I thought about a clever title for this post but really, you’re only going to want to read this if at least one of the following statements is true:
- You love video games.
- You love Nintendo.
- You love Nintendo Wii.
- You love family gaming.
- You want to know if the Wii U is awesome to buy.
- You want to know if the Wii U is awesome enough to upgrade from your regular Wii.
I’m happy to say that you’ve come to the right place.
As a brand ambassador for Nintendo (total dream gig there), I was invited to attend a the Wii U Experience, a private event, the first of its kind in the nation, to preview the Wii U and many of the games that will be available for it when it’s released for the holiday season (I smell Christmas presents!).
So Evan and I headed out on our long journey to downtown DC via Metro. We walked into the Grand Hyatt and were led to the bowels of the hotel. This was very clearly a private event and meant to be kept out of view of the general public. Oh yes, I felt very important. Evan simply felt very excited.
We might have gotten a little carried away with the props. Evan opted for the Mario look while I attempted to recreate the Legend of Zelda. With a mushroom.
But the fun and excitement was really all about the games.
We started with Pikmin3. I’ll admit, I’m new to the whole Pikmin games so I can’t compare 3 to 1 or 2. All I know is that I loved this game.
The graphics were beautiful and the controls felt very familiar. We used a Wii controller and nunchuk. The only adjustment was using the right controller to aim and the left to move. But I like to think I’m exercising new parts of my brain when I actually figure out how to do that. Evan wasn’t a huge fan but I think that’s only because I was better at it than him.
So we moved on to NintendoLand. A game that actually features contains a series of 12 games for 1 to 5 players.
Evan chose the single player games. He likes to work alone. And he chose to play Ninja Castle where his job was to send throwing stars at the onscreen ninjas. Again, he got frustrated. It was a little hard for him. And then I showed him how to do it. (And yes, that’s @MissBritt getting her ninja on!)
And just to prove that women can actually get along, I snapped a quick pic of these 5 lovely ladies playing NintendoLand. (You might recognize @jodifur, @metalia, @alotofnothing, @ilinap, and ?).
We also got to watch the new Wii Fit U and try the Super Mario Bros. U (Evan was a big fan. I was pretty lousy at this one but the graphics were once again stunning). I peeked in at Just Dance 4 (which I got to try at Type-A) and even did a little karaoke with a yet-to-be-named singing/dancing game.
There was definitely still a shroud of mystery in the room. I don’t know if it’s because they want to build buzz or because they’re still figuring things out for their holiday release. In fact, I wasn’t even allowed to get a close up picture of the new unit and controller but I did the best I could to showcase it just for you.
It’s a small horizontal disc box. The biggest addition is the touchpad controller which is nicely, if not a bit oddly, integrated into many of the games. I found it a little heavy at times but it felt very familiar with a design that echoed the Nintendo 3DS control panel.
Then, as brand ambassadors, we got to ask some questions. Here are some of the better ones I remember.
Is the system backwards compatible?
Yes! All previous Wii games, controllers, and balance board will work with the new system.
When will the system be released?
It should be available for the holiday season (hint, hint).
How much will it retail for?
Will it be under $300?
What game will come with the system?
I don’t think they were being intentionally evasive. I think they’re still figuring it all out. And I love that they were excited about the games and asking us for our genuine feedback.
So the real question is, should you buy the new Wii U? Umm, yeah. I’m a brand ambassador. What did you expect me to say? I genuinely love Nintendo and while the Nintendo 3DS is really cool, I’m a Wii girl at heart.