We were hoping we'd get to see a bunch of Nintendo's finest at their E3 press conference this year. We didn't expect them to all end up in a minigame collection, though. Nintendo unveiled Nintendo Land as a collection of 12 small titles, which will be available at the console's launch, with NOA's Reggie Fils-Aime comparing the title to Wii Play.
The collection will include multiplayer games such as The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest, which sees two melee players and an archer battling it out; Luigi's Ghost Mansion, which will feature asymmetric gameplay with one player using the Wii U GamePad's unique perspective to assist others; and Animal Crossing: Sweet Days.
Singleplayer games will include Donkey Kong's Crash Course, where you guide a rickety cart through a classic Kong obstacle course; and Takamaru's Ninja Castle, which will see you flinging shuriken via the touch screen.
There was a hint of an F-Zero title in the mix during Nintendo's roundtable last night, much to everyone's excitement.
“The GamePad doesn’t just introduce a new type of game play, it redefines an entire dynamic. With asymmetric game play, multiple experiences are possible in the same game at the same time. That’s transformative,” said Fils-Aime.
Expect plenty of MiiVerse interaction too.
It's uncertain at this point in time whether or not Nintendo Land will come bundled with the Wii U console or not, in the manner of Wii Sports.