It doesn't matter if you are turning 13 or 23; a Nintendo themed party is fun for family and friends of all ages. If you have a Wii console, some Wiimotes and lots of batteries (or a docking station with rechargeable battery packs), you nearly have everything you need to get started!
Embrace the vibrant and colourful world of Nintendo by designing your own party clothes. Making your own outfit can be as easy as sticking a fake moustache to your face or finding an appropriate hat to wear. If you do not have the time to create something extravagant go to your local EB Games or nerdy shop and purchase a quirky T-shirt.
One of the first titles to debut on the Wii U, Nintendo Land is an excellent demonstration of the new console's capabilities. Here you can play lots of mini games either on their own or as part of a tournament against four players.
Our favourites include taking turns in the Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest, where you use the GamePad to aim and shoot at baddies with your bow and arrow. Remember to reload.
Another favourite is Luigi's Ghost Mansion, where one player is the ghost while the remaining players are ghost trackers who must shine their torches on the ghost to win. Torch batteries run low very quickly so be cautious.
Mario Chase is also addictive. As the title implies up to three players wear toad hats and must work together to tackle the Mario player who gets a ten second head start.
Mario Party 9 is an awesome interactive boardgame where the primary objective is to score the most stars. All players move together on a vehicle (boat, car, magic carpet … depends on the map) by taking it in turns to roll dice. Some squares offer special dice, which allows for some strategic gaming.
Some squares offer bonus mini game rounds, where all players usually compete against each other. The better you place, the more stars you earn.
One of the more memorable boss levels has four players throwing small, medium and large bombs at a massive bomb-boss with a moustache. If two players choose the same bomb to throw they forfeit the round. The winner is the lucky person who hits the big bad the most.
Up for some classic side-scrolling action? Up to four players can jump into a game. Mario, Luigi and some toads sprint, jump and bop baddies to save Princess Peach. Player five gets to help the team by placing temporary blocks onto the playing field by using the GamePad, which is especially advantageous if you need help collecting all three coins per level to unlock the secret worlds.