THQ jumps on Wii balance board

All Star Cheer Squad will be first-ever US-developed game to support Nintendo's peripheral; DS edition also planned.

Another Thursday, and another new game from THQ coming to Nintendo's platform. Though the publisher took last week off, recent Thursdays have seen THQ announce original properties Battle of the Bands (nee Band Mashups), Deadly Creatures, and Big Beach Sports, all exclusive to Nintendo's Wii. Today, the publisher continued its focus on bringing new franchises to Nintendo's platforms, revealing All Star Cheer Squad for the Wii and Nintendo DS.

Billed as "the first-ever cheerleading video game," All Star Cheer Squad will be developed by Florida-based Gorilla Systems and will give players a taste of competitive cheerleading. Hoping to lend some real-world credibility to the virtual game, THQ has signed on Bring It On choreographer Tony G as chief consultant for the project.

Players will assume the role of a cheerleader, where they must learn "the latest cheer action and top routines," with the ultimate goal of becoming cheer-squad captain. THQ also promises a highly customizable experience, with players able to define the look and style of their character as well as create their own cheers.

In addition to the obligatory Wii Remote and Nunchuk, the Wii version of the game will make use of the Wii Balance Board. It's the first US-developed game to do so, and it's only the second non-Nintendo title compatible with the peripheral, after We Skui. The Wii Balance Board will be packed in with Nintendo's anticipated fitness sim Wii Fit on May 19. All Star Cheer Squad is currently slated to arrive this fall.

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gamecubepad
gamecubepad

This sounds cool. Hopefully there will be more support for the Balance Board. This game is obviously directed at young girls so if you are not a girl and find yourself not wanting this game do not be surprised. I'm looking forward to Deadly Creatures. I hope I can sting or bite a human and cause them pain.

Fake_Sketch
Fake_Sketch

damn, and i once liked wii..what a shame

Neilo_
Neilo_

in response to d3vilg0d, i think , i hope the Wii will come out with more titles than those. I along with probably any other Wii gamer am shocked at the lack good sports games. hockey is pretty much nixed for wii. but many series have been out for all three systems. what about bond? mario tennis, golf? i am waiting for the star wars title to be awesome. i still ahve hope in the Wii

necronaux
necronaux

It's bad enough kids are talking on their phones all over the place... now they'll be cheering into their DS's. Grreeaatt!!!

the-bat-child
the-bat-child

All Star Cheer Squad for the Wii !!!! I just sold my wii last week!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mikewalsh69
mikewalsh69

its git aaa written all over it[sarcasm]

Nirvana0511
Nirvana0511

I won't be buying All-Star Cheer Squad, but am going to buy Wii Fit because of the Balance Board. I think that will open some possiblities in terms of gameplay, I never thought I'd see a cheerleading game come about because of it, but it is what it is. I' like to see them make a game like that Arcade Police Shooting Game (I can't remember the name of it), the one where you have to duck and kneel to take cover from enemy fire. If they use the balance board and the Zapper to make a game like that, then this thing will really take off into the Mainstream here in America. It probably will anyway, because Gyms will buy it and use it for their members. But that's what I hope to get out of this Balance Board, is new ways to play games. Even something simple like when you're playing a mario game to jump you actually jump. Or in a Baseball game to pitch, you use the board as a mound to step off and if you do it wrong it's a balk. Or to lead from a base. If these things could be accomplished and made well of course, then I think Nintendo would be able to stay on top this round of gaming or at least make it even harder for Sony to have a big year (but Sony does have some monster games coming out and Blu-Ray will be booming at Christmas time with the price drops).

harrisi17
harrisi17

why don't developers make good games? I don't care if they look good, actually I love the cartoon look of many Wii games, just make fun games, not cheer simulations, wtf?

decrot
decrot

thats it, im selling my wii.

curua02
curua02

All Star Cheer Squad doesn't interest me in the least... But wouldn't it be awesome if this technology inspired an Ouendan/EBA spin-off? I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Slash_out
Slash_out

Wow. Finally, I was waiting for this blockbuster... Or not.

d3vilg0d
d3vilg0d

LoZ Oricina of time = LoZ Windwaker = LoZ Twiligh Princess super mario64=super mario sunshine = super mario galaxy pokemon stadium =pkm colesseum = pkm battle revolution super smash bros =SSBmelee = SSB brawl mario kart 64=mario kart double dash = Mario Kart wii Star fox 64 = star fox adventures = last title for the wii

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

This game will be HUUUGE with younger female gamers. I can definitely see my daughter wanting it.

IHeartCloud
IHeartCloud

oh haha. That sounds awful. It would be really funny if the game turned out good. I might buy it to keep my cousin entertained, because I'm sick of her singing the same 4 songs over & over again. x_x

meinink2y
meinink2y

Not interested in the least, but I'm sure a lot of people will be; should help bring even more fans to the Wii. :)

shredicalous
shredicalous

LoL, well i guess this continues with nintendo's recent trend of appealing to a more broader audiance, but with that said i can say i wont be picking up 'All Star Cheer Squad'..... *sigh* what is gaming coming too.....

Trindris
Trindris

I hope it's rated mature.

lotsofgunfire
lotsofgunfire

I would expect japan to think of this long before THQ. guess looking stupid infront of a tv is still in.

halosniper52
halosniper52

OFMOGMFOGM lawlalwlwala lollawlawla how dumb lawlalwl

-jumpman-
-jumpman-

writer should try spell check sometime >nee >Skui

renger6002
renger6002

lol there was a hiking game for the dreamcast?

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

Should I ever buy the "balance board," I won't be testing it's durability by jumping on it repeatedly. This game is probably designed for little girls whose weight couldn't hurt the balance board anyway, so it should make a few sales at least.

ansem_man
ansem_man

this is almost as bad as the hiking game for dream cast.

Dudeman480
Dudeman480

O_O.............................................................yaa ok good luck with that

darthnate1
darthnate1

Ummm yeah, I'm not even gonna buy the Balance board anyways. Nintendo needs to STOP making all this innovative crap. Balance board,Zapper, the Wheel thing, All these "toys" are a waste of time, money, and plastic.

muffinmanjedi
muffinmanjedi

this is possibly one of the worst videogame ideas ive heard in a while

Timbydude
Timbydude

Though there's no way you could get me to buy this game, I hope it does well so we get more Balance Board titles.

roll450
roll450

hhhmmmm Lets just see how this game turns out.

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

lol nintyfreak. they're really trying to find out whose playing the wii. cheerleaders? come on.

Nintyfreak
Nintyfreak

Come on realistic graphics with special boob physics...

Skreb-Masters
Skreb-Masters

Wouldn't jumping on the balance board break it? *ba dum tsh!* Sounds good. At least the board has a growing number of titles for it.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

THQ gets first shot with third party support with Balance Board? I think they'll do a good job.

OtterX
OtterX

Geez... when are they going to use the board to make a skating, surfing, or snowboarding game.

PS2Dude89
PS2Dude89

This sounds very umm, interesting? We will definitly have to see how this one plays out.

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

Whoohoo! Cheerleading! Actually, I do hope this is good. I won't buy it, but there are people who it will appeal to, and I always like to see the Wii get another quality game, even if it's one that doesn't appeal to me. Also, I'd like to take this opportunity to plug Deadly Creatures; it looks freakin' sweet.

2p4eva
2p4eva

I think a different activity would have been better suited, because mainly women and girls from North America and Canada will play it. But that said, it is a huge market. People shouldn't be so quick to dismiss these types of games, we will have to see in a preview if it is anything worthwhile

AngelCage
AngelCage

The snow ball keeps rolling downhill... yeah sure the wii is unique and casual and 'awesome' but... a cheeleader game? come on!!!! Pitty the developers who are milking the inexplicable needs of the nintendo fanbase to buy crappy games. Oh well, maybe in the game wee will see some nice cheerleaders legs... legs in skirts.... but without graphics a-la Dead or alive that will not be very good.

DragoValmon
DragoValmon

Cheerleading? Hmmm... Its gonna sell MILLIONS!!!!!!(sarcasm) I wonder how many guys are gonna buy this. How many fingers do I have?

jjr10
jjr10

Ahem.. wasn't the Japanese version of Elite Beat Agents about cheerleading?