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Nintendo Land

Platform(s): WiiU
Genre: Minigames
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: Nov. 18, 2012

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'Nintendo Land' (WiiU) Unveils More Attractions

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2012 @ 10:40 a.m. PDT

Nintendo Land is a theme park filled with 12 different attractions, each with its own take on a Nintendo franchise. Each attraction features innovative gameplay experiences on the WiiU GamePad. Depending on the attraction, players can compete solo or against other players, or team up to play cooperatively.

Depending on the attraction, players can play solo, compete against other players, or even team up to play cooperatively. Up to five players can participate in dynamic multiplayer modes in select attractions. The experiences change depending on whether players are using the GamePad, a Wii Remote controller or just watching others play on the TV screen.

In addition to previously released information about Attractions like Mario Chase, Metroid Blast, Luigi’s Ghost Mansion, The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest, Pikmin Adventure, Animal Crossing: Sweet Day, Donkey Kong’s Crash Course, Takamaru’s Ninja Castle and Balloon Trip Breeze, Nintendo has shared the following details about the three remaining Attractions:

  • Yoshi’s Fruit Cart: Using the GamePad touch screen and stylus, the player draws a path for the Yoshi Cart to follow through each course. However, only the view of the course displayed on the TV screen shows fruit that must be collected and obstacles that must be avoided along the way to the goal. This fun attraction is a great example of the kind of integrated second-screen game play made possible by Wii U and the GamePad controller.
  • Captain Falcon’s Twister Race: In this single-player Attraction based on the F-Zero racing franchise, players get a top-down view of the track on the GamePad, which is held vertically and turned to steer the vehicle through a winding, twisting track, as they try to hit checkpoints before time runs out. Driving across dash plates can provide a quick burst of speed, while obstacles like speed spikes, whirlwinds, other vehicles and even bombs can make for a dangerous run.
  • Octopus Dance: In this single-player Attraction, players use the GamePad to mirror dance moves performed by a deep-sea dance instructor. The goal is to always be watching one’s own movements from the back to more easily mirror dance moves, but the dynamic interaction between the GamePad and the TV adds a unique twist. Players must be ready to switch between the views offered on the TV screen and the GamePad screen, as sometimes one view is more useful than the other.

Nintendo Land comes included in the Wii U Deluxe Set console package at a suggested retail price of $349.99. Consumers can also purchase standalone Wii U hardware in the Wii U Basic Set, which carries a suggested retail price of $299.99. Nintendo Land will also be sold separately at a suggested retail price of $59.99, both in stores and as a download from the Nintendo eShop for Wii U.


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