Nintendo Land includes a number of mini-games, all branded with classic Nintendo IPs. However, not every game properly represented the IP it donned. Nintendo's Takayuki Shimamura, who served as co-director on the title, admitted that "some of the tie-ins, like Donkey Kong and Octopus, might be stretching it a little."
"Generally it was easy to match the gameplay from the prototypes with one series or another," said director Yoshikazu Yamashita. The air and ground battles of the Metroid game, for example, started as a Star Fox game, but the team decided that the hovering ship didn't fit well with an Arwing.
Shimamura revealed to Japanese magazine Famitsu (via Polygon) that Donkey Kong's Crash Course (pictured) could have been an Excitebike or 1080 Snowboarding game instead--two franchises which haven't received an update in quite some time. While they may not have been represented in Nintendo Land, at least fans can take comfort in knowing that Nintendo hasn't forgotten about them entirely.