Celebrity Sports Showdown comes to Wii

EA's latest minigame compilation squares off singers and sports stars in 12 activities, including inner-tubing, fighter-jet racing, and dodgeball.

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Gamers around the world have already thrilled to big-name crossovers such as X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Aliens Versus Predator, and Lakers Versus Celtics and the NBA Playoffs. This holiday season, gamers will be able to add Sugar Ray Leonard versus Nelly Furtado to that list, courtesy of Electronic Arts.

Fergie working the curling broom.
Fergie working the curling broom.

As reported by MTV News, EA will bring Celebrity Sports Showdown to Nintendo's Wii this holiday season. Developed by the team behind last year's EA Playground, the game is replete with celebrities of the stage and sports arena, with MTV calling out singers Keith Urban, Fergie, Nelly Furtado, and LeAnn Rimes, as well as sports stars Sugar Ray Leonard, Kristi Yamaguchi, Paul Pierce, Reggie Bush, and Mia Hamm.

The minigames on offer will be as gallimaufry as the names attached to the project. Sports thus far revealed include inner-tubing, fighter-jet racing, slalom skiing, dodgeball, smash badminton, curling, canoeing, and volleyball. The pint-sized sports games have reportedly been modeled after Nintendo's ubiquitous Wii Sports pack-in, and gamers will use the Wii Remote to control the various minigames in a variety of different ways.

Celebrity Sports Showdown will accommodate up to four players, and MTV notes that it is "meant to be played by a group of people using a single Wii," indicating that it will lack online multiplayer functionality.

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