Video Game: Nintendo Land
's second Massive Multiplayer Crossover
and a launch title for the Nintendo Wii U
. But instead of having players beat flagship characters to a pulp like in Super Smash Bros.
, this game takes elements from several of Nintendo's franchises and turns them into theme park attractions. Assuming the role of their Mii characters, players are invited to play along inside this virtual theme park by a robotic screen that looks like the GamePad, named Monita.Nintendo Land
is practically what Wii Sports
was for the original Wii, a fun and lighthearted game made to show off what the system was capable of doing, while introducing new players to Nintendo's famed franchises. This game is bundled with the deluxe Wii U set. Otherwise, it has to be bought separately.
This game is divided into twelve sub-games, each having different uses of the Wii U's controller. Three of the games can be played with multiple people playing as a teamnote
, while three other ones can only be played with multiple people, and some are only played solonote
. Nintendo describes the multiplayer as "asymmetric gameplay"
, because of the GamePad's independent screen. Depending on what type of controller you use, your gameplay experience will be different.
- The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest (The Legend of Zelda) - In this game, the player with the GamePad takes the role of an archer, who fires arrows to fight enemies and solve puzzles not shown on the TV screen. Players with Wii Remotes join in armed with swords and shields, allowing everyone to fight against the enemy hordes together as a team. Also available is a time attack mode where the archer has to clear out a wave of enemies as fast as possible.
- Pikmin Adventure (Pikmin) - This game tasks players to work together as a team to escape from the wilderness. With the GamePad, the player is dressed in Olimar's spacesuit, who controls smaller Pikmin. With Wii Remotes, the other players are dressed as Pikmin. They provide backup by fighting enemies directly. There's also a versus mode where the GamePad player and the other players duke it out.
- Metroid Blast (Metroid) - A combat-heavy third-person shooter game that has many different ways to play. The person with the GamePad mans a gunship and fights from the air. Other players can aid, or battle against, this person on foot using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. Ground vs. ground, ground vs. air, or a team survival mode are the modes playable.
- Mario Chase (Super Mario Bros.) - A game of tag with a Mario twist. The person with the GamePad, dressed as Mario, must run away from other players dressed as Toads. Mario has the advantage by having a map and a ten second headstart. This is one of the games that requires at least two players.
- Luigi's Ghost Mansion (Luigi's Mansion) - In this game, up to four players must clean out a mansion haunted by a ghost, who is the person with the GamePad. They can control where the ghost goes, and are also invisible to the others until exposed by a flashlight or lightning. The ghost also causes nearby players' Wii Remotes to rumble, alerting them of the ghost's presence. The goal is for either side to eliminate the other. Another two-players-or-more-only game.
- Animal Crossing: Sweet Day (Animal Crossing) - Also requring at least two players, this game is Cops and Robbers with a sweet twist. Playing as animals, up to four players must run around a town and collect a certain amount of candy from trees. The player with the GamePad controls two guards, who must be avoided.
- Donkey Kong's Crash Course (Donkey Kong) - A single player game where a cart, operated by the GamePad, must be guided through an elaborate maze filled with contraptions inspired by the arcade classic.
- Takamaru's Ninja Castle (Nazo no Murasamejōnote ) - Another single player game, this game is essentially a light-gun-style game where the GamePad is used to throw ninja stars and rescue Monita from invading ninjas.
- Balloon Trip Breeze (Balloon Fight) - A remake of the Balloon Trip mode from the original game, but this time the player must guide their Mii with gusts of wind created by drawing lines on the GamePad's touch screen. Obstacles also must be removed by the touch screen.
- Yoshi's Fruit Cart (Yoshi's Island) - A single player game where the player guides a robotic Yoshi along a path to find fruit and to the goal door. However, the fruit and obstacles are only shown on the TV screen, and only the path you draw is shown on the GamePad.
- Octopus Dance (Game & Watchnote ) - The player must mimic a diver's dancing moves with the GamePad's control sticks and the gyroscope (somewhat similar to the gameplay of another Game & Watch game, Flagman). The TV provides a front view, and the GamePad provides a rear view. The diver may turn the player's Mii around at certain times and an octopus will sometimes ink one screen, so both must be used together.
- Captain Falcon's Twister Race (F-Zero) - In the single player game, the player pilots a wind-up Blue Falcon on a race track. They must use the GamePad as a steering wheel and get to the finish line in time.
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