Yesterday I was invited to go to try out the Wii U in Los Angeles. Nintendo rented out a studio to demo several of the Wii U's launch games to a select few invited guests and I was invited with one of my cousins who received the original invite.
The game's Nintendo had demoed include three themed mini-games from Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, Rayman Legends, Pikmin 3, Wii Fit U, The Wonderful 101(aka Project P-100), Game & Wario, ZombiiU, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, Batman Arkham Asylum: Armored Edition, and Just Dance 4.
I was only able to try out one of the three Nintendo Land game's they put out titled Chase Mario. Its a simple game that mixes tag and hide and seek where the player using the new GamePad runs around the map as a Mii dressed up as Mario while the other for players try and find Mario and tackle him.
Next I moved on to wait in a line to play ZombiiU, a game that I was really looking forward to. They had two versions up for demo, a solo campaign and a multiplayer demo. The solo campaign I did not get the chance to try out, but the multiplayer I played with my brother. Multiplayer had pitched us against each other with one playing as a survivor while the second player used the GamePad to control the zombie horde in a capture the flag game mode. Playing as the infected horde was really interesting as I got to select from four different zombie types identified by color. I can use red zombies to capture flags, blue zombies acted as sentries that will attack the survivor on sight, white zombies will seek out the survivor, and yellow zombies are a very aggressive version of the white ones. Each zombie costs a few points to spawn and I'm also limited to only 10 spawns on the map at a given time. Points are earned overtime and I can also delete spawns to refund some points back. It is definetly satisfying to send a whole horde of zombies to attack your opposition while you place some flag capturing zombies at a point far away from him.
Lastly I was able to demo New Super Mario Bros. U. While I wasn't able to try out the GamePad's assist mode, the player using it is able to stun enemies on screen by touching them via the touchscreen, and also able to summon platforms to help the players on the main screen. There's definitely some chaos to cause when you have four players that constantly jump on each other and a gamepad assistant who can totally decide to troll you by placing platforms right above you as you jump. Though I'm pretty sure if all the players are serious enough everybody can work together towards the stage goal with minimal deaths. New Super Mario Bros. U is going to be a fun game just as every Mario game has ever been.
The Wii U will have two bundles and is coming out on November 18th 2012 and pre-orders for the deluxe bundle have already sold out. While there are some basic bundles still left, I feel that if you were to buy a Wii U you should be getting the Deluxe as you will be getting the best use of the console on release. I won't be getting one right away but I do plan to pick one up after demand has died down a little.