I just got a Wii U and a copy of Nintendo Land. As excited as I am, I have come to a realization: No one will ever want to play Nintendo Land with me, ever. I’ve gone through every minigame, figured out which roles I must always play and since I am a spoiled, only child, I will probably only play if I can get my way.
It’s mainly because of three attractions, Animal Crossing: Sweet Day, Pikmin Adventure, and Luigi’s Ghost Mansion. I’m old. *cough*30*cough* I’m set in my ways. I’ve discovered strategies and when my friends and I get together for Nintendo Land enjoyment, they’ll have to pry that Gamepad from my kung fu grip.
With Animal Crossing: Sweet Day, I have to always be the guardsmen because I know how to win. I know how to stake out the board’s hot spots so I can stealthily leap out and capture every candy-hoarding Mii. I’ll save them from themselves, preserving their teeth, because I know best. I know the best side-streets to sneak down. I’ve prepared pincer strategies to herd them into a corner. My skills are a thing of beauty and it’d be criminal to not make my friends better people by forcing them to try and out-think and out-run me.
In Luigi’s Ghost Mansion, I must always be the ghost because it’s at least 25% more fun. The ghost sees all and as long as there aren’t Cheating Mc Cheaterson Monitas filling in for extra players so there are four opponents, it’s good to be the ghost. I love sneaking up behind people, hearing them talk amongst themselves about how strong the controller vibrations are to try and determine my location and then swooping in for the scare. I especially like camping near the extra batteries. There’s nothing better than grabbing someone when they’re attempting to recharge.
Still, neither of those attractions compare to Pikmin Adventure. I’m sure there will be times when I will be willing to hand over the Gamepad to someone else so I can enjoy a brief turn as Luigi or Peanut, my favorite Animal Crossing character. That will never happen with Pikmin Adventure. I’ve seen the glory of being Captain Olimar and I can’t go back.
See, Nintendo Land’s Pikmin Adventure is very similar to the actual Pikmin games. The player with the Gamepad is Olimar and the Wii Remote holders are Pikmin. The goal is to go through various areas, attacking enemies, destroying blocks, sucking up nectar to level up and reaching the area’s exit. Being a Pikmin is okay. The costume’s cute, but the Olimar character is the ultimate winner because he or she gets a little army of Pikmin and the ability to toss the other player Pikmin at enemies. This means playing as a Pikmin makes it an action game, while playing as Olimar adds a bit of a strategic element back into it.
There’s nothing like having a slew of little Pikmin around my Olimar Mii, tossing them as I see fit. Even better is whistling to gather all Pikmin and finding I’m suddenly toting one of my friends around, with him or her at my whim until I decide to throw them away. It’s just so much fun and makes Pikmin Adventure even more entertaining.
So I’m sorry friends. I’m a terrible person and you will probably never oust me from my beloved Nintendo Land positions. Of course, I think I have that right. It’s my Wii U. I paid for the system and the game. If you want to be Captain Olimar, go get your own $350 bundle.