Ubisoft Enters The Play Zone With Sports Party

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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.

Illustration for article titled Ubisoft Enters The Play Zone With Sports Party
Illustration for article titled Ubisoft Enters The Play Zone With Sports Party
Illustration for article titled Ubisoft Enters The Play Zone With Sports Party


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.

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@BPMκ: With the exception of Z&W, which I've heard from several friends is an overlooked gem, I've played all the games listed, and have enjoyed them.

However, Okami is a souped-up PS2 port. I also bought RE4 again, since it was cheaper, and found that enjoyable with the new controls as well. Trauma Center was really cool as a rental, but didn't quite convince me to buy.

I've likened my Wii purchase, which is really just an extension of my post-SNES continued Nintendo support in the first place, to favoring Macs over PCs where my computer purchases are concerned. Essentially, when I buy a Nintendo system, I do so because I believe the company behind it makes the best videogames around, and I have yet to be disappointed with their first-party offerings from a system's launch to its retirement.

Great third-party titles are like a bonus. I guess my real disappointment, and I suspect this is shared by other gamers eager to see the Nintendo of our youth make a Celtics-like resurgence in the gaming industry, is that even though retailers can't keep the Wiis on shelves, developers don't give a damn.

Where they once ignored Nintendo systems during the 64 and Cube era entirely, developers have returned to the Wii, only to grace it with utter crap titles that wouldn't even be feasible on the 360/PS3... maybe it's the novelty factor of the Wiimote.

I'm not sure which is worse, but unless developers stem the tide of shovelware, the Wii's status as a last-gen port and mini-game dumping ground will become a self-fulfilling prophecy, rather than the "Revolution" that would change the way we gamed.

Reading this blog makes us more aware of the industry than most, but the average Wii owner is being conditioned to settle for less, which ain't good for Nintendo in the long run.

The Nintendo brand looks better now than it has since Mode 7 and F/X Chips were bleeding edge. Hopefully they can build on this, reach out to developers, and rebuild some bridges that were burnt following the 16-bit era.