Parents' Guide to

Nintendo Land

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun, family-friendly mini-games open the door to Wii U.

Game Nintendo Wii U 2012
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 7+

Absolutely Amazing!

I just played this game at my friend’s house the other day, and it is the bomb! We played “Mario Chase” and “Luigi’s Ghost Mansion”, and I really liked trying out all the roles, like being the runner and the chaser in “Mario Chase” and being the ghost and the hunter in “Luigi’s Ghost Mansion”. I also love that the games in Nintendo Land are kid-friendly, just like Wii games. I highly recommend it for kids, and I love how, like the Wii, you can create your very own Mii. This game set is incredible and everyone needs to try it, because it is a good way to seek entertainment!

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
age 7+

Fun game to play

Appropriate for all kids and very fun!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (27):

Nintendo Land serves the same purpose as the original Wii's Wii Sports, introducing players to the sort of experiences enabled by the system's innovative touch-screen-equipped Wii U GamePad. The concept of players having very different play experiences with the same game is unusual and perhaps in need of some hands-on examples, which is exactly what this game provides.

What's more, the games are surprisingly fun and often quite challenging. No one is likely to zoom through any of the single-player games in their first, second, or even third go. And loads of unlockable extras give players good reason to keep playing and perfecting their skills. It's not the sort of game that will satisfy a traditional gamer looking for deep, lengthy experiences, but it is the kind of game that will repeatedly be brought out to show friends how the system works while delivering some all-ages fun and no shortage of laughs for the family that owns it.

Game Details

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