On September 13, Nintendo of America will host a “Nintendo Wii U Preview Event” in New York City where the company is expected to announce the release date and price for the Nintendo Wii U. Along with release date and pricing information, one can also expect to hear new details on the Wii U’s launch lineup.
Although the “Nintendo Wii U Preview Event” is still several days away, on Friday evening new information on “Nintendo Land”, one of the planned launch titles for the Wii U, was shared via the latest issue of Game Informer.
The magazine reveals two all-new titles for “Nintendo Land”; one being “Balloon Trip Breeze” and the second “Metroid Blast”. Below you can find details on the new “Nintendo Land” attractions.
Those whom are familiar with “Balloon Fight” will find “Balloon Trip Breeze” to be a nostalgic trip down memory lane. In “Balloon Trip Breeze” players will guide their Mii through dangerous skies as you must dodge obstacles like crazed birds, electrified spikes, and hungry fish.
By using the GamePad’s touch-screen, players will use the stylus to draw gusts of wind to guide and direct their Mii to dodge airborne threats. While most of the action takes place on the GamePad, the TV will show the complete layout of the level, meanwhile the GamePad shows a zoomed-in view allowing players to dodge with greater precision.
The goal of “Balloon Trip Breeze” is to fly as far as you can. Nintendo hopes that competition for longest distance will blossom thanks to Miiverse.
The second new title is “Metroid Blast”. Originally shown at E3 2011 as “Battle Mii”, “Metroid Blast” is a 5-player competitive title that has one player pilot Samus’ ship using the GamePad, while four grounded players using Wii Motion Plus-enabled controllers and nunchuck attempt to shoot the ship from the sky.
Players on the ground lack radar, so finding the ship can be a challenge when on large levels. In Game Informer’s demo, the level they played was designed after Norfair, complete with a mechanical Kraid that players could ascend using a grappling hook. There will be several additional maps featured in “Metroid Blast”.
Other game modes include: collecting tokens and a co-op battle mode where players must shoot robotic Metroid enemies. Classic “Metroid” music will be present in the title, also.
Some general “Nintendo Land” information was also shared. Players will ride a train to and from each “Nintendo Land” attraction to a main hub where they can spend coins they have earned by playing the attractions. By winning at pachinko games, the theme park will receive memorabilia based on Nintendo franchises. One example given was Miis wearing “Legend of Zelda” themed costumes.
We’ll have hands-on impressions of “Nintendo Land” coming next week following the “Nintendo Wii U Preview Event”. Stay tuned.