Nintendo taps Wayne Brady for new Wii U commercials

Comedian and Whose Line Is It Anyway? actor appears in three new advertisements for Wii Party U.

Nintendo has brought on comedian Wayne Brady (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) for a series of new Wii Party U commercials released today on YouTube.

Check out all three videos below. It is not clear if Nintendo plans to release the commercials on traditional TV.

Wii Party U was released last week exclusively for Wii U. The multiplayer-focused game features more than 80 minigames and is a sequel to 2010 Wii game Wii Party.

Nintendo has worked with various celebrities in the past for marketing campaigns. The company brought on actor Robin Williams, whose daughter is named Zelda, for a Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D commercial. In addition, Nintendo worked with singer Beyonce Knowles to promote Nintendo DS game Rhythm Heaven.

For more on Wii Party U, check out GameSpot's review.

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77 comments
leimonides
leimonides

Old-school corny-ness; both stupid but amusing (in some inexpliciable way) at the same time. The first one is the best one; kinda cringed at the 3rd one. The second one was a little odd.

megakick
megakick

Wow this is lame, the commercials  look like they were taken from a Nickelodeon show.

Nintendo needs a new marketing team, Nintendo call Sega.

silverwings21
silverwings21

Wayne Brady makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X.

bluefox755
bluefox755

If Wii U was developed by a new company just entering the console market, their position would be totally understandable. But it's freakin' Nintendo. People hold them to a higher standard, because they used to raise the bar...NES and SNES were revolutionary, c'mon Nintendo!

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

You know how Nintendo could get me to buy a Wii U? By making some good games.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

i swear the competitivity of this generation of consoles is getting ridiculous. what's next? robin williams doing a zelda commercial? oh wait...

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Wayne brady and his friend from WLIIA won't sell Wii Us Sorry.

the_repo_man6754
the_repo_man6754

The original version was to show Wayne Brady snapping a dude's neck then he shushes him.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

they should have had people like Lebron James and Kobe Bryant, Brad Pitt and the cast of The Big Bang Theory. All with different scenarios. Athletes playing the sports type games with their kids. Pitt with his 80 babies and TBBT cast playing it as a group. Big names gets the brand recognition. 

fluffy_kins
fluffy_kins

At least they're finally advertising?

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

the second commercial was good. so the marketing campaign kicks off for Nintendo. sounds good to me. 

soulless4now
soulless4now

Now that that's over, can he go back to choking a bitch. 

*Chappelle face* 

ewjiml
ewjiml

So the WIi U has been out on the market for almost a year and now they decide to finally publicize their flagship console?  With Wayne Brady?  Because nothing sounds cooler than Wayne Brady playing a Wii U....

blobby-blobby
blobby-blobby

Oh the guy who was in one of the How I Met You're Mother episodes... ok

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

I thought the first one was rather funny, not so much the other two but at least we can see Nintendo kicking up the marketing. 

Lamesy
Lamesy

I remember the white guy from Comedy Central's "Strip Mall" with Julie Brown! That show replaced Strangers With Candy, which is why the final episode of SWC has the school being turned into a mall.

Now you know.

corrus
corrus

Nintendo are pathetic if you want someone to buy your overpriced and outdated console make games not only garbage from 10 and 15 years ago

codac
codac

Super corny.......but it's Wayne Brady man, just glad to see him in something.

Amster_G
Amster_G

Because celebrities will save them...

BrutalPandaX2
BrutalPandaX2

LOL at the third one, hilarious. is that girl in the front at 1:18 doing the bernie?

PapaRocks
PapaRocks

The first commercial made me feel bad for Wayne. I'm not going to watch the others.

finalkain
finalkain

No one gives an F about the Wii U tablet. If ya wanna play games on a little ass screen, thats what the 3ds is fuckin for. Make a real Console Nintendo, damnit man.

padako
padako

so they've hired Robin Williams for a commercial and now Wayne Brady? which washed up comedian will they hire next? I hear Chevy Chase has cheap rates.

Takeno456
Takeno456

I feel like I was just dragged through the 90's crappy commercial land.

HerbalVideogame
HerbalVideogame

So I haven't signed in for awhile, just thought I would check the site's new digs.  Came across these series of Wayne Brady Nintendo commercials.  The kind of reek of early 90's shenanigan commercials or feel like...Saved by the Bell for some reason.  It's F*cking weird man.  Weird.  The Wii U is weird, and Nintendo is weird for hiring Wayne Brady to promote it through weird commercials.  I feel like I just got raped...somehow...Thanks Nintendo.  :....(

Fursnake
Fursnake

The question is, will this sell enough consoles to profit from hiring Wayne Brady?

kbaily
kbaily

I wanted to make the Chappelle show reference but someone already did. :(  What if he ends up being Nintendo's answer to Kevin Butler.  Nah, Wayne's awesome but no one will be as cool as Kevin Butler...except maybe Segata Sanshiro.

the_repo_man6754
the_repo_man6754

@ewjiml It's so sad that you're trying to get people to believe that reading lame-ass troll posts like yours is better than being entertained by a actual comedian. 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@blobby-blobby He's in several of them, actually because he's  a recurring character, especially this season. Not to mention about 180 episodes of Whose Line, the Wayne Brady Show, Chapelle's Show, and that game show he was in.

neu318
neu318

@Lamesy The white guy is also Wayne's sidekick on the game show "Let's make a deal"

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@corrus 

The only pathetic ones are people who dedicate their lives to hating on an entertainment company. In all honesty, who truly gives a flying f**k if a gaming system is "outdated?" almost ALL successful gaming consoles have been outdated upon release and for some reason, that has NEVER bothered people back then because as long as the games were a blast, who the eff cares what kind of hardware is in the system itself? The Wii U has constantly been proven to be a blast with friends so sorry Nintendo knows how to make products that the average person who find extremely fun, no, they have to appeal to obsessive, shallow, and narrow-minded fools such as yourself. 

I truly cannot understand why ANYONE would get offended for a company delivering products that appeal to others and not themselves. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@SharpBlades3 

Must I provide you with a sizable list of "white people" who are amazing dancers? 

BrutalPandaX2
BrutalPandaX2

@SharpBlades3 the white people in the commercial were dancing corny for the sole purpose of comedy, if you didnt catch that.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@neu318 @Lamesy Jonathan Mangum. He's also a recurring guest on Whose Line, drew carey's green screen show, and like neu said, let's make a deal.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@phatsanta

So we're going to generalize a whole group of people just because of a stereotype?