The GamePad is also used in a number of other games that are accessible within their own menu. Whereas most of the Wii Party U collection of games demand a Wii Remote for every player (the game includes one Wii Remote Plus), there are a few games that can be played exclusively on the GamePad. Typically, these games have players facing each other, controlling one analog stick on each side of the tablet. Air hockey, in particular, is perfectly recreated for the GamePad. However, there are some cooperative games as well. My favorite involves having to construct custom hamburgers, which each player having different ingredients. This assembly-line of burgers demands communicating with one another, and is a surprisingly hectic game. Unfortunately, these moments of imaginative gameplay are few and far between. Meaningless microgames water down the package considerably. Instead of 80 plus games, many of which don't use the GamePad at all, Wii Party U would have been better served focused on what makes Nintendo's new home console unique. Of course, that kind of creative decision would have gone against what the real goal of Wii Party U is: to sell more Wii Remotes. 
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This review is based on early retail Wii U code provided by the publisher. Wii Party U is now available at retail for $49.99, and includes a Wii Remote Plus. The game is rated E.