EA debuts new family, sports games for Wii, PlayStation

After its pairing with board game maker Hasbro, EA shows off its new family-oriented games and an "All-Play" series for Wii.

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With only a couple weeks to go before the 2008 E3 Media and Business Summit, video game publisher Electronic Arts is giving the press a sneak peek at its new video game lineup, including products resulting from its partnership with Hasbro.

Connect 4 on Hasbro Family Night
Mr. Potato Head hosts EA's game Hasbro Family Night. Electronic Arts

In the forefront is the Hasbro Family Game Night video game for the Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 2, a result of the 2007 teaming of the board game company and the video game company. With Hasbro's Mr. Potato Head as host, EA said families can partake in classic versions of Connect Four, Boggle, Yahtzee, Sorry!, and Battleship, as well as versions of these games with new twists.

The game publisher will also debut a digital version of Sorry! Sliders, a board game that Hasbro will be selling this fall.

NCAA Football '09 for Wii
NCAA Football '09 is just one of the new "All-Play" games for Wii. Electronic Arts

Other games displayed by EA at recent coast-to-coast press events include Wii- and PlayStation-adapted games Boogie:Superstar, Littlest Pet Shop, a new Monopoly game, and Nerf N-Strike, which comes with a Wii remote and Nerf gun duo.

All the above titles will hit shelves during the fall of 2008.

Casual gaming aside, last week EA also announced a new lineup for its "EA Sports All-Play" series, which is introducing games specifically designed for the Wii. EA said the new games will level the playing field between advanced players and new users, because players won't have to remember complicated series of button combinations.

The five All-Play titles will debut starting this month, including '09 versions of Tiger Woods PGA Tour, Madden NFL , NCAA Football, NBA Live, and FIFA Soccer.

The two-day E308 conference kicks off in Los Angeles on July 15.

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