The sequel to Microsoft’s party game Fuzion Frenzy will be making its way to store shelves this Christmas. In development at Hudson, Fuzion Frenzy 2 is a party game for the Xbox 360 set in space, combining arcade action, mini-games, tournament modes, and custom tailored games with online features.
Players will be able to create their own unique games that can be shared via Xbox Live. Gamers will also be able to use tournament cards that are either own or given out to defeat opponents in rank. Over forty mini-games will be in the game, along with tournament modes such as Collision Collusion, Turbine Jumper and Super Slam Dunk.
This year’s German Games Convention is shaping up to be bigger and better than before. 2006’s GC will be host to a colossal concert performance of game soundtracks at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. With 400 more seats than last year, all 1000 tickets to the show have been sold out in only a couple of days.
This year’s performance will be conducted by Maestro Andy Brick, with well-known Prague Philharmonic Orchestra performing on August 23 at 8 pm. The audience can look forward to music from Final Fantasy, Two Worlds, Anno 1701, The Revenge of Shinobi, Castlevania and many other games. It was also mentioned that Will Wright, the creator of The Sims series, will be present at the show as the guest speaker.
As for other events, the organizers have thrown an industry party on August 24 at 8 p[m with the motto “Back to the Roots”. Open only to exhibitors and trade visitors, the party will have a quieter atmosphere than last year’s one, and will be hosted at Hall 16 on the old trade fair site. There will be lots of mingling, buffets and DJs for the nighthawks; tickets for the party will cost 39 Euros.
WarioWare: Smooth Moves
Launch Date: TBA
ESRB: RP (Rating Pending)
Game Type: Mass Microgames
Players: 1+ (TBD)
The WarioWare team took an idea so wacky, it could only be made with the latest technology … the Wii Remote.
WarioWare is back with a whole new set of moves. When Wario™ stumbles upon a strange device called a Form Baton, he and his friends use it to learn new moves that are as fun as they are wacky. With hundreds of microgames, this game is just as wild as you’d expect from the name WarioWare, but the game play has been revolutionized. Under Wario’s tutelage, and with the help of the Wii Remote, players will swing, spin and squat their way to victory. With about 200 lightning-quick microgames and controls that range from scribbling to flailing, WarioWare: Smooth Moves takes interactive gaming to a whole new level. All players need is a Wii Remote and their best moves to be the champ. With games that are as much fun to play as they are to WATCH people play, WarioWare: Smooth Moves brings the party to its feet. It’s hilarious for players and audiences alike.
Game storyline: Wario and his pals learn fun, wacky moves after discovering a strange book and a mystical device called the Form Baton.
Characters: Familiar characters from the WarioWare universe will return to this installment and some new ones will appear.
How to progress through the game: Players must clear fast-paced sets of microgames, changing the way they hold the Wii Remote each time. As they do, they’ll unlock more microgames and souvenirs.
Special powers/weapons/moves/features: The game’s full-body controls add a whole new level of insanity to an already frenetic experience.
Sega’s second pre-E3 announcement discloses the development of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz for Nintendo’s… Wii.
Being designed as a party game, Banana Blitz will let players control “AiAi and his friends” using the console’s unique controller. Players can flick the controller up, having the characters on-screen jump at once – it’s pure genius… as the announcement puts it. An abundance of new party games have been created specifically for the Nintendo console, including “Whack-a-Mole” and traditional games of “ring toss.”
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz is currently being developed by Sega Studios. The game will be on display at Sega’s booth at E3. No release date has been announced.