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Wii Party U Gets It Started With a Relatively Hefty File Size

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

That'll explain why the Basic Bundle has a disc copy...

Wii Party U may not have been blessed with excessive hype in recent weeks, but it's getting rather close to its European and North American release on 25th October. It's sure to be a notable part of Holiday Wii U adverts targeting families, too, especially with the hardware bundle confirmed for Europe.

It's now clear why that bundle comes with a disc copy of the game, as the space available on the Basic model (just over 3GB after system files) wouldn't be able to handle a download. Our European copy of the title comes in at 5414MB (5.414 GB), which is smaller than some titles but certainly more sizeable than some other first-party Wii U games; perhaps surprising considering the fact it's a collection of mini-games. It's not a file size to send 32GB model owners rushing to stores to buy a hard drive, necessarily, but is worth bearing in mind if you're considering the convenience and accessibility of having this one on your system.

Are you planning to pick up Wii Party U, and are you considering going for the eShop download option?

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ajcismo said:

That's a surprisingly large file-size for a Nintendo made game. This bodes well for amount of content I''d say.
We'll download this one since we've got a 2TB hard drive hooked up to the U.
Edit: Wrong hd size.



PinkSpider said:

If I could get the download copy with a Wii remote plus then I would download it as it will be something I regually play with friends, but the im not paying the same price or more for an inferior product



MegaWatts said:

I'm amazed that it's higher than Pikmin 3! Let's hope that there's lots of fun content to reflect the size!



Morph said:

Wonder what sizes Wii sports and Wii fit are going to be, I intend to download them both so hope I will still have room for this, really can't be bothered getting an external drive



Emblem said:

Well its got 80+ mini games so its expected. Not a day 1 for me but I'll pick this up before xmas.



rjejr said:

Nintendo doesn't understand Wii vs. Wii U confusion and they name this game Wii Party U rather than Wii U Party. Wii Fit U is the same way. Shouldn't it be Wii U Fit? The Wii U name isn't in the mainstream mindset and these game names of "Wii ..." aren't helping. I know it's a little thing, but when you make enough little mistakes it adds up to a system not selling.

Can anybody name me a single PS3, PS4, Xbox360 or X1 game that has the system name in the title?

As for fle size, seems about right. And anybody who bought a "Basic" probably ins't DLing alot of retail games anyway. I have about 13GB left on my 32, most of which is the 10 demos.

10 demos and counting. Wii U hasn't had a new demo since W101 way back in August. Lego Marvel came out yesterday on PS3, I hope the Wii U gets it tomorrow.



Nintenjoe64 said:

I hope this means that there is 10x the content in this as there is in a 500MB Nintendo game rather than it just being Nintendo giving up on their file compression.



dumedum said:

@rjejr I don't think they care about such confusion. Worst case people buy it thinking it's for the Wii and then return it and perhaps buy the console, no?
They have games with names like Kinect __ or HD __.



HaNks said:

it's £35 with a remote plus, which generally retail for that much or more anyway. so i can't see why anyone would want an eshop version, unless it's super cheap.



GN004Nadleeh said:

ok lets get this straight, good games are 4 - 7 gigs, have always been for full games on playstation network. now you have nintendo telling people that a 3 gig game is huge when in reality that is pretty small. but nintendo is saying its huge mega game just because they have no memory on board because they said we didn't want it or we would rather pay for it ourselves. gta v on my ps3 is 18 gigs, it took six and a half hours to download and install on TWO of my ps3's. i've been a big fan of downloading games since psp, the games are mine forever with no way to trade them in for crap, i always get 2 copies for the same price and i can quit from gta v and start up some zone of the enders hd. my 3ds xl has lots of game loaded onto it but the wii u has none because i only have 22 gigs left and i've only played new super mario u, and pikmin 3.



LittleIrves said:

Is it weird I'm excited about the horizontal stand that comes with this? I got a lot of use out of my 3DS Uprising stand, using it as a tripod when taking stop-motion pictures. Love the idea of turning GamePad into mini arcade cocktail cabinet.



WiiLovePeace said:

I'm still waiting on the game called: "Wii Troll U"

I may buy this physical for the Gamepad horizontal stand & I could use a WiiMote Plus instead of having to add WiiMotion to the end of my WiiMote. But I may download it too since I could always just use a book to gold the Gamepad up & I have 4 WiiMotes already. Whichever is cheapest I guess.



Squashy said:

@MadAdam81 That's only when people round it down for convenience, so by doing that it's not completely accurate.

I'm really pleased that the bundle has the proper disc and box, I hate it when they only come with the download version.

@LittleIrves Not at all, I'm excited about it too I love it when games come with their own special accessory! Does anybody here have Pokemon Typing Adventure? The keyboard that comes with it is so nice!



LunaticPandora said:

@Morph They don't bother taking physical accessories into account I think. That said I can't think of many games with accessories on 3DS or Wii U besides WiiPU, Karoake and Wii fit U that are also on the eshop, so there's not a whole lot to judge on considering the latter 2 have a trial based way of doing things which hasn't been announced for WiiPU, but until the pricing is confirmed I expect it will be £39.99. Mind you, Lego City is £49.99 on the shop without the Lego figure which is £39.99 at retail most places.



rjejr said:

@Morph - re: PSASBR

Good one. Sony didn't put the system number in it though, encompassing all of the Playstations games. If they would have called it PS3ASBR and put it on the PS4 then it would be similar to calling a game Wii Party and putting it on the Wii U. And I think the Vita is technically called the PS Vita, though nobody ever calls it that. I'm still not sure why it wasn't called the PSP2. Or PSPgo3?



rjejr said:

@dumedum - "Worst case people buy it thinking it's for the Wii and then return it and perhaps buy the console, no?"

I really can't imagine somebody buys a videogame, gets home, realizes they don't have the correct console to play it on, and then goes back to the store and buys the correct console, rather than just returning the game. Not saying it hasn't happened, I just can't imagine anybody doing that.

I think it would just be easier if Nintendo named their games after the system they were on - Wii U whatever - rather than naming them - Wii whatever U - which makes the U look like and add-on, like the Gamepad looks like an add-on on the Wii

For the record, I do like the Wii U name, and the thinking behind the U in the name, I just don't like the games named the way they are.



Jazzer94 said:

This is why I only download games that can't be brought physically plus I want that Wiimote plus.



idork99 said:

When Nintendo went digital with their retail titles, I was opposed and claimed that I'd always purchase physical copies. With the 3DS, surprisingly, I decided to go digital as I just loved the thought of being able to have all my library without the need to bring my carts along.

With the Wii U, it'll be a different story. I only have the 8GB model and plan to only download Virtual Console games. Retail games I can have in disc format since I won't be bringing along my system with me everywhere as I do with my 3DS. I really want to avoid an external hard drive but I know with more digital only games in the future it might be needed.

I may consider getting this game (in disc format of course). With the holidays around the corner, this could be great fun for the family.



Prof_Elvin_Gadd said:

@rjejr You're thinking about that way too much. Nintendo isn't like and doesn't want to be like any of the other 2 major console companies, so comparing them and how they name their games is an exercise in futility. I'm sure some people are confused, but they are most likely part of the 75% and are confused by most things. Furthermore, if the employee at whatever store these games are being sold at can't explain the difference to the buyer they probably shouldn't be employed. It's really not that complicated to know the difference. We learn colors when we are, what, pre schoolers or before? "Ok folks. Wii games come in a white box. Wii U games come in a blue box." Are we selling games to Sloth from the Goonies?



element187 said:

I hope they have both download/boxed copies in the Wii Mote bundle.. I Want the wiimote bundle but i don't want physical retail discs.... I bought a 1.5tb harddrive and I need to fill that sucker up



Darknyht said:

This was a Christmas disc purchase anyways. I want the stand and the extra controller (only have a single wiimote+ in the house).



marck13 said:

The remote plus controller makes it a deal. BUT the game seems to look and sound better and better too!
Having friends over for a lemonade or two.. ..perfect!



Gerbwmu said:

Got this for $40 as a preorder and am excited to break it out when we have friends over......looks like a great game to have on hand when family and friends are over.



AlmightyDerek said:

Anyone know what the price is for the digital copy? Obviously it doesn't come with the Wii remote or stand so I would imagine it's cheaper. How much cheaper would help me decide on which version to get.



thesilverbrick said:

Will there be a retail release without the extra remote?
I want the disc but I have way too many Wii remotes...



yenly said:

@rjejr I think they are branding "wii sport" series with a "U" same thing with "wii party" series and "wii fit" thus it makes them respectively "Wii sport U", "wii party U", "wii fit U". So it is fair to call the the "Wii U" the "U".
i'm waiting for "LoZ U",



Prof_Elvin_Gadd said:

@yenly I always wanted them to call the system Nintendo U, as in Ultra. It kind of sounds like a University too, huh? " I graduated from Nintendo U!" It could have been the NUS! Oh, the possibilities!



Prof_Elvin_Gadd said:

@Amin_and_Azizah Thank you! @rjejr is a good guy, I just disagree. I actually agree with the Nintendo representative that said what I just said: that some of the blame falls on the retailers for causing this confusion. It's pretty simple, in reality. Don't get me wrong, the Wii U name is iffy to begin with. As I stated above, Nintendo U, or Nintendo Ultra System, would have been much better in my opinion. Wii U is what they went with though and everyone needs to deal with it. It's not hard to explain that the Wii is their last generation system and plays Wii games while the Wii U is their new HD system and plays both Wii and Wii U games, however.



RawkHawk013 said:

would like to pick this game up, the first installment looks fun (haven't played as of yet) but would really like to try this one!



rjejr said:

@Prof_Elvin_Gadd - I like Nintendo U better than Wii U. The N64 may not have sold well but I liked the logo.

Never occurred to me before reading your post but the Wii U isnt really a Wii U. The Wii is all about Wii Sports and motion, the Wii U is all about the Gamepad. Its not that the U is bad, its that it isnt a Wii at all. PS, PS2, PS3, PS4, just more of the same w/ better graphics. The Wii U may be backwards compatible but its a comoletely different system.

Thanks, Im considering that my realization for the day.



rjejr said:

@yenly I think Sports is simply Wii Sports Club, no U anywhere in site. Maybe not even a Wii, Ill check later.

I think Ill make a new commitment to not buy any game with U in the title. SM3DW, MK8 and SSB dont have it, last I checked.

No U for Sports Club, of course now that I think about it thats even more stupid than having U after the title. The game is called Wii Sports Club but it wont play on the Wii. Brilliant.

Well at least it wont be a problem at retail since its DL only, but still.



DrMonk said:

Assuming the reviews aren't terrible I'll be downloading. Wii Party is a game that's still being pulled out for get togethers with friends, so it would be nice to have it always ready to go on the system!

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