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WiiU Review #PlayNintendo

Disclosure: I am a participant of the Nintendo Kid Reviewers program, and I received free product and access to events, but no monetary or other compensation.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  My experience may differ from your own.

Mom is Not a gamer! Clearly I am, and have asked for the WiiU for 2 years and I got notha!

Then Nintendo invited me to be a part of the Nintendo Kid Review Program.

Yeah BABY, Game ON!

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Screams of excitement, because I was so excited when I pulled the WiiU out of the box.  I had a big Math test the next day that I was studying for, so mom allowed dad and I to take out and set up the WiiU, and charged the game pad so it was ready for me when I got home from school the next day.

Set up was super easy, I did most of it myself, you know the part where you unwrap everything. Dad did all the plugging in of the wires. Hey I am just a kid you know.

My favorite part of the setup was creating my Mii, with the camera on the game pad.  It can also be used in games or for video chat.  I used it to take a selfie, and watched as I became a big block head, before I was transformed into a Mii.

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A feature my family can use is the TV control button, because our remote usually goes into hiding.

The gamepad is a 6.2″ touch screen, and their is a built in speaker, which makes it great to play on when you give up the living room television.

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The WiiU has built in software:

  • Mii Maker to create your own Mii
  • Internet Browser Makes it easier for me to browse the internet without having to use moms computer
  • MiiVerse where I can connect with Mii’s all over the world (kind of like pen pals for you older folks)
  • WiiU Chat so I can video chat with other friends and family from near and far (No phone bill over here)!
  • Nintendo eShop download your purchase on the WiiU
  • Nintendo TVii a new way to watch tv and interact with so many options to record and watch your favorite shows, and so much more. I think if mom new about this feature I would have had the WiiU when it first came out.

The WiiU is now enjoyed by everyone in the family.  Obviously its a gamers life for me, for my sissy, she can watch tv as I play.  I can also download games, and videos on the WiiU console from the Nintendo e-shop.  Saving my mom from trips to the local video game store, gives her more time to do her stuff.  Mom also plays around with the Nintendo TVii when we are asleep, she thinks I don’t know.  Dad likes to browse the internet and watch the Nintendo Tvii without having to bring his workbag in with his computer.  He works long hours and is usually exhausted when he gets home.

In this first Nintendo Kid Review package I also received video games, and will share what I think of them in my next post.

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I also received a Mario backpack lunch bag combo, which is cool because they are clipped together, so there is less of a chance of one of them finding there way into the lost and found in school.  Mom isn’t a fan of that area, she says it is a germ fest, and anything that goes there is not allowed back into our house.  Oh yeah, also the coolest water bottle which looks like the controller from the dinosaur days of when mom actually played Nintendo.

Do you have the WiiU?

What is your favorite feature?

If you don’t have it, is it on your wish list from Santa?

Skylanders in the Macy’s Parade #MacysParade

Skylanders Thanksgiving Day Parade

Every year I watch the parade with my family from our tv at home, nice and warm while eating breakfast.  This year I am going to beg to actually go to the parade so I can see Skylanders Eruptor!!macys 2

A note from our friends at Skylanders:

The award-winning, $2 billion Skylanders videogame franchise debuted in 2011 with Skylanders® Spyro’s Adventure, which featured the Toys-to-LifeTM interactive figures, portal, and accessories and firmly established the play pattern that seamlessly bridges the physical and virtual worlds across multiple platforms. 

The newest game, Skylanders Trap Team, is now available at retail nationwide on Xbox 360 and Xbox One; PlayStation® 3 and PlayStation® 4; Wii and Wii U™; and a unique adventure is also available on 3DS.  Skylanders Trap Team also ushers in the complete console gaming experience on Tablet¹, introducing a Starter Pack that supports iPad®, Kindle Fire and Android tablets.

Fan-favorite character Eruptor, who will be flying high above the New York City skyline, hails from deep in the underground of a floating volcanic island that launched his entire civilization to the surface after a massive eruption.  He’s a complete hot head – steaming, fuming, and quite literally erupting over almost anything.

Review Wii U Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze #PlayNintendo

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I am ready to help Donkey Kong and his friends take their homes back from the Vikings in the Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze game.   Donkey Kong’s island was invaded by strong and powerful, sea creatures vikings,  like polar bears, sea lions.  After these vikings take over, it will take Donkey Kong and his family to get their home back.

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Five reasons I love playing Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

1.  Dixie Kong is back to join the adventure and she has the ability to spin her ponytail while she jumps to fly higher than before.  Diddy Kong is also back and can fly using a jet-back. Donkey Kong is lucky because he can team up with either one.  Each character has special abilities and they can visit certain areas using their abilities and explore secrets in those places.

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2. Donkey Kong can pull things out of the ground to reveal items, he can also ground pound,  and pick up enemies and throw them at other enemies.  Mom says it reminds her of Super Mario Borthers 2 when Mario and Luigi pulled vegetables out of the ground to throw at their enemies.

3.  In other Donkey Kong games the camera showed only side views, in Tropical Freeze there is a revolving camera which shows different angles, which has never been seen before on Donkey Kong OOHHHH, AHHHH!

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4. Donkey Kong and his family have to travel across five islands which include underwater areas and frozen environments  to get closer and closer to Donkey Kong island to battle vikings to regain access to their homes. Sounds like it could be a fun family vacation if they weren’t trying to get back to rescue their island from the vikings.

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5. Love that Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is a multi-player game because now my cousin and I can team up and play together.

The game launches on December 6 so be sure to add it to your Holiday wish-list!

Suggested Retail Price: $49.99