There are currently four games in the Game Party series of mini-game collections. The combined Metacritic average for these four games is 31. So why the hell is Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment releasing Game Party Champions for the Wii U?

I'd say it has something to do with the Game Party series on the Wii selling close to three million copies.

That silly figure came about back in 2009, when publisher Midway was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. That's the kind of figure that makes a potential buyer sit up and notice. Never mind that every reviewer on the planet that came near one of these games died (possible exaggeration).

And that's where Wii shovelware comes from, boys and girls.

"Developed specifically for Wii U, Game Party Champions has a fun, pick up-and-play style that experienced and novice gamers will equally enjoy," said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. "Players can tilt, turn and swipe the Wii U's revolutionary touch screen controller to play in entirely new ways."


Who will play this? Who in their right mind would buy it? The same misguided numbers that purchased the other ones. The sort of consumer that goes into the Best Buy and heads directly to the ambiguously-titled budget games no one was ever excited about section and loads up. With the Wii U's enhanced graphical capability brought to bear, I'd dare say some of the players that should know better might even get roped in.

There's no mention of a release date in the big official announcement, but I'm assuming this'll be clogging up the shelves around launch time. Can't take that long to develop this sort of crap.