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Nintendoland Debuts at E3

Waggle to haunt?

Nintendo are going all in with this fancy new Wii U GamePad. They’ve announced Nintendoland as a launch title – day and date with the hardware, a collection of their most treasured characters brought together to populate a kind of virtual theme park.

There will be 12 different attractions, all seemingly accessed off a central theme-park-styled hub, in the finished product but 5 are playable at E3. It seems like a kind of mini game collection but based on solid franchises. It’s a single player or multiplayer experience with the GamePad taking on a special role when there’s a party. This sounds like the culmination of some of the concepts they spoke about or hinted at during last year’s unveiling.

For example, they showed off Luigi’s Ghost Mansion. The GamePad player acts as the ghost using the tablet screen, with other players taking on characters within the mansion by watching the TV. The ghost is visible on the tablet but not on the TV so the other players can’t see the ghost. But their Wii remotes will rumble as the ghost comes near so by effectively communicating slight rumbles, they can pinpoint where the hazard is. Players also have flashlights with draining batteries and will faint if shocked by the ghost. When all players are down, the game is won. It all seems like a very clever twist on the party game idea.

Other attractions will include Zelda, Donkey Kong, Animal Crossing and others. It’s obviously family-friendly and presented in that lovely bulbous, saturated Nintendo style but it looks like this is the Wii U’s party game hit in the making.

  1. Quinlank
    Since: Aug 2009

    Nintendo’s conference was actually a little embarassing. A couple of decent games were shown, but when you’re devoting stage time to games that came out last year and the biggest cheer of your show goes to Mass Effect 3 then you know something hasn’t gone quite right.

    Comment posted on 05/06/2012 at 18:23.
  2. Cutter.T
    Since: Jun 2009

    This and Scribblenauts were the only announced games here ;_;

    Comment posted on 05/06/2012 at 19:37.
  3. MICKY17
    Since: Dec 2008

    Nintendoland looked awful. I can understand they want the Wii Sports-esque introduction game for the WiiU but it looked truly terrible.

    Comment posted on 05/06/2012 at 20:19.
  4. Kennykazey
    Since: Mar 2010

    Nintendo somehow managed to have the least interesting and least exciting presentation, while being the only ones showing off next gen hardware (not counting ubisofts light usage of U).

    Pikmin (which apparently runs in full HD, so that’s nice) was the star of the show, everything else was just failry (that misspelling stays) uninteresting.

    Comment posted on 05/06/2012 at 20:49.

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