Family Trainer, Power Pad make a retun on Wii

The game looks as ridiculous as it is fun and is currently slated for release sometime next year.

Twenty one years after its original debut on the Famicom, Namco Bandai's "Family Trainer" has made it's return on the Nintendo Wii along with the power pad peripheral.

Namco Bandai previewed the game, tentatively titled "Family Trainer: Action World" on Friday at the Tokyo Game Show in a demonstration consisting of five different mini-games, including co-op and versus modes.

This time around the game not only involves use of the player's feet, but has been adapted to utilize the capabilities of the Wii controller as well. Players will have to use their entire body to make their way through various mini-games, jumping and running in place while they use the Wiimote (Wii remote) to do things such as shoot down obstacles or row their boat along.

While all the games presented can be played solo, the real fun is in the versus and cooperative play modes.

One of the mini-games available for play at the game show had players work together in order to steer their way through mine shafts and canyons in order to reach the goal. Both players had to simultaneously run, jump, and lean side to side in order to keep their cart on the tracks and running, while just one used the wiimote to shoot stalactite and falling debris.

The game looks as ridiculous as it is fun and is currently slated for release sometime next year.

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