Wii U Hands-On Experience NYC Recap: Steve T’s Perspective Part 2

In the last exciting issue,our young hero had just finished playing New Super Mario Brothers U. Stay tuned: same bat time, same bat channel. OK so I borrowed that last part from Batman but it lends itself so well. Anyway on to part 2 of the Wii U Experience. Hope you enjoy what you see!

Rayman Legends was up next and this will be the first Rayman game that I have played and I was happily impressed with what I saw. For starters, the game looks great. It looks like Rayman Legends is a game that went all out in the graphics department. As for the gameplay, the player with the Tablet, in the level my brother and I played, would tap the screen in rhythm to the music and take out enemies for the player who was Rayman. Rayman would run, run and run some more in this level. As much as I didn’t care for the screen-moving levels of Mario 3, the music keeps you from going crazy from dying some much. While I was playing I kept missing the last jump and falling to my death. I don’t know what was going on at that point but I finally managed to make that last jump and right into Rayman performing an air guitar solo. This was also the only game I got to try with the Wii U Pro controller. The shoulder button was used to run and the combination of the A/B/X/Y buttons were used to jump and punch. Again the HD display looks great on Rayman and I can’t wait to play it!

Just to show that I am not partial to one genre or another, My brother and I tested out “Sing.” This was something that we probably should have said “pass” to but we didn’t. Sing is basically a karaoke machine for your living room or where-ever you play video games. One player uses the Tablet and microphone to sing the song and the lyrics are shown on the Tablet screen. The other players try to match the dance moves that are shown on the TV screen.( personally I don’t think this does anything game play wise, it just gives the non-singers something to do) Now, I thought I was a good dancer but apparently, I don’t know the dances the people who are “hip” are doing these days and let’s just say that if you’re dancing to a long song, you will get your workout in and you won’t need to play WiiFit U or anything like that. Scribblenauts Unlimited was up next to try and this time around, the game has added new words to use and they want you to be as creative as possible. One mission was to help the people fix their tree house. You needed to give them something to finish their tree house. I decided to go with “Hot Tub” because what house doesn’t need a hot tub? Answer every house needs a hot tub but apparently they needed a hammer or wood to fix their house. The girl running the demo said they created a “Mario” the day before by typing in on the touch screen “Red moustached Plumber” so we decided to give Luigi some love and type in “Green moustached Plumber” and Luigi was born.Whatever you can think of, you can create in this game. If you want a zombie, you can create it. If you want an air plane, you can create it.

The last game we got to play was part of the Warioware series titled, Game and Wario. We don’t know if that’s what the final game will be called but for now that’s what we’re going with. The demo had four games to play and my brother and I played two of them, Arrow and Ski. Arrow is very similar to the Nintendoland mini game, Takemaru’s Ninja Castle. You hold the Tablet vertically and pull the arrow back with your finger on the Tablet screen. The object is to try and keep the Wario-like robots from getting to you. You need to keep the robots away by any means necessary. That could mean shooting them with an arrow, blowing them up with land mines, or making the arrow sneeze from pepper and taking out more robots. The final boss of the level is a giant Wario robot and you need to hit the screws on the machine to weaken him and then shoot its teeth to deliver the final blow. The game was really fun and the girl in charge of the demo said my score was one of the highest she saw that day so yeah, I am that awesome! Ok so maybe she was just being nice but either way the game is one I’m looking forward to playing. As for my brother, he played the “Ski” game, where you tilt the Tablet to steer your character to the finish line, trying to avoid the walls and other bumps in the snow.  This looks like one of the tougher stunts on the Game and Wario game. All the games that I got to play look like a really fun time and I can’t wait to play them.

Recap: The Wii U was really fun and I’m glad I got to test it out. It confirms that I’m going to get one at launch and it again shows that Nintendo knows what they are doing. One thing I didn’t like at the event was that a couple of people who were running the demos didn’t know how the controls for the games.( it really only happened once or twice but still) I’m looking forward to waiting outside a Toys R Us all night for the Wii U, just like I did for the GameCube and the Wii. All the games were fun and this experience showed me what games to look for and what games to stay away from at launch. If we had more time in the event, I would have liked to try Batman:Arkham City and Pikmin 3 but there’s only a certain number of hours in a day. The best parts of the day were getting to try out games that not everyone gets to try, getting my picture taken with “The” Super Mario, and the chocolate Mustaches they gave out when leaving. If it wasn’t so hot I wouldn’t have had to eat my ‘stache super quick. Can’t wait for the Wii U to come out. It’s going to be really fun!

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