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Nintendo Announces a New 3D Mario, Mario Kart, and Zelda for Wii U


Jordan Haygood

During a special Wii U Direct that was broadcast today, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata bombarded us with official announcements for upcoming Wii U titles. Of these announcements were a few that didn't have any kind of footage as of yet, but are still exciting nonetheless.

 

First up, Nintendo officially announced a new 3D Super Mario game for Wii U that they have in development. The Nintendo EAD Tokyo Software Development team that brought us Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 for Wii and Super Mario 3D Land for 3DS will be working on this new Super Mario experience as well. And while there was no footage to show of this new Mario during the Wii U Direct, nor were we given a release window of any kind, Iwata assured us that the game will be playable at this year's E3.

 

On the topic of Mario, Nintendo also announced their plans for an official Mario Kart title in development for Wii U. Not much was revealed of this upcoming kart racer, but Iwata did say that, like the new Super Mario game, Mario Kart Wii U (not the official title) will be in playable form this Summer at E3.

 

Iwata turned the floor over to Eiji Aonuma to give us some official details regarding the much-anticipated Wii U Legend of Zelda title. Much like the above announcements, this new Zelda game has zero footage at the moment, with no release date in sight, as the game is still in early development stages (they need time after Skyward Sword, so be patient!).

 

Aonuma did provide some interesting insight of what to expect from Link's new adventure, however:

 

"Our mission in developing this new Zelda game for Wii U is quite plainly to rethink the conventions of Zelda. I'm referring to things like the expectation that the player is supposed to complete dungeons in a certain order, or that you're supposed to play by yourself. The things that we've come to take for granted recently.

 

We want to set aside these 'conventions', get back to basics and create a newborn Zelda game so that the players today can best enjoy the real essence of the franchise.

 

We had actually worked on this kind of challenge with Skyward Sword but we weren't able to put effort into changing the linear-path structure of the game. I hope to be able to talk to you in more detail about how it will change after I see it come together a bit more."

 

Which of these games are you most looking forward to?

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