Thursday, October 30, 2008

GamerStatus: ASD Previews "Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party" for Nintendo Wii

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 12:36 PM

By Oscar Pascual

This week, SF game developer UbiSoft invited ASD to attend a preview of the upcoming Nintendo Wii exclusive, Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party. This third installment of their humor-filled party franchise promises to be the first game you can play with your butt, although we like our gaming in the form of the traditional sedentary, ass-fattening variety. Nevertheless, the fun-factor of TV Party seemed hard to resist for any gamer, so we had to check it out.

Unlike the beer-swilling Monday Night Football get-togethers made famous by Black Flag's original "TV Party," UbiSoft's TV Party is much more engaging and active, with over 60 mini-games that will have you and three friends flailing your limbs about in ridiculous fashion.

TV Party has high ambitions, packing in gameplay reminiscent of Rock Band, Mario Party, and Wii Fit all into one disc. The video above shows a game with Rock Band influence, where a group of four try to time movements to match notes in a rendition of Amy Winehouse's "You Know I'm No Good" that would send the Dap-Kings into a deep depression. If performing isn't your thing, then a mini-game where gamers exhibit dancing moves instead of guitar riffs is also available (see video below). TV Party also incorporates the use of Wii's Balance Board as a simulated hover board where gamers have to lean towards their intended direction. It looks like a great use of the new accessory, if only to test which of your drunken friends doesn't have the capacity to drive. We didn't experience any mini-game involving direct use of one's buttocks, but there definitely seems to be an abundance of body moving in TV Party. And with over 60 types of games to choose from, there should be one or two games strictly for the tookus in there somewhere.

With its massive amount of replay value and overall fun to be had, Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party is sure to be a solid Christmas gift, if not the missing link to one of your rowdiest holiday parties yet. Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party hits store shelves Nov. 11 and is available exclusively on the Nintendo Wii console.

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