Wii Party U Review

Mark Nintendo, Reviews 2 Comments

wii u partySonny and I recently had a chat about what he’d like to be when he’s older. Obviously I used the examples of an Astronaut and Prime Minister. I sold the virtues of studying hard, following his dreams, and that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

It was a conversation so riddled with clichés it only seemed apt to finish with a rendition of S Club 7’s ‘Reach for the Stars’. OK, so there are more appropriate songs I could have gone with but I don’t have a dance routine for those!

Anyway, he thought for a second,

“When I’m older I’m going to be tall!”

A Chinese mother and a father who’s a muscle spasm short of 5ft 8? Good luck with that! … was what I thought.

“Yeah, if you eat your vegetables”, was what I said.

But this isn’t the only genetics he need worry about. Both Sonny and Luca are ultra competitive. It’s an unfortunate cocktail of Janet and I’s making. I’m a bad winner, she’s an even worse loser. The result is just …. bad.

A couple of weeks ago we received a box in the post from Nintendo. Marked for the kids attention I should point out, obviously my days as the middle-man are over?

Inside was a Nintendo Wii Party U Pack, including goodies such as a set of characters, soft toys, party decorations, a Wii U Plus Remote, and a copy of Wii Party U. To say they were excited is an understatement.

Also included was a letter from Mr Nintendo. An imaginary letter.

“Dear Sonny and Luca.

This is a thank-you and well done for getting your hair cut without tears and tantrums,

Love,

Mr Nintendo.”

We were outside the barbers for them opening. In hindsight I could have milked this for so much more but thinking on my feet is something I lost when the sleepless nights began four years ago.

The game itself is great, but more on that in a minute. What it’s highlighted is the hierarchy of competitiveness in our family.

At the top is Janet. unashamedly. I have an elbow shaped bruise on my back from when she misinterpreted a genuine cough as mockery?

Next are the boys. They take defeat badly, but not in a sulky, ‘I don’t want to play any more’ kind of way, more in a ‘best of 3,5,7,9…..I’m not having a bath until I win’ kind of way.

Victories are celebrated with an over exuberant dance around the room and sarcasm disguised as sympathy for the losers.

At the bottom is me. I used to be very competitive, then the kids came along and I soon realised there was little satisfaction in running around the room shouting ‘loser’ to a two-year old you’ve just beaten in a game of scissor, paper, stone. At least there wasn’t ….

You see they’ve now touched a nerve. They’ve mocked me once to often. No longer am I prepared to just let them win; they need a lesson in humility, and it’s a lesson I’m only to happy to give them.

How? By dancing around the room shouting ‘loser’ of course … Oh c’mon, give me a break, they started it, and have I not already mentioned the genes?

Anyway, back to the game.

It’s the epitome of family fun. A board-game style video game that can be played by the whole family.

There are three main modes: House Party, GamePad Party, and TV Party.

 

The GamePad Party mode uses only the GamePad, with each player taking a side of the pad to play a handful of games such as Tabletop Football and Baseball.

The boys did enjoy this although not understanding the games they replicated it didn’t really hold their attention too long. I’m sure it’s something they’ll return to though.

The TV Party mode however was a lot more fun, and allowed all four of us to play together, making good use of the GamePad and Wii U Plus Remote that comes included in the pack.

The board-game style here is more traditional, with the rolling of dice and the winner being the person who reaches the end of the board first. Along the way you play lots of mini-games (of which there are many) to determine who gets the most dice to roll on the next round. There are also hazards and bonuses depending on the squares you land on.

The mini-games themselves are varied, make great use of the control pads, and are very easy to play. This was a massive plus point for us as it meant Luca (and Janet for that matter) could compete without being at a disadvantage due to their age and less honed skills with the GamePad.

As well as competing against each other there’s also many games that involve working together as a team. It’s been lovely seeing them cooperate in a way only before witnessed when they were pestering me for a biscuit.

There are other game modes which we’ve yet to play, such is their enjoyment of the TV Party mode, so this is going to be a game that will keep them entertained for a long time to come.

Another positive is the game retails at just above the price of a Wii U Plus Remote on its own, and seeing as one is included in the pack you can’t really go wrong.

wii u partyThe boys love the game. I love the game. Janet loves it when she’s winning.

As a game just for adults I’m not sure whether it would have the same longevity, but if you have a Wii U and children then I’d definitely recommend buying Wii Party U.

If you don’t have the children then you’re more than welcome to borrow ours, just bring them back when you’re done. I may or may not answer the door.

{I was sent the Wii Party U Pack for the purposes of this review. All words and opinions are my own.}

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      Hi Christy.

      The boys love their Wii U but still play all my old Wii games too. Anything Mario is a winner.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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