- Platform: Nintendo DS
- Media: Video Game
The Wii gets a lot of stick for its abundance of mini-game compilations but that criticism would feel all the sharper if it wasnt for the fact that most of them are still a lot of fun. Launch game Rayman Raving Rabbids was one of the best and this uses the same basic concept while greatly improving the actual individual games themselves. Instead of being captured, this time the strangely limbless Rayman has to sneak his way into a rabbid headquarters near a shopping centre as the demonic rabbit creatures plan an invasion of Earth (or wherever it is that Rayman actually lives).
Raymans disguises, and those of the rabbids themselves, can all be customised but involve a huge range of movie and video game parodies, from Naruto and Star Wars to Super Mario and Transformers. The actual mini-games are similarly eager to poke fun at anything and everything they can think of including a Guitar Hero spoof, twisted versions of traditional baseball and football sims and even a mini-game set in Ubisofts own offices which tasks you with the arduous goal of not getting any work done.
There are 60 mini-games in total, with the rhythm action stages making a comeback, in revamped form, alongside the popular first person shoot em-up levels. In fact theres overall a much greater emphasis now on multiplayer games one of the weak spots of the original. Almost every game can be played with a friend now, allowing everyone to share the surreality.