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There has been a lot of excitement concerning the Wii U here at Family Friendly Gaming. There has also been a lot of curiosity concerning NintendoLand. On paper this launch Wii U title sounds pretty arrogant. Nintendo wants their very own theme park. They are green with envy over existing parks out there. But it costs much less to develop a game as opposed to create your own real world theme park.

NintendoLand is a mini game compilation that is little more than a tech demo of what the Wii U can do. Sadly the controls were not implemented very well, and that leads to frustration. It may have been done to increase replay value. The mini games in NintendoLand are The Legend of Zelda Battle Quest, Pikmin Adventure, Metroid Blast, Mario Chase, Luigi’s Ghost Mansion, Animal Crossing Sweet Day, Yoshi’s Fruit Cart, Octopus Dance, Donkey Kong Crash Course, Takamaru’s Ninja Castle, Captain Falcon’s Twister Race, and Balloon Trip Breeze.

Sadly almost every little mini game in NintendoLand is a throw away. A few can be fun for multiple family members a couple of times. But they grow old quick. Plus fights over who gets the Wii U Gamepad break out. If you want to play single player then many of these games are not available. Unless you sync a Wii Remote and have it just sit flat near you. And how much fun is that? It just exhibits poor design on Nintendo’s part.

The level of violence in NintendoLand is a real surprise. Its like Nintendo wants to try and bring in hardcore violent gamers, and keep the families at the same time. But they are moving away from families with much of the content in NintendoLand. It is really disappointing to see.

The controls gave all of us here at Family Friendly Gaming fits. The ninja star throwing game is deeply flawed. The lame controls in things like Captain Falcon’s Twister Race annoyed us to no end. The Animal Crossing mini game has little to do with the franchise and is another major disappointment.

NintendoLand is definitely not worth the sixty dollars it is being sold for. Twenty-five dollars maybe. If you got it with the Black Wii U then you have something to do with the unit, and it does not sting as bad. Nintendo needs to step their game up.
- Paul


Graphics: 60%
Sound: 76%
Replay/Extras: 79%
Gameplay: 53%
Family Friendly Factor: 78%

System: Wii U
Publisher: Nintendo

Rating: ‘E10+’ for Everyone 10+
{Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor}

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