Excerpt: Family time has been instituted on the Wii U with the release of Wii Party U. Families can enjoy eighty all new mini games. Wii Party U includes House Party Mode, TV Party Mode, and Gamepad Party Mode. Wii Party U includes single player experiences.
Conclusion: Wii Party U is a sizable and varied collection of minigames. It’s not much fun unless you have at least four people, but as it stands it’s a pretty good deal: a Wii remote and a big party game, for less than the price of a triple-A title.
Summary: Parents need to know that Wii Party U contains more than 80 mini-games. Players use a handful of modes and can use an interactive board game or a game show-type setting or just play one game at a time. Some of the mini-games involve minor cartoon violence like shooting cartoon cannons or lasers, but nothing about the content is gratuitous or overtly aggressive. No one is ever shown hurt.
Excerpt: Unfortunately a large chunk of Wii Party U is boring and uninspired. And it really is unfortunate, because upon booting up the first of the bigger games – Highway Rollers - I felt I was in for a Mario Party -styled treat. Sadly, that's the only time the game ever comes even remotely close to the quality and fun of its spiritual predecessor; most of what's on display is competent but dull, and lacks any real direction or cohesion.
Conclusion: With friends or family, Wii Party U can be a lot of fun. Not all of the minigames are great, some aren't necessarily worth a second look, but for a casual, laugh-filled gathering, Wii Party U has enough quality content and variety to provide an entertaining time.
Summary: Nintendo has a storied history with multiplayer games. Back in the days of the Nintendo 64 and the GameCube, its power to get four people in a room together was unrivaled. Now, every console supports four or more controllers, and the online arena makes it easier to play together than ever before. But sometimes, there's just no substitution for getting a bunch of people together in the same location, and rocking out some fun, old-fashioned minigames.