Nintendo’s holiday line-up is looking mightily impressive, with big titles from key Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda franchises coming to both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. However, the publisher isn’t about to give up on the new market they created nearly a decade ago, aiming to satisfy the family audience alongside the core demographic with Wii Party U.
While Wii Party U may not be a highlight for many gamers it’s undoubtedly going to perform well enough at retail to make an impact. This is a party videogame designed for family gatherings, and in that it’s very hard to fault it. Only one solitary mini-game was presented to Electronic Theatre during our hands-on time with Wii Party U, and yet even here it’s easy to see who the videogame is being aimed at, and how it’s certain to appease that audience.
Essentially Pictionary on your television, players each have fifteen seconds to draw a specific item. Three players are given the same item and the fourth gets something different. All players then have to pick which drawing they think is the odd one out. It’s a simple take on an established ruleset, and this is exactly where Wii Party U will reach the family audience.
Other mini-games such as dice games and new ideas specifically designed for the Wii U GamePad will demonstrate Nintendo’s commitment to bringing new gameplay experiences to the console. The publisher has stated that more than eighty mini-games will be included in the final build, and Electronic Theatre remains keen to see if they can match the quality of this first teaser taste.