Canadian dev Big Blue Bubble to bring Hockey Allstar Shootout to WiiWare

This September, NHL 2K9 is going to be the first simulation hockey game on the Wii. But if you’re looking for some non-simulation hockey action on the family-friendly console, boy, have I got some news for you! Big Blue Bubble, a game developer based in London, Ontario, Canada, is mostly known for its mobile games, including such titles as 24: Agent Down and Red Faction II. But they’ve also done a fair number of “console” games, i.e., DS games, and they’ve got one WiiWare game, Home Sweet Home, under their belt.

Now, they’re getting into the sports game market with Hockey Allstar Shootout, a game that’s being advertised as “the first of its kind on the WiiWare platform.” From the press release (post-jump), it doesn’t appear to be a hockey game so much as a collection of three hockey-based minigames, but hey, who’s counting? As expected, you’ll hold your Wiimote like a hockey stick.

The “Sharp Shooter” minigame involves, you guessed it, aiming for targets in a goal. “Power Shot” will test the speed of your slapshot. Lastly, you can take on “the best goalies in the world” in the “Head to Head” shootout mode. There’s no release window, but you’d think they’d get the game out in time for hockey season. Either way, Hockey Allstar Shootout looks to be designed with the casual crowd in mind, but who knows? It could be fun…right?

Hockey Allstar Shootout is coming to WiiWare!

LONDON, Ontario – Big Blue Bubble is proud to announce that it is bringing Canada’s game to WiiWare™! Hockey Allstar Shootout will be the first of its kind on the WiiWare platform and it is destined to become an instant fan favourite amongst sports enthusiasts and casual gamers alike.

Use the Wii Remote™ as your stick and take the shot as you compete in 3 exciting hockey skills competitions. Whether you’re competing solo or challenging your friends, Hockey Allstar Shootout will put your hockey skills to the test.

Shoot the lights out in Sharp Shooter by breaking all 4 targets as quick as you can. Think you have a booming slap shot? Prove it in the Power Shot hardest shot challenge. And last but not least, it’s just you versus the best goalies in the world in the Head to Head 5 puck shootout!

With over 30 high profile games in its portfolio, Big Blue Bubble Inc. is one of Canada’s leading video game developers. Each of company’s three divisions (Mobile, Console and Casual) is dedicated to making the best possible games by combining innovative designers with top-caliber artists and experienced programmers. By maintaining a strong focus on the development of technology and showcasing it through award-winning games, Big Blue Bubble will continue to lead the way in becoming a cornerstone of the casual gaming world.

For more information on Big Blue Bubble and its ongoing projects, please visit www.bigbluebubble.com.

Samit Sarkar