In a presentation to investors this week, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata filled in the blank for the next marquee "Wii ____" game with the word "Party."
As the next entry in the barn-burning series – whose previous games include million-sellers Wii Sports and its follow up Resort, Play, Fit and the less-successful Music – Iwata ensured that Wii Party will have the full might of Nintendo behind it:
The developers are spending significant time for this title so that they can include elements that are must-haves in a party game as well as making sure that adequate volume of game play are available. We are developing it with the intent that every Wii player will be able to find a game that can be enjoyed. In a game play mode called "Living Party," there is unique gameplay only available with the Wii Remote.
Those looking forward to Mario Party 9 need not be terribly discouraged, as even though it's not a Mushroom Kingdom hoedown you'll of course be able to use all of your Mario-themed Miis for these shenanigans.
Iwata told investors the game would be out sometime during the current financial year, which ends on March 31, 2011. More will likely be revealed at E3 in June, hopefully with spectacular effect.