Nintendo’s Next Big Game Is Wii Party

Nintendo’s Next Big Game Is Wii Party

Wii Sports led to Wii Play. Wii Play brought us to Wii Fit, then Wii Music. The next major Wii-branded game from Nintendo is also a Mario Party successor. Ready for Wii Party?

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed the new game in a presentation to investors this week as part of a show of confidence about Nintendo’s upcoming game line-up. The user-made avatars for the Wii, your Miis, will be the stars of this party game.

“As you know, ‘Wii something’ are the titles that we use only with software that Nintendo has developed exclusively for Wii with the aim to make them marquee titles for Wii,” Iwata said. “We are developing this game with the aim to make it a marquee party game for Wii.

“The developers are spending significant time for this title so that they can include elements that are must-haves in a party game as well as making sure that adequate volume of game play are available. We are developing it with the intent that every Wii player will be able to find a game that can be enjoyed. In a game play mode called ‘Living Party’, there are unique game play only available with the Wii Remote.”

Iwata boasted that some 160-million Miis have been created by Wii owners in the US, Japan and parts of Europe, making it “a natural move for your Miis and your friends’ and family members’ Miis to show up in a Wii party games.”

Iwata referred to Wii Part as the company’s first “marquee party game” since 2007’s Mario Party 8. He said the game will be out during Nintendo’s current financial year, which ends on March 31, 2010.

Translation of the above Wii Party menu by Kotaku:
Red bar: “Standard Party For 1-4 Players”
Red bar images: Sugoroku, “International Vacation Game”, “Mii-jyan”, Roulette, Bingo
Orange bar: “Pair Game Recommended for 2 players”
Orange bar images: Compatibility Check, Balance Ship, Meet Mii
Green box: “Living Party”
Bottom row of icons: “Ask for a recommendation”, “See the record”, “Play mini-games”


  • There is one down side I can see to this. I imagine none of the games will be the same as those in other Wii titles, such as Wii Sports and Sports Resort. Now I have made fun of the Wii and casual games as much as anyone, but some of the Wii Sports games with some friends are a lot of fun. I’m sure a lot of the games in Wii Party will be too, but it’d be nice to be able to get them all on one disc.

  • This isn’t too bad, generally when Nintendo make casual games they are way better than anything 3rd party developers could make.

    Look at WiiSports and WiiSports Resort compared to DecaSports. WiiFit compared to EA Sports Active etc.

  • Sequels yet to come are

    “Wii love your money”
    “Wii’ve run out of ideas”
    and the ever popular
    “Wii know this is just another game of the same stuff but you’ll still buy it and put us in the weekly top 10 for another year or so”

    All jokes aside, as the guys before me have said, the first party games are usually alot more fun than the 3rd party../ but honestly how long can they keep going like this?

  • Well this explains why theres been no more mario party games, aside from them starting to suck ass that is.

    Can’t say i’m happy about what will likely just be a mini-game collection, without the charm of the mario characters to save it, but then i’m probably not the target audience for this. At least this announcement now, means there hopefully won’t need to be time at E3 wasted on this.

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