Nintendo Direct Recap: Crossovers, Zelda, and More!
A new Nintendo Direct video was broadcast earlier this morning, offering up several tantalizing details about future Wii U software titles. No less than 5 previously unannounced party games were unveiled today; including some of Nintendo's most popular franchises such as Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Mario Kart. To that end, the fact that a new, currently untitled "Mario 3D Action Game" and Mario Kart title are in development should come as no surprise, more surprising, however, is how far along these titles are - both will be playable at E3 this June! The former is being helmed by Nintendo's EAD group, the same division responsible for the Super Mario Galaxy titles, as well as Super Mario 3D Land. Whether this mystery title end up being a third entry in the SMG series, or something new entirely remains to be seen.
Another exciting announcement, this one for fans of the Legend of Zelda franchise, occurred - the Wii U currently has not one, but two Zelda games currently in the works. The first, is a Wii U optimized HD Remake of Gamecube stalwart The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and the second is an all new game, built from the ground up. While details on the new Zelda game were deliberately scant at this point, Eiji Aonuma stated that one of his team's main goals is for the new game to "rethink the conventions" of the franchise; hinting that Nintendo is playing with the idea of implementing a non-linear dungeon structure and possibly even a multiplayer element to the storied franchise.
Nintendo didn't stop there, however. Despite having discussed three of their most popular franchises, they also announced that for the first time in 15 years, Yoshi is once again getting a game of his own. Yarn Yoshi (working title) is being developed by the team responsible for Kirby's Epic Yarn on the Wii, and will have a similar, textile-focused aesthetic. Expect colorful, charming visuals in Yoshi's new 2.5D platforming adventure.
Additional announcements included an intriguing collaboration between Nintendo and Atlus; an RPG which looks to bring the worlds of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem franchises together in one RPG (the appropriately named Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem), a new RPG from Monolith Soft, makers of Xenoblade, a new Wii Party installment to be released this summer, and the long awaited launch of the Virtual Console service on the Wii U. In celebration of the Famicom/NES' 30th anniversary, Nintendo plans on making one classic NES or Super NES Virtual Console game available for the ridiculously low price of 30 cents. All Virtual Console titles for the Wii U have been redone specifically for the Wii U; owners of the earlier Wii versions will have the ability to upgrade to the Wii U optimized version for a nominal fee, $1.00 for NES titles, and $1.50 for SNES titles, respectively. Game Boy Advance games will be made available via the Wii U Virtual Console at a later date.