November saw the arrival of Wii U, a new console from
Nintendo that offers an innovative way for friends and families to play
together. Among the titles released alongside Wii U was Nintendo
Land – a fantastic theme park adventure set across 12 different worlds.
If you already own a Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or a Wii, some of these worlds might even look a little
familiar. That’s because each is set within the universes of titles like Super
Mario Bros. Donkey Kong Country, Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Pikmin, Animal
Crossing and many more.
All of the games make full use of the Wii U console’s
capabilities by giving up to four players the chance to join in the fun. This
can be using Wii Remote Plus controllers, or with the Wii U GamePad and its
integrated touch screen. Depending on how you choose to play, you may find the
game totally different each time – so dive in and experience it all!
So what is there to do in the individual worlds of Nintendo
Land? Well, each mini-game is very different to the other, which means there’s
bound to be something for everyone. If you are a fan of Mario games, for
example, you may want to check out attractions such as Mario Chase, Luigi’s
Ghost Mansion and Yoshi’s Fruit Cart – all of which are based in the Mushroom
Kingdom so will feel pretty familiar, while offering all sorts of new
On the other hand, you may want to test your skills on
Donkey Kong’s Crash Course, where you’ll need to guide a rickety cart through
hazardous obstacle courses, or shoot your way out of danger in Metroid Blast.
If you’re a lover of furry creatures, Animal Crossing: Sweet Day may be your
first port of call, whereas The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest will no doubt
tempt those who have an affinity for the world of Link and The Legend of Zelda
series. Even when you’ve mastered these, there’s Takamaru's Ninja Castle,
Pikmin Adventure, Balloon Trip Breeze, Captain Falcon’s Twister Race and
Octopus Dance to try your hand at!
Wii U was launched across Europe on November 30th
2012 and Nintendo Land is available as part of the 32GB Wii U Premium Pack.
Other recent Nintendo releases which could prove popular this Christmas include
the latest in the series of Professor Layton games for Nintendo 3DS and
Nintendo 3DS XL, Professor
Layton and the Miracle Mask, which comes packed with puzzles and brain
teasers for those with a penchant for mystery.