What is Nintendo Land? Welcome to the wonderful theme park world of Nintendo Land on Wii U. Nintendo Land is packed with 12 different attractions from the Nintendo franchise. Each of the 12 attractions will offer unique and innovative ways of a new gameplay experience only made possible by the Wii U Game Pad controller.
Players can play solo or against other players or even try their hand on playing in co-op mode. Up to five players can play in the multiplayer modes in selected attractions within the theme park. The experience changes everytime, either using the GamePad, holding the Wii Remote or simply by watching others play on the TV screen. There are five playable theme park areas to play within E3 currently.
Donkey Kong’s Crash Course – Simply by using the GamePad’s motion control, players tilt the controller to guide a fragile rolling cart through a series of obstacles through a course that resembles the original Donkey Kong arcade game. This single player game allows you to let other spectators watch everything happening on the television and offer advice about how to pass the next obstacle.
Luigi’s Ghost Mansion – In this game, the player uses the GamePad as a ghost, which is invisble to the other players, to capture up to four humans, who are armed with flashlights. By sneaking around the environment, staying hidden in the shadows, you must try and catch them one by one. If however, one of your comrades has fallen, you can work together as a team to revive them, before the ghost catches up with everyone. If all four humans are caught before they are revived, the ghost then wins. If you are successful at shining your flashlights on the ghost long enough to reduce it’s hit points to zero, the humans win.
Animal Crossing: Sweet Day – The player who is holding the WiiU GamePad takes control of two guards, who are standing on patrol and keeping safe the candy orchard, from a group of candy loving animals. You must work together to outwit, outrun the guards. The game finally ends, when a total of 50 pieces of candy are collected, or such a time when the guards catch any one of the animal three times.
The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest: The player with the control of the GamePad, becomes an archer, who can then aim and shoot arrows using the screen as a view finder. This player can be joined with up to three other players who wield the Wii Remote controllers like swords. Players team together to take on a selection of enemies in a world that looks like a cloth version of a game from The Legend of Zelda series.
Takamaru’s Ninja Castle - This is based on an early version of the Famicom game only in Japan. This single player game, turns the GamePad into a launcher for ninja stars. Players, just simply swipe the touch screen to take out the army of ninja attackers, accumulating more points for consecutive hits. By moving the GamePad around at various stages and angles through the game, it allows the player to take aim.
Seven other attractions will be announced at a later date by Nintendo in the near future.