Nintendo today revealed additional information about Nintendo Land, a game for the new Wii U console that will give players of all ages a fun, immersive way to discover the one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences offered by the system in both single- and multiplayer game play. Using the Wii U GamePad controller in unique ways, Nintendo Land lets Wii U owners explore a virtual theme park made up of 12 Attractions based on fan-favorite Nintendo game worlds. Both the game and the console will launch across the United States on Nov. 18.
In addition to previously released information about Attractions like Mario Chase, Metroid Blast, Luigi’s Ghost Mansion, The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest, Pikmin Adventure, Animal Crossing: Sweet Day, Donkey Kong’s Crash Course, Takamaru’s Ninja Castle and Balloon Trip Breeze, Nintendo has shared the following details about the three remaining Attractions:
- Yoshi’s Fruit Cart: Using the GamePad touch screen and stylus, the player draws a path for the Yoshi Cart to follow through each course. However, only the view of the course displayed on the TV screen shows fruit that must be collected and obstacles that must be avoided along the way to the goal. This fun attraction is a great example of the kind of integrated second-screen game play made possible by Wii U and the GamePad controller.
- Captain Falcon’s Twister Race: In this single-player Attraction based on the F-Zero racing franchise, players get a top-down view of the track on the GamePad, which is held vertically and turned to steer the vehicle through a winding, twisting track, as they try to hit checkpoints before time runs out. Driving across dash plates can provide a quick burst of speed, while obstacles like speed spikes, whirlwinds, other vehicles and even bombs can make for a dangerous run.
- Octopus Dance: In this single-player Attraction, players use the GamePad to mirror dance moves performed by a deep-sea dance instructor. The goal is to always be watching one’s own movements from the back to more easily mirror dance moves, but the dynamic interaction between the GamePad and the TV adds a unique twist. Players must be ready to switch between the views offered on the TV screen and the GamePad screen, as sometimes one view is more useful than the other.
Nintendo Land comes included in the Wii U Deluxe Set console package, which will launch Nov. 18 at a suggested retail price of $349.99. Consumers can also purchase standalone Wii U hardware in the Wii U Basic Set, which carries a suggested retail price of $299.99. Nintendo Land will also be sold separately at a suggested retail price of $59.99, both in stores and as a download from the Nintendo eShop for Wii U.