Nintendo Land is Nintendo'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 But can be played solo as well., while three other ones can only be played with multiple people, and some are only played solonote Though you can have friends join in with Wii Remotes to help you. 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 The Mysterious Murasame Castle, a 1986 Famicom Disk System exclusive.) - 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 Specifically, it's based on Octopus, which is a G&W game) - 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.
If you fail to escape in Pikmin Adventure too many times, an assist block will appear. If you accept it, it will supercharge Olimar and any Mii Pikmin to level 50, or in time missions add a minute to the clock, but at the cost of being unable earn a Master rank.
Dying in The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest will spawn a skull that can be broken for a recovery heart in the location you failed at in your previous run. It doesn't nullify master rank, but that always involves doing a No Damage Run, so it's useless for master rank.
Anti-Poop Socking : The game will recommend taking breaks regularly, just like many other Nintendo games.
Are These Wires Important?: Closer inspection of the gunship from Metroid Blast reveals that it also has A/V and Passive Speaker inputs, which doesn't seem to serve any purpose.
In Luigi's Ghost Mansion, the ghost can launch a chargeable battery-draining special attack on the humans in order to discourage camping. They also reduce the number of lives with more players, as it's easier to revive someone that's dead with more people playing. There are also Monitas with flashlights helping out when there are less people.
In Metroid Blast, if you dodge too many times in succession, your Mii will strike a pose when they land that leaves them wide open.
Some of the multiplayer games have bigger maps if more players play.
In Animal Crossing Sweet Day if there's only one villager, they get to drop off the candy at safepoints so they don't get too slow from carrying all of them around. 3 or more players and the villagers have to carry the target capacity at once to win, with more candy required for more people.
Controller Shaking: Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest has an anti-waggle feature for the sword players. If you waggle your Wii Remote for more than a second or so, the game will stop registering the motions as sword slashes until you stop waggling.
Evil Twin: Parodied with Dark Monita, who is basically another Monita that wears a purple jester hat. She appears in Pikmin Adventure, as her role is the "evil overlord" in that game, and Metroid Blast, where she sets up the boss battles.
Fainting: If the ghost catches anyone in Luigi's Ghost Mansion, this is what happens to them. They can be revived if someone else shines their flashlight on them long enough.
Game-Breaking Bug: During the first few days after the release, the game would sometimes have a ridiculousy long Loading Screen at the title screen and would even sometimes freeze. This bug has thankfully been patched.
Heroic Mime: The Miis. Unless you count the Miiverse posts as talking...
The Host: A robotic screen that looks like the GamePad, named Monita. She offers advice on all the games.
Hostage Spirit Link: In stage 3 of Takamaru's Ninja Castle. During the second time through to rescue the real Princess Monita, she will appear along with the ninjas throughout the stage. If you hit her, you lose health.
Insistent Terminology: They're not mini-games, they're "attractions". This is probably to try to avoid it from seeming like a casual minigame collection, which was a main detraction from the Wii for core gamers. Whether or not it works is up to debate.
Meaningful Name / Bilingual Bonus: Monita's name comes from モニター (monitā),the Japanese pronounciation of the English word, "monitor". This technically makes his/her/its name "Monitor".
Mook Chivalry: Zig-Zagged in The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest. Most enemies that attack you directly will simply wait if they're not the current target, but archers will always take potshots at you, and some enemies will attack you anyway.
If the human teams loses to the ghost in Luigi's Ghost Mansion, they're greeted with "Good night..." on the TV. This was the same message if Luigi got a Game Over in the original game.
In Pikmin Adventure, if a Pikmin player doesn't board the ship at the end of a level after Olimar does, they'll eventually get left behind as the ship takes off without them. However, they will reappear with Olimar in the next level.
A very subtle one; One loading screen has an image of Monita drinking a cup of coffee. This is a reference to the Wii U's codename. "Project Café".
Nintendo Hard: The Extra Stages in The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest and Metroid Blast (available after beating all standard stages) and several games as a whole, particularly Donkey Kong's Crash Course and Balloon Trip Breeze which demand very precise control.
No Arc in Archery: Averted in The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest. Arrows are affected by both gravity and air currents.
One-Hit Polykill: Fully charged arrows in The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest are capable of piercing multiple enemies unless it hits something like armor or a shield.
Parody Magic Spell: Monita says some of the most done-to-death ones at the begining of the game.
Press X to Not Die: In the Zelda attraction, when an archer or Giant Mook launches an attack at you while playing as the archer, you will receive one of a few promptsnote "Press ZL + ZR!" "Tilt Left!" or "Tilt Right!" that enable you to dodge the attack.
Balloon Trip Breeze uses the Balloon Trip music from Balloon Fight
Yoshi's Fruit Cart uses the piece "Touch Fuzzy, Get Dizzy," from Yoshi's Island
Octopus Dance is the exception as it uses original music since the Game & Watch didn't have music apart from beeps.
Captain Falcon's Twister Race uses the title screen theme from the first F-Zero game
Rail Shooter: Battle Quest, with one person doing the shooting part with the other player(s) using swords and shields. Also, Takamaru's Ninja Castle.
Robot Me: Pikmin Adventure has players fight against robotic Bulborbs. There are also robotic version of familiar enemies from the Metroid series, including Kraid and Ridley, in Metroid Blast.
Scare Chord: When the ghost player takes out a human player in Luigi's Ghost Mansion.
Shout-Out: Monita counts down the seconds in Captain Falcon's Twister Race complete with beeping sounds, a la Mario Kart.
Stage 14 of the Pikmin Adventure starts with a structure that looks like a castle at the end of a Super Mario Bros. level, then leads straight underground, a la World 1-2.
Socialization Bonus: All of the Solo Attractions are actually NOT Single-Player Only which means that they can become easier with the help of some friends.
Spot the Imposter: When you beat Takamaru's Ninja Castle the first time, it's revealed that Princess Monita was actually Murasame. You have to to throw stars at him to reveal the disguise.
Spiritual Successor: Mario Chase and Animal Crossing: Sweet Day are one to Pac-Man Vs., as they use that game's setup of allowing one player to see the entire playfield on a separate screen, while others are limited to corners of the TV screen and limited views.
Sound Test: The music box item, which has songs that can replace the main plaza theme of the player's choice. Songs sold seperately.
One of the songs isn't even a song, but a shuffle button (a la iPod) can be unlocked as well.
Survival Horror: Luigi's Ghost Mansion is a competitive form of this genre. The human players are disadvantaged against the invisible ghost.
Tech Demo Game: Quite literally. A number of the included minigames were used as tech demos when the Wii U was originally revealed, before it turned out that they were all bundled together in one place.
Ten-Second Flashlight: The flashlights used in Luigi's Ghost Mansion have a limited charge. You'll have to find another battery if it runs dry.
Tennis Boss: If you fight a Wizzrobe in The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest without an archer, this is how you fight it.
The Theme Park Version: The team-based attractions are mission-based, and each is vaguely based on the adventures of their respective protagonists. Pikmin Adventure is even said to be based on Olimar's first visit to the mysterious planet.
Toilet Humor: Enough to warrant an E10+ rating: If a player gets eaten in Pikmin Adventure by a Bulborb, they'll get ejected out with a giant clay turd that encompasses their whole body.