In an explosive Nintendo Direct, Nintendo have announced new Zelda and Mario titles as well as upgrades to the Wii U system and the addition of a Wii U Virtual Console.
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First up is the announcement that both a new Legend of Zelda and 3D Mario game are both in development. One of the more interesting notes was Nintendo’s insistence on wanting to break away from the formulaic Zelda game that has been around for a number of years.
A new Mario Kart is also in development for the Wii U as well as an HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker.
Elsewhere the creators of Wii hit Xenoblade: Chronicles have a new Wii U title currently in development under the name X. There was also a small video for a project that will collaborate the worlds of Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensai series with Fire Emblem.
The latest Smash Bros. game will be shown at e3 for the very first time and we were also given a glimpse of a new Yoshi game which will be very much in shape of Kirby’s Epic Yarn adventures.
The Wii U will be seeing a Virtual Console very soon with NES, SNES and Game Boy Advance games available to be purchased from day one. The system will allow you to play via the GamePad only and Nintendo will also incorporate a system that allows you to transfer any games on your Wii Virtual Console across for a small price.
Saturo Iwata also addressed complaints of the Wii U’s system issues when transferring between applications and has said that these will be incrementally improved following two firmware patches coming in Spring and Summer.