Nintendo Land is best played with friends. Revealed during the Nintendo E3 2012 conference to an initial muted response, it really is, perhaps like the console itself, something you have to play around with to see how much fun it can be. Preferably with five players crowded around the television as the best Nintendo Land games are undoubtedly the ones in which you work together.
From Nintendo's point of view, you can see why they would think this was a winner, a game to really showcase not only what the console could do but also to appeal to their longtime fans. After all, Nintendo Land features their biggest names, including Zelda, Animal Crossing, Luigi's Mansion, Donkey Kong and, erm, Takamaru.
There are 12 games in total and the only one we have yet to play are Captain Falcon's Twister Race, Yoshi's Fruit Cart and Octopus Dance but which are the best games we've played and which will you be addicted to when Wii U is released?
9. Takamaru's Ninja CastleThe weakest name in Nintendo Land is also the weakest game. Takamaru's Ninja Castle stands out from the crowd not only because it's based on a Japanese Famicom game that, aside from a sticker in Smash Bros Brawl and an appearance in Samurai Warriors 3, hasn't been seen since starring in Nazo no Murasame-jō, a Japanese-only samurai game. Next to the likes of Luigi, Link and Donkey Kong, his appearance seems slightly incongruous but this game has clearly been designed to show another way to use the Wii U GamePad.
As you may have seen in last year's tech demo, you hold the GamePad horizontally in one hand and flick ninja stars (AKA Shuriken) on the touchscreen with the other. Last year, you were firing them at trees but this time little ninjas are coming towards you and you have to point the GamePad at the screen to aim your Shuriken at them.
The GamePad is actually quite sensitive and it can be tricky at first to aim accurately. This isn't helped by the fact that you have to swipe quickly in order to fire rapidly in a straight line. Naturally you end up pressing down on the touchscreen that little bit harder to do this and this means you might move the GamePad as you do so and miss. And don't even think about just swiping as fast as you can as you are scored on your accuracy.
So not the simple introduction to the GamePad that you might think, then.