Wii U Gift Guide 2012

I’ve never done a gift guide before, but since I’ve been stalking the internet in search of new releases, I thought I might put my favorites in a central location.  If they help anyone else with their gift-giving, then even better!

WiiU handheld

Wii U – We had a chance to try out the Wii U this summer at a Nintendo event in Atlanta.  We drove over thinking that the boys would really enjoy it, but really weren’t prepared for how much fun we had!  I’ve been a big Nintendo fan ever since I got that first NES back in the day, but none of the follow-on consoles or handhelds were as much fun for me as the original.  That changed for me when I got to play the Wii U – I had a blast!  We pre-ordered the Wii U and I can’t wait for it to arrive!  It’s even worse that I can’t share my excitement with the boys because it will be a secret until it arrives on our doorstep!  I’d like to think I might be able to wait until Christmas, but that just won’t happen – haha!

Even though they don’t know when the Wii U will arrive in our house, they have put together their game wish list for that happy day.  I appreciate that so many of the games seem allow single-player, cooperative, and competitive play through the same game.  That will make game play with all ages much easier!

Rabbids Land – We’ve loved those crazy Rabbids on the Wii and can’t wait to see what craziness they get up to in the amusement park!  The boys are going to be SO excited when this one arrives!  Be sure to check back because we’ll be sharing our thoughts and impressions on this one.

WiiU Ninjas

Nintendo Land – This was my personal favorite at the event in Atlanta.  It’s actually many different games all on the same disc, which I think gives it more playability for the long-term.  I really enjoyed the Ninja Castle game, where you use the Wii U pad to shoot throwing stars at your enemies.  (That’s me playing in the photo.) There’s more to the game, too, but that was my favorite part 🙂  My 4 year old son played Donkey Kong’s Crash Course over and over and over at the event.  My husband liked that one best, too, I think.  It’s unusual that we all agree on which game we like best, but 3 out of the 4 of us chose Nintendo Land.

The Wonderful 101 – I did not have a chance to play this one, but it was Alex’s favorite.  He would play for awhile, go try something else, and go right back to it.  He tried to explain it to me, but I think it’s one of those things that you just have to play to fully understand.  It was still called by its code name, Project P-100, when we played and I think that gave it something extra in the eyes of a 9 year old.

I’m sure that we’ll be adding many more games to our list once the release date gets here.  I’ll be sure to update both our wishes and our experiences as we go!

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