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Two Zelda Games, Mario, Mario Kart and other Fan-Favorite Franchises Planned for Wii U
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January 23, 2013, 18:17:50
 
Earlier today, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata unleashed Wii U news in an installment of Nintendo Direct, including announcements of many new games, as well as Virtual Console news for Wii U.

The following is from Nintendo's press release:


REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 23, 2013 Nintendo President Satoru Iwata unleashed Wii U news in an installment of Nintendo Direct today as he outlined Nintendo's future plans for the console. Iwata revealed how the Wii U launch lineup will be bolstered by a long list of top game franchises headed for the new console. These are games that longtime players and newcomers alike will love to play, and everyone will be experiencing them in new ways, thanks to the integrated second-screen experiences enabled by the Wii U GamePad controller. Iwata also detailed a number of enhancements designed to make the Wii U game experience more social, even if people are not playing in the same room.

"The fun of video games is not only just playing games, but also sharing experiences together with people even though they live far away, their skill levels are different or their experience does not happen at the same time," Iwata said. "We want Wii U to be the system that brings everyone together."

To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. The many announcements included:


Game News

----Two Zelda Games: Eiji Aonuma, the producer of The Legend of Zelda series, revealed two entries in the series for Wii U, including a Wind Waker HD version:


----Super Mario is on His Way: The Nintendo EAD Tokyo Software 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. The game is scheduled to be playable at this year's E3.
----Buckle Up!: Nintendo is also working on a new installment of the hit Mario Kart franchise. This game is also planned to be playable at E3.
----Yarn Yoshi: The team that created Kirby's Epic Yarn is hard at work on the first console game to feature Yoshi as the main character since 1998's Yoshi's Story for Nintendo 64. Takashi Tezuka, director of Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Story, is supervising the development of the new game, which is set in a fanciful world of yarn and textiles.


----Wii Fit U Communities: New features coming to Wii Fit U include letting players create user communities on Miiverse from within the game. Community members can discuss exercises, BMI or weight changes and other health topics with other players as a way to encourage one another to reach their fitness goals. Similar functionality for other games is also planned.
----Pikmin 3 Photos: The upcoming Pikmin 3 game includes a feature that lets players use the Wii U GamePad as a camera to share the same perspective as Pikmin and take close-up pictures of landscapes and creatures in the game and share them in Miiverse.



----The Party Continues: A new installment in the Wii Party franchise is planned to launch this summer. The game features various play styles, including one that lets both players compete head-to-head using just the GamePad.
----RPG Mashup: Nintendo has begun many collaborations with outside development partners to bring the best franchises and experiences to Wii U. In one such partnership, Nintendo and Atlus are working on a collaboration that features the Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei franchises. A video trailer for the game was shown in the Nintendo Direct.
----A New Game from Monolith Soft: Tetsuya Takahashi and the team at Monolith Soft that worked on Xenoblade for Wii are working on a new game. A video trailer for the game was shown in the Nintendo Direct.
----More on the Way: Iwata shared a new trailer for The Wonderful 101. That game and GAME & WARIO are scheduled to launch in the first half of 2013. Iwata also showed a new video for Bayonetta 2. That game and the new Super Smash Bros. installment are still on the way, but will need more development time before details can be revealed.

Virtual Console

----Virtual Console for Wii U: A spring system update will add Virtual Console software to the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. The service will launch right after the spring update and will include a selection of NES and Super NES games, with Game Boy Advance games to be added in the future. The prices for NES and Super NES Virtual Console games for Wii U will be the same as they were for the Virtual Console on Wii. People who have already purchased the Wii version of a certain NES or Super NES Virtual Console game and transferred it to their Wii U console can buy the enhanced Wii U version of the same game for the reduced price of $1 for NES games and $1.50 for Super NES games.
----Classic Games for 30 Cents! To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of the Famicom in Japan (which was known as the NES in the United States), Nintendo is making one NES or Super NES game available each month now through July at the anniversary price of just 30 cents. Each game will be available at that price for 30 days, and the first is the NES game Balloon Fight, which is now available in the Nintendo eShop for Wii U.

Social and System Enhancements

----Miiverse Expands to Smartphones: Starting this spring, people will be able to browse Miiverse from their smartphones. Initially the experience will be browser-based, but Nintendo plans to create a dedicated Miiverse app in the future.
----System Updates: Two major updates are on the way, one in the spring and one in the summer. The updates will introduce a wide range of functionality, such as Virtual Console capabilities and shortening the time it takes users to launch software or return

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Posted: 01/23/13, 18:17:50  - Edited by 
 on: 01/26/13, 01:23:37    
 
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@Jargon

To be fair I thought it was new too. I saw the GBA on VC thing and I was like "YES. FINALLY."

Then I saw the Wind Waker thing and I'm like....that's already out. Why is this here?

Then I'm like "I didn't even know a Nintendo Direct had been announced!"


Then I looked carefully at the date and got a sad.


Posted by 
 on: 01/21/14, 04:57:47  - Edited by 
 on: 01/21/14, 04:58:28
carlosrox said:
Wow dick move bumping this.

I don't know if I'd really classify this as a 'dick move.'

I think a lot of us were fooled; heck, Jargon and I were talking about the 1 Year Anniversary and I still got initially confused when I clicked in here. Nothing to hold spite over though, eesh.


Posted by 
 on: 01/21/14, 23:48:08
I don't want the man dead, it was just a careless move that could have easily been avoided.


Posted by 
 on: 01/22/14, 02:17:33
@carlosrox

What are some side effects of what he did??

-Did anyone piss their pants at the sight of old news and ruin a chair?
-Did anyone have a heart attack at the initial thought of A NEW MARIO GAME?
-Did the though of "Wind Waker HD HD" cause massive brain issues? LOOK HOW ROUND AND SMOOTH.
-Did anyone freak out to unfixable extents when they thought they were reading a post -- FROM THE FUTURE?

Seriouslah.


Posted by 
 on: 01/22/14, 02:53:35
@carlosrox

How could I have avoided it while still making my point and reminding everyone how quickly views can change (and evidently change back again)?


Posted by 
 on: 01/22/14, 02:59:56
But Carlos has been and always will be pumped about the Wii U.


Posted by 
 on: 01/22/14, 03:09:06
@Zero

And lucky for him, the things he got pumped about when reading this have a) already happened or b) are a full year closer to release than they were before.


Posted by 
 on: 01/22/14, 03:11:53
@Jargon

I'm not sure I get your point. Unless you're really saying that everyone here should feel bad about themselves if they don't feel the same way they did a year ago about the prospects of the Wii U after a particularly good Nintendo Direct. In which case I suppose I just want to know what your endgame is.


Posted by 
 on: 01/22/14, 03:25:16
@kriswright

I know you want to make my motives seem as sinister as possible lately, but my point is that we're probably due for a Nintendo Direct soon that might lift people's spirits around here. The end.


Posted by 
 on: 01/22/14, 03:31:43
@Jargon
A new thread?

@Zero
This man knows me well.


Posted by 
 on: 01/22/14, 04:24:56  - Edited by 
 on: 01/22/14, 04:26:19
@Jargon

Cool. I can get behind that. I misunderstood your reasoning for bumping the thread. Rereading your previous post, I see where you were coming from. But the first time I read it, it felt like an accusation that people change their opinions too quickly.

Boy, do you and I have a weird friendship, lately, Jargs. And I do consider you a friend, so keep that in mind. I'm not mad at you or anything like that. I know this is unsolicited advice, but if you want me to stop questioning your motives, you could start by no longer telling people they aren't worthwhile or reminding them that their thoughts would be better expressed at other boards. That sort of stuff is the only reason why I sometimes wonder what you're up to. Other than that, I think we can get along just fine.

But this time I clearly misunderstood where you were coming from. I hope you'll accept my apology for that.


Posted by 
 on: 01/22/14, 04:28:56
in other news, grass is green.


Posted by 
 on: 01/22/14, 06:18:22
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