Want to use your rear end to ride a wildebeest through a slalom course? Well, saddle up in the Rabbids' latest crazy outing, TV Party.
Those wascally wabbids are back again in another mischief-filled outing on the Nintendo Wii. However, this time around, the newly launched Wii Balance Board will be aiding and abetting their evil plans to hijack TV schedules.
We got a chance to meet the development team at Ubisoft's Paris studio and see for ourselves how much fun can be had with the balance board and your buttocks (more on that later). Whereas Wii Fit is designed to use the balance board for fitness purposes, TV Party plans to use it purely to assist in the Rabbids' crazy games, although there could be potential to improve some gluteal muscle tone along the way. The game's story mode takes place over the length of one week's TV schedule, and during the course of events you'll disrupt movies, music, fashion, dance, and sports segments, and even the ads themselves...much to Rayman's chagrin. From what we've been told, Rayman himself will play more of a cameo part in TV Party than in previous games in the series.
Although the developers are planning to include over 50 mini (and not so mini) games--as well as bite-sized Warioware-esque games in the form of playable TV ads--in the final version, we were privy to only two games. Beestie Boarding involves (unsurprisingly, if you've played a Rabbids game before) skiing an upturned wildebeest down a slalom course while sitting your posterior down on the balance board. While on your way down to the, erm, bottom, you'll score points by guiding your beast through checkpoints and, on harder difficulties, by picking up bonus points scattered along the way and by performing midair freestyle tricks off of ramps. The moves seem inspired by real-world snowboarding moves, as well as the crazy world inhabited by the game's protagonists, and even reminded us of the loony environs of Nickelodeon's Ren & Stimpy. Trick names and the ensuing moves are ludicrous and include the "rodeo heel edge," "backside cheesy pogo," "safari two-step," "nosegrind," "da Vinci air," "inverted hairy beast," "halfcow trickflip," and "fakie backwards brown nose."
The developers told us that at least 35 percent of the games in TV Party will include support for the balance board. Before attempting a downhill run in Beestie Boarding, you'll calibrate the board by sitting on it and lining up a reticle with the middle of the screen using pressure applied by your cheeks. During the run, you'll steer left or right by leaning in either direction on the board, and also speed up or slow down by leaning backward or forward, respectively. It looks quite forgiving in easy mode, and players can use the grips on either side of the board for support, but in higher difficulties, their hands will be occupied by the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, which are needed to perform tricks. The good news for those without the new peripheral--or a desire to control a game using their posterior--is that all minigames will be playable using the traditional Wii Remote and Nunchuk system.
Although we didn't see this feature in action, the game's developers told us that sidelined players will also be able to sabotage the current player's game. In Beestie Boarding, players will be able to wreak all manner of havoc by, among other things, hurling snowballs to try to knock the player off of the wildebeest. According to Ubisoft, 60 percent of the games will support multiplayer with up to four players simultaneously; however, only one player will be able to use the balance board at a time.
Another game, Dancing With Dweebs, sees the Rabbids take over a competitive dance show, and this game lets four players dance at once. Players compete in the dance-off by performing a series of moves using the remote and Nunchuk while getting their groove on. Four well-experienced volunteers from Ubisoft performed to Kool & the Gang's "Jungle Boogie" and had to sway, point, and flick their arms in various directions while stick figures scrolled across the top section of the screen from right to left to indicate the required moves.
In addition to an updated score throughout the song, each player also has a Rabbid judging them, and a quick glance at the bunny's expressions will tell you how well you're doing. The expressions we saw ranged from sleeping, to bored, mildly interested, and even clapping and dancing to your actions. At the end of your performance you'll be given an overall score, accuracy rating, and maximum combo score, as well as a note about how many perfect, good, poor, wrong, or missed moves you made.
In addition to what we saw, TV Party will support eight-player turn-based multiplayer in party mode. There isn't any online multiplayer planned, but the game will include support for online leaderboards and the ability to Pimp My Rabbid, in which you can dress up your bunny (with it being scored on the zaniness of its outfit), take its photo, and send to a friend. In addition to the Wii version, Ubisoft has announced that it is also working on a Nintendo DS version of the game, but we have nothing to report on that yet.
The game is currently in alpha, but from what we saw it didn't suffer from any bugs common to prerelease builds. Graphically, TV Party looked bright, colourful, and zany--true to the Raving Rabbids series. Some audio was missing from the early build, but what we heard matched the game's style and mood, and the licensed music was an authentic reproduction.
Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party--allegedly "the first game in the world you can play with your rear end"--will be coming to the Nintendo Wii for Christmas, as well as in portable, rear-end-less form on the Nintendo DS. As always, stay tuned to GameSpot as more details emerge.
Im actually disapointed. Sure, itll be great fun but this spell's the end for any hope of a platforming, action rabbid's game
Hmm. I might actually consider getting this game because they finally bumped Rayman down in prominence. I didn't like Rayman, but I think these characters (Rabbids) are really great.
Why do they bother putting "Rayman" in the title anymore? He doesn't have anything to do with his own games anymore. Was he even on the box art for RR2?
bad trailer they should of had a rabbid sitting on his ass while screaming like a lunatic instead of haveing incredibly happy people jumping up and down like they have reached a point in their smile that smacks them back in the face so hard they shat their pants.
Heh. They First Made Rayman Raving Rabbids For Some Platforms Like PS2 And Wii.Now They Only Make Wii And DS Rabbid Game! CCCCCUUUUUUUURRRRRRSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEEE THE WWWWIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AND DDDDDDDDDDSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
haha curua02 im guessing nobody got the joke he made ah well werent the other rabbids just mini games to? why not just call it raving rabbids 3
Loks liek they are cleaning up the visuals of the series quite well. almost looking like a flash cartoon. Matche the zannieness of the series well.
"the first game in the world you can play with your rear end" -- Obviously, they've never seen my mad Duck Hunt skills.
This is starting to make me mad. Now I have nothing against the game itself. But they need to stop saying it is a Rayman game. It is almost entirely about Rabbids and minigames. Neither of which were in the original Rayman games. They need to make an actual Rayman game and rename these Raving Rabbids games. I loved the originals and these games are great but they aren't truely Rayman games. Also, I hope that they do put online in minigame base games eventually. I love multiplayer but two people can barely fit in my room much less eight. I know that I could put the Wii out in the front but sometimes it is a lot of hassle. Wow, I cannot believe I just wrote all that. Anyway that's my two cents.
Wow, but wouldn't the balance board be uncomfortable for the posterior? (I don't have one so I don't know)
To KINGmastergamer What it means is that for the 4-player games where everyone is playing at once, but a balance board is used, the other three players will be doing something else. Sort of like the 1 VS 3 games in Mario Party.
I've never been into the whole 'Rabbids' thing since it kind of pushed Rayman to the side, but I have to admit the incorporation with the Wii Fitness board is a really nice idea and hopefully they'll do it well. The only bad deal with games like this is people without the extra-hardware loose out and have to dive further into their pockets to use the game properly.
This looks awesome! The second was sort of a letdown compared to the first, but this looks to be the best of the 3 so far.
- Release Date: Nov 18, 2008 (US)
- ESRB: E10+Titles rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) have content that may be suitable for ages 10 and older.