New Carnival Games for Wii Review and Giveaway

It’s tough sometimes to find games for the Wii that will appeal to the whole family.

Carnival Games has been a bestseller for years, but 2K Play has just released a brand new version titled, appropriately, New Carnival Games, which they sent to me for review.

And it’s just the kind of game the whole family can play together without anyone getting frustrated because of skill level, or parents blushing because of violent or mature themes.

New Carnival Games features over 30 classic mini-games modeled on those you’d find on the midway, like skee-ball, shooting gallery, coin toss, bumper cars, and, my favorite, balloon blast.

There’s something quite satisfying about popping virtual balloons. Not quite as fun as popping bubble wrap, though (get to work on that, 2K Play).

The graphics on this game are rich and detailed, a big improvement on the old version. The gameplay is addictively easy. Very little learning curve, which is what makes it so nice for younger kids who might not be able to keep up with their older siblings on other games.

My kids, ages 9 and 12, really enjoyed exploring the carnival and trying out the different mini-games. The Haunted House and Pitch-A-Plate were deemed especially cool. They’ve kept the disc for New Carnival Games in the Wii for over a week now, and that’s always a sign of approval from them.

If you have young kids, under the age of 10, they’re going to absolutely love this game. It’s good, clean, fun. It’s easy to jump right into gameplay, and I think it will have long-term appeal for family game nights. The price isn’t bad either, at around $35 in most stores.

Now for the giveaway!

I have a copy of New Carnival Games for Wii to give out to one lucky reader. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, telling me your family’s favorite Wii game. You know, the one you all can agree on.

I’ll pick a winner by the end of next week.

Target Shoot, one of the many games on New Carnival Games for Wii

23 thoughts on “New Carnival Games for Wii Review and Giveaway

  1. Wii Sports Resort is the go to game in our house. The kids like it so much we really haven’t purchased any other games yet. Bowling is a family favorite, while the Frisbee games are mine. Thought about the original Carnival, but saw bad reviews. Good to hear good things about this version.

  2. it’s one player at a time, but Animal Crossing is big here. Although I got shut out because you can only have 4 profiles so I have to be a squatter and play on the kids profile when I want to play!

  3. For Wii family night, the OSB (Old Stand By) games are

    1) Wii Bowling
    2) Mario Kart
    3) Wii Sports Resort
    4) Sometimes, Wii Carnival games (not just saying that — seriously).

    Since you didn’t ask — the one we all agree we hate? Wii Bass Fishing.

  4. any Mario game is good for us though we are more likely to be caught in a serious bowling competition, giggling and laughing at out Mii’s and their behaviors

  5. Well it used to be Wii Sports until my youngest son inadvertently broke the disc. I would say Wii Resorts for the most part but I am partial to playing darts in the Wii Party game.

  6. Our family just keeps coming back to Super Smash Brothers Brawl. Good, clean cartoon “combat”, where the worst thing that can happen is your character flies forward into the TV screen…then slides down it. :-)

  7. We like Mario and Sonic Winter Olympics. We usually play as a team and try to beat the computer. Bobsled is one of my favorites while the kids like skiing.

  8. Strangely enough, Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus are the big hits in my house. The Penguin Slide cracks them up, even if they are just watching Mom and Dad (well, our Mii people anyway) dressed up in the penguin suits.

    Thanks for the chance to win this Carnival Game, Phil.

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