Leave it to Nintendo to surprise everyone just as their hopes began to fade. The Wii U’s launch has been lacklustre to this point with little in terms of content other than the surprisingly successful Zombie U.
Yesterday, during one of the Big N’s “Nintendo Direct” conferences, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced 7 games for their new system and one HD remake of an old Game Cube game.
The Biggies: Zelda, Smash Bros, Mario Kart and a New 3D Mario Bros. game.
Promising a new style and “rethinking the conventions of Zelda”, series producer Eiji Aonuma promised that the first true HD Zelda game will be fresh and exciting. Although it is still in its early stages of development, Aonuma did hint that the story will ‘delve into the series’ early history for its inspiration.’
Meanwhile, for this coming E3, Iwata promised that a new Mario Kart and Smash Bros game will make their debut on the new system. So get ready to put Yoshi and Mario against eachother in spirited competition sooner than you thought.
Finally, The big announcement was that the team behind the Mario Galaxy games and the recent Super Mario 3D Land for the Nintendo 3DS are making the first full 3D Mario Game for the Wii U. Little is known at this point, but Nintendo promises that it will be playable at E3 this Summer.
A New Coat of Paint: The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
Also announced today was that the under-appreciated Game Cube game The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker i getting an HD remake for the Wii U. It will be playable on either the Wii U Gamepad by itself or on your HD TV, much like New Super Mario Bros. U that came out last fall. As IGN reported: “The sample artwork that we saw was stunning: a mixture of Skyward Sword’s vibrancy and Twilight Princess’ detail.”
Although those were the big announcements, there were a few other announcements hidden within the conference as well, including a new 2D Yoshi game from the creators of Kirby’s Epic Yarn, a new RPG from the makers of Xenoblade Chronicles, and a Wii U Party game similar to Wii Party released back in 2010 for the Nintendo Wii.
There has been much to complain about with the Wii U launch thus far, but this seems to be giving the system a little more lustre in 2013.
Their consoles/handhelds usually take a little while to pick up steam, so I was sure at some point I’d be tempted to get a Wii U. With this, Nintendo is basically saying “If you’re still thinking about it, now’s a good time.”