EA Announces Celebrity Sports Showdown, Excuse Me While I Go Throw Up


EA has made tremendous strides in improving its core game lineup and introducing killer new original IPs. Mirror’s Edge, Crysis Warhead, Dragon Age, Mercenaries 2, Left 4 Dead, Spore, RAGE, Lord of the Rings: Conquest and Dead Space all immediately come to mind as some of my most anticipated upcoming games, and they are all coming from EA.

While EA’s more hardcore-gamer-focused titles are looking impressive, it’s readily apparent that the publisher is still pretty clueless when it comes to the casual game scene, especially in regards to Wii development. Last week’s announcement of the For Dummies games made me sigh and chuckle, but this week’s unveil of Celebrity Sports Showdown for Wii just plain makes me want to toss my lunch.

If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing Fergie and Keith Urban joust or Avril Lavigne and Nelly Furtado go toe to toe in a game of badminton, Celebrity Sports Showdown will be the game for you when it ships this holiday season under the new EA Sports Freestyle brand exclusively for the Wii. The game’s so-called “celebrities” include Fergie, Paul Pierce, Avril Lavigne, Mia Hamm, LeAnn Rimes, Kristi Yamaguchi, Keith Urban, Reggie Bush, Nelly Furtado and Sugar Ray Leonard, and you’ll be able to play as these “stars” in 12 outdoor sports challenges such as Beach Volleyball, Inner-Tubing, Wild Water Wild Water Canoeing, Hurdle Derby, Slalom Showdown, Cliff Hangers, Smash Badminton, Rapid Fire Archery, Joust Duel, Curling, Arena Dodgeball and Air Racers.

Are you excited yet? No? Maybe the first screenshots posted on the jump will do the trick then (though I doubt it).

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