|System: Wii U|
|Release: October 25, 2013|
|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.
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.
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.
Date: October 23, 2013