Published on August 11th, 2012 | by Chucky Chesus0
Hands on with Wii U’s Nintendo Land
Some of the thoseguys.tv staff had the fortunate pleasure to attend a Wii U press event in Washington D.C. a few weeks ago and it looks like Nintendo is ready to once again creatively change the way we game with our friends and family. Nintendo land, more or less, is Wii U’s Mario Party with the exception of just Mario characters and the board game play style.
As seen in the image above, they’re currently 12 levels, each with popular Nintendo themes. Unfortunately, the demonstration we attended only allowed a small handful of the levels. The two I got to play were the Animal Crossing and Luigi’s Mansion levels.
The Luigi’s Mansion level featured 4 players running around a large room, being chased by the fifth player who played a ghost on the tablet controller. The point of the game was to shine a flash light on the ghost in order to drain his life, the controller would also vibrate to let players know they were in danger. All the other players used the Wii’s nun-chuck. The trick was that none of the players could see the ghost on the Television screen while the person controlling the ghost could see himself and all of the players. You’d chase the characters around and try and sneak up on them and eliminate them one by one. The Wii U’s use of utilizing the tablet as a controller on it’s own was truly impressive and added quite a fun experience.
While the Luigi’s Mansion level wasn’t the hardest, the Animal Crossing level required more skill. You played as a Mii dressed up as one of the classic Animal Crossing animals and had to collect candy from trees. Under the trees, there would be 1, 2, or 3 circular pads that you had to stand on top of in order to get the candy to fall. Unfortunately, the more candy you ingest, the slower you would become and after getting caught by the guards, controlled also by the Wii tablet, you would be out for that round. It was a tricky game that required a lot of communication from your team mates but it wasn’t any less of a blast than Luigi’s Mansion level was.
Over all, Nintendo Land is one of the launch titles that you have to get your hands one. It’s perfect for when you find yourself in need of a game for more than just 4 players as well and with the added functionality of the Wii U’s tablet/controller that also features a control for you’re television, an “LZ” and “RZ” button, and front facing camera wand microphone. I’m sure we will see a whole lot of fun, creative and interesting titles from Nintendo for the Wii U now rumored to be released this December, 2012.