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Celebrity Sports Showdown In what has to be an example of a solution in search of a problem, Electronic Arts has announced Celebrity Sports Showdown for the Nintendo Wii in which players can take on the role of nearly a dozen pop culture figures and rush them through various sporting events.  If you've ever wanted to see animated renditions of Nelly Furtado and Avril Lavigne playing a round of beach volleyball for some reason, here's your chance.

The game is expected to release this winter exclusively on the Wii, and will include 10 celebrities to choose from and 12 events to compete in.

Celebrities featured listed below:

  • Fergie
  • Avril Lavigne
  • LeAnn Rimes
  • Keith Urban
  • Nelly Furtado
  • Paul Pierce
  • Mia Hamm
  • Kristi Yamaguchi
  • Reggie Bush
  • Sugar Ray Leonard

Games featured listed below:

  • Beach Volleyball
  • Inner-Tubing
  • Wild Water Canoeing
  • Hurdle Derby
  • Slalom Showdown
  • Cliff Hangers
  • Smash Badminton
  • Rapid Fire Archery
  • Joust Duel
  • Curling
  • Arena Dodgeball
  • Air Racers

There has to be an audience somewhere for this title, but I'm not so sure I'd want to meet it. I know the idea behind these casual-market games is to eventually turn the casual players into core gamers, but I wish we could speed that process along to the point where empty calorie games like Showdown are no longer needed.