Eurogamer Expo 2012: Our Time With The Wii U

Eurogamer Expo 2012 has come to a close, and what an event it has been. Gamers across the UK (and quite a few from surrounding countries and as far as the US according to my 3DS StreetPass hits!) flocked to Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre for the UK’s largest games event. What was most exciting for Nintendo gamers was of course the Wii U. It had been announced at the start of September that Nintendo’s next generation console would be playable on the show floor. Nintendo Scene team Stuart, Wes, Andy and myself were lucky enough to attend Eurogamer this year, and had the amazing opportunity to go hands on with the Wii U with the rest of the gaming community. Titles on offer from the Wii U section included:

  • Rayman Legends
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Wonderful 101
  • Trine 2
  • Nintendo Land
  • Panoramic View
  • Zombi U (seperate queue)
  • Pikmin 3

What We Thought Of The Wii U Titles On Offer

  • Andy on Rayman Legends: The game I had the most fun with at Eurogamer would have to be Rayman Legends. The demo at Eurogamer was focussed on the multiplayer aspect to the game and myself and Orla had a blast through the demo level. One of us used the Pro Controller while the other wielded the Wii U GamePad. The idea is for the GamePad user to aid and abet the other player using Murphy the frog as they progress through the level with Globox. You tap the touch screen to defeat enemies, fling items around and grab onto platforms so as to move them allowing your friend to get past. Obviously I would be a helpful fellow and not blatantly try to make life more difficult for Orla as she tried to get through the level… I’m such a helpful soul… Overall I really enjoyed Rayman Legends; I thought it looked gorgeous, played simply and effectively and used the GamePad in a clever way. However my worry with the game is that it is almost too multiplayer focussed and if you’re planning to play alone then you could well miss out on a lot of the fun Orla and I had.
  • Andy on Nintendo Land (Animal Crossing Sweet Day)Nintendo Land was another game that I enjoyed a lot. Nintendo had 5 of the 12 mini games available to play and of them all I thought the Animal Crossing Sweet Day mini game was particularly interesting. The game has five players, one with the GamePad and four with Wii Remotes; those with the Wii Remotes must work together to knock sweets down from trees and scoff them until they hit their set target, meanwhile the player with the GamePad chases them all down with two characters controlled simultaneously with the control sticks. It’s actually really good fun! You really feel your heart racing when your being hounded down by the gruesome twosome! The more sweets you eat the slower you become and therefore the easier you are to catch! Like Rayman Legends my only concern with Nintendo Land is that the most fun games, Animal Crossing Sweet Day included, need to have 3-5 players to really get the most out of them. Though there are single player games available to play, you’re going to need friends around to get the full experience with Nintendo Land and that could be a problem for some.
  • Stuart on Pikmin 3:  When I found out that Pikmin 3 was confirmed as playable at Eurogamer this year, I knew it was all going to be a special moment so I took every opportunity to sap all that sweet nectar from it. With the demo, you had two options; play a regular Pikmin 3 level in time trial mode or a boss battle. You know I just had to play both (more than a few times). Time attack of seven minutes served us up the first delight of Pikmin 3 and consisted of an outside environment starting with them good old regular red pikmin. The objective was to collect fruit and such (as you know) and return them back to base to be turned into points.  Progressing through I came to a giant floating jellyfish, beating this gave me access to the new rock pikmin! Using these news guys we broke glass barriers and they would see further use in the other boss fight.  Before the time ran out we knew we were exposed to an incredibly lush game environment. This game was always meant to played in as higher resolution as possible. The demo gave me everything I had hoped for. But there is no grand reboot for the series, it’s the core Pikmin game in all it’s HD glory with new elements. The controls seemed exactly the same. Having said that, in my demo the GamePad would only be used as a map screen. In the final game you will be able to use the GamePad as your main controller with GameCube mechanics. Nintendo Scene will be reviewing the final build of Pikmin 3 so be sure to check back then.
  • Orla on New Super Mario Bros. U: I quite enjoyed my time with New Super Mario Bros. U, and it is exactly what you’d expect from a Mario title. Like the majority of the Wii U demo games on display, this was also focused on the multiplayer aspect of the game. The Wii U Gamepad allows the player to place blocks throughout the level to help their teammates. Communication is the key, as the players using their Wii remotes must instruct the Gamepad user to direct a block path. Playing with more experienced players is obviously better, as going through one of the levels in the demo I found myself constantly shouting at the Gamepad user to put a block in a particular place so I wouldn’t plunge to my death. Sadly, that didn’t work, but made it towards the end somehow. New Super Mario Bros. U is your typical multiplayer Mario madness, but as fun as the game is, it is nothing we haven’t seen before with New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. 2.

Nintendo Scene Team and Readers at Eurogamer Expo 2012

Nintendo Scene’s Eurogamer Streetpass Event and Competition

Of course as you all may know, we are holding a fantastic competition for our lovely readers who attended the Expo over the weekend. If you happened to have Streetpassed myself, Stuart or Wes, simply email a photo of the Mii you picked up and email (see here for all the details on the competition). The competition has had a huge response so far, and its not over yet, so search through your plaza to see if you were lucky enough to pick one of us up!

Couldn’t make it to the Expo this year? Why not click on this link to browse through our pictures we took over the weekend. If you were at this years Expo, please let us know what you thought!

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One Response to “Eurogamer Expo 2012: Our Time With The Wii U”
  1. This article is rocking. Love how it captures everything so clearly. Pictures are great too. Nice stuff Orla and Andy. Looking forward to next time.


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