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.