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Nintendo Land

Nintendo Land is a party game for the Wii U and is a launch title for the console. Nintendo Land consists of several small party-games that are meant to showcase the new console and the Wii U GamePad controller. Nintendo Land is to the Wii U what Wii Sports was to the original Wii: it’s a way to show off the possibilities of the new console. The game supports up to 5 players at the same time locally, with one player using the tablet controller and the others playing with regular Wiimotes.

Nintendo Land mini-games

Nintendo Land ZeldaNintendo Land includes 12 mini games. Each game is different in gameplay and structure, and each game supports local multiplayer. Here’s the list of confirmed mini games so far:

  • Luigi’s Ghost Mansion — the GamePad player is a ghost who must avoid the other players’ flashlights while trying to ambush them from behind.
  • Zelda: Battle Quest — supports up to three players, each player controlling a character and fights enemies with a variety of weapons, including swords. The GamePad player uses a bow and arrow to take out enemies at range.
  • Takamaru’s Ninja Castle — the player uses the tablet controller to flick throwing stars at enemy ninjas.
  • Animal Crossing: Sweet Day — the players control characters from Animal Crossing where the objective is to steal candies before getting caught.
  • F-Zero — based on the famous F-Zero futuristic racing series.
  • Donkey Kong’s Crash Course — players must complete a Donkey Kong inspired obstacle course.
  • Metroid Blast: players play together in a science fiction-type arena based on the Metroid franchise.
  • Yoshi’s Fruit Cart: players attempt to steal fruit from a vendor without getting caught.
  • Mario Chase: formerly known as “Mii Chase”, the mini-game features one player hiding on a level using the GamePad, and the other players trying to find him.
  • Balloon Trip Breeze: players use the GamePad to swipe and create wind in order to guide a balloon across a 2D level.
  • Octopus Dance: a music inspired mini-game.
  • Pikmin Adventure: a Pikmin single player mini-game where players control Pikmins and complete levels.

Nintendo Land gameplay

Nintendo Land gameplay is based on offline multiplayer, with support of up to 5 players at the same time. One player uses the Wii U tablet controller, while the other 4 use the Wiimote and nun-chucks (when required). Most mini-games can be played in single player as well, like Takamaru’s Ninja Castle and F-Zero. Other games that rely in multiplayer can also be played by a single person, where the other characters are controlled by the AI.

Nintendo Land screenshots

Nintendo Land trailer