Quantcast
Quick hands-on with Nintendo Land's Metroid Blast - Destructoid




Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android


Nintendo Land  



Quick hands-on with Nintendo Land's Metroid Blast


12:00 PM on 10.17.2012
Quick hands-on with Nintendo Land's Metroid Blast photo



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 like Nintendo Land's other offerings.

Metroid Blast comes in two flavors, co-op and adversarial. In the first, players team up to take on waves of enemies, blasting them away to score point until the last one is gone. Mixing in some of the asymmetrical gameplay that Nintendo has been talking up, the player with the GamePad controls a hovercraft (modeled after Samus' ship) shooting enemies from a birds eye view. On the ground players control their Mii with a Nunchuck, while using the Wiimote to aim and shoot.

While controlling the hovercraft works well enough, controlling your Mii with the Nunchuck can get a bit wonky. Whenever I had to aim high, or at any enemy that wasn't level with my Mii, the camera had a tendency to act a bit crazy, making it easy to get turned around. Apart from this minor gripe, Metroid Blast just isn't all that fun. Whereas Mario Chase is simple and fun, Metroid Blast is just too bland. You spawn in, blast some enemies, score some points, cut to the menu.

Things do get more interesting in the versus mode, though. Here, you and up to four other players have to team up to shoot down the player in the hovercraft. Versus mode also lets you play around with the Metroid staple grapple beam, letting you navigate the arena that much quicker. All things considered though, this is not one of Nintendo Land's finer offerings.

Quick hands-on with Nintendo Land's Metroid Blast photo
Quick hands-on with Nintendo Land's Metroid Blast photo
Quick hands-on with Nintendo Land's Metroid Blast photo







Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.





timeline following:
Nintendo Land



2:45 PM on 07.04.2014
Hey, new Wii U owners: Don't forget to play Nintendo Land

I forgot Nintendo Land existed until a couple weeks ago. Like some of you, I only recently bought a Wii U and after looking at some "what to play" lists for my next multiplayer game, I was reminded of this minigame collection...more



5:15 PM on 11.11.2013
You won't find Nintendo Land on the US eShop anymore

In a strange move that no one understands, everyone's favorite Mario factory has recently removed original Wii U pack-in Nintendo Land from the system's eShop. Exactly when, we're not sure. NeoGAF users found the title gone f...more



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




Nintendo

11:30 AM on 10.24.2014
Review: Fantasy Life

One of the biggest gripes I hear from friends interested in but hesitant to play Japanese role-playing games is that they're too "complicated." It's a sentiment I've never understood; several take great pains to be accessible...more



6:13 PM on 10.23.2014
All the Smash Bros. Wii U facts, differences from 3DS version

Alright. If Smash Bros. 3DS is at least a little sparse, this video makes it feel all the more sparse. I mean, Event Mode is back. And there's a separate two-player Event Mode.  Watch along with the video abov...more



5:46 PM on 10.23.2014
Mewtwo will join Super Smash Bros. next spring

I didn't want to flood the page with mini Super Smash Bros. Wii U news updates out of Nintendo's live stream this afternoon, but, Mewtwo! He's coming to both games this upcoming spring. If you register the 3DS and Wii U vers...more



View all Nintendo






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more