One of the big hits during Nintendo’s conference today was LEGO City: Undercover, a title that lets you explore a large LEGO city whilst hunting evildoer Rex Fury. Plus, it’s funny!

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Who ever said putting LEGO in an open world setting couldn’t be done should be ashamed of themselves. I don’t know if anyone said that, but still. There’s probably one guy out there who did and he has no idea what he’s talking about.

Having a map on the GamePad seems to be pretty par for the course, but using it to scan for potential criminals will be neat. Add in that healthy layer of humor we expect from LEGO games, and you are all set.

Here’s the game info:

The Chase is On!
For the first time, the fan-favorite LEGO City vehicles and play sets come to life in LEGO┬« City: Undercover, exclusively for the new Wii U console. Players assume the identity of Chase McCain, an undercover detective armed with clever disguises. The mission is to put a stop to the fiendish Rex Fury and end his crime wave in LEGO City. As players run, drive and even fly through the city, they’ll use the Wii U GamePad controller as a new police gadget.

Features:

The Wii U GamePad is woven seamlessly into the game-play experience. Players use it to scan for hidden clues and criminals, receive mission updates and place waypoints on an overhead city map that displays their position in real time.

Experience LEGO City like never before. Players will encounter familiar play sets come to life as they explore the vast city, looking for clues to bring Rex Fury to justice.

Players can go undercover with a variety of disguises, including a firefighter, a construction worker and even a robber, and use their unique abilities to solve puzzles and access new areas of the city.

There are more than 100 vehicles for players to collect and use to explore the city, including sports cars, motorcycles and even aircraft.

LEGO video games are known for their humor and parody, and LEGO City: Undercover delivers this and more with fully voiced characters and ambient crowds, bringing LEGO City to life.

LEGO City: Undercover will arrive “this holiday” from TT Games.