Celebrity Sports Showdown

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Jeff Paramchuk, Common Sense Media
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Celebrity avatars appear in fun sports compilation game.

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Positive Messages

The celebrities in this game can be viewed as role models for younger kids, with sports atheletes like Reggie Bush and Mia Hamm, to musicians like Keith Urban and Fergie.

Violence & Scariness

Extremely light cartoon violence in some events, such as the tubing event. Your character smashes their tube on opponents knocking them in the air and water. And in Joust, you use a foam bat to knock an opponent off a tall platform.

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Consumerism

There are 10 celebrities represented by playable avatars in this game including: Mia Hamm, Fergie, Paul Pierce, Kristi Yamaguchi, Keith Urban, Nelly Furtado, Avril Lavigne, Sugar Ray Leonard, Reggie Bush, and LeAnn Rimes. Celebrities tend to remind people of their market, but there is no blatant advertising in the game.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game is yet another collection of sports games to play on the Wii, not unlike Wii Sports although with more options. While it boasts of celebrity appearances, the stars do little more than act as additional characters you can select, so the advertising angle is surprisingly minimal. This collection of sports games offers some lesser known sports like curling or horse racing, but also has some instant classics like dodge ball and beach volleyball. Up to four players can participate at a time.

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What's it about?

CELEBRITY SPORTS SHOWDOWN is the latest in a series of games that follows the highly enjoyable method of play that Wii Sports started, that of a series of minigames that are presented with a cohesive theme and fit well together. With twelve different sports represented, including downhill skiing, rock climbing, beach volleyball, inner tube racing, jousting, racing horses over hurdles, badminton, archery, curling, dodgeball, airplane racing, and kayaking, the range of games here is sure to keep kids of all ages entertained. Played either through individual games or in a tournament mode, the game offers a lot of content for the relatively low price. Even though the game proudly displays celebrities as a drawing point, they really aren't used other than as avatars for players to assume as their identity.

Is it any good?

Compared to other minigame collections, the somewhat low number of games to play here could be seen as a downside, but the quality within game makes the title shine. Even the movements of the Wii Remote for each game are highly intuitive for even the youngest gamers, and they make sense in the context of the sport being played. Some of the sports benefit from the use of both the Nunchuk attachment and the Wii Remote, but it is not a requirement to enjoy the game.

Due to the relative ease of play, this is a game that can be enjoyed by more than just the kids – and the ability to have four players at once really helps make this a great game for family game time. The dodgeball game is really a hoot, but all the games are worth checking out.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the differences of playing sports a videogame console versus in real life. Do some of these sports look like something you'd like to try? Why or why not? Does including the celebrities in this title make it more appealing than if it was simply the Miis or other characters?

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