Can you believe the Wii U is almost here? It seems so surreal somehow. The Wii U Experience, now making the rounds in the U.S., has been giving press and retail employees a chance to get their grubby mitts on the system before the holiday season starts up. I was lucky enough to score an invite and brought my trusty camera along to capture every (BLUE) moment!
Nintendo pulled out all the stops on the show floor, busting out big white couches and dramatic cerulean lighting. A food bar in the back served local Dante's Inferno hot dogs, cookies, cotton candy, and berry lemonade Jones Soda (which I found a nice flourish, as Jones is based in Seattle and serves Qwest Field).
Making the rounds from the booths and assorted demo stations, I didn't see too much that I haven't seen already. There were a lot of Nintendo Land games. It was nice getting a stab at Rayman Legends; I'm impressed by the art and innovative use of the Wii U controller. New Super Mario Bros. U was pretty much the same game we've been playing since New Super Mario Bros., but with added assist function via the controller.
I thoroughly enjoyed some of the creativity employed in Game & Wario, particularly an archery based minigame, but I anticipate core gamers finding it bland and uninspired. I saw Arkham City only in passing and it looked gorgeous, but I didn't get to see how it uses the Wii U controller. And try though I might, there was no getting into the ZombiU single player demo, as that had one of the only "lines" (really more of a horde) to speak of the whole night.
I wish they'd had a more diversified lineup for the press who've already had a chance to see most of the games, but nonetheless I had a good time. In our gallery you can see some snaps from the event, including all the demo stations, various attendees trying out games, and even a rather bright and colorful local that you eagle-eyed Dtoiders may have seen in one of our galleries before.