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Better than Wii Sports, but it's no Resort,
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.