"Nintendo Land" Puts a Nintendo Theme Park on Wii U

Various Nintendo franchises collide in 12 attractions

Nintendo just unveiled what will essentially serve as the Wii Sports of Wii U, in the way it introduces folks to the various features of their new console. Nintendo Land brings various Nintendo franchises together in a theme park filled with 12 distinct attractions.

 

 

Among the attractions are The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest, Animal Crossing Sweet Bay, and Luigi's Ghost Mansion Each game shows off features unique to Wii U, such as "Asymmetric Gameplay," which pits players with different roles and controllers against one another. 

 

For instance, the player with the GamePad acts as the ghost in Luigi's Ghost Mansion, and can see all the other players it's pursuing at any given time. Players with WiiMotes don't have such an advantage. However, the Wii remotes rumble when the ghost is near, so players can use teamwork (and their flashlights) to defeat it. 

 

 

Miis in the Miiverse can gather in the theme park, further emphasizing Nintendo's increased effort toward connectivity and online components. Only five of the attractions are on display at E3, so we'll have to wait to find out how the rest of them play. Nintendo Land will launch alongside Wii U this holiday season.

 

 

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Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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