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GameMaster has officially published two of the first Wii U reviews. The first two games up to receive reviews are the much anticipated New Super Mario Bros U and of course the much talked about Nintendo Land.
First up NSMB U received an 82% with GM stating that were “surprised” by the amount of innovation seen in some of the later levels in the game. GM went on to say that NSMB U “bodes well for Mario’s future Wii U outings.”
Next GM reviewed Nintendo Land giving it a high score of 86%. GM went on to say the games in Nintendo Land like Mario Chase and Luigi’s Mansion are “some of the most innovative, raucous and party-fuelling fun we’ve ever had with a console.” GM states that Nintendo Land is “an essential purchase for party lovers.”
It looks as though these two titles are set to pave a healthy strong start for the Wii U launch in just 14 days from now. Those who pre ordered the Deluxe Wii U will already have what appears to be a great party game packed right in.
Hot on the heals of the final three Nintendo Land games revealed, Official Nintendo Magazine has released a brand new set of details for some of the games featured in Nintendo Land. Take a look at the features below.
Balloon Trip Breeze
Hero carries parcels between islands
Delivering the parcels rewards you with currency to spend in the theme park.
You can tap away certain obstacles on the gamepad but random prods (cheating) will cause the spikes to ricochet.
Shooting doesn’t use the sensor to aim, but the MotionPlus (ala Skyward Sword).
Gunmen boast Samus’ full moveset – morph ball, charge shots, evasive dodges and grapple beams – can use the latter to hang from the gunship.
In the Mud River Run stage, mud moats can be crossed via bridges that dissolve under the escapee’s feet.
At the end of the round, you get a breakdown of everyone’s movement.
Pikmin world re-imagined as clockwork Gashapon toys.
Enemies arrive in plastic capsules, dispatched by a giant vending machine.
When a Pikmin is eaten by an enemy, they emerge as Poo (!) Friends must then help to chip them out.
Nintendo Land features 12 Nintendo themed mini games that take advantage of the Wii U’s new hardware and Gamepad. Until now we only nine of twelve attractions were confirmed.
According to ONM, Nintendo has revealed the final three attractions during a Wii U Showcase floor at Play Expo over the weekend. This information comes from a fact sheet for Nintendo Land that outlined the final three games.
Here’s an overview of the final three mystery games for Nintendo Land which will arrive on launch day as a pack in with the Wii U Deluxe Bundle or a stand alone game.
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.
According to vgleaks the Wii final specifications have been leaked. The leak is supposedly only available through a Nintendo developers site (www.warioworld.com).
Here is the supposed final specifications:
“Espresso” CPU on the Wii U has three enhanced Broadway cores
“GPU7” AMD Radeon™-based High Definition GPU. Unique API = GX2, which supports Shader Model 4.0 (DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.3 equivalent functionality)
Mem1 = 32MB Mem2 = 1GB (that applications can use)
Internal 8 GB with support for SD Cards (SD Cards up to 2GB/ SDHC Cards up to 32GB) and External USB Connected Hard Drives
802.11 b/g/n Wifi
Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i
Video Cables Supported:
Compatible cables include HDMI, Wii D-Terminal, Wii Component Video, Wii RGB, Wii S-Video Stereo AV and Wii AV.
Four USB 2.0 Ports
Game Informer has teased it’s October issue cover, centred on NSMB U and that there will be a huge amount of information on other Nintendo titles coming to the Wii U. One such title is the controversial Nintendo Land. New details have emerged regarding the Nintendo Land feature in the magazine. First off, the Find Mii demo from E3 2011 is making an appearance under a new title, Metroid Blast. This is a 5 player game where 4 players are on foot using Wii remotes, while the fifth player uses the Gamepad and flies Samus’ famous ship avoiding attack from the players below. Here are more leaked details from the magazine.
- ride a small train to and from attractions
- spend coins in the hub that you’ve earned by playing attractions
- winning pachinko games populates the park with Nintendo memorabilia
- this includes Miis in Zelda costumes
- Metroid Blast has everyone dress up in Samus’ armor
- one player flies Samus’ ship using the GamePad and screen
- 4 Wii MotionPlus players (plus Nunchuk) try to shoot down the ship
- no radar available
- includes a lava-filled Norfair map
- this map features a mechanical Kraid that players can grapple up
- Metroid Blaster requires Wii MotionPlus
In addition to this news, Australian retailer , JB Hi-Fi, Has listed Nintendo Land as a standalone game rather than a pack in which it was previously believed to be. It could just be speculative guessing but Nintendo has been having retail meetings so this could be legit. We’re less than a week away from Nintendo of America’s press conference, hopefully we’ll get solid details then.
Game Informer is showing off their cover art for their October issue (above) which will be very Nintendo focused, based on the teaser trailer they released. The main focus will be on New Super Mario Bros. U which is set for release alongside the Wii U this holiday season, but will also feature previews of other upcoming Wii U titles like Nintendo Land and Pikmin 3.