It used to be that Super Smash Brothers is the only way you’ll see Nintendo’s major franchises in one game, and while Super Smash Brothers is considered as one of the best party games of all time, you’re still limited to SSB style gameplay (a fighting game sub genre that it has made famous, if not invent). In their E3 presentation, Nintendo has unveiled a new game that will reunite their major franchises under one game roof: Nintendo Land.
Nintendo Land’s main difference from Super Smash Bros is that it’s not limited to one gameplay style. Rather, Nintendo took 12 classic franchises and brought them together into a collection of minigames that are designed to look, feel, and function like a theme park ride, taking full advantage of the Wii U’s various controllers. For instance, Zelda is turned into an on-rails action game for as many as 3 players armed with swords and bows. Donkey Kong, on the other hand, becomes a 2D race against time. As expected, Luigi’s Mansion is an interactive haunted house where the players are pursued by various ghosts.
All the various minigames are bookended by a visual style that looks similar to Kirby Epic Yarn’s, with each title retaining its distinct characteristics. The whole game itself feels like an actual Nintendo Theme Park, that lets you experience the franchises in a more personal way.