The third game most people will be looking at when buying their Wii U is this one, it's very easy to quickly write it off as a Wii Sports type game: A demo to show off what things are like on the console. In some ways it is but it does stand on it's own feet as a standalone title too. (which is the way I bought it as was more value for money to get the Zombieu pack.) There's a central hub where all of the attractions are held along with it's own host. Whom you will come to loathe.
I'm going to be looking at the majority of the games. Keep in mind the multiplayer ones I haven't had as much of a go on compared to the others.
Takamaru's Ninja Castle: 1 Player - Take on Ninja in this frantic game, It's essentially an on-rails shootem up only you use the gamepad to slide the ninja stars at the screen. It got quite challenging rather quickly.
Metroid Blast: 1-5 Players - The person in the gamepad flies Samus' ship, the wii-motes are on foot. It felt like one of those arcade shooting games where you are in a ship firing down on all of the little enemies. Its more up close if you are on the ground and you just pray that your shipman will be able to take out as much as possible else you'll be overwhelmed.
Animal Crossing: Sweet Day: 2-5 players: Some of you play as the animals to try and grab as many sweets while another plays as the guards to stop them. It was quite frantic from what we played.
Donkey Kong's Crash Course: 1 player - Guide your cart to the end in one piece. This one is just so addicting, you use the gamepad to direct the cart over contraptions and obstacles to reach the end in as quick as possible. Except the cart is so unstable just about anything will knock it over. It's very addicting to play.
Yoshi's Fruit Cart: 1 player - you gotta eat all the fruit and make it to the exit by drawing a line. The snag is that the fruit and obstacles are on your TV screen while you draw on the screen below. It's a simple concept but very difficult to master. Probably one of my favourites
Mario Chase: 2-5 player - One player is Mario, the rest are Toads. You need to outrun the toads as they work together to try and stop you. Personally I don't think the 2-5 player games work so well unless you have 3 or more people in. 1 vs 1 is just not challenging at all.
Pikmin Adventure: 1-4 players - Sad that Pikmin 3 was delayed? Don't fret! This one has one of you playing as Olimar and the rest as the Pikmin as you take on toy versions of the Pikmin world. It feels like an entire Pikmin game shrunk down in order to tide us over till Pikmin 3. SO much fun.
Captain Falcon's Twister Race: 1-player: I couldn't really get this one to work. It kept asking me to configure the gamepad. Once I got it was ok. Basically it's get around the track while avoiding obstacles.
Octopus Dance: 1-player: The worst one on here. It's essentially a follow the rhythm game as the diverman does a combination of moves and you need to follow them. I suppose if you are thrilled with games like Just Dance you might enjoy it more.
Luigi's Ghost Mansion: 2-5 players One is Luigi and you need to stop the ghosts before they get you. It's fun as the other 2-5 games but you really need 3 or more people. Unfortunately I haven't tried it much.
The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest: 1-4 players: Gamepad is the bow-man, the rest are the sword and shield guys. Join together in a quest for the triforce as you vanquish enemies together. This one is a lot of fun too.
Balloon Trip Breeze: 1 player: Remember the old game Balloon Trip? It makes a return here, you use the gamepad in order to blow yourself along the course and collecting as many balloons as possible.
Central Tower Coin Game: 1 player: Not really a game like the rest but worth mentioning. As you play the games you'll collect coins to use in this, think of it like those arcade machines where it goes down and you can win more coins or sometimes a prize. Fill all of the holes with coins to earn a prize which will enter your Plaza. Prizes are usually jukebox songs for the Plaza but also items to go there based on what you've seen in the games.
The game is really a lot of fun especially with friends, however the downside is that there's no way to play online with it. And as good as they are I can't help but feel that there could have been a few more games. How about 'A Busy day in Onett: One player as Ness while 3 others as Aliens where you need to stop them with Ness' PSI powers?' or a 1-4 adventure using Fire Emblem? But it does it's job.
+ There's a game there for everyone
+ Bringing back some lesser known games like Game + Watch, Takamaru, Balloon Trip and F-Zero for new generations
+ Plenty of cheerful and great tunes from classic series
+ Plaza can fill up with so many Miis
+ Fun for all the family, and even on your own
+ More than just a demo showing off what the Wii U can do
- Octopus Dance
- Problems with F-Zero configuring
- No online modes
- Feel they could have done more games
- The guide is so annoying.
Nintendoland is an essential purchase for the Wii U. Even if you picked the Zombie pack over it.