Technically I wonder if I have to do any sort of disclaimers since I am not technically the ambassador in the family for Nintendo, my husband is. However I am supportive of what our family gets to partake in and I sincerely feel that video games can be a fun connection activity for any family with moderation including getting outside, eating well together, and being active.
Way back in the summer my husband and I were invited to attend a WiiU experience before the new Nintendo game console launched. I was more into checking out the new balance board active games but to be quite honest I had a better time with Just Dance 4. My husband geeked out over games that were not even titled yet. He was like a kid in a blue neon candy store.
Fast forward to December when we obtained a WiiU unit then this past weekend we were encouraged to invite friends over to have their own WiiU experience in our home. We invited a nice range of kids from 20 months to teens and their parents with delicious Chipotle catering as well as an adult-after party with beer and local pizza catering (thanks Nintendo for footing that bill BTW).
We started with Super Mario Bros U and Nintendo Land that could be a bit boring for some of the guests since we only had enough controllers for four players. People stayed around to cheer for a while then began to get that wandering look. Me being me and doing these parties like how I see fit and Colorado deciding to have brilliant weather that day encouraged kids not playing at any given time to run outside and explore the yard (which is sizable with a rope swing and bridge over a currently dried irrigation ditch). The boys immediately grabbed sticks and picked character names to fake battle each other and would come back inside to tag in with the video games. It was a nice flow for parents and kids to wander indoors and out to eat and play games for a few hours. Here is my husband battling some kids on Super Mario Bros U.
After a couple of hours we moved to Sing Party and that naturally had a draw to bring some of the kids and adults inside. Hmmmm, kind of like the commercial because it really is fun for all ages. This video is of a ballad but when the LMFAO Party Rock Anthem even our toddler danced, clap, and sang words.
Like my husband said at the WiiU Experience, the controller is pretty light and since we have had it in our home I have been pretty impressed with the versatility from gaming, to viewing movies, to having video chats via WiiU with other console users. The WiiU Deluxe unit retails for $350 and comes with everything to work for you right out of the box including the Nintendo Land game. For my healthy living and green regulars do not be alarmed – I do see this as a complimentary part of the green and/or healthy lifestyle. You just need to find your balance like with everything else. Here is my best example of this, kids running wild outside when not dancing and singing inside.
Disclaimer: I am not a brand ambassador, nor was I paid for this recap. I am simply the lucky lady who married a guy who gets this perk because he has a major case of being Nintendo Enthused and has for most of his life.