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 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.