E3 '07: Napoleon Dynamite Hands-On

We ready our nunchaku skills and dive headfirst into Crave's upcoming handheld adaptation of the cult classic comedy. Gosh!

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Weird movies are getting made into games. Specifically, weird movies made by Jared Hess are getting made into games. Last year, it was a DS adaptation of Nacho Libre. This year, Napoleon Dynamite is coming to the PSP and DS. Now, we know what you're thinking. How the heck do you make Napoleon Dynamite into a game? It was barely even a movie! Well, quite simply, you toss together a bunch of minigames themed after segments and key comedic moments from the film. Then you put it all together with a sort of kooky cut-and-paste style of animation to call it a game.

By now, you're probably already racking your brains trying to think of clever segments from the film that could be turned into a minigame. Is there a Napoleon dancing game? Is there some kind of Uncle Rico football throwing game? At any point do you have to feed Tina? Yes, yes, yes, and more! The DS version of the game is going to include 24 unique minigames, while the PSP version will have 30. The version we played was the PSP version, and we got to try out all of the above games, as well as a couple more than those mentioned.

First off, the big gun: the Napoleon dancing game. Think Parappa the Rapper. Button and D pad icons skirt across the screen as Napoleon dances; by pressing the buttons in time, Napoleon will do some sweet moves. The timing is actually quite precise, and in the later stages of the game, the presses become extremely fast. The next game, the Uncle Rico football toss, is sort of like all those mobile launching games that have been the rage in recent years. You first set the angle of your toss by hitting the X button at the right moment that a meter goes up and down. Then you set the power of your toss by doing the same thing. Rico goes first, and your goal is to beat his distance. Along the way, you'll find trampolines to boost your toss, and mud pits that slow you down. The Tina feeding game is a game of dodging and shooting. You fire casserole at Tina while trying to avoid her bullets of spit, and she can spit plenty.

The other two games involved Kip's elite hacker skills and the ill-advised purchase of a mail-order time machine by Uncle Rico. In Kip's game, you have to select and rotate a series of computer circuits to get Kip's signal to a library computer while avoiding pitfalls along the way. The time-machine game has you connecting circuits as well, though in this game, you pick the circuit pieces off of a table and connect them to a board. The goal is to use every circuit and get from one side of the board to the other. These two games struck us as being markedly more challenging than the others we played.

With a lot of minigames and a quirky art style, Napoleon Dynamite may just prove to be an amusing distraction for fans of the film. There's no voiced dialogue in the game, but the minigames will be book-ended by text-based cutscenes that include plenty of new jokes in the Napoleon Dynamite vein. We'll be sure to bring you more on Napoleon Dynamite in the coming weeks.

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Ah man, if this game gets over a 7.0 I'll giggle

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I love the movie but I'm having doubts about this game. I can't say it sucks just yet, but it doesn't appear to be to promising either. Hopefully it surprises us all and turns out to be a decent ride.

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I feel sorry for the people who have to go to work every day and make this game spawned of **** Truly a terrible plight for all.

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Sounds kinda funny, but no voice acting in a movie licensed game.. that has to be a joke.

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LOL, i love party games and napolean dynamite but crave as the publisher? I may just buy this because i have the psp movie

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sounds like a "wario" kind of game....

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lmao

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wtf

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The Mario Party franchise gets worst and worst every year as it keeps recycling the same game play elements over and over again. Since it's first Nintendo 64 title release, the serie hasn't evolved a bit. It's a good thing more party games are being developed as it brings variety to this particular kind of games, where series which proved their value are falling appart. The mini-games featured in Napoleon Dynamite don't sound promising or fantastic and will probably make a couple of movie fans break a window trying to get rid of it. Still, some other games like Rayman Raving Rabbids might be just what this type of games needs to renew itself.

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I liked the movie, but I'm also positive I won't like this. So many new minigame-based games will own this game. Like Mario party.

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seriously, WTF!!! Secondly, isn't this like 2 years too late? I guess the middle school kids will be all over it tho.

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I loved Napoleon Dynamite, truly a cult film. I dont know if I am going to like this game though :/ Seems kind of generic, just mini games with the characters likenesses? On top of that there is no dialog from the movie, whats the point of even licensing a comedy if you arent even going to use the jokes? GOSH....!!!

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...I'm going to leave this alone now...

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wtf? why does this exist?!

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Oh my. I can't believe this. :o

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What the hell? These guys must be on drugs!

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It's gonna be the worst game. The movie was horrible.

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I didnt like the movie ... I'm not sure if the game sounds good either ...

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flippin sweet!

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Sounds awesome! :lol:

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the movie is about nothing. it's like seinfeild. but ill keep an eye on it.

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I never really "got" the movie so I think I'll pass on the game.

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I think we're all forgetting one important thing: It's being made by Crave.

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napoleon dynamite is a mint film, but i cant see this game been worth buying, it should be a free online game or sumat

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Come on Spaz, at least watch a movie before you judge it. I used to think Indiana Jones was dumb. Until I watched it, that is. But I do have a hard time believing that this game is going to be even slightly good.

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The movie is utter crap. And i haven't even watched it. :)

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Why pick this movie out all of the other movies that would work much better? Sigh.

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total rubbish, could never be good, even with a million years of development

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. . . the sound you hear is my brain exploding. I'm telling grandma.

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i dont think so it could be a good game... well i am not sure....

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this game will suk...... a lot

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This is going to be another embarrasment to the gaming universe mark my words.

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Worst movie-game transition ver

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Good movie, bad game... :(

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Haha, comedy... I like jokes like this :)

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Umm, ok....this thing will be on Ebay before you know it.

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its like little britian

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sounds like a really bad game

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Why? I mean come the F* on, who the hell thinks this is a good idea?

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Look out Big Rigs, you've got some competition!

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just a big NO to this game

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Gosh, freakin' Idiots is an appropriate expression to describe this game.

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Sounds rather bad to me.

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that's flippin awesome, lol :lol:

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Two words. Freaking, sweet.

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I hope they can at least capture the humor in the movie. Because I have my doubts about the gameplay.

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:|

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Yay?

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This game is 3 years too late

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