Three new minigames have been outed for Nintendo Land, the Wii U pack-in designed to educate players in the nuances of asymmetrical multiplayer. Captain Falcon, Yoshi and a bizarre dancing octopus will all be making an appearance, showcasing very different gameplay experiences and input methods.
ONM received a fact sheet from a reader who attended the UK Wii U Showcase Tour over the weekend. Here's the transcript for your convenience and pleasure:
Captain Falcon's Twister Race: In this single-player attraction, you'll hold the narrow end of the Wii U GamePad upright with both hands to guide a high-speed wind-up vehicle toward the finish line.
Octopus Dance: This is a single-player, rhythm-based attraction using the Wii U GamePad. You must instantly memorise the movement of the character on screen and re-enact the poses using the Control Sticks or gyro sensor.
Yoshi's Fruit Cart: In this brain-teasing single-player attraction, you're asked to guide Yoshi's cart towards the goal while collecting all the fruit along the way. The catch is that you can see fruit on the TV but not on the GamePad, a game-play mechanic made possible only using two screens.
All good fun, then, but we're still not sold on whether Nintendo Land deserves the bulk of Nintendo's publicity drive here in the UK. Though I found the minigame collection to be enjoyable if instantly forgettable in our Nintendo Land hands-on preview, it could potentially lead to some surprisingly insular gameplay experiences and broken friendships. Matt's also not convinced that it's anywhere near the killer app that the Wii U needs, and could perhaps be distracting potential consumers away from more worthy games.
Well, we'll find out come November 30th.