Excerpt: There are a multitude of mini-game collections and a plethora of party game titles filling the Wii-branded shelves of your local games retailer. The genre, although often derided by those that think of themselves as “proper gamers”, is incredibly popular. That being the case, it is perhaps a surprise that it has taken Nintendo themselves so long to weigh in to the market with their own collection.
Pros: Lots of games with lots of potential for fun., The “suggestions” button is a very welcome inclusion., A very good realisation of an incredibly popular genre.
Cons: Doesn’t have much appeal if you’re on your own., Some games don’t involve any skill or ability whatsoever.
Excerpt: Wii Sports, Wii Play or Mario Party. Nintendo’s motion sensored console definately doesn’t have an absence of casual and fun multiplayer games. Who could blame Nintendo though? Their main target seems to be that of a more family orientated or casual gaming audience. Now Wii Party is the latest in the series of multiplayer games that the Wii seems to love. So what is Wii Party? At first glance it seems just like any other Wii Party game.
Pros: Large variety of games, Great social element, Makes fantastic use of Wii-mote
Cons: Can be slow at times, Can get boring at times
Summary: It's a shame that Wii Party seems to rely so heavily on arbitrary equalisers, resulting in several underwhelming minis, but the range of diversity and charm is more than enough to pull you in for a while. Even if it sometimes feels like it's kicking you in the shins, Wii Party is a worthy minigame compilation with a silly sense of humour and simple charm that will strongly appeal to board game fans and casual players alike.
Excerpt: With Sony and Microsoft releasing new motion-control gadgets, and sales of its evergreen console finally appearing to have peaked, Nintendo should be feeling the pressure. If it is, it doesn't show in the unpretentious and likable Wii Party , whose accessibility and charm is likely to make it one of the most popular family games this Christmas.
Conclusion: Wii Party threatens to become the life and soul of the party if played in the right circumstances. But without four players, and a stern awareness that only certain modes are where the fun lies, Wii Party falls flat a little too often.
Pros: Excellent of Wii controller, Mini games are fun, Fun with friends, Clean, crisp look
Cons: Some modes seem like filler, ONE game board?, Not fun alone
Excerpt: Wii Party is exactly what a party game should be. It almost feels as though Nintendo has decided to step forward after four years of rubbish mini-game compilations and say "look everyone, this is how you're meant to do it".