Nintendo Land

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Nintendo Land
Nintendoland boxcover.png
North American box cover
Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii U
Release date USA November 18, 2012
Europe November 30, 2012
Australia November 30, 2012
Japan December 8, 2012
Genre Party
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E10+.svg - Everyone 10+
PEGI:PEGI 7.svg - Seven years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
ACB:ACB PG.svg - Parental guidance
USK:USK 6.svg - Six years and older
Mode(s) 1-5 players
Media
Wii U:
Media CD icon.png Optical disc
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Input
Wii U:

Nintendo Land is a launch title for the Wii U, which was first released in North America on November 18th, 2012, Europe and Australia on November 30, 2012, and Japan on December 8, 2012. The game's setting is based on a virtual theme park, containing twelve minigames (referred to as attractions by Monita, the game's host) built around various Nintendo franchises, including four based on Mario and its subseries. The minigames are played using GamePad alongside up to four Wii Remote (with Nunchuk), and are intended to showcase the many new features of the Wii U.

In the US, Europe, and Australia, Nintendo Land comes packed in with the Wii U Deluxe Set. It is also sold as a stand-alone product where players can buy it if they have the Basic Set.

Minigames[edit]

The minigames featured in Nintendo Land are divided into three distinct types:

Team attractions[edit]

These minigames involve every player co-operating in some way. However, it is possible to play these minigames with one player only. These are the largest and most expansive attractions in the game. Number of players: 1-5

Image Name Description
NLLoZBQLogo.png The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest Takes place in a The Legend of Zelda-based world, where the Miis are dressed up as Link, sharing Hearts. They must fight many enemies along the way. The player with GamePad is an archer, providing backup, while the other players with Wii Remote act as swordsmen.
Pikmin Adventure NL.png Pikmin Adventure This multi-player minigame is based on Pikmin. The player acts like Captain Olimar, using GamePad and the stylus to control a group of Pikmin through missions to find the lost spaceship. The players with Wii Remote act as giant Pikmin and fight alongside him.
Metroid Blast NL.png Metroid Blast Based on the Metroid series, the players dress up like Samus Aran in a space area. The GamePad player drives a gunship, while the other players combat against or with them on ground.

Competitive attractions[edit]

These minigames involve the one player with the GamePad to pursue or be pursued by other players. Number of players: 2-5

Image Name Description
Mario chase.png Mario Chase Based on the Super Mario series, this minigame involves four players dressed as Toads running through a Mario-themed park to find a solo player who is dressed as Mario. The solo player can see where the team is on GamePad. The Mario player runs faster than the Toad players, so the Toad players must cooperate to trap the Mario player.
NLLGMLogo.png Luigi's Ghost Mansion In this minigame, four players are dressed as Mario, Luigi, Wario and Waluigi. Each player tries to attack the solo player (in a Gold Ghost costume) using flashlights. However, the solo is invisible and can be seen only on GamePad. The setting is a reference to Luigi's Mansion.
NLACSDLogo.png Animal Crossing: Sweet Day The solo player controls two guards (dressed as Copper and Booker) and must chase the team players who try to collect a certain number of candies scattered throughout the town before time runs out. However, team players get slower each time they collect a candy.

Note: This game can actually play up to 6 players by having two players share GamePad to control the guards cooperatively.

Solo attractions[edit]

These minigames can be played only by a single player, but other players can help by using special abilities that the player with the GamePad cannot do, such as getting rid of obstacles in Captain Falcon Twister Race and freezing enemies in Takamaru's Ninja Castle.

Image Name Description
Yoshi Fruit Cart NL.png Yoshi's Fruit Cart This attraction's name and gimmicks are based on the Yoshi series. The player must draw lines on GamePad, starting from their cart, which is modeled after Yoshi. These lines will guide the cart when the game begins. The lines must coincide with every fruit, so the cart will pass through them in the order the fruits are numbered. When all the fruits are collected a door will open, and the cart must pass through it to clear the level. However, the fruit is invisible on the GamePad.
Octopus Dance NL.png Octopus Dance This game is based on the Game & Watch game Octopus. The player must memorize the moves of the character on the TV screen and repeat them using either the control sticks or the gyro sensor.
NLDKCCLogo.png Donkey Kong's Crash Course This minigame is aesthetically based on the arcade game Donkey Kong. The player must navigate through a series of paths and platforms by tilting GamePad, which moves the player's cart, collecting bananas and checkpoint flags along the way. The L and R buttons are used to operate special white platforms.
NLTNCLogo.png Takamaru's Ninja Castle This minigame is based on the Famicom game Nazo no Murasame Jō. Here, the player must use the GamePad screen to throw shurikens at ninja enemies.
CF Twister Race NL.png Captain Falcon's Twister Race In this F-Zero-themed game, the player must guide a high-speed wind-up vehicle to the goal while holding GamePad vertically. The player must avoid obstacles and follow the track by tilting GamePad from side to side.
NL-Balloon Trip Breeze Logo.png Balloon Trip Breeze The player controls their character through the sky collecting balloons and avoiding obstacles, just like the NES game Balloon Fight.

Reception[edit]

The game has been well-received. GameXplain gave the single-player 4 stars out of 5 and the multi-player 4.5 stars out of 5[1] and referred to it as the best Nintendo multiplayer game since Super Smash Bros. Brawl. GamesMaster gave it 86/100 (86%), describing it as "An essential purchase for party lovers that whets the Nintendo appetite. Bring friends." IGN gave it an 8.7 score out of 10, and GameSpot gave it a score of 8 out of 10 [2].

Staff[edit]

Main article: List of Nintendo Land staff

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Nintendo Land.

Trivia[edit]

  • When heading to an attraction, at the start-up screen, the player can hear tunes from previous games of the series that the attraction is based on.
  • The player can use coins obtained in the minigames to play a kind of retro style pachinko mini-game. The player can win ? Blocks that, when opened, reveal different prizes based on objects found in the attractions.

References[edit]

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