DEARBORN, Mich. —
Finally, there was The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest, which I teamed up with others to fight off enemies in this on-rails mini-game. Players can either use the regular Wii remotes as swords or use the GamePad as a bow and arrow. While my companions were looking at the TV, I was focused on the GamePad, moving the controller in all directions to find enemies on the touchscreen, then plucking them away with arrows by pushing the analog stick down and releasing it. Teamwork is key since there's a shared life bar.
Wii Sports was a huge part of Wii's initial success that led to constant sellouts. Nintendo's making a big push for Nintendo Land to be that kind of game again. I was a bit skeptical if the audience would be there to make that happen, but after playing a few of the mini-games I can see this being a big hit. Nintendo Land is shaping up to be a great game for friends and family.
New Super Mario Bros. U is another big launch title, and should no doubt be a system seller. I played through a couple levels, trying out the new Flying Squirrel power-up where you glide across long distances or slowly descend downward. I also grabbed a baby Yoshi, which inflated in midair. One thing I was impressed with was the amount of detail in the background art. I'm a sucker for things like that and am looking forward to what other levels have to offer.
In multiplayer you can use the GamePad to place blocks on the screen to help others. Boost Rush mode makes a level automatically scroll and increases the speed as more coins are collected, and Challenge Mode offers up various objectives to complete.