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Nintendo Land's new games explained - so much more than a mini-game collection

Discover more about Mario Chase, Pikmin Adventure and Metroid Blast

Nintendo showcased off three new Nintendo Land games during the Wii U presentation on Thursday 13 September: Mario Chase, Pikmin Adventure and Metroid Blast. Of course, we saw Balloon Trip Breeze earlier this week and have played the other five mini-games that have been confirmed so far.

In addition to showing off some of these games, the complete line-up of Nintendo Land mini-games was announced. Here it is:

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Animal Crossing: Sweet Day

Balloon Trip Breeze

Captain Falcon's Twister Race

Donkey Kong: Crash Course

The Legend Of Zelda: Battle Quest

Luigi's Ghost Mansion

Mario Chase

Metroid Blast

Octopus Dance

Pikmin Adventure

Takamaru's Ninja Castle

Yoshi's Fruit Cart

To describe them as mere mini-games would do some of them a disservice. Games such as Metroid Blast, The Legend Of Zelda: Battle Quest and Pikmin Adventure feature multiple levels.

Indeed Nintendo's Bill Trinen said the these games "have the kind of depth, challenge and fun that will keep you coming back a lot even if you consider yourself a core gamer."

You may have already read about some of the best Nintendo Land games in a previous article buty now we're going to focus on the new ones, starting with Pikmin Adventure.

Pikmin Adventure

Pikmin Adventure
Pikmin Adventure
Captain Olimar may not have made an appearance in Pikmin 3 as yet but you can still play as the legendary Pikmin spaceman in Nintendo Land.

Yes, the player with the GamePad can control Olimar in this adventure which sees you teaming up with other players to defeat enemies and make it through levels that are similar to Pikmin 2's caves

Not that it plays like Pikmin for Pikmin Adventure is more action-packed and you are on a set path. There may not be much strategy involved but as Nintendo's Bill Trinen told IGN, team games such as Pikmin Adventure feature deeper gameplay than solo adventures such as Donkey Kong Crash Course and Takamaru's Ninja Castle.

Back to Olimar, he can attack with his small group of Pikmin and also has a direct attack, while the players with the Wii Remotes are simply Miis dressed up in Pikmin costumes. They can attack with bombs and pick up extracts dropped by enemies to level up.

Olimar can also summon the other players to battle with him. Famous Pikmin enemies such as the Bulborb also make an appearance.

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