Rayman Raving Rabbids Hands-On

We break a sweat spraying rabbits in the face with carrot juice at the 2006 Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany…seriously.

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LEIPZIG, Germany--Because of the Wii controller's unique capabilities, it seems inevitable that it would be used to kill rabbits. Wait...what? OK, so the premise for Ubisoft's upcoming Wii game, Rayman Raving Rabbids, is admittedly off the wall. It's a collection of minigames in which you, as Rayman, must shoot, race, and dance in an effort to rid the world of hundreds and hundreds of pesky little "rabbids," which are cute little white bunnies. Knowing that, we hopped at the opportunity to get our hands on a Wii controller to see how the concept of motion has been implemented into this collection of rabbit-unfriendly minigames.

The minigames in Rayman Raving Rabbids are divided into a handful of categories. There are first-person shooter, racing, and rhythm minigames. Within each category there are several minigames to choose from.

The first game we saw was a dancing minigame where Rayman stood in the middle of a dance club dancing to the Pulp Fiction theme song "Misirlou" by Dick Dale. As Rayman danced, rabbids approached from both sides of the stage. Just as each rabbid reached a lighted circle, we had to move the nunchaku and the remote to "smash" them. Moving the nunchaku smashed the rabbids on the left side, and the remote smashed the rabbids on the right side. As the song played on, the difficulty increased, and the rabbids began approaching faster and faster.

The second minigame we played was called "Rabbids love carrot juice." In this game we sat behind a bar at a tropical island resort. Rabbids in scuba gear slowly emerged from the water and walked up the beach toward us. To thwart their advances, we had to drown the rabbids with carrot juice. This minigame played like a shooting gallery; we were unable to move and simply had to aim with the remote. However, the challenge comes from keeping the carrot juice flowing. To pump carrot juice at the rabbids, we had to violently shake the nunchaku attachment up and down. It can be tricky because you have to aim with one hand while shaking the other as fast as you can. We played for close to three minutes in a hot, cramped demo room, and by the end we had worked up quite a sweat, which gives you an idea of just how active you have to be with the Wii controller.

The next game we played fell under the first-person shooter category, but it played more like a rail shooter. We moved around a stage on rails, using a toilet-plunger gun to shoot all the rabbids that popped up from behind objects in the environment. Again the aiming was done with the remote, but this time the nunchaku was used to reload. By shaking the nunchaku we got a fresh ammo supply. You have unlimited ammo, but your gun can hold only half a dozen plungers at a time. That means you have to shake that nunchaku every few seconds. There are several different-themed stages to choose from in this mode, although based on what we saw, they all seemed to play very similarly.

We also checked out a couple of games in the racing category. The first race had Rayman riding on the back of a huge rhinoceros-type creature. It was a simple lap race against three other opponents. The controls in this race were quite simple--we steered with the analog stick on the nunchaku attachment and used the remote as a whip to coax short bursts of speed form our mount. The final minigame we played was another racing-type game, but instead of running laps around a track, we took to the skies for some skydiving. In this game, Rayman fell toward the earth and we had to use the remote to guide him through floating rings on his way down. There wasn't much to this game, but the simplicity was a welcome break from the shaking and shooting of the other games.

Rayman Raving Rabbids looks like it will put the Wii controller to use in a variety of ways. Some of the ways the game uses the controller are obvious, such as in the shooting games. However, with more than 70 minigames in all, there are plenty of opportunities for the game to test the capabilities of the hardware. Rayman Raving Rabbids is scheduled to be a launch title for the Nintendo Wii, so be sure to check GameSpot frequently for new updates about all the minigames in this manic collection.

Discussion

61 comments
Xelioth1
Xelioth1

fritz, the world IS fat, and we DO need to work out more. hell, I'm looking forward to the wii cause I know I need some excercise.

fritzjavel
fritzjavel

why does it seem that nintendo is putting the world on a diet or something...cause is seems that we need to work alot ot make things move...no matter how smooth the controller can be...does that mean nintendo thinks the world is fat and we need to work out more...i can garuntee there will be a workout game for nintendo onvolving the controller...

raiden246
raiden246

raving rabbids looks awesome graphics look good and im liking the mini games to.

marty352
marty352

This game is looking great and im deff liking the humour. Its games like this that the world lacks these days.

LucasAW
LucasAW

hmmmm... sounds like fun I guess. Not too sure about it yet tho..

aashkii
aashkii

Elmer Fudd's dream come true... Wots and Wots of Wabbits. Keep up the good work Ubisoft!

Gamingcucumber
Gamingcucumber

I've never so much to a game as to Rayman RR. This game is absolutely HILLARIOUS. Genius...Ubisoft. You are genius XD!

chozoabductor
chozoabductor

It's definitely just minigames. The game plays with a story, but you progress by doing minigames and you unlock those games for multiplayer. Sorry, but Ancel absolutely changed the game from platforming (which was originally planned) to a game of minigames to benefit the wii controller.

DFTricks
DFTricks

Hahaha! that game sound awesome :P

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

This game is going to be awesome. It has a lot of character to it.

gaminggeek
gaminggeek

Dear gamespot, I find your previews, all of them rather mechanical. As a gamer the mechanics interest me, but I need some kind of actual emotional feedback as to how a game is progressing. Tell me how it plays, is it any good etc?

ganonsbane33
ganonsbane33

You have to remember that this was a demo. Demos are meant to only "demonstrate" the game. You can't get the full experience in such a short time.

nate64
nate64

of course it's not just mini games. haven't you seen any footage of this game. this is just to give a glimpse of how to use the controller. there are pics of rayman on a spider a bird and just roaming around like you would expect. so we know that it wont just be mini games.

Goombaloo
Goombaloo

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woolha
woolha

it better not just be minigames. although it would be just fine if it had minigames incorperated.

LoWpS
LoWpS

Ack, i hope the whole game isnt just minigames... i was disappointed when i read this, i was hoping more platformer and not so much Wario Ware. Jalmodov says that the minigames are just an extra feature, i hope thats tru. Meh, time will tell... maybe ill just get it.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

sounds really cute ... wonder if wario will have his own too?

Da_big_guy
Da_big_guy

I don't think I'll buy this simply because i'm sure the next Mario party will be better (Not to mention 4 player) I also really wish they'd done another platformer as with the amount of stretching and swinging available to a Rayman (platformer) game this is just wasting the Wii controllers potential!

juanfraino
juanfraino

Well, I found myself my first wii game ill buy. Platformers are great, and this is gonna rock!

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

rayman always comes to early in every system cycyle

lgoldberg
lgoldberg

This game seems to be coming out for everything except for Macintosh.

VegetaFr20
VegetaFr20

i think it sounds fun. better than sitting on your ass and button mashing.

Turisman4
Turisman4

To be honest, this game doesn't look that bad. Maybe I'd try it, if my chances of buying a Wii weren't very bad.

jalmodov
jalmodov

Actually, if you read the earlier preview from E3 here in Gamespot, it says the the wii will have minigames as an extra feature. It looks like the other versions only get the platformer, while the wii gets the platformer and the minigames. At least that's what I infer from reading it.

El_Jarvo
El_Jarvo

To be honest, I'm a little disappointed with this....I was expecting a platform game = Well, let's see what happens.

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

Potemkin2005: Seems like Ubisoft are the ones other than Nintendo to really utilise the gameplay possibilities on the Wii. Perhaps you are just hankering for a platformer, might I suggest checking out Super Mario Galaxy?

Potemkin2005
Potemkin2005

What a complete waste of development time, money and effort. A collection of mini games? Way to not make good use of the controller Ubisoft. Classic Rayman platforming action wouldn't have been a much better way to make use of the controller. Guess I'll have to check out the 360 version and hope that's going to be a platformer.

osopolar
osopolar

Say Again? what? Ok, even it does sound weird, it sounds like a game with potential. What worries me it the minigames concept, I think something with more "bulk" that just "minigames can come out of this idea

swinners0
swinners0

very differant to any other rayman game but could still be great. Or could be just a tedious minigame title.

gnarlychar
gnarlychar

Snow muncher, If you want to, you can control the Wii-mote in all wrist movements. GS just wanted to use full motions I geuss. It's not a workout unless you want it to be one. :)

NuclearDruid
NuclearDruid

RAGIN - Maybe instead of having a stick up your ass you MIGHT, JUST MIGHT wonder that MAYBE THEY WERE NOT ALOUD.

ragin_massaih
ragin_massaih

WTF is this??? STILL no gameplay footage!!!!!!!!! wish they stop f**cking arounf and gamespot, u piss me off cuz u say u got "hands on" but we never actually "see" any hands on like a certain other site beggining with IG geddit???

snowmuncher
snowmuncher

I like how Gamespot was always making fun of anyone who said that using the Wii remote would tire them out. Then they say that after only 3 minutes they were perspiring profusly. How do they expect anyone to play for an hour? I for one do not want to have to change and shower after every gaming session.

snowmuncher
snowmuncher

I like how Gamespot was always making fun of anyone who said that using the Wii remote would tire them out. Then they say that after only 3 minutes they were perspiring profusly. How do they expect anyone to play for an hour? I for one do not want to have to change and shower after every gaming session.

_Sam_
_Sam_

I've liked the rayman games I've played

CouchPotato17
CouchPotato17

Those minigames look like fun! Good thing I pre-ordered a copy. :P I sure hope there's at least a little platformer action in it, though.

joedvb
joedvb

i think its good its not a platformer as it means they now have more time to make a realy good one it sounds alot like that ds game that came out on launch (the saga one ) i cant remember the name but i think it has also somthing todo with rabitts

danny_s1
danny_s1

Seems like an imitation to WarioWare, but the minigames seem to last a bit longer than 5 seconds. If the demo tired out these editors that gave it a try, imagine a kid trying to last just as long.

Kasreyn
Kasreyn

Wii? Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!

Gregoroth
Gregoroth

Haha. Well it's obvisouly rubbish then isn't it GaMeNiGrO. If you take a look, RRR spans 8 platforms...

GaMeNiGrO
GaMeNiGrO

i think this game was confirmed by ubisoft to only be on the wii....... i remember reading an interview or somethin & it said that