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  1. If you've been keeping track of the world of gaming, you probably remember a Nintendo Direct broadcast the company gave us not too long ago known as Wii U Direct, which featured Nintendo's own Satoru Iwata and Eiji Aonuma as they bombarded us all with announcements for games, whether their own or other developers' Wii U exclusives. However, there are some games the Big N isn't telling us about. Not only that, but these unannounced games may very well see a release before the year is up. While discussing the amount of time it would take for Nintendo to release its big guns for the Wii U, Iwata said, "I believe that we will be able to launch new software within this year that we have not yet announced at this point." In regards to their already-announced games, Iwata promised that the wait period for those releases will be "not excessively long." "Wii U has a lot of attractive features, but it requires a certain amount of time for people to understand them," said Shigeru Miyamoto while discussing how difficult it is for Wii U to communicate its value easily and directly. "We would have liked to create new entertainment that instantly communicated its value to the public, but we could not. However, I am confident that we did manage to develop software that, once people have played it, does communicate its value very well." Furthermore, Nintendo is currently in the process of recruiting people to help build its current development teams in order to maintain its development schedules. "While it will take more time to give shape to our new propositions that take advantage of being able to use two screens," Miyamoto said, "we have various ideas already. In terms of our research and development resources, as we need more staff in response to the high performance of this hardware, we are working to recruit more people, including people from outside the company." What do you think about Nintendo releasing Wii U games this year that we don't even know about yet? Source: IGN
  2. There was a moment during yesterday's Wii U Direct broadcast when Nintendo President Satoru Iwata mentioned that the next Super Smash Bros. game for both Wii U and 3DS would be shown at this year's E3. But in this stage of development, you wouldn't really expect much. However, Masahiro Sakurai, who we all know as the father of Super Smash Bros. and the well-praised Kid Icarus: Uprising, has given Iwata's announcement some clarity via Twitter, and it appears that we could be getting a little bit more than we expect. The English translation of Sakurai's tweet (he's Japanese, in case you hadn't realized) reads "Wii U and 3DS versions -- I would like to show you both." He goes on to mention other announced games and what to expect from E3 2013, saying that “Other games have had visuals shown, but you still have to wait for Smash Bros. But we'll be able to release something better.†Something better? During yesterday's Wii U broadcast, Iwata told us that they would be showing "screens" of the new Smash Bros. From what Sakurai says, however, it sounds as if we might actually be getting something more than that. A trailer, perhaps? Later in Sakurai's tweet session, he apologized for announcing the game long before they even began working on it, but he promises that fans of the Smash Bros. series will be getting more from the new title, and that they should prepare themselves. So get ready, Smash Bros. fans, 'cause something big's heading to E3! How excited are you to see the new Smash Bros. at E3? What do you think Sakurai's bringing to the party that's "better" than visuals?
  3. Yesterday's Wii U Direct broadcast gave us a plethora of interesting news from Nintendo, including announcements for a new 3D Super Mario title, a Wii U Mario Kart, a new Zelda title; the unveiling of an HD Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker remake for the Wii U, complete with screenshots; a surprise reveal of Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem; and some new info on the Wii U's Virtual Console. There's just one thing, though - where's Yoshi in all this news? Well, he's been all yarn'd up and will soon be setting out on an entirely new adventure by the minds that brought you the very unique Wii title Kirby's Epic Yarn, in a game known only as Yarn Yoshi. As you have probably guessed (the game title kinda gives it a way), Yarn Yoshi is a game very much like Kirby's own yarn-filled adventure, with a little Yoshi made of yarn running around a crafty-looking world. Only Yarn Yoshi looks much more beautiful and stylized on the Wii U than Kirby's Epic Yarn did on the Wii. One could even say this game goes back to the infamous N64 title Yoshi's Story, which had a similar style for the world. Speaking of Yoshi's Story, Yoshi's Wii U debut will actually be his very first home console game since his N64 adventure way back in 1998. Not only that, but Yoshi's Story and Yoshi's Island director Takashi Tezuka will be returning to run this game's operation. There was no release date given for Yarn Yoshi, but there were indeed a few gorgeous images to ogle at: Are you excited for Yoshi's new adventure? Do you like the Epic Yarn style of the game?
  4. 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?
  5. During a press release earlier today, Nintendo announced a special Nintendo Direct broadcast, which they call "Wii U Direct - Nintendo Games." This broadcast will be held tomorrow, January 23rd, at 6AM PST / 9AM EST / 2PM GMT, and will be hosted by our lovely Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. The Big N wanted to emphasize just how "special" this broadcast really is, so they tweeted a teaser explaining that new software and services for the Wii U would be shown off. Satoru Iwata wasn't satisfied, however, by such simple hype-builders, so he added on the initial announcement with a tweet of his own, proposing that this particular Nintendo Direct will be different from what we might expect: Tweet translated by NeoGaf: "This time, the plan is a bit different from a regular Direct, in that I'll be talking about what kind of Wii U titles and services Nintendo is developing." If you've been keeping track of the company's recent Nintendo Directs, you'll recall that most of them have shown upcoming games largely from developers other than Nintendo, and many of the games have been announced already, only further revealed during the respective broadcasts with release dates and such. It can be deduced by Iwata's tweet that tomorrow's special Nintendo Direct broadcast will focus not on what other companies are up to, but what Nintendo themselves have been working on as of late. Will we be getting our super-hyped up Legend of Zelda and (3D) Mario announcements? Or perhaps a Super Smash Bros. 4 trailer? What about the company's other big guns, like Metroid, F-Zero, or Star Fox? Whatever they show off, we'll have to wait until tomorrow to see it. You can watch the broadcast live tomorrow at Nintendo UK's official website, among others. What would you like to see in this special Wii U Direct broadcast?