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Hands-On With Best Buy’s Wii U Demo

This afternoon, my son and I went to our local Best Buy to try out the Wii U Demo station that was installed last week.

When we first got there, we had a menu selection of 15 different games that will be coming out at launch.  Each of them had a video that could be watched talking about the game.  Only one had a playable demo, Rayman Legends.  Since that was the only demo available, we launched it.

I let my son drive, even though I have not yet had a chance to use this final-version of the GamePad.  He tells me that the GamePad “felt weird to hold” at first because he was not used to holding a controller that large.  That only lasted about two minutes, then he felt comfortable with it.

At the start of the Rayman Legends demo, you are given a series of paintings that you can jump into to change which character that you control.  Once you’ve selected a character, you can exit that section to get a level select screen.  You are also given a timer of about twelve minutes showing you how much time is left in your demo session.

My son started out the demo as Rayman, going through the start of one of the levels, playing on the HDTV.  He got to a point (shown in the video after the jump) where he could release Murphy.  After that, the play switched to the GamePad for the rest of the demo.  Before I joined in with the supplied Wii Remote, the character on-screen (which changed to this woman with a feathered hat) auto-played.  Once I joined, I started controlling her while my son continued to control Murphy on the GamePad.

My son thought that the Rayman Legends demo was fun, liking playing as Murphy more so than he did playing as Rayman.

Before we left, he took a closer look at the GamePad and started to wonder if having the headset port at the top was the best option.  I then reminded him that he did not like the headset port in the lower location on the Nintendo 3DS.  So likely it will be something that he will just have to get used to.

I asked him which games he would be interested in playing once we got our Wii U.  He said he wants to play Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Rayman Legends, New Super Mario Bros. U, and Nintendo Land.

Keep reading after the jump for some game play videos taken from the HDTV and GamePad points of view, along with some images taken to show the size comparison of the GamePad compared to the Wii U console itself.

Click on an image to view a larger version.

Here is some gameplay as Rayman on the HDTV, including where Murphy is found.  Then control switches to the GamePad, but video to the HDTV is still displayed for additional people to pop-in as needed:

Here is a short video showing game play from the GamePad point-of-view, as Murphy.

Have you tried the Best Buy Demo yet?  Let us know what your thoughts are about it.

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Having played Intellivision and Atari games since he was six, Jesse has not only grown up with video games, but has seen just about everything. A Devry/Keller student working towards a Masters in Software Application Development, he still tries to squeeze in a game or three when he is able.

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