Family Game Night: Wii U Party Pics!

December 11, 2012

My family game night is sponsored by Wii U. How U will play next! Click here for a chance to win a Wii U™ Deluxe Set and $5,000 to take your family on vacation!
By Gabrielle.

As promised, I have lots of Wii U party photos to share. But I’m just going to tell you first thing: When I saw the ads, I thought the Wii U looked cool, but I wasn’t sure it would be much different than the Wii. But friends, we LOVE it. It’s perfect for groups and families! And it’s perfect for a busy house.



During the party we played NintendoLand — which is the launch game for the Wii U. So of course, it really takes advantage of what the Wii U can do. NintendoLand comes with 3 types of games. There are Team Up games, where everyone works together. There are Battle It Out games, where one person uses the Gamepad Controller and plays against up to 4 more players who share the TV screen. There are also Solo Games, if you’re playing on your own.

During our party, the Battle it Out games definitely got the biggest reaction. Olive might be on the Gamepad Controller, while Ralph, Maude, Betty & Oscar played with traditional controllers. Or Ben Blair might take the Gamepad Controller and do a grownups against the kids round. It made for lots of happy shouting, excitement and laughs!


The next day, when the kids were playing more casually, they said they preferred the Team It Up games because everyone worked together and no one felt bad at the end. I thought that was sweet. : )




The other thing we really appreciate about the Wii U, is that the Gamepad Controller can be played on it’s own. So if Olive is playing Wii U, and someone else needs the TV, Olive can keep playing on the Gamepad Controller. The flexibility is really nice.

The Wii U is already well-loved at our house. Maude is having friends over tomorrow to study — but mostly to play Wii U. It’s definitely a hit with the Blairs!

And without further ado, here are the 8 t-shirts we ended up making:


Thank you again, for all the help coming up with ideas. High five for Family Game Night!

P.S. — Here are earlier posts about making the Wii U tshirts and setting up the console.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gina December 11, 2012 at 9:36 am

Looks like a fun night! I DO love the t-shirts.

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2 Design Mom December 12, 2012 at 5:46 am

Thanks, Gina! I was pleased with how they turned out. I hope they’ll wash up well — irons are tricky. : )

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3 Micah December 11, 2012 at 10:15 am

My parents used to bring home those Vichy mints that are pictured in your post (they would travel to France to visit missionary friends of ours). Oh, how we loved those as kids. Fun!

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4 Design Mom December 12, 2012 at 5:46 am

Can you be addicted to Vichy mints? If yes, I totally am. I buy a pack with every visit to the grocery store. Love them!

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5 val December 11, 2012 at 10:18 am

I <3 those t-shirts! But I really love all the great candid pics of your family. It truly looks like everyone enjoyed the Wii U experience. Thanks for sharing!

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6 Design Mom December 12, 2012 at 5:47 am

Oh my goodness! I had so much fun taking photos during the party because every one was really into it and totally ignoring the camera. I’m glad you liked the shots. I did too!

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7 Grace@ Sense and Simplicity December 11, 2012 at 10:19 am

Looks like fun. We are a pretty non-competitive family too who like to play games in teams.

By the way, I feel like I won – the naming challenge that is (wahoo! and that’s from a pretty non-competitive momma). Glad you liked my suggestion.

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8 Design Mom December 12, 2012 at 5:48 am

You totally one, Grace! : ) Thank you for the suggestion.

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9 Megan M. December 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

Those shirts are pure gold! I want one!

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10 Design Mom December 12, 2012 at 5:49 am

They were super easy to make, Megan! You can download the graphics in my earlier post. The link is in the P.S.

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11 Kathryn h December 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

Love the tshirts – I need to make some. Santa is bringing my son a Wii U!

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12 Design Mom December 12, 2012 at 5:49 am

Santa is the best. Your kids will love it, I’m sure!

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13 Arika December 11, 2012 at 8:53 pm

June is SO DARLING!!!

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14 Design Mom December 12, 2012 at 5:49 am

No argument from me. I find her irresistible. : )

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