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.
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.
Conclusion: Wii Party U is a surprisingly deep experience with a variety of ways to play. While there are some duds to be found in each mode, there are enough highlights to have fun in plenty of different ways. With the included Wii Remote Plus as a bonus, Wii Party U is a steal for anyone who plays games with friends and family often, but the AI makes for poor company.
Conclusion: "A huge number of minigames are available to play right away..." "Wii Party U may feel dated in some respects, so these games breathe some life into the series." "...a solid addition to anyone’s Wii U library, whether or not you party a lot.
Pros: Variety of fun minigames, Impressive GamePad tabletop games, Plenty of party modes to choose from
Cons: Boring GamePad Island mode, Dated visuals and controls, Excessive notifications to swap controllers
Conclusion: Once again the Japanese developer has devoted time and resources into creating these little game concepts and ideas. And they've repeatedly built beautiful games around them. The Mario Party series for example, especially Mario Party 9 . And Wario Ware: Smooth Moves naturally. Or Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games . Or Rayman Raving Rabbids . And Wii Party of course. Now comes Wii Party U .
Pros: + Consistently fun mini games, gamepad party mode, potential fun for all ages
Cons: - Too many copies of old mini games, annoying background music
Conclusion: Wii Party U offers a huge amount of content, but the end product is a mixed bag. The use of the GamePad ranges from great to demo-like, but Wii Party U is still one of the best four-player experiences on Wii U.
Pros: A bunch of all new mini-games that, for the most part, are a blast to play., New GamePad uses bring a breath of fresh air to the Wii Party name., With a large focus on 4 player gaming, this game is a lot more fun with a group of people compared to the likes of Nintendo Land.
Cons: The game is slightly too bloated with so many different modes on offer, Some mini-games can be dull or feel as though they're ripped from the Wii game and given a quick lick of paint, There's generally more focus on the Wii Remote than the GamePad.