Wii U Hands-On Experience NYC Recap: Steve T’s Perspective Part 1

It appears that being a Club Nintendo member has its benefits. Other than being able to get your hands on special limited edition Nintendo goods, you get invited to special events to play Nintendo games before anyone else does. This is exactly what happened with the Wii U. I was invited to give it a test run with other Nintendo fans. Buckle up, it’s going to be a fun ride!

I almost didn’t get to go to this event because every time I tried to sign up, it would tell me it was “sold out.” This is just another example of how good Nintendo customer service is. I emailed them and two days later, I received an email telling me how I could register and thankfully, it worked. My brother and I were registered to test drive the Wii U, the newest Nintendo innovation. I will admit, when I first saw the Tablet controller, I was a little skeptical about how it would work and feel in my hands. It takes a little getting used to, but once you feel comfortable with the Tablet, it feels like you have been using it forever and you ask yourself how did you play games without it. When you registered, you were given a Wii U experience badge that could link with your Facebook page so you could post the pictures you took inside right to your page. This is something Nintendo should do with all their events, I have pictures from the Super Mario 3D Land event that would have been easier to deal with if they were put on my Facebook right after they were taken. Well done Nintendo!

My first Wii U experience was Nintendoland, the Wii U equivalent to Wii Sports. Nintendoland is supposed to let the player get the feel of the new controller and get comfortable tilting the controller and doing new things. Nintendoland does just that. Takemaru’s Ninja Castle was the first mini-game I got to play and it’s really fun, once you get the hang of it. You hold the Tablet vertically to play this game and the object is to throw Ninja stars at the ninjas, while making your way through the ninja themed levels. The tough part is figuring out how hard/fast to thrust your finger across the screen on the controller. How fast you thrust your finger is how fast the ninja star will be thrown at the ninja. Aiming was also tough but once the controlled feels right to you, you will find yourself throwing quickly and on target. Next up was Donkey Kong’s Crash Course. This game tries to teach you how to differentiate speeds while tilting the Tablet controller all while making your way through the DK factory from the original Donkey Kong game. Again, this is another game that takes some getting used to but once you do, you can advance really far in it, like I did. It teaches you how to tilt the controller as well as spinning the two circle pads to activate levels and switches to advance in the level. If you drive too slow and fall, you could lose a life. The same could be said if you find yourself hanging off a ledge and there’s no way back, you lose a life too. Nintendoland isn’t just for single riders. It has games for multiple players too and I got to try two of them. Lets check them out!

The first multiplayer Nintendoland game I got to play was Animal Crossing: Sweet Day. In this game, you’re trying to collect enough pieces of candy. To do so, you hold the Wii-remote horizontally and move around with the d pad. The more candy you collect, the slower your animal will move. The player with the Tablet is playing with two guards, trying to catch the other players by moving the guards with the two circle pads, each moving one of the guards. You need to play as a team in this game because you need to get multiple players at different trees to knock the candy out of them. The game is really fun and as my brother said, “everyone is doing something and everyone is able to play at once.” Everyone playing seems to big for Nintendo this time around. The last attraction I played at Nintendoland was The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest. Three players fight monsters with the Wii-remotes being used as swords and shields and the player with the Tablet can look all around and use a bow and arrows to hit monsters and switches to help the group move forward. I found it easier to be the wielder of a sword rather than firing the bow and arrow. It might have been because I’m used to using the remote. Nintendoland is a great way for everyone to get the hang of the Wii U and I can’t wait to play all the other attractions that Nintendoland has to offer!

Before I got my picture with Mario (who doesn’t want their picture with Mario) I played New Super Mario Brothers U. It’s similar to the Wii version but it does have some differences. For starters the player with the Tablet is able to help out the other players by drawing platforms on the Tablet to help the players get to higher places. It also has the addition of the Flying Squirrel suit. Frog, Penguin, and now Flying Squirrel. What will Nintendo think of next? New Yoshi’s come into the picture as well. Hover Yoshi is similar to the propeller helmet from NSMBW. You can get to hard to reach places by grabbing Yoshi and shaking the remote.  The game looks great but I wouldn’t expect anything less from our favorite plumber from Brooklyn.

I’ve decided to break this recap up into two parts because it was getting a little long and I still have a long way to go so before to check out part 2!

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