It’s hard to make the argument that Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party is really any better than any other Rayman Raving Rabbids game—its inclusion in this gift guide is really something of a lifetime achievement award for the series. The first Rayman Raving Rabbids title may well be responsible for the capital-G-Glut of minigame compilations on the Wii, but despite the ignominy that comes with such a description, there’s no arguing that it was one of the most fun Wii experiences to be had at the time of the machine’s launch. TV Party is no different, and if anything, it’s better. Ubisoft has honed the combination of surreal humor and easy-to-grasp functionality to a science, the game is an appropriately chaotic multiplayer experience, and some of the new games are hilarious (one where you shoot rabbids dressed as chickens comes immediately to mind). Add to this formula balance board functionality and the continued presence of a drumming minigame that outdoes anything you could do in Wii Music in terms of pure fun, and you have a Wii game that may never be hailed as one of the classics, but might just be unbeatable this holiday season in terms of pure, stupid fun.
// Notes from the Road
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