Holiday Gift Guide: WiiU in Stores in Time for the 2012 Holiday Season

While I’m not much of a gamer, I do love watching my children play games. We’ve amassed a collection of games over the years and a few game systems to boot.

My husband was an early adopter with the Commodore 64 system in his late teens/college years. His 64 gathered dust but that didn’t stop him from gaming on our home PC. Do you remember playing computer games on the PC before the mouse? Lots of clicking and mucking about with the arrow keys. Ugh. The worst was the police detective game where in order to get to the good stuff you had to drive the police car to the crime scene. I’m not saying I crashed the car…I’m just saying I rarely made it to the crime scene…and this is with the computer mouse. Grrr.

I love that even the youngest child can play video games. My youngest was about 5 when he first got his mitts on Wii system. He hasn’t stopped playing since!

Jumping with both feet in to WiiU

I guess you could say we are Wii people. We got a sneak peak of the new WiiU system. At a very glitzy, fun event for parents, kids, and gamers, we played with the WiiU. I can tell you that EVEN I played a game or two. Now that is saying something isn’t it?

It goes without saying that you want to know what I wanted to know. How is the WiiU different from the Wii?

Well, the main difference is the Wii GamePad. This controller is about the size of a small tablet. The deets are that the GamePad has a 6.2″ screen with a 16.9 aspect ratio LCD touch screen. Wii users will notice that the GamePad has the familiar buttons from the Wii motes, as well as two analog sticks. My kids and husband took no time at all to practice on the WiiU GamePad. At just over 1 pound, the GamePad was a reasonable size. I didn’t hear any complaints from the kids after an hour of play!

In addition, the GamePad has:

  • motion control
  • front-facing camera
  • microphone
  • stereo speakers
  • rumble features
  • sensor bar
  • stylus (I’m not sure the kids used the stylus for any games.)

My kids played a variety of games:

  • Animal Crossing — I played this one!
  • Nintendo Land — Kids loved this one.
  • New Super Mario Bros. U — And this one too.
  • Wii Fit U — The kids all tried to jump high on this game. My teen was very close to winning.
  • Sing Party — I watched a little kid get really involved with the singing!

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I was invited to the #WiiU event in Washington, D.C., to experience the WiiU with my family. The views expressed in this post are my own. I follow the tenets of Blog With Integrity.

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