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Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party Announced for Wii and DS

by Neal Ronaghan - May 28, 2008, 8:42 pm PDT
Total comments: 25 Source: Press Release

Launching this holiday season, the Wii version will make extensive use of the Wii Balance Board.

Ubisoft announced that the humorous Rabbids will return this holiday season in Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party. It was also announced that the Wii iteration of the game will have a large focus on the recently released Wii Balance Board. Also set to come out for DS, the latest in the series will have a focus on the realm of television as the titular characters parody the medium.

More details will be revealed at E3 2008.


Featuring "Unique" and Humorous Use of the Wii Balance Board™

SAN FRANCISCO – May 28, 2008 – Today Ubisoft announced that Rayman Raving Rabbids™ TV Party will launch for the Wii™ system and Nintendo DS™ system this holiday season.

Following the tradition of Rayman Raving Rabbids titles showcasing fun and innovative use of the Wii controllers, Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party will feature the Wii Balance Board™accessory. The Rabbids plan to invade televisions worldwide, providing players with a variety of games and comedic exploits spoofing TV shows, pop culture and even advertisements.

"The Rayman Raving Rabbids titles have been an immense success, entertaining the world over," said Yves Guillemot, president and chief executive officer, Ubisoft. "The inclusion of the Wii Balance Board into the game was a huge source of inspiration for our development team and I guarantee you will see the Wii Balance Board used in ways that will be surprisingly unexpected!"

To date, the Rayman titles have sold more than 22 million units worldwide with their unique ability to reach all ages and demographics through their family friendly, innovative game play mechanics.

Further details about Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party will be unveiled at E3 2008, but in the meantime, please feel free to visit www.raymanzone.com.


Bartman3010May 28, 2008

Blah blah blah, Rayman platformer, blah blah blah.

I might as well as face it, Rayman isnt coming back...they're not listening to my pleas.

Where have all the platformers gone?

ArbokMay 28, 2008

Quote from: Kairon

Where have all the platformers gone?

Don't worry, there is always the new Banjo-Kazo... oh wait...

Quote from: Arbok

Quote from: Kairon

Where have all the platformers gone?

Don't worry, there is always the new Banjo-Kazo... oh wait...

This is why I'm eagerly awaiting the next Strawberry Shortcake. You may poo-poo it, but it's an honest-to-god 2D platformer. HEAVEN!

They should give up thinking up names for the Rabbids games and do it like sports games, name them after the year.

GoldenPhoenixMay 28, 2008

Lack of platformers really bother me since they are close to if not my favorite genre. They are being replaced by FPS, RTS and action games. That makes me sad :(.

I love platformers, 4 of my all time top 6 games are platformers. The nice thing about that for me is I never owned a SNES so the VC keeps giving me platformers that are new to me. Who knew that ignorance pays off after 15 years?

Quote from: GoldenPhoenix

Lack of platformers really bother me since they are close to if not my favorite genre. They are being replaced by FPS, RTS and action games. That makes me sad :(.

Actually, I like all those games too... &P

Dan_FlyhightMay 29, 2008

I think it'll be interesting to see how a third game does. To have 3 rayman games in what? 2 years? I think this kinda sets a precedent really, but after the first one being one of the top launch titles for the wii and the second getting a bit more than mediocre scores, I think a third one might harm them, especially coming out so quickly. Now the concept works. But I can't say how many more I've sold of the second game as I did see the first one being sold since I work at GameStop. But then sales at one store doesn't prove anything really. I honestly can't be too confident myself really though. I did enjoy the first one however.

MarioMay 29, 2008

The second one is getting more sales now than it did at launch. At least in PAL regions, it's broken into the all formats top 10. It's a better game than the first too, it has actual proper multiplayer. I think the franchise will get bigger rather than smaller. :)

blackfootstepsMay 29, 2008

Quote from: Kairon

Where have all the platformers gone?


^ Apparently coming to Wii. (Although, from what I gather, it doesn't have a publisher yet.)

UltimatePartyBearMay 29, 2008

You fail at linking.


I wish they'd make a Rabbids platformer...

DAaaMan64May 29, 2008

That game look cool. but sign me up for a Rabbids platformer.

NinGurl69 *hugglesMay 29, 2008

Quote from: Kairon

I wish they'd make a Rabbids platformer...

Ancel must be ecstatic.


MarioIsFrenchMay 29, 2008

YES! a new rabbids game! i love the rabbids games because they are perfect stress relievers. Plus, i'm looking forward to the trailers for this new game. Rabbids 1 had the scientific facts advertisements and Rabbids 2 had Rabbids around the world. But i don't understand why they need to attach the Rayman name to it tho.

MarioMay 29, 2008

Yeah I think we're at the point where the Rayman name takes away sales rather than adds them. To this series at least.

KDR_11kMay 30, 2008

Wasn't the GBA or DS "port" already a rabbids platformer?

Oh and I don't cry for Rayman, its always been a stupid collectathon. There are nice levels but the whole collecting really breaks it.

NinGurl69 *hugglesMay 30, 2008

"Rayman" is actually "Rare" with different spelling.

KDR_11kMay 30, 2008

Doesn't Rayman predate Rare's collectathon antics?

According to Wikipedia the first Rayman came out September 1st 1995, so the answer to that question depends on whether you consider Donkey Kong Country a collectathon or if that starts with DKC2, which came out in November of '95.

I was massively disappointed with the first Rabbids title, and felt it did far better than it deserved to do.  It relied to heavily on waggle that was often executed poorly and the "multiplayer" was a joke at best.

The continued milking of the supposed "franchise" is disheartening.  Ubisoft is treating the Nintendo platforms terribly.  The other systems get games like Prince of Persia and Beyond Good & Evil.  The Wii and DS get "stop smoking" and Dogz (Now with DS graphics!).

KDR_11kMay 31, 2008

I don't recall DKC having any mandatory collectables. Sure, there's some bonus stuff but you don't need any of that to beat the game AFAIK. I think to beat Rayman 1 you have to find ALL cages which are often well-hidden.

The Rabbids games always seem on the verge of greatness. They're swelling with creativity, character, humor, innovation... yet they're lacking in some intangible glue of design to hold it all together. I've always had fun in the Rabbids games, but then again I've always felt like there was so much fun I WASN'T having at the same time.

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