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5.0 out of 5 stars Nintendo Land does for Wii U what Wii Sports did for the Wii!
There are 12 unique games for you to enjoy with your friends and family or by yourself which are as follows.

1. The Legend Of Zelda: Battle Quest (1 to 4 players) - This is great team player game where the person using the Wii U Gamepad is a archery and the Wii Remote players get to use a sword. There are lots of enemies that need to be defeated in your quest...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun for a bit.
Really fun game with very creative mini games. I don't have the Wii Motion Plus adapter so a couple of the games I couldn't play. I don't regret buying it though. It's a lot of fun to come back to now and again but not something you'll waste all day on.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nintendo Land does for Wii U what Wii Sports did for the Wii!, 30 Nov 2012
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Dragonlord (Cornwall) - See all my reviews
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= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Nintendo Land (Video Game)
There are 12 unique games for you to enjoy with your friends and family or by yourself which are as follows.

1. The Legend Of Zelda: Battle Quest (1 to 4 players) - This is great team player game where the person using the Wii U Gamepad is a archery and the Wii Remote players get to use a sword. There are lots of enemies that need to be defeated in your quest to find the Triforce.
2. Pikmin Adventure (1 to 5 players) - You get to control Olimar or a large Pikmin. There are lots blocks for you to throw and smash. Even more enemies which come in all shapes and sizes. Will you overcome the mad onslaught and make it back to your spaceship safely.
3. Metroid Blast (1 to 5 players) - At the moment this is my favourite mode on Nintendo Land. The person with the Wii U game pad gets to control Samus's flying Gunship and other players are on foot. There is a futuristic city for you to hunt eachother down on.
4. Mario Chase (2 to 5 players) Mario has to outrun and outsmart his pursuers over a set time.
5. Luigi's Ghost Mansion (2 to 5 players) - The person with Wii U GamePad controls a ghost whilst the other players hunt him with flash lights.
6. Animal Crossing: Sweet Day (2 to 5 players) - The person with the Wii U gamepad is a village guard whom must stop all the oher players, whom are cute animals from getting the sweets.
7. Yoshi's Fruit Cart (1 player) - My seven year old daughter enjoys this mode the most. You must draw a route to pick up all the fruit and then go for the exit. If you don't pick up all the fruit then the exit door will not open.
8. Octopus Dance (1 player) - You must follow the instructor's lead with the Wii U gamepad and dance to the rhythm of the beat or the octopus will sweep you off your feet!
9. Donkey Kong's Crash Course (1 player) - You will have great fun guiding a cart through a crazy course full of different hazards with the Wii U GamePad.
10. Takamaru's Ninja Castle (1 player) - I loved the Wii U GamePad controls for this game as you throw ninja stars at loads of ninjas. You hold the Gamepad sideways and point it towards the tv and slide the stylus upwards to throw a ninja star.
11. Captain Falcon's Twister Race (1 player) This is excellent racing fun and is hopefully a good sign that the Wii U will have a full on F-Zero game in the future which would be mind blowing.
12. Balloon Trip Breeze (1 player) - Emark on a scenic but risky journey across the sea with only a couple of balloons to keep you aloft. Dodge the obstacles and see how far you can sail the currents.

There are other cool things to do in Nintendo Land. At the top of Central Tower you get to play a coin game with coins you have won from playing the other games. If your coins hit all the holes then you win a wacky prize. The Tour Train takes you around to see all the many attractions. If you have your Wii U connected to the internet then other Mii charcters will visit you from around the world , which you can talk to as well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sample of Mario Party U?, 9 May 2013
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This review is from: Nintendo Land (Video Game)
Nintendo Land is, quite simply, the best demonstration available for Wii U and its Game Pad. Whereas the original Wii console used sports as a way reference motion control, Nintendo Land is focused on much broader styles of gameplay that also test more of the users skills.

The package features 12 mini-games that are contained within a circular park attraction, and controlling their Mii character, a user has the freedom to wander around and explore the different activities on offer.

These mini-games are well documented, but it's important to note that they all have vastly different requirements - be them the minimum number of players or indeed the type of controller being used. Because of this, Nintendo Land cannot be completed alone as it designed to be enjoyed with other players around you, and it does an excellent job this. Luigi's Ghost Mansion demonstrates 'hide and seek' capabilities in a group game, Mario Chase requires teamwork, Yoshi's Fruit Cart teaches you precise stylus input and memory techniques, and so the list goes on... There really is something for everyone!

Some longevity exists in the form of Stamps and Trophies, but the main attraction are Coins. These can be spent on a classic look 'Coin Drop' game in which you must land the tokens over awkwardly placed targets; doing so rewards you with a Prize for each stage. It's pretty addictive, and is certainly one of the highlights of Nintendo Land.

The Mii community eventually gathers inside your Land, making it a bustling and funny place. You can meet other Mii's and survey their posts, which is good as you realise you weren't the only one frustrated on a certain level of a game! The community is controlled nicely.

To improve on the experience, I feel Nintendo could have done a little more with the Prize scheme (which is featured in the central 'coin game'). They are nice tokens, but in reality serve no purpose other than to make a small sound and action when you click on them. It would have been better if they actually provided some sort of enhancement to the gameplay, or were even just bite-size arcade games to play on the Game Pad. Another suggestion might be to improve the navigation between the mini-games themselves, as you have to walk around looking 'up' in order to find the desired boarding, and the train only speeds this up slightly.

Niggles aside, Nintendo Land is a perfect family and party game. It offers challenges for players of all experiences, and at some points can even go beyond 'difficult' in possibly the most respectful way - Nintendo just know how to make simple but effective games. Just make sure you have a healthy supply of other controllers!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing game and great with friends, 15 July 2013
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This review is from: Nintendo Land (Video Game)
Nintendo Land was one of the launch titles for the Nintendo Wii U. Like Wii Sports, it does a good job of demonstrating what can be done with the new hardware. While six of the minigames support the Wii Remote, the only way to play all twelve of them is with the Wii U GamePad. It's worth noting that because the Wii U GamePad has its own screen, the player using the GamePad gets a different experience with players using the TV screen.

As you play each minigame you earn stamps and coins. The coins can be used in a Pachinko style unlocking system which allows you to unlock trophies and decorative items from each respective minigame. Each minigame is based on a popular Nintendo franchise and comes with theme music appropriate to that game.

Multiplayer-only Minigames
Mario Chase - In this minigame the player with the GamePad must hide while all other players must find them and catch them by walking into them or tackling them.
Luigi's Ghost Mansion - The player using the GamePad is a ghost while other players are ghost hunters. It's the duty of the hunters to shine their torches on the ghost and get rid of it, before the ghost can catch all the players. Players can shine torches on other players to revive them once they are knocked out.
Animal Crossing Sweet Day - Your objective in this minigame is to gather as many sweets as you can before the two guards catch you. The players with remotes get three lives between them and the player using the GamePad controls two guards at the same time.

Multiplayer Minigames (can also be played alone)
The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest - Players take the place of four multicoloured heroes and must defeat a variety of Zelda monsters to win. The player with the GamePad uses a bow while the others use swords.
Metroid Blast - In this game the objective is to destroy Metroid monsters by shooting at them with lasers. The GamePad player uses Samus' ship while everyone else runs around on foot.
Pikmin Adventure - Here, the player with the GamePad plays as Captain Olimar and can throw pikmin at the monsters to damage them. Other players are life-size pikmins and can move around freely attacking monsters.

Singleplayer-only Minigames
Takamaru's Ninja Castle - Use the GamePad to throw shuriken at enemy ninjas
Donkey Kong's Crash Course - Use the GamePad's motion sensor to move through a puzzle-based map and progress past checkpoints
Captain Falcon's Twister Race - Race against the clock and avoid obstacles by looking at the GamePad
Balloon Trip Breeze - Create a breeze for your character to pop balloons for points and avoid obstacles
Yoshi's Fruit Cart - Draw a line on the GamePad screen that corresponds with the TV screen and eat fruit to unlock the door to the next stage
Octopus Dance - Follow the dance tutor's increasingly demanding movements and progress to the next stage

Nintendo Land is the perfect party piece for any Wii U gamer. It supports up to five players and each minigame requires the players to compete or co-operate in a different way. The GamePad is at the forefront of the game and is definitely what sets this game apart from other minigame based collections. Nintendo fans can appreciate the music and will get the most out of the references to previous Nintendo games.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a 'demo' showing what the Wii U can do. A great family and single player game too!, 30 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Nintendo Land (Video Game)
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.

Pros:
+ 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

Cons:
- 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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Wii Sports, but it's no Resort, 2 April 2013
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This review is from: Nintendo Land (Video Game)
Seeing as most other people are comparing this directly to 'Wii Sports' and seeing that they are both console-bundled games for their respective systems it seems apt for me to also compare the two titles.

'Wii Sports' is undoubtedly just a tech demo to show how the Wii remotes work and to get casual gamers playing simple games together with more hardened gamers, and it worked brilliantly. Although some may argue, 'Nintendo Land' is just another tech demo - irrelevant of how much it has been fleshed-out. This time, the aim is to win back the "hardcore" contingent, whilst not neglecting the existing casual crew - but it's not for me to say whether it achieves this goal.

At first glance (after you have put up with the annoyingly lengthy introductions and explanations from Monita the guide), nearly all the single-player games are reminicent of something you can download for free on an iPad and provide limited (but varied) enjoyment on a basic level; but after all, this really is a multiplayer game... for people with friends... remember them?

The co-op series of games (based on Metroid, Zelda and Pikmin) are probably ideal for a pair of intermediate gamers but for the casual gamer, or single intermediate gamer it doesn't exactly scream fun. Also, it does seem that one player becomes obsolete compared to the other, such as the archer in Zelda or the giant Pikmin, but this may improve with more play time.

But after all the negative, there is a crowning glory in the form of the competitive games - 'Mario Chase', 'Sweet Day' and 'Luigi's Ghost Mansion'. Grab four mates, have a few drinks and you will have the evening sorted. Anyone can play these three varied versions of the childhood game 'it', from kids to drunks and even girls! The "asymmetrical multiplayer" provides endless fun while player one either hides or chases whilst the other four players do the opposite on the split screen TV. 'Mario Chase' is the best of a great bunch here.

I would probably slap on a price tag of 20-25 for this game which is justified for the endless fun of 'Mario Chase' alone, but anything more than that is a bit rich just to see how the gamepad works.

Better than 'Wii Sports', but 'Wii Sports Resort' is still a better, more complete game for your money.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs more multiplayer fun, 17 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Nintendo Land (Video Game)
Nintendoland is great party game, especially played in a larger group. The game overs 12 attraction games that are presented as a large carnival. The player can play 6 solo games, which include, Fruit Cart a Yoshi game. The player has to guide Yoshi to all fruits and the goal by drawing his trail on the game pad. Other games are: Takamaru's Ninja Castle: You fight against other ninjas. Octopus Dance: A rhythm-based game where you must memorize the movement of the character in a short amount of time. Captain Falcon's Twister Race: A race where it's goal is to survive. Donkey Kong's Crash Course: where you control a fragile kart through course. Balloon Trip Breeze: The player navigates their miis through many obstacles by creating a breeze .

The game also offers attraction games that can be played both solo or in a co-op team. In The legend of Zelda: Battle Quest, you and/or your team must work through a path where the goal is to defeat monsters. In Metroid Blast: Deep Space Shootout which works similar as to the zelda attraction. This Attraction also offers a versus mode, where the wii-mote players play against the gamepad user. Next to those games is also Pikmin Adventure, which is a good preparation for Pikmin 3 (projected for release spring 2013). Similar to the Metroid game, there is a story based mode and a versus mode.

The main 3 attractions are Luigi's Ghost Mansion, Mario Chase, and Animal Crossing: Sweet day. They shine with at least 4-5 players (though they are playable with at least 2). These games base off highly on communication and cooperation to beat the gamepad player. I don't want to go into much detail, as these are the best attractions in Nintendoland.

I lusted for more 2-5 player games than solo attractions. Additionally the multiplayer games seemed to have undergone more balancing, as they bring out more emotions while playing. There wasn't much variety when playing with friends, we did get bored playing Nintendoland after awhile.

Aside from this crucial mistake, what it had to offer was still fun. The graphics were beautiful, peaceful, and silly. The atmosphere was perfect. But this game isn't for everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great family game, 30 Mar 2014
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Nintendo Land has well-thought-through games. They are tons of fun. What also raises how good it is is it's difficulty. Most party games like this are far too easy, but this one is actually difficult at places. Especially the Donkey Kong Game. I spent hours trying to complete it. Not to mention that my sister, really enjoyed it, which is weird because she doesn't really like any games. This is a game for the entire family, even those who find games pointless.
The variety of games is a little short - 15. It'll keep you occupied for days or even weeks, but some may find the lack of variety tedious. The game does require wii motion plus for some multiplayer games. It's not impossible to enjoy the game without them, but I recommend you get them before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My 7 year old loves it, 14 Mar 2014
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My 7 year old loves this game. It is his favourite on the Wii u so far. i have recommended to a friend and her son also loves it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nintendo Lane, 24 Feb 2014
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Delivery was prompt and to time. This was a Xmas present and the recipient was very pleased with it. I have no first hand knowledge of the operation of the product.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 11 Jan 2014
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Great fun at parties with mario dash and luigis mansion and great for old school single play on Donkey Kong Crash and Balloon Fight...
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