If you don’t know what the Wii U is, it is the next generation Wii that is coming out this winter. As a Nintendo Brand Ambassador, last Friday I got to take my kids to check out some of the new games that will be coming out for the new console.
What is a Nintendo Brand Ambassador, you ask?
We were late because Jack’s end-of-camp performance was at the same time. (Side note: It was MAGICAL.) We wandered in to find manic gaming already in session. My kids almost immediately disappeared from my side, which is usually a problem for me until I realized that if there were ever a room my kids would not voluntarily leave, it was this one.
I didn’t personally test many of the games, but my kids did. They are still talking about how excited they are to get to play them when they actually come out. All three of them liked all the games they played, but they were super excited about NintendoLand.
I have to say that the ethereal blue light in the room added a lot. I kind of wish I could have it at my house. I think Jack was more of a “I don’t care about the light, but I want the Wii U and the fancy TV” kinda guy. (You should note that the new Wii U remote is wireless. The cord you see in the photo below is just to keep people like Jack from tucking it into their pants and taking it home.)
Quinn even won a prize for answering a trivia question right. The poor guy asking the questions sort of didn’t have a choice in picking him because Quinn shoved his way to the front and jumped up and down with his hand in the air. The trivia question was about features of the new remote. Quinn said that you could see things on the remote that the other players couldn’t see so you can sneak around without them knowing and that it’s a touch screen. I also happen to know that you can use that remote to control your TV and stuff as well, but Quinn didn’t mention that.
Regardless, they gave the Q-ball this awesome hat.
I’ll admit that when I first heard that Nintendo was making a giant remote for the Wii U, I thought it was a little weird, but after seeing it in action, it totally makes sense. It looks like the Wii U is going to be pretty cool. I’m excited about what I’ve already learned and I can’t wait to find out more about it.
I know a few other people who are also excited to hear about it. Like this guy:
Nintendo, if you really wanted to earn me points with my kids, they would appreciate it if you printed “Tested by Team Stimey” on every Wii U box. Please?
Also, now I have to sit through several months of, “Is the Wii U out YET?”
Lest you’re worried that I am too much of a hero to my kids, you might be interested to know that I completely humiliated myself in front of them the other day in another Nintendo-related event, this one featuring this very fun little tennis game for the Nintendo 3DS called Mario Tennis Open.
I was totally happy when I got the game and set about taking photos of my adorable Mii in her tennis skirt.
The reason I was so busy dressing up my Mii is that I got to participate in a tournament last week. I was all, “I’m in training for a tennis tournament,” and then I would flex my thumbs. I thought I was hilarious. Unfortunately, I am not also good at tennis, real or Mario.
The tournament is still going on, but I was eliminated in the first round. I’m still a little surly about it. I played against @hockeymandad and I SUCKED.
I don’t even know where the dude lives, but we were able to exchange friend codes and play over wifi. My kids figured out how to make one DS system communicate with another ages ago, but I hadn’t done it myself. I have always been a little intimidated by it. Turns out that it’s super easy.
Sadly, it was also super humiliating.
My kids were SO delighted by my defeat. They were all, “That guy is crushing you,” and “You missed that ball,” and “Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!”
And that is the story of Team Stimey’s Nintendo Week. Hey! It was almost a Camp Stimey theme week! That counts, right?
Disclosure: I am a Nintendo Brand Ambassador. I attended the WiiU events at no charge and received a copy of Mario Tennis Open for free. I wasn’t asked to blog about any of it. All opinions are my own except for those that are my kids’—those belong to them.