5 Games to Try

5 Video Games To Try At Your Next Get-Together: Nintendo Wii U Edition

You’ve heard the scenario once before: “You’ve got a party planned for tonight at your apartment, but how will you entertain your guests?”

Unlike the other party hosts who needed help from this blog here, you are interested in providing a level of fun more exciting than Tic-Tac-Toe and Checkers. With a little investment, that level of fun is just within reach.

We’re talking about video games, and what better introduction to video games at your parties could there be than one of the most iconic names in the industry: Nintendo.

Nintendo has always led the industry in publishing games that are approachable by all audiences. Though the Nintendo Wii U may have had an arguably rough debut, Nintendo’s recent announcements and the number of deals out today makes today the day to finally invest in the console.

The common misconception of video games being suited only for the coordinated and technologically-savvy could not be further from the truth. Here are five games we believe are quick to play and a definite fit for your next apartment get-together.

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Nintendo Land

Nintendo Land features 12 classic Nintendo series and makes you the heroes (or villains) of these mini-games. Compete in a deceptively exciting game of tag as Mario and Toad or collaborate to escape planet earth in Pikmin. Learn to keep a beat with the Game & Watch Octopus or test your patience in the Donkey Kong Crash Course.

The approachability for this game is incredibly high for all ages given the modest variety of options, with no modes confusing players with long-winded instructions. With quick-finishing rounds and simple gameplay, this game is my personal favorite when having company over.

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New Super Mario Bros. U

This modern adaptation of one of the world’s most iconic games pits you and up to three companions together on a collaborative quest to once again save Princess Peach and take down Bowser and the Koopalings.

Featuring the classic 2D side-scrolling gameplay that we have come to know and enjoy, New Super Mario Bros. U is another game that can be played just from the comfort of your couch.

Featuring new game modes, levels and power-ups, this game is and should be the easiest to recognize of all the suggestions on this list. While there are over 80 levels in the game, each level is quick to complete and allows for multiple players to hop in and out at any time.

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Super Mario 3D World

As the 2013 Wii U Game of the Year, Super Mario 3D World is considered by many to be the best open-world Mario game since Super Mario 64. Go ahead and argue for Super Mario Sunshine or Galaxy – this game is an incredible experience.

Introducing the multiplayer element for the first time in a 3D Mario title, Super Mario 3D World features a handful of different power-ups. Two of my favorites are the Super Bell, which allows you to turn into a cat for the ability to scale walls and scratch enemies, and the Goomba Suit, which allows you to blend in with your enemies.

This game is incredibly rich with content and is worth the investment, even if you find yourself playing the entire game by yourself. While this short description hardly scratches the surface of what’s to offer, Super Mario 3D World is the most expansive game on this list and is sure to give you the most for your money.

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Mario Kart 8

The eighth installment in the long line of Mario Kart games introduces anti-gravity as a new element to the gameplay. Mario Kart 8 pits 30 iconic characters on karts, motorbikes and ATVs through a wide variety of courses racing upside-down, through the air and underwater.

Mario Kart 8 can be played with a variety of different controller types. Traditional gamers will likely opt for the Gamepad, Classic Controller or Wiimote + Nunchuk combination, but for those willing to try something new, the game can be played with motion controls to give players the feeling of driving a steering wheel.

Though it may geared towards party-goers with a bit more hand-eye coordination and a natural feel for the road, Mario Kart 8 is another viable option for any party.

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Wii Sports

Finishing this list is the game that swept the nation back in 2006, and yes, you can play the original Wii games on the Wii U. This is a game that literally anyone can play.  It’s incredibly simple and a great pick-up-and-play option.

Wii Sports is played with just a simple swinging motion. You’ll be returning tennis balls, bowling for a perfect 300, enjoying 18-holes of leisurely golf and knocking home runs out of the park, all with a simple swinging motion.

If you have been hesitant about all the previous suggestions, Wii Sports is easily the most approachable option on this list. While there is a Wii U adaptation of this game, the original one is worth a try and cheaper as well.

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While there were a ton of noteworthy games excluded from this list, we believe this list to be a key collection of games just as quick to play as they are to finish so you can resume socializing.

Is your favorite game missing from this list? Let us know in the comments below. Happy gaming, apartment-goers! 

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