Not all of the Nintendo Land "worlds" are on show here at E3 2012, but the ones that are here are a lot of fun. After spending some time with them, I feel like this morning's presentation did not do them justice. Here's my quick rundown of the playable ones from my time with them after this morning's reveal. Stick with us for full rundowns of these and more from Nintendo's booth.
Takamaru's Ninja Castle - This is that ninja star flicking game we saw as a concept last year. It's quite fun, and super cute. Tilting the Wii U lets you aim a cursor, and flicks on the screen send stars flying, with the speed of your flicks controlling determining the distance of your throws. Little origami ninjas start out as easy targets, but they soon start jumping around, and later begin packing weapons against you.
Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest - My least favorite, but still a fun game. It's a 4p co-op dungeon crawl, playable with either a Wiimote or the Wii U controller. Shields, bows and Zelda hats in a cooperative explorer -- how could you go wrong?
Donkey Kong's Crash Course - This is an addictive 2D tilt-to-move course where you'll ride on a rolling platform from the top of the screen down, trying to control your speed and angle and not smack into a wall or obstacle. It's harder than it looks, but watching a good player makes you want to try.
Luigi's Ghost Mansion - The Wii U controller player is the ghost and the Wiimote players are Miis that try to track it down. I died twice in 2 minutes trying to escape the ghost! My teammates tried to revive me by shining their flashlights on me to charge up my health, but the ghost picked them off too. It's chase and flashlight tag done by Nintendo. Brilliant.
Animal Crossing: Sweet Day - Animals will run around town looking for trees to shake (by standing on a pad that has to be charged up, with some trees requiring more than one person to stand and charge) to release candy. The four Wiimote players have to gather 50 pieces before being tackled by the attacker using the Wii U controller. There's a ton of strategy to this chase game, and it's sure to be a huge party game. So fun.
|1:00 PM on 02.02.2013|
Storm's Adventure with Wii U and Nintendo Land
Next in line for "Playing Catch Up to the Catch Up" is my Wii U premiere video. True be told, it isn't the really the premiere video, that honor belongs to this live stream (I brand them as "Live Boredom"). Click that to wat...more
|4:00 PM on 01.24.2013|
An aural tour with the composer of Nintendo Land, part 3
This is our third and final entry in our series featuring composer Ryo Nagamatsu as he walks us through the attractions in Nintendo Land one-by-one, giving us an inside look at what he was thinking about when he wrote the gam...more
|4:00 PM on 01.23.2013|
An aural tour with the composer of Nintendo Land, part 2
We're back with part two of our audio walkthrough of Nintendo Land with composer Ryo Nagamatsu. This time we visit Luigi's Ghost Mansion, Mario Chase, Metroid Blast, and Octopus Dance. And be sure to read part one of our feature which covered four other Nintendo Land attractions.more
|4:00 PM on 01.22.2013|
An aural tour with the composer of Nintendo Land, part 1
I have to admit that I was secretly looking forward to Nintendo Land a great deal. While I wasn't sold after Nintendo's E3 press conference last year, seeing the title in action really got the nostalgia flowing for me in all ...more
|8:00 PM on 11.20.2012|
Nintendo Land pack-ins will be eligible for Club Nintendo
If you are like me and furiously register your new Nintendo games for the Club Nintendo coins as soon as you open the package, you were probably surprised to discover that the copy of Nintendo Land bundled with the Wii U Delu...more
|10:00 PM on 11.17.2012|
Review: Nintendo Land
The Wii U GamePad is a lot more versatile than it looks. Some potential consumers have not been quite as inspired by the system as they were by the immediate uniqueness of the Wii and its remote controller. After all, tablets...more
|6:00 PM on 10.29.2012|
Nintendo Land: Last three attractions detailed
Nintendo has decided to fully detail the last three Nintendo Land attractions that we told you about earlier this month. These last three round out the list of 12 attractions coming to the Wii U launch title, both of which dr...more
|11:00 AM on 10.18.2012|
Nintendo Land: details on Octopus Dance and 2 other games
GoNintendo has an image of a list of details for some of the Nintendo Land minigames, giving us details on Yoshi's Fruit Cart, Captain Falcon's Twister Race, and Octopus Dance. Octopus Dance is the greatest name ever g...more
|12:00 PM on 10.17.2012|
Quick hands-on with Nintendo Land's Metroid Blast
With only a few more months to go for the Wii U launch, we recently got a chance to check out the latest addition to the Nintendo Land lineup. A basic arena shooter, Metroid Blast doesn't really capture the fun in simplicity ...more
|10:00 AM on 10.17.2012|
Quick hands-on with Nintendo Land's Mario Chase
Since its announcement, we seen a small trickling of the new game types in Nintendo Land. The latest is Mario Chase, a Mario themed game of tag where players have to chase after Mario. Player one is Mario, and with a ten seco...more
|8:00 AM on 05.23.2013|
Dying Light is an open world, freerunning zombie game
Okay, take Dead Island's entire concept, subtract the role-playing mechanics, throw in freerunning features akin to Mirror's Edge, and set it all in an open world that features a day-and-night cycle where things become way ha...more
|3:00 AM on 05.23.2013|
You will fight a tiger in Killer is Dead
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|2:00 AM on 05.23.2013|
Link's Blacklist is a gallery of colorful Zelda foes
Hyrule, its neighboring nations, and its parallel dimensions are filled with no shortage of remarkable enemies, ranging from cute and unassuming to pure nightmare fuel. When you step back and realize just how varied The Legen...more