Wii Party is, as the name might suggest, a collection of party games. Slides shown during the briefing suggested the following modes of play:
Playable by one to four players. Includes “teiban,” or “standard,” games like Bingo, Roulette, Mii-jan, Overseas Trip Game and Sugoroku (dice).
Recommended for two players. Includes Compatibility Check, Balance Ship, and Mii Awase (Mii Alignment).
Playable by more than two people. Iwata said that this area would feature new play types made possible by the Wiimote.
Straight from Iwata:
It’s called, “Wii Party”.
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. 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.
In this software, Miis are used as the players’ characters. According to our own survey, we know that more than 160 million Miis have been created by our customers in Japan, the U.S. and six countries in Europe alone, In Japan, thanks to the popularity of the Tomodachi Collection software, an increasing number of Japanese are taking to their Miis. In a sense, it is a natural move for your Miis and your friends’ and family members’ Miis to show up in a Wii party games.
Nintendo has not launched a marquee party game since Mario Party 8, launched in summer 2007. However, since Wii is usually being played by several people at once and the global sales of Mario Party have reached 7.6 million units, a party title has great potential.
This is one of the titles which, we hope, will play an important role for this fiscal year.