WII U: New Zelda, Mario, Yoshi and more
Nintendo just hosted its latest Direct Presentation, come inside for all the latest on new Zelda, Mario and Yoshi Wii U titles
NEW 3D SUPER MARIO GAME UNDERWAY
Nintendo EAD Tokyo, the development team that created the Super Mario Galaxy games for Wii and Super Mario 3D Land for Nintendo 3DS, is working on a new 3D Mario action game for Wii U and a new Mario Kart game, both of which will be playable at E3 2013.
Satoru Iwata confirmed that the games are in development during today’s Nintendo Direct conference, which began with an apology for the lack of WII U titles at start of the year and ended with the gaming world becoming very excited about the year ahead.
VIRTUAL CONSOLE COMING TO WII U
NES and SNES games are making their way to Wii U Satoru Iwata confirmed. The Wii U versions of selected retro titles are being developed specifically for the platform – benefiting from save game functionality, as well as full Miiverse and Gamepad integration.
It was also confirmed that Game Boy Advance titles will be coming to the service soon, and that Wii owners who have downloaded the NES and SNES titles in the past will get games at a discounted price if they want to rebuy for the Wii U.
Interestingly, it was also revealed that a series of limited edition NES releases will be available for 30 pence, for 30 days only to celebrate the Famicom’s 30th anniversary. Balloon Fight is the first to be made available, you can go and get it now in fact.
TWO NEW ZELDA TITLES ANNOUNCED
The Wii U will be home to two Zelda titles it was revealed. A remake of Gamecube classic The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker would be released by the end of the year. It features fully updated HD graphics, as well as integrated Wii U features such as the ability to play it on the gamepad and Miiverse support. The core game will also be receiving a tune-up, hopefully spicing up the lengthy sailing sections.
Eiji Aonuma also revealed a brand new adventure is in development, though we shouldn’t expect it anytime soon. Aonuma is looking to “re-think the conventions of Zelda,” referring to moving away from the structure that has featured in every Zelda game since the dawn of the series.
Other exciting news comes from the team that created Kirby’s Epic Yarn, who are hard at work on the first console game to feature Yoshi as the main character in over a decade. A trailer was also shown for a new collaboration between Nintendo and Atlus – with a crossover between the Fire Emblem and Shin-Meami Tensei franchises. Monolith are hard at work on a new RPG for the Wii U, which is fantastic news following the well received Xenoblade Chrionicles.
The company also showed some incredibly exciting footage from Platinum Games’ titles. While Bayonetta 2 looks like it’s coming along nicely, all eyes on The Wonderful 101, which is surely one of the bigger third-party exclusives to watch in 2013.
Overal a fantastic showing for Nintendo, we only wish that other companies would present themselves in a similiar manor.