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Uno Coming to WiiWare and DSiWare

Posted by Corbie Dillard

Uno has become one of the most popular card games ever created over the years and it's also popped up on many of the game consoles as well. The Xbox Live Arcade release has become one of the best-selling Xbox Live Arcade releases and offers players all over the world the opportunity to play each other via the Xbox Live online gaming service.

Gameloft has just announced yet another Uno release, this time on the WiiWare and DSiWare services. Now Nintendo Wii and DSi owners will be able to enjoy the same online Uno play that Xbox 360 owners have been enjoying for some time.

Below is the official press release that gives some details on the WiiWare and DSiWare versions of the game for you to check out.

Gameloft, a leading developer and publisher of video games for mobile phones and consoles, announced today a worldwide multi-year licensing agreement to develop, publish and distribute the popular card game, UNO(TM). In addition to the iPhone and iPod versions currently available, UNO(TM) will now also be available across mobile phones, PlayStation 3 Network, PlayStation Portable Network, WiiWare and DSi Ware. The game will be available for these platforms in 2009.

“This agreement is the first step towards a long and successful relationship between Mattel, one of the world’s premier toy companies and Gameloft, the global leader in video game development,” said Michel Guillemot, president, Gameloft. “UNO is one of the most recognized card games in the world and we are excited to extend it beyond mobile and onto a whole host of console executions.”

“Gameloft is a one stop shop for quality video game development and they have firmly established their excellence in this industry for years,” said Cynthia Neiman, Vice President, Mattel Digital Play. “Gameloft’s successful launch of UNO on the iPhone and iPod has given us tremendous confidence in their ability to continue to deliver our flagship card game to a new generation of players and UNO fans alike.”

UNO(TM) is the best selling card game and is number one for family fun. Players compete to match colors and symbols. Go wild with special command cards such as “Skip” and “Reverse” and be the first to play all your cards and shout “UNO!”

UNO and associated trademarks and trade dress are owned by, and used under license from, Mattel, Inc. (c) 2008 Mattel, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

We'll have more information on the WiiWare and DSiWare versions of Uno as it becomes available as well as a full review of both titles when they hit their respective download services.

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User Comments (43)

Ferret75

#1

Ferret75 said:

Well, with all the movie titles and TV show games appearing on Live, I can't say this was that surprising. .

Ricardo91

#2

Ricardo91 said:

This is pretty good news in my eyes. I'll definitely buy it if it's reasonably priced. I love UNO!

Clayfrd

#3

Clayfrd said:

I already have a 360, but I don't really want it anyway. This is good news for those of you that want it though, so I'm not going to complain; I'm just indifferent.

Bahamut_ZERO

#5

Bahamut_ZERO said:

Can't say I'm happy. I would rather have this stay a 360 exclusive, this way we Nintendo could give us a more worthwile game instead, or at least another VC (to reduce the amount of bad games available till we get the great missing ones eventually).

WeeGee

#6

WeeGee said:

They should put in a bunch of motion controls and maybe some voice commands as well using wii speak. Like you have to yell uno into the wii speak before someone calls it.

slambert215

#7

slambert215 said:

I have it for Xbox live arcade and its pretty good. I'll probably pick up the DSi version though, its better portable and it will probably be cheaper.

RADE

#8

RADE said:

Sounds okay...Yeah this could turn out a nice success because who wouldn't wanna play Uno against people online hopefully it's not pricy..
and the usage of the Wii Speak sounds like a good idea

bboy2970

#9

bboy2970 said:

This is a must buy for me if its got online play. If not, it would have to be pretty cheap.

Kenryoku_Maxis

#10

Kenryoku_Maxis said:

I love UNO and have so many fond memories of playing it as a kid. The only thing that is a deal breaker for me getting it is will I be able to play with random people online or not. Because if not, I don't think I'll be able to get much play out of it. If it has that option, price really isn't an issue (within reason).

SmaMan

#11

SmaMan said:

My little brother has the DS version. It also has that other card game they did called Skip-Bo and this Tetris looking one but I've never really played those other two.

As far as online mode, the iPhone version has it so I don't see why the other ones shouldn't. I'll probably just get the iPhone one because I don't want to have to write down another freakin' friend code!

Kaeobais

#13

Kaeobais said:

Meh. Unless it has online I don't see why anyone would buy it, unless you're a huge fan and can't find the card version.

Twilight_Crow

#15

Twilight_Crow said:

It sounds good, if it's online, I like card games like UNO, but I don't usually have people to play with.

BulbasaurusRex

#16

BulbasaurusRex said:

If it's online (the press release didn't actually confirm online for the WiiWare version), I'll probably get it. This sounds like a really good idea.

CorbsAdmin

#17

Corbs said:

I can't see them putting out the Uno game on the Wii without online play. What would be the point? If it only features local multiplayer, you could just play Uno with the real Uno cards. :)

Nobarai

#19

Nobarai said:

ANOTHER uno game? I MIGHT stand this for the DSi if it had Wi-Fi, and was uber cheap. I don't see any reason why this should be on the Wii.

EJD

#20

EJD said:

I don't see how local multiplayer would work as you could see each others cards then. Online would be cool though and I might buy this if it's 800 Points or less.

Rawk_Hawk

#21

Rawk_Hawk said:

Gameloft!!! I knew they were at the bottom of this. I'd rather play real uno that is unless this is Uno with hot singles in a nightclub. Are are sure this is not Midnight Uno?

DJGOYO

#22

DJGOYO said:

UNO!!!! .

This game, is better with friends in a table than a wii/ds. T_T We use the videogames for all. WE CAN PLAY IN THE STREET.......

........

Kevin

#23

Kevin said:

You gotta be kidding me. The game gets boring after a while especially if the game lasts a couple hours.

Starwolf_UK

#24

Starwolf_UK said:

The question isn'twill it have online but wil different platforms be able to play each other...probably not since Xbox live uses microsoft servers, Nintendo WFC is mostly peer to peer but Nintendos server does the matchmaking and stat recording and the same for the rest...

Still, Wii players being able to play DSi players would be a real landmark.

Bensei

#26

Bensei said:

Better than wasting shelf space with a game that consists fo thousands of variations of UNO but with only the main game being worth to be played

Wiiloveit

#28

Wiiloveit said:

Uno is awesome, but I don't know whether or not it'll work on Wii - if they had online multiplayer with Wii Speak (fat chance) then it wouldn't be too bad, but as Corbie said, you might as well get the cards - especially since there will be no "good" way of hiding your cards from other players. On DSiWare, it can see it working though, just as 42 All Time Classics / Clubhouse Games did, and I'll be more likely to get it for my handheld.

Terra

#29

Terra said:

I wasn't exactly expecting this but i'm not too surprised. I have the proper game though so i won't download it

Kaeobais

#31

Kaeobais said:

17. Corbie: Yeah, but would you really be surprised if they didn't?

Besides, I don't like virtual board games (and in this case card games), it always gets cheap because the fackin computers know exaclty whats going to happen and when.

Kenryoku_Maxis

#32

Kenryoku_Maxis said:

You guys are missing the point. Its not wither or not it'll have online play. Its wither or not it'll allow you to play random people or not. Think the difference in the Online capability in Smash Bros Brawl and Mario Kart.

slambert215

#33

slambert215 said:

The only reason I bought the XBL version is the online play... and that I can use my awesome avatar guy that only slightly looks like me, so the Wii/DSi version better have WiFi

tatemon555

#34

tatemon555 said:

Okay. For the last time, I play cards. Real cards. You don't need to keep on releasing these silly card games on WiiWare. I prefer playing real card games.

StarDust4Ever

#35

StarDust4Ever said:

More shovels=ware to please the masses. I mean, come on, just pick up a deck at the store.

Besides, house rules are more fun, like with "Doubles and Triples" - if you have multiple cards of the same number, you can slap them down simultaneously, and "Executive Uno" - say if the person before me slaps down a Draw Two or a Wild Draw Four, and I have a similar card in my hand, I can slap it down and pass the debt along to my neighbor - once somebody got stuck drawing sixteen cards, ROTFLMAO!

But you can't play house rules on a video game, which basically means you'll be forced into playing strait, aka "boring" Uno.

Wiiloveit

#37

Wiiloveit said:

@Kenryoku_Maxis: What difference? The fact that SSBB online was crap?

If there is no online for loners to play against, there really is no point in getting this over the original card game though.

Objection

#39

Objection said:

Yeah, its about the same price for a real deck...hate to sound like so many others but I'll be passing this one unless it really adds something.

SmaMan

#40

SmaMan said:

Well I got the iPhone version the other day, it's pretty good as far as visuals and stuff, and it'll probably be the cheapest when compared to the other ports. ($4.99) For some reason the online multiplayer must be broken or something right now because I can't even create an account!

Well at least it's a good sign, you actually get an account, not a friend code.

Thevortex099

#42

Thevortex099 said:

Get in! I love Uno, and having it on my Wii would be great. But I already have it on my 360, and what made it work on the 360 is the online play - that needs to be included here. I also have concerns that the game is not being developed by Carbonated Games - the people behind the excellent 360 version. I'm sure Gameloft will do a good job though...

P.S. It also needs downloadable theme decks!

P.S.S. Note that I am Vortex099, but I forgot my account info and I had to make a new account.

WillhamBoyGeniu

#43

WillhamBoyGeniu said:

"hopefully it's not pricy.."
"it would have to be pretty cheap."
"and was uber cheap"
"I might buy this if it's 800 Points or less."

Jeez people, can't afford a game that may be 500-1000pts that has lots of replay vaule? Come on thats around 5-10 dollars. If this must be cheap to buy then your cheap. Just be glad you don't have to pay a price for retail games.

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