Thursday, March 21st, 2013
As part of my role as a Nintendo Brand Enthusiast, I was thrilled to be able to host a party a couple of weeks ago for my friends to check out the new Wii U system. Two fun gals, Jessica and Thu-Anh showed up with some food and prizes on a rainy Sunday afternoon and we all squeezed into my tiny tv room to play some games!
The biggest difference between the Wii U and the Wii is the addition of the WiiU GamePad. The GamePad does several things: acts as a television remote, works as another controller, offers another perspective on game play and allows certain games to be played without using the television screen. You can also watch Netflix and Hulu Plus using the TVii feature, video chat with your friends and browse the internet.
But, onto the games! We played NintendoLand, which is basically 12 games in one. I love bargains and that’s a lot of bang for your buck. But, the best thing about NintendoLand is that many of the games can be played with up to five players. My favorite is Luigi’s Ghost Mansion. (Tip: if you ever play with me, you’ll know I’m close to you when I start laughing hysterically.) I think our guests enjoyed Mario Chase the most, which is fun because you get to work together as a team to find Mario.
Perhaps the most exciting portion of the party was when we played SiNGParty and I serenaded my friends with my rendition of Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now.” I’m sure everyone is eager to come back over to hear me sing again. SiNGParty is better than karaoke in that the audience can get involved as the tv screen shows dance moves and lyrics to sing along with, while the GamePad shows the lyrics that the main singer can follow.
Thanks to our friends for coming over to play with us and thanks to my friends at Nintendo for providing us with this opportunity!
Disclaimer: The folks at Nintendo hosted my party and provided the Wii U console but my thoughts are my own.