If Whip It made you want to try out for roller derby, but your insurance company didn’t quite like the idea, Nintendo’s Jam City Rollergirls video game will provide you with a happy medium.
Billed as the first “roller derby video game of consequence,” Jam City Rollergirls was released this week, featuring characters based on Seattle’s all-female, flat-track Rat City Rollergirls — Burnett Down, Miss Fortune and Valtron 3000 — which is part of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.
Released directly for Nintendo’s Wii and available via download for 1,000 Nintendo points (about $10), Jam City Rollergirls also features other teams from the WFTDA including The Texecutioners — otherwise known as the “Godmothers of Flat-Track Derby,” Brewcity Bruisers, Mad Rollin’ Dolls and the Gotham Girls Roller Derby featuring the legendary Suzy Hotrod.
Playing options on the game, from developer Frozen Codebase, feature everything from a small, oval course via the Jam City Flat Track to the Texas Texas Kill Kill Kill, the home track of the Texecutioners that takes place inside a meat locker with hidden shortcuts. The Crazy Backwards Shenanigans track is the polar opposite of the game’s other five tracks and allows players to play counter-clockwise and clockwise.
Gamers can customize uniforms — which feature fishnet stockings as an option — and play tournament style or split screen against other users where your lead jammer can check opponents into walls, jump off lifts and eventually show ‘em up when you win. Or opt out of stepping into the skates of the 30 real skaters featured in the game and create your own derby persona and venture through the game newbie style.
Connect your Wii to the Internet and head to www.jamcityrollergirls.com for more information and to download.
And if you can’t get enough roller derby, venture out from the couch and check out a bout in the WFTDA’s 2011 season that’s now under way via 104 member leagues and nearly 60 apprentice leagues in cities all over the country.