there with Phantom Hourglass as far as pure fun factor goes, and that's pretty incredible for what's basically just a bunch of minigames. But what minigames they are! Every single one manages to be entertaining, hillarious, and fun. What a freaking great game. I could go on and on, but, suffice to say, I'm a pretty harsh critic, and I love this game. Simply awesome, get it, ya won't regret it, as the kids say.

mario11guy
mario11guy

I'll be as happy as a little boy on christmas if theres a way to use your rabbid to kick the crap out of rayman. LOVE THE RABBIDS, LOVE THEM TO DEATH!!! AND KILL RAYMAN!!!! I can only imagine it...Ill have it today and be able to have my very own rabbid...and draw and punch and pet and cloth and give it plungers!!!!! Oh, and that voice implementing feature for your rabbids is awesome... TODAY IS A DATE WITH DESTINY!!!!!!! gamestop better get it in or i'm gonna be sooooo pissed.

ClassicPlayer
ClassicPlayer

The Rayman game went downhill ever since Raving Rabbids came out, worst one being the Wii. This game is just stupid. Boo! Ubisoft! Just stick with Singstar or Rock Band everyone.

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

Darn it...I got the first game for the PS2. I hope someone I know gets this game for their Wii then. This game is hilarious!

sugaristan
sugaristan

my dad got me the first one without asking me and it sucked. no way am I going to be buying this one. the game was just a bunch of little mini-games that were stupid and it had no real plot. video games are a better when they have purpose.

jsmythe
jsmythe

This game seems like a disaster in the making but because I like the name of the manager, i'm going to sell my granny's painkillers at school to make enough money to buy it.

Dizinger
Dizinger

I find the Rabbids entertaining and reflective of my sisters when they are playing video games. At least the Rabbids have a personality and do a good job expressing it! Even the anti-video game in laws liked playing the first one.

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

as long as it's fun, that's all that matters

Infamous-One
Infamous-One

Can we just get a regular Rayman game for f*** sake please?!

raydnex
raydnex

will it be worth it? Oh yes it is!! And seriously Rabbids 1 doesn't seem to be more like on the console which is dull......

magicaltrevor11
magicaltrevor11

with mario party DS and this it will be a hard choice

JediKnightJace
JediKnightJace

The graphics and presentation look great, but I'd prefer a much improved platformer to yet ANOTHER minigame collection for the DS. All the same, I'll probably give it a try. Oh, and Cherry-Blossoms, I applaud you for not simply posting "F1RST!!!!!!!" like oh-so-many others.

jlnjcb
jlnjcb

I don't know...I don't really like mini-games for the DS, but im all for the WIi version

bernieberry
bernieberry

I own the original Raymond Raving Rabbids and am looking forward to the 2. Thanks for the questions and answers GS and LG.