Wii Party U Review

Nintendo specializes in party games and they continue this trend with their latest entry Wii Party U. The game borrows many elements from the Mario Party series. The mini games in Wii Party U are fast paced just like the mini games in Mario Party.

Wii Party U has a mode called Highway Rollers and it reminds me of the main mode in Pac-man Fever. The goal of Highway Rollers is to reach the end first. Each player gets to roll a number of dice based on their mini game performance. For example if a gamer is in first place they get to roll ten dice; if their in second place they get to roll seven dice. There are also random spaces that can send players forwards or backwards. I think that Highway Rollers is more luck based than skill based and this really hurts my overall perception of the game. It is unfair because someone can lose every single mini game and still win the overall game.

I really like the diversity of mini games in Wii Party U. I have played Highway Rollers four times and each time I play I discover new games. One of my favorite mini games is called River Rollin. In this mini game each player gets to race on top of a barrel while avoiding giant logs. The touch based games are unfair and the person controlling the tablet usually wins these games.

Wii Party U is a nice update to the original Wii Party. However I wish that the game was more skill based. It is a great game to play with family or friends, but it is not a great single player experience. Wii Party U has memorization mini games, action mini games and decision making mini games. I enjoyed playing this game with other people and I give this game a 7 out of 10.



3DS and 3DS XL Comparison

In this video  I compare the Nintendo 3DS to the Nintendo 3DS XL. The Nintendo 3DS XL has screens that are 90% larger then the original 3DS. This is the main reason I wanted the 3DS XL. The system is also a lot easier to hold onto. Some of the other differences include the speaker quality, the 3D slider and the home/start/select buttons. The stylus on the 3DS and 3DS XL are also in different places. It is easier to use the stylus on the 3DS XL because it is placed on the right hand side of the system.  Overall, the 3DS XL is a better system than the original 3DS.


Ouya Unboxing


Ouya Unboxing Video

This morning I went to Best Buy around 10:30; I decided I was going to pick up the new Android gaming system called Ouya.  When I went to the video game section at Best Buy I couldn’t find the Ouya.  I proceeded to ask one of the representatives about it.  He lead me to the very back of the video game section; the Ouya was hidden from plain site.  It was the last Ouya on the shelf; I considered myself lucky and I asked the representative how many Ouya’s Best Buy had received.  He told me that Best Buy had received four and two of them were preorders.  I couldn’t believe it, there is no reason to hype a video game release just to make something seem more popular then it really is.  The main purpose should be to sell as many consoles as you possibly can.  In the future video game companies need to work better with their manufacturers to increase production.