Nin­tendo Land

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN & GAMES - CIARA O’BRIEN

Ev­ery new con­sole needs a game that show­cases its po­ten­tial and gives play­ers a gen­tle in­tro­duc­tion to the new sys­tem. For the orig­i­nal Wii, Wii Sports did the job nicely. It was fun, easy to pick up and hard to put down. Nin­tendo has taken a dif­fer­ent tack with the Wii U, of­fer­ing up Nin­tendo Land . The col­lec­tion of mini-games is pre­sented as a vir­tual theme park, with 12 at­trac­tions based on pop­u­lar Nin­tendo game worlds. They’re in­spired by the likes of The Le­gend of Zelda, An­i­mal Cross­ing, Don­key Kong and – of course – Mario. While you wan­der about the park, you’ll no­tice that the Miis milling around in­clude the avatars of friends and fam­ily as well as the stan­dard Mii crowd. There’s a nice mix of multi- and sin­gle­player games, and all of them have one thing at heart – they’re fun. You’ll tackle ev­ery­thing from shoot­ing in Metroid Blast to sword bat­tles in Le­gend of Zelda: Bat­tle Quest. A great in­tro­duc­tion to the Wii U.

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