Be Like JLS on the Wii

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What? Yeah, they’re a bit of an aquired taste, but Nintendo have been featuring JLS in advertisements lately to promote Wii Party which is due to be launched on Friday, October 8th.

What you’re buying isn’t technically a game or bunch of games in this case, it’s another of those Wiimote bundles like when the Wii first came out and you got Wii Sports bundled with the console, but for the sake of wanting/needing another controller so that you didn’t look like a sad loner wanting a spare/have more than one kid or join in with kid, you bought Wii Play because it came bundled with a Wiimote controller.So, the JLS reference, that’s due to there being four of them and Wii Party can be played with up to four people with their own Wiimote, but don’t worry if you still only have two from the previously mentioned situation, a controller is bundled with Wii Party.

It’s party time:
Playing with up to four Wii Remotes, Wii Party brings more than 80 inventive and wild mini-games into your home and features your very own personalised Mii Character at the heart of the action like never before. Over 180 million Mii characters have been created across 6 pan-European countries and the U.S since they launched in 2006 and now you can see yourself compete and co-operate in 13 different game modes. And for the first time, there’s some hilarious action away from the television screen itself as the House Party mode turns your living room into a pivotal part of the game play turning any social gathering into a laugh-filled celebration.

Want to know what games are included? Yes? Ok.

The House Party games include:

  • Hide ‘n’ Hunt (2-4 players) – one player hides the Wii Remote(s) somewhere in the room, whilst the other players wait outside. All the players are then invited back into the room to start the search. Their only clues are the sounds made by the Wii Remote(s).
  • Animal Tracker (2-4 players) – players listen for the animal sounds coming out of the Wii Remote controllers and decide which one is the correct animal. Whoever picks up the -correct Wii Remote first is the winner.
  • Time Bomb (2-4 players) – a game where the players pretend the Wii Remote is a bomb and must pass it around without shaking it.
  • Word Bomb (2-4 players) – similar to Time Bomb, however, instead each player has up to 10 seconds to say a word from a given category. If the player doesn’t say a relevant word and press the A Button in time, then the bomb explodes and it will be game over.
  • Buddy Quiz (3-4 players) – one player chooses (or is randomly chosen) to be the ‘Buddy’ and then has to answer a set of questions. The rest of the players then have to predict how the ‘Buddy’ would have answered.

The Party Games include:

  • Board Game Island (1-4 players) – players take it in turns to roll the dice and advance along a single route towards the summit of the mountain. At the beginning of each turn, everyone plays a mini-game, and the order the players come in determines which bonus dice they receive. This is a board game like no other – expect the impossible.
  • Globe Trot (1-4 players) – a board game that has you travelling the world to earn souvenir photos. The players must select one card at a time from the cards they have in their hands and advance the stated number of spaces towards the country they are aiming for. There is also a minigame before each turn, and based on the results, players win coins which they can use to buy movement cards and souvenir photos.
  • Bingo (1-4 players) – each player receives a bingo card covered in Mii characters. If a “Mii Ball” comes out of the bingo machine, you have to check off that Mii if it appears on your card, while if a “Mini-game Ball” appears, you play a mini-game. The winner can check off any Mii of their choice. The winner is the first to make a line horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
  • Swap Meet (1-4 players) – Have fun matching Mii characters wearing the same colours and playing minigames. The aim of the game is to make each row consist of Mii characters wearing the same colour.
  • Spin Off (1-4 players) – each Mii takes a turn to spin the wheel by holding the A Button and flicking the Wii Remote. Depending on where the wheel stops, you could be in for some point-scoring medals.

The Pair Games include:

  • Balance Boat (1-2 players) – this game involves working together to place Mii characters on a ship in perfect balance so that the ship does not tip left or right and none of the Mii characters fall into the sea. You clear the game if you manage to place 20 Mii characters on the ship. The two players attempt a mini-game together, and if they manage to clear it, they will each have to place a Mii of the same size. However, if they fail to clear the mini-game, the Mii characters will be different sizes.
  • Friend Connection (2 players) – two players complete a simple test of how in tune they are and play a mini-game together. The results are used to judge how close they are as friends. Do you think you’re completely in tune with your friend’s tastes and opinions? Play this dynamite little game to find out!
  • Match-Up (1-2 players) – a take on the classic game of pairs. Match paired Mii characters in the park area, but be careful not to lose any hearts.
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