Boogie shuffles onto Wii

New game from EA Montreal has cartoon characters dancing, singing in rhythm-based music game; Wii exclusive to launch worldwide in 2007.

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Oh snap! He busted out the Cabbage Patch, yo!
Oh snap! He busted out the Cabbage Patch, yo!

Over the past six months, gaming giant Electronic Arts has pledged to support the Wii console and dive further into the music/rhythm game genre. Today the publisher covered both of those promises with one announcement.

EA took the wraps off of Boogie, a new property from EA Montreal. The Wii exclusive is a rhythm-based game that has users dancing using the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk attachment. EA also says players will be able to show off their karaoke skills, but does not make any note of a microphone attachment (a Wii microphone peripheral is expected to ship with Disney Interactive's High School Musical).

Oh dat's dat funky New Kids on the Block! You got served!
Oh dat's dat funky New Kids on the Block! You got served!

The game was first shown off at an EA event in San Francisco during this year's Game Developers Conference. In a live demonstration, EA Montreal's Vander Caballero led the movements of a portly cartoon character as he shucked and jived to a KC and the Sunshine Band song in front of backup dancers who look like they were pulled straight from a Tim Burton flick. The more in step Caballero was with the beat, the more praise he was awarded. Likewise, the more he showed himself having two left feet, the more he was booed.

Boogie has not yet been rated by the ESRB. Check back later for GameSpot's preview.

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