Red Wagon Games will be bringing a new title to the Nitnendo DS and Wii this Christmas season, and, appropriately enough, it comes in the form of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. I had a chance to go hands-on with the Nintendo Wii version of the game at E3, and found that it is mostly a mini-game title, aimed at a younger audience, but containing some fan service for those adults, like myself, who simply love the film of the same name.
To be specific, the game is inspired by the 19XX Burl Ives, stop-motion version of the film. I had a chance to take a look at a few of the mini-games available – one was an item sorting game that saw you playing as Clarice in Santa’s factory. Clarice faces the screen and can be moved left and right (while continuing to face the screen – she simply walks sideways) by tilting the Wii Remote accordingly (you hold it horizontally, so the top of the Wii Remote is in your left hand).
Either present boxes or Christmas tree decorations will be automatically dropped into the screen, and you’ll have to use Clarice’s small antlers to bounce these items off of her head and into either the gift bag at the left side of the screen, or onto the Christmas tree at the right. You can either simply tilt the Wii Remote and let the items bounce a few inches off of her head, or you can fling the Wii Remote upwards upon impact to have it bounce even higher, giving you more time to move Clarice to where she needs to be.
Another game has you coloring items as they move left and right across conveyor belts at the top of the screen. This game stars Hermie the elf, and sees you throwing balls of paints at the items, which are colored when they get hit. You’ll score points for coloring the items, but there didn’t appear to be a penalty for allowing an item to cross the entire conveyor belt without being colored.
Another game saw multiple characters going against one another to need dough. Rudolph is present in this game, which sees you once again holding the Wii Remote horizontally, and moving it around in circles, like you would move a rolling pin, to knead the dough.
As of this writing, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer will be hitting store shelves on October 19 at the budget price of $19.99. We’ll be sure to bring you more news about both versions of the game as it becomes available.