Review: Monkey Pirates Wii U

Say ‘Ahoy!’ to the banana-loving Monkey Pirates, as they set sail on a multiplayer battle royale, available to download from Nintendo eShop for Wii U.


  • Nice bright colorful graphics with loads of charm and character. The sea itself is a blanket of warm enticing blue with little islands dotted around.
  • Really good tutorial area with a practice match against AI at the end.
  • You can use the d pad or touch screen to make menu choices.
  • Pop ups show on TV and the gamepad.
  • Brilliant soundtrack with excellent sound effects.
  • Full stats screen showing KDR, items used etc.
  • When playing the gamepad will have match details on it.
  • Couple of game modes in single player to choose from, Drift, treasures and bananas and ships destroyed. Each level has a bronze, silver and gold rating.
  • Two versus game modes: classic 2-4 players where everyone is using wii motes and you can use nunchucks and a pro controller, It all gets picked up and displayed as such. Sea King is a mode where you can have 2-5 players with one player using the gamepad. Gamepad player will have the task of aiding or hindering players as they fight it out. You will have the ability to drop items, activate specials and generally be a pain. Completing missions will bank you points as well as the player you are helping.
  • Controls are so simple and fluid.
  • The game plays very much as a shooter in boats, You move by turning into the wind and using your anchor to drift and stop. A dial around you will indicate the wind strength so red is no wind and green is strong wind.
  • In multiplayer you can add AI characters.
  • Mulitplayer has several maps and several game modes available. Go into all out warfare or race around collecting bananas. True test of skill comes in the jolly roger mode where once you kill the opponent you are the jolly roger and your goal is to survive as long as possible. Suicide will reset the status and first kill becomes the jolly roger. Every 10 seconds you survive, You get a mark and three marks and your the winner.
  • Huge selection of pick ups and game changing abilities like typhoon where you swap places or fireballs and rapid fire.
  • Multiplayer allows you to pick different ships and a special ability always available to you, Like every hit you drop a mine or spawn with more invincibility.
  • Multiplayer is the best part of the game and a real treat for offline couch play.


  • No off screen play.
  • Triggering game changing abilities slows the game pace down and is more intrusive than a help.Sea King despite a brief description at the start, Has little guidance for the game pad player.
  • When it all kicks off and things start changing, It can be very hard to know who’s who.

In Summary, This game is brilliant fun but best served in multiplayer. Single player serves for nothing more than practice for the big game. The controls are so fluid with a huge emphasis on pick up and play. I would of liked to of seen ship customization with you unlocking parts as you rack up kills or do things but as is the game is pretty solid. It looks fantastic and the hit detection is pretty much spot on, Bar the annoying pops up of wind change or any other game changing events, The speed is fast and ferocious and reminds me of a certain game called Overboard on the original PlayStation. The game is a Wii U exclusive and for all  purposes is a perfect fit, I hope it gets a sequel with a load more content but you cant fault it in any way as is. Get your friends round cos a new multiplayer king is invading your living room!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!