During the Wii’s lifetime, Nintendo released Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort to show players just what the Wii and Wii MotionPlus could do for gaming. For the Wii U, Nintendo is doing the same thing by releasing Nintendo Land, a game that combines some of Nintendo’s most famed franchises into one.
The game is being developed to let players experience how the Wii U GamePad can be used. In order to do this, Nintendo Land includes twelve minigames, each of which is based on a famous franchise. Each minigame has its own play style; for example, The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest sees four players using Wii Remotes as swords to fight off enemies, while a fifth player uses his or her GamePad as a bow and arrow. Meanwhile, Luigi’s Ghost Mansion involves traversing a maze via a Wii Remote and Nunchuk and searching for a ghost controlled by the player using the GamePad. Other franchises represented in the game include Mysterious Muramasa Castle and Donkey Kong.
Nintendo Land will be a launch title for the Wii U when it is released later this year.