Finally a publisher comes right out and says it - we're gonna crank out mini-games for the Wii like there was no tomorrow. Ubisoft has launched a new label, Play Zone, focused on delivering fast and fun entertainment for friends and family through mini-games.

The first game to appear under the Play Zone label is Sports Party, which features nine different mini-games with varying difficulty levels. Included are three variations on basketball, croquet, lawn darts, badminton, volley-ball, horse shoes, and mini-golf. Sounds perfect for parents who've grown jaded over this whole fresh-air and sunshine nonsense.

UBISOFT LAUNCHES NEW PLAY ZONE LABEL

Sports Party, first PLAY ZONE game for friends and family to enjoy exclusively on WiiTM

London, UK– June 19th, 2008– Today Ubisoft announced that it will launch a new Wii exclusive party-games range under the label PLAY ZONE. The PLAY ZONE titles will provide immediate entertainment&recreation thanks to original and numerous mini-games to be shared by all family members and friends.

"With our new PLAY ZONE party titles, the Wii gamers who like to spend time with friends and family will have fun with the Wii through innovative and involving mini-games. The PLAY ZONE label will provide them with the best games to mingle and compete together in a fun and friendly atmosphere" said John Parkes, Ubisoft's EMEA Marketing Director.

Sports Party: become the summer sports champion!

Sports Party will be the first game to be released within the PLAY ZONE label. Located in a tropical paradise Island, Sports Party proposes 9 sports mini-games that can be played head-to-head or cooperatively. With 3 different difficulty levels and using intuitive gestures with the Wii Remote the games can be enjoyed again and again.

Key features:

• 9 different disciplines: Challenge family and friends to basketball (3 different mini-games), croquet, lawn darts, badminton, volley-ball, horse shoes and mini-golf.

• Short gaming sessions: Have a break and change sport as often as desired. Practice a few minutes and challenge whoever is around!

• For the whole family: 3 different difficulty levels that fit with the skills of all family members and friends.

• Wii Remote based gameplay: Thanks to intuitive motions, instantaneously enjoy any sport!

Sports Party will be available on July 11th 2008.