Nintendo Land is collection of mini-games for Wii U that will hopefully be one of two things. It will be a pack-in game for Wii U, much like Wii Sports was, or it will be a free download from the eShop that will get people to connect their systems online. I would be okay with either. Nintendo Land is basically a compilation of many of the games that were shown off at E3 last year like the ninja star game in the sizzle reel or the Chase Mii, Battle Mii games, though they all look like they’ve undergone some upgrades since then.
Up to five players will be able to play the twelve different “attractions” featured in the game. Many of them are themed after popular Nintendo characters like Mario, Daisy or Link. Right now we know five of the games that will be featured; Luigi’s Ghost Mansion (oh yea), Animal Crossing: Sweet Day, The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest, Donkey Kong’s Crash Course and Takamaru’s Ninja Castle.
After the break you’ll find a collection of trailers and screenshots for many of the games that will be featured in Nintendo Land.
There’s one show on TV that I’ve become a fan of and wanted a real, good video game version of and that’s Wipeout. The obstacle course show reminds me of my younger years when I watched things like Double Dare on Nickelodeon. The Wii and DS both received video game versions of the show that seemingly got everything wrong. Now, thanks to Dorito’s we’ve got another version of that show in the form of Crash Course on XBLA.
The first, Crash Course, is basically WipeOut for XBLA. The best part is that it’s better than the WipeOut game for either the Wii or the DS. There 15 levels of obstacle course goodness. You’ll be bouncing over trampolines, swinging across ropes and chains, running over conveyor belts and getting slammed off platforms by giant padded hammers. All of it is set above a pool of water that you’ll splash down into over and over again.
The other, Harm’s Way, is a racer that reminded me a little bit of Motor Storm. There are four different cars to choose from; a buggy, truck, VW Style bus, or a semi. They each handle very differently. There’s even a team mate mode where one person drives and the other mans turrets that are located at different points around the race track. They can use those turrets to shoot other racers and temporarily knock them out of the race.
Both of them are Doritos branded, but they’re both also a lot of fun, AND THEY’RE FREE!!! There’s 200 achievement points available for each title. If anyone wants to hop online to play Harm’s Way or Crash Course there are a couple of online achievements I don’t yet and need to complete both of those games. [=^)