The Nintendo Wii U sneak peek party last month in Chicago was a 24 hour whirlwind of awesome. We joined our geeky local comrades in arms and some of my fellow Nintendo brand ambassadors from across the country and made. it. count.
As with any good fete, themed snacks and goofy photo booth props abounded – Nintendo can absolutely throw a swell party.
Walking into the underground Wii U experience was a little like walking into a blue-lit spaceship filled with walls of monitors, funky couches and ‘pump it up’ music. It couldn’t have been more Wii if it had tried.
The surprising fun time game hands down winner was Just Dance 4. We danced 2 rounds and worked up a healthy Wii-infused glow. There’s no bonding like Barry White dance off bonding, it’ll be a sure hit at your grown up dance parties.
But there were other games that really displayed the Wii U powers – the device’s giant monitor is a knock out and takes playing to a new level. I love not only seeing other game views on the monitor, but also getting to interact and play mini-game-within-a-game on it too.
I didn’t get to play Dark Knight myself, but had a heck of a time watching other folks Batman it up. I love the room and weapon scanning feature on the Wii U – it puts the player so surreal-y into the game itself. Love.
The Chicago Nintendo voyage
The Nintendo Ambassadors are always a fun group – we mugged with mustaches.
Ate insanely well at Blackbird Restaurant.
Watched the fireworks in grand style.
And later woke up with the sun over Lake Michigan to catch an early flight back home.
Final Wii U thoughts
If you love your Wii like I love mine, you’re going to dig the Wii U. It refreshes the experience and gives you that giddy ‘oooh this is new’ feeling that your now-jaded Wii expertise has dimmed a bit.
The device itself (as it was during the sneak peek, so let’s see how it goes out of the box) has a little less heft and Wii control feel than I had hoped though. Perhaps it’s due to the sheer size of the Wii U remote, but I missed that super non-plastic quality weight and feel that all of my Nintendo devices have.
So size isn’t everything, right? But I will say that the size of the Wii U was very manageable for my girlie hands – but the big Mario-dressed blokes in the crowd had no trouble clobbering ninjas and zombies too with their mitts either.
The screen is giant and oh-so-fun – that’s definitely what’s going to keep me excited about the Wii for a long time. All of the possibilities for group playing and solo geeking out, so fab. So cool. So totally Wii re-enthusing.
Cheers to the Wii U!