As a Nintendo Brand Ambassador I get to do some really cool things. A couple of weeks ago I was invited, along with several other ambassadors, to get hands on with the Wii U and some of its upcoming games.
We had two hours to bounce from game to game, and while I was able to try out a few, most of my time was spent in the ZombiU room. Crappy shooting skills aside, I would gladly ditch my Wiimote for this game.
As the shooter, you’re focused on survival and stealing the zombies’ flag (it’s a weird game of capture the flag). However, your opponent (the puppet master as I like to call him/her) is strategically placing zombies all around you, preventing you from getting near their flag. But while the shooter is watching the game unfold on the TV, the puppet master can be off in the corner looking only at the Wii U GamePad.
I definitely preferred controlling the zombies compared to shooting them, but that’s because I’m not used to two-joystick controllers. I might be going forward, but I’m definitely looking down. This was evident when I played Batman Arkham City, where I was using the GamePad throughout the entire demo. The graphics were impressive but my gameplay was anything but. I just… I’m so ashamed.
I also spent a bit of time playing NintendoLand, Wii U’s virtual theme park. It features 12 mini games from well-known Nintendo titles, including Zelda and Donkey Kong. I tested Luigi’s Ghost Mansion, in which I played a ghost using the GamePad, trying to murder evade and daze the other players who were hunting me. I can see this being a fun, if not nostalgic, experience for groups.
My only wish is that I tried Wii Fit U and Just Dance 4, but that’s a closed-curtain kind of game.
I know practically nothing about the system itself though. The console is still getting tweaked and there was no word on when it would be available for purchase, aside from “this holiday season.” Based on what I’ve seen, I think this has potential to be a fun system, but it will strongly depend on the games. Here’s hoping I’ll have another hands-on opportunity before deciding whether or not to buy it.