Wii Party U Review
Wii Party U Box Art
System: Wii U
Dev: Nintendo
Pub: Nintendo
Release: October 25, 2013
Players: 1-4
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Mild Cartoon Violence

While the gameplay of Wii Party U shines, the audio-visual qualities pale in comparison. However, I will say this--graphics and audio have clearly taken a backseat to fun, which is always the right choice. But I couldn’t help but think that the graphics could have been better. Honestly, Wii Party U looks like a Wii game with HD graphics. Visually, the game is sufficient for what it’s trying to achieve, but it doesn’t hide the fact that we are supposed to be in the “next generation” of consoles, and this game doesn’t look “next-gen.” That being said, the visuals that are displayed are clean and well rendered. I didn’t notice any hiccups in framerate (nor should I have) or any other visual stability.

Wii Party U Screenshot

Sadly, the audio of Wii Party U is just as ambient as its visuals. Sure, they are sufficient and are by no means subpar, but the audio lacks any real flavor whatsoever. They’re just a bland background of sounds and stock music to keep you from having to play the game in total silence. It is typical Nintendo fare, audio you can probably find in previous Wii Party games or other first-party games. Again, I don’t think that the audio is poorly done. It’s just capable of filling its role and nothing more.

Wii Party U’s strongest asset is the ability to weave its smorgasbord of mini-games into the other game modes seamlessly. With the amount of games included on this disc, the gameplay is always varied, and you rarely have the same experience twice. Add to that the ability to play without your TV on the GamePad, and you have a versatile title that is simple to pick up and play for gamers of all ages.

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So even though Wii Party U doesn’t contain any of my normal ingredients for a killer party, it certainly has the potential to create some fun times with family and friends. Who knows? Maybe I can add this to the list of party necessities in the future. Wii Party U definitely has the diversity to be enjoyed by anyone, and racing a zebra, a rhino, and a giraffe while inebriated could turn out to be the stuff of legend.

By
Joshua Bruce
Video Director
Date: October 23, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.8
Graphics
This looks like an original Wii game, with HD graphics.
4.5
Control
Nintendo’s motion control system works great. With the addition of the GamePad to the mix, it creates an interesting, varied, and functional control scheme.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Sound and music are sufficient.
4.0
Play Value
There is a ton of fun stuff to do in this game. Nintendo is the master of the party game.
3.8
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Everyone at the party competes with his or her own Mii characters in a medley of party games.
  • Experience new ways to play with others using the Wii U GamePad. For example, in "Lost-and-Found Square," imagine you are the person holding the GamePad and you are lost in a playground. Your goal is to describe your surroundings based on what you see on the GamePad in order to help the other players find your location.
  • Post your impressions of game sessions to Miiverse. You can rate your performance by adding a one- to five-star ranking after the match is over.
  • When you want to leave the TV behind, you can choose to play exclusively on the Wii U GamePad with an array of 15 tabletop games, ranging from foosball to baseball, for two-player competitive and cooperative play.
  • In addition to the main games that everyone can play together, there are 80 mini-games that can be played on your own. These include the Tabletop Mini-game that can be played with the Wii U GamePad only.

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