Wii Preview: Super Paper Mario, Mario Party 8, and Mario Woods. Tiger! Er, Tiger Woods.
We check out three games sampled last night at a Nintendo party.
Nintendo threw a little shindig last night, and I went to sample the company's upcoming wares. The games Nintendo showed off included
I spent the most time on Super Paper Mario, sequel to the excellent GameCube RPG
I also played some Tiger Woods PGA 07. Predictably, this game is Wii Sports Golf on steroids, and that's a good thing. I didn't spend enough time with it to get the hang of the control scheme, so I can't really say whether it's a big improvement over Wii Sports' model. I did, however, spend enough time to notice much better graphics and physics than Wii Sports, and a much greater sense of realism. I also spent enough time to twist my shoulder awkwardly while swinging the Wiimote. It's still sore.
Finally, there was Mario Party 8. If you've played Mario Party versions 1 through 7, you know exactly what to expect. Giant game boards where Mario characters run around collecting coins and stars. The minigames were nicely varied and made good use of the Wiimote. Among other minigames, I saw a House of the Dead-style target-shooting game that involved launching balls at ghosts, a crazy race of navigating spinning platforms and avoiding Bullet Bills. I also saw a kart-racing minigame that left me wondering when they'll finally announce a Mario Kart Wii. In short, Mario Party 8 looks like a sweet party game, but I don't know how easily it will unseat Wii Sports.