The wide breadth of games--and unique ways to experience them--make up for the individual games' lack of depth. Quite a few of the games take longer to load than play, and aside from high scores, there's not much incentive to spend a lot of time in any one particular mode. Wii Party is fun for the whole family, but some of the ccoperative games are difficult to win if you're not playing with someone of equal skill. That problem is exacerbated by the occasional control issues. Sometimes you're asked to hold the Wii Remote sideways and use the D pad for movement. Then in the next round, you play a game with very similar mechanics, except this time, you have to tilt the Wii Remote to move. These arbitrary changes can frustrate players who aren't already comfortable with the controller. None of these issues are game breakers, though. It's just that when everyone is having such a great time with the games, the niggling control and difficulty issues stick out because they can abruptly change the flow of a game from fun to frustrating, depending on the skill levels of those playing.
Thanks to the unique controls, this is the tensest game of hot potato you'll ever play.
If you've played any of the other Mii-centric games made by Nintendo, you'll know what to expect with the presentation: sparse visuals that blend with the Mii style and that special Nintendo brand of over-the-top cheerfulness. Your Miis wear all kinds of silly costumes, depending on the game you're playing, and some of their winning and losing animations are funny. Some are borderline hilarious--depending, of course, on what your Miis look like. There's a host for this game that looks like he was stolen from the Muppets, and he speaks a weird high-pitched gibberish. The music is lively and upbeat, and it gets the job done. The Wii Remote speakers are put to great use for a few of the games, but there are some chimes and trills that play often enough across the modes to get a little annoying.
The library of Wii minigame collections is oversaturated for sure, but don't let that stop you from checking out this entry from Nintendo. Few games pack in so much variety and charm while remaining accessible and, most importantly, fun. If you own a Wii but don't have a party game on your shelf (or even if you do already own a party game or two), Wii Party is a party you'll want to attend.