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EA announces Celebrity Sports Showdown for Wii

Jim

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Haven't done one of these in a while. :lol at "Celebrity"

REACH FOR THE STARS WITH EA’S CELEBRITY SPORTS SHOWDOWN

Ultimate Party Game from EA SPORTS Freestyle Featuring 12 Outdoor Sports Activities and 10 Celebrities

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Wednesday, August 13, 2008 – Electronic Arts Inc. announced today that Celebrity Sports Showdown, an all-new intellectual property, is currently in development at EA Canada and will be the first Wii title to launch under the new EA SPORTS Freestyle brand. From the makers of EA Playground, Celebrity Sports Showdown features 12 outdoor sports games and is the ultimate party game to play with people of all ages. Play as your favorite celebrity such as Fergie and Avril Lavigne, and athletes like Paul Pierce and Mia Hamm to determine who will be the ultimate celebrity athlete. Get off the couch and get into the action with fun and easy-to-play controls designed specifically for the Wii.

“We feel that this game is the EA SPORTS Freestyle answer to a great Wii party game. It explores the lighter side of sports and pulls inspiration from the entertainment spectacles that are so prevalent in pop culture today,” said Dave McCarthy, Executive Producer. “Celebrity Sports Showdown will bring people to the party with a collection of games and celebrities that appeal to everyone.”

Hit the great outdoors as you paddle through rapids in Wild Water Canoeing and hold on tight as you fly behind a speed boat for some wild Inner-Tubing! Get out of the water and onto the court as you hit away in Beach Volleyball and Smash Badminton, or take aim at your opponents in Arena Dodgeball. Cool down while you hit the slopes in Slalom Showdown or sweep past your opponents in Curling. Get a bird’s eye view scaling a wall in Cliff Hangers or flying through the sky in Air Racers. Perfect your aim and nail the targets in Rapid Fire Archery, then gauge your strength in the gladiator-style Joust Duel, and hold on to the reins of a champion thoroughbred all the way to the finish line in Hurdle Derby. With such a variety of sports to choose from, Celebrity Sports Showdown is the ultimate party game experience.

Celebrities featured listed below:
· Fergie
· Avril Lavigne
· LeAnn Rimes
· Keith Urban
· Nelly Furtado
· Paul Pierce
· Mia Hamm
· Kristi Yamaguchi
· Reggie Bush
· Sugar Ray Leonard

Games featured listed below:

· Beach Volleyball
· Inner-Tubing
· Wild Water Canoeing
· Hurdle Derby
· Slalom Showdown
· Cliff Hangers
· Smash Badminton
· Rapid Fire Archery
· Joust Duel
· Curling
· Arena Dodgeball
· Air Racers

Celebrity Sports Showdown will be available for the Wii™ with an MSRP of $39.99, and ships to retailers this holiday season. The game has not yet been rated by the ESRB or PEGI; visit www.esrb.org for updated rating information.















 

somuchwater

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If you're trying to appeal to the mainstream (as they obviously are) I can see the marketing logic behind this, but... wouldn't it help if you could recognise who *any* of the celebrities were? Good job EA!
 

cw_sasuke

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Who needs Dead Space if u can have this ?
 

Aeris130

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I keep getting amazed at how Wii developers seamlessly nail that 3D-shovelware-render look every fucking time.
 

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I said this over at Kotaku, and I'll say it again. Why is EA wasting their money and effort on this crap when they can release a Criterion-developed Road Rash with next-gen motorcycle beatings and an all-Soundgarden soundtrack?
 

Bog

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somuchwater said:
If you're trying to appeal to the mainstream (as they obviously are) I can see the marketing logic behind this, but... wouldn't it help if you could recognise who *any* of the celebrities were? Good job EA!

That hasn't hurt Dancing with the Stars even a little bit.
 

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EA see success of Sonic and Mario at the Olympics, realises it doesn't have any names which would draw similar levels of interest, license real celebrity names instead. The End.
 

Vinci

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Aeris130 said:
I keep getting amazed at how Wii developers seamlessly nail that 3D-shovelware-render look every fucking time.

This is pretty impressive. Wonder if they're sharing art assets to keep costs down. Lord knows, these games look expensive.
 

fernoca

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You know..
I sometimes wonder..if they actually ask themselves.."Why?"..
I mean....do they seat at their brainstorming sessions and go like "Whoa, imagine a sports/party game ..featuring ...celebrities"

And to top it all, they manage to make it also look bad..geeze..

Heck, it wouldn't surprise me that they actually spend more money paying to those "celebrities" to use the likeness in this game..than actually making the game..
 

botticus

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Over/under on the number of "ultimate party games" featuring a large number of indoor/outdoor sporting events on the Wii by the end of the generation?
 

Plinko

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I can't tell you how many times I've asked for a game where I could play curling with Keith Urban.

Oh wait, yes I can--zero.