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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!