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EA Reveals Playground for Wii and DS

by Mike Sklens - May 1, 2007, 5:16 pm PDT
Total comments: 21 Source: IGN

EA takes a little-league swing at Wii Sports.

Though the game won't be "officially" announced until later this week, EA has revealed to IGN (and the world) an upcoming Nintendo-exclusive franchise titled "EA Playground" for both the Nintendo DS and the Wii.

The game, which is in development at EA Canada, focuses on the kinds of games kids play on a playground. Favorites like dodge-ball, RC-Cards, and (the not so favorite) tether-ball can be played in Playground. Additionally, each version of the game will feature exclusive games. In the case of the DS version, two of the exclusive games are titled "Bug Hunt" and "Spit Balls". No Wii-exclusive games are mentioned in the interview. All of the games are described as "easy to pick up and play". In the case of the Wii version, all of the games will be remote-only.

Both versions of the game support multiplayer modes. The DS version has a wireless function, and the Wii game has a party mode. Support for Nintendo WiFi Connection is not mentioned in the article, but the interviewee seems to spin his answers away from that possibility.

The game is focused on multiplayer, but does offer a single player mode as well. This quest involves a hunt for stickers that are earned by playing the playground games, exploring the playground, and completing special challenges.

EA will "officially" announce the game later this week, at which point Nintendo World Report will have more details.

Talkback

MarioMay 01, 2007

AWESOME! This sounds so damn fun. PLEASE have handball!

ArtimusMay 01, 2007

EA graphics = not even trying.

I'm a little concerned they have yet to announce original IPs aimed at the older market...but this is still good?

Tether Ball could be the sleeper hit of the Fall.

But where's the Wi-Fi multiplayer play EA?!?! This is FALL. This is NOT ACCEPTABLE WITHOUT WI-FI!

~Carmine "Cai" M. Red
Kairon@aol.com

GoldenPhoenixMay 01, 2007

Dodgeball sounds like a recipe for more broken TVs and faces.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMay 01, 2007

The character design is really bad. Everything else looks good, though.

Dark_SlothMay 01, 2007

The first shot with the characters looked pretty bad. But the school wide shot actually makes the game look pretty good. I hope they keep it looking like that. Wifi multiplayer would have made this a lot more interesting. If someone can just make an online multi of wii sports, that'd be insane. I've been wanting to school my friend in boxing and tennis so bad... but atleast its good to see some games being made. Wonder what other EA games are coming... I've liked Madden and Blur a ton so far.

TJ SpykeMay 01, 2007

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Originally posted by: Artimus
I'm a little concerned they have yet to announce original IPs aimed at the older market


Hear of a title called Boogie? That seems to be aimed at adults (the same way The Nightmare Before Christmas and Invader Zim were aimed towards older fans).

KDR_11kMay 01, 2007

This needs moar LAWNDARTS!

What screenshots are you people talking about?

CericMay 01, 2007

Looks interesting.

Could you please correct the part of the article that says:

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...focuses on the kids of games kids play on a playground.
to:
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...focuses on the kinds of games kids play on a playground.

PlugabugzMay 02, 2007

This is not quite the Burnout Paradise i was expecting.

GoldenPhoenixMay 02, 2007

Why are people complaining about the visuals? Anyone take a look at Wiisports lately? That game is a perfect example that you can have less than stellar visuals but it doesn't really matter.

NephilimMay 02, 2007

Needs "Four square"

But use a tennis ball, US system is to soft with rubber balls

Infernal MonkeyMay 02, 2007

The character design reminds me of that awful My Street game for PS2, but unlike My Street, this could be damn fun.

NWMay 02, 2007

Oh goddamnit. This is exactly the game that I and my friend have been planning on making once we got out of college. Freaking EA taking an awesome idea... back to the drawing board.

ArtimusMay 02, 2007

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Originally posted by: nintendogamecube86
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Originally posted by: Artimus
I'm a little concerned they have yet to announce original IPs aimed at the older market


Hear of a title called Boogie? That seems to be aimed at adults (the same way The Nightmare Before Christmas and Invader Zim were aimed towards older fans).


Boogies appeals to all ages, I'd say. It's not childish but it's not aimed at the older market either.

NW, don't just drop one idea because someone else is doing it. If this type of game is what you want to do, think about ways of doing that may be unique. Though it may be difficult to think of something differentiates itself from EA's project, perhaps you can realize something deeper, that will make it much better and a much more valuable of an experience. Even adding a deep story into what seems like a shallow game might do worlds for it. But let me say, if you have a unique idea, and someone else confirms they have the same idea, you shouldn't just drop it, especially if you don't want to. Just work on doing what you think is best, and unless you're insane, like David Jaffe, it will probably work out after time.

Of course, if you were planning this game on the premise that it would be one-of-a-kind, just throw what I said out of the window, and brainstorm some other things.

CericMay 02, 2007

They need to ditch the Scary Garbage Pail Kids looking characters and just replace them with Miis. Everything else is fine but those characters are going to kids or me nightmares.

Yeah, that character design scares the living daylights outta me.

~Carmine "Cai" M. Red
Kairon@aol.com

NWMay 03, 2007

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Originally posted by: thatguy
NW, don't just drop one idea because someone else is doing it. If this type of game is what you want to do, think about ways of doing that may be unique. Though it may be difficult to think of something differentiates itself from EA's project, perhaps you can realize something deeper, that will make it much better and a much more valuable of an experience. Even adding a deep story into what seems like a shallow game might do worlds for it. But let me say, if you have a unique idea, and someone else confirms they have the same idea, you shouldn't just drop it, especially if you don't want to. Just work on doing what you think is best, and unless you're insane, like David Jaffe, it will probably work out after time.

Of course, if you were planning this game on the premise that it would be one-of-a-kind, just throw what I said out of the window, and brainstorm some other things.


Actually, it did involve a deep story mode where instead of playing as a kid you play as an adult who (along with a bunch of other adults) takes the recess games seriously. It would've started off innocently enough with games that children play (hide and go seek, four square, off the wall, etc.) then move up to more difficult games that teens would play in High School (such as scavenger hunts or ultimate frisbee.)
There would've been a multiplayer mode too...

As far as I know this is a pretty unique idea. I've seen games where children play sports, but never recess games. It's kind of funny that in my proposition that I wrote for the game I mocked EA releasing edition after edition of the same sports games and then they went and used the same concept as my idea. I'm not claiming that they stole it but it's really a "D'OH" moment when someone else beats you to the punch.

I guess that means we gotta concentrate on finishing college first before more of our ideas are stolen, right?

~Carmine "Cai" M. Red
Kairon@aol.com

NWMay 03, 2007

Well yeah. Don't be a foo', stay in schoo'. Drink your drugs, do your milk, don't do homework.

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