» Previews: Wii U Game Party: Game Party Champions

Nathan Schwartz

|    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • Developer: Phosphor Games
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
  • Platform: Wii U
  • Players: 1-4
  • Rating: E
  • Genre: Sports

Having been spoiled by the Wii Sports games, I was initially underwhelmed by having to use the stylus to play Game Party Champions. Why would I want to play a collection of sports games including mini-golf, basketball, baseball, table tennis, so on, and not flail my arms around like a faux professional?

But, after some deliberation I realized that if I want to play a Wii Sports game, I can just dig it out and pop it into the console, so why have a clone of it? And this game is no clone. The graphics are respectable, the varieties of challenges you can undertake within each sport are sizeable, and using the pad to play could be quite satisfying, given some time to adjust to the controls.

However, for multiplayer, the Wii Sports franchise is definitely superior. From what I learned at the event, other players can use the Wii remotes in Game Party Champions, but it’s only to stifle the first player. For a game that consists of a collection of sporting events, that’s rather disappointing. But again, if I want to play tennis with a buddy, I can just whip out the Wii Sports, problem solved.

 

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