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Nintendo Land Will Be the Wii Sports of the Wii U

Posted on September 13, 2012 AT 05:37pm

Every new console needs that first game that does a great job of illustrating its potential.  For the Wii, that title turned out to be a little game called Wii Sports, which continued to drive sales of the revolutionary motion-based console for several years.  With Nintendo Land, they are looking to show off what their new machine is capable of now and inspire both players and developers to imagine what may be possible in the future.

When Nintendo debuted the Wii U at E3 2011, they brought with them a collection of mini-games to play as part of their booth.  Several of these games have now been revealed as prototype versions of some of the attractions you’ll find in the virtual theme park of Nintendo Land.  There are three basic types of attractions in the park: Team Attractions, Competitive Attractions and Solo Attractions.  So far, in the breakdown of the confirmed games, we have three in each category:

Team Attractions:

  • Metroid Blast
  • The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest
  • Pikmin Adventure

Competitive Attractions:

  • Mario Chase
  • Animal Crossing: Sweet Day
  • Luigi’s Ghost Mansion

Solo Attractions:

  • Takamaru’s Ninja Castle
  • Donkey Kong’s Crash Course
  • Balloon Trip Breeze

While the solo attractions look pretty amazing, and Balloon Trip Breeze will likely own my life for a while, the games I’m looking forward to playing the most are the various multiplayer modes.  Mario Chase and Metroid Blast, which were playable at E3 2011 as Battle Mii and Chase Mii, were amazingly fun.  The best thing you can do for a local multiplayer game is give the opportunity to have as many players as possible which can lead to some loud matches.  The four-against-one aspect of the Competitive Attractions is revolutionary in a way that’s hard to understand without having your hands on the game.

For those of you prefer cooperation to competition, the Team Attractions look to be every bit as fun.  Similarly to the Competitive Attractions one player, holding the Wii U Gamepad, is given a different, yet essential, role to play that involves looking at the screen on the Gamepad.  Everyone else meanwhile uses their Wii Remotes and Nunchucks to follow play a different yet equally important role.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited about bringing over a large group of friends to my place to play some games.  Whether it’s shouting at each other about how best to catch Mario or taking on the moblin hordes with swords and arrows, good times are likely to be had with this game in a group.  If there’s anything in the gaming world that needed to be revitalized, it’s local multiplayer games and this game in particular is just the shot in the arm it needs to come back in a big way.

If you’re picking up the $350 Deluxe Set, you’ll be getting a copy of Nintendo Land packaged with your Wii U on November 18th.  Check out the trailer below for a look at how some of these games will look in action.

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