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Nintendo Tease New Wii U Titles, Virtual Console and Wind Waker Remake

Zelda, Mario, Yoshi - you know the drill.

In the second Nintendo Direct of the year, Satoru Iwata – the president of Nintendo – has highlighted upcoming titles releasing on the Wii U.

And there’s a lot to be excited about – for Nintendo fans, anyway.

The broadcast started with Iwata describing the Wii U’s Miiverse functionality in detail, for those that haven’t quite got it yet – showing off how players can request help, state how they feel about the game or even draw a picture by posting a message on the Miiverse with games such as Trine 2 and ZombiU.

They’ve also added a verification system – much like Twitter’s – so that developers and other corporations can be authenticated; these verified users can share videos and links through the Miiverse – such as challenges for players or information about upcoming games

Iwata also announced that two system updates are due for the Wii U, the first of which will release this Spring. Both of these will improve the speed of launching software and returning to the menu, though the Spring update will bring full Virtual Console functionality to the Wii U – including NES and SNES titles, which will all be compatible with Miiverse, off TV play on the GamePad and the option to save a back-up of your progress.

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Gameboy Advance titles are also planned to release on the system and there will be special pricing if you’ve bought the games on your Wii previously. You won’t get them strictly for free, but the prices are highly discounted from the £3.49 for NES titles and £5.49 for SNES titles to just 99p. Another promotion – the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign – is to do with the 30th anniversary of selected titles; these titles will be available for 30 days for just 30p, kicking off with Balloon Fight this month.

Miiverse is also being expanded – with users now able to create different communities for games along with multiple official communities for each game.

You’ll soon be able to browse these communities and all other Miiverse features from your smartphone and though it will be browser-based at first, an app will release in time. Netflix and other video streaming services should be coming to other European countries soon, and TVii is coming to Europe as soon as possible – Nintendo are working on it.

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Along with Monster Hunter on the 22nd and LEGO City Undercover on the 28th of March, other titles such as Wii Fit U, Game and Wario and Pikmin 3 will be releasing later this year. The Wonderful 101 was also trailered, showing off some comically brilliant gameplay, as a group of heroes are banded together to fight monstrous enemies – you control the entire group, rather than simply one character.

Bayonetta also got a development video, showing Platinum Games hard at work on the game, with concept art and 3D models galore, though Iwata said that it is not yet the right time to discuss in further detail.

Smash Bros. was mentioned, with game development on track, but we’ll have to wait a little longer for some details, with more information to come at this year’s E3. The same goes for a new 3D Mario title, in the vein of the Galaxy and Mario Land 3D games and Mario Kart Wii U – these are both in development and will be playable at E3. Alongside these, Nintendo announced a new Wii U Party game featuring lots of multiplayer mini games.

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Two brand new titles were revealed – the first being a Yoshi game, which looks to have a similar art style to Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and seems to draw from the last home console Yoshi release – Yoshi’s Story on the N64, which released fifteen years ago. Shin Megami Tensei meets Fire Emblem was also teased – a collaboration between ATLUS and Nintendo with characters from each series, though no more information was divulged.

The future of The Legend of Zelda series was also discussed and although they aren’t far enough in development to show off gameplay – or even a screenshot – of the Wii U Zelda title, they described how they’re developing the game and what they’re planning to do. The team are rethinking the conventions of Zelda games – in that you shouldn’t have the same dungeon-to-dungeon gameplay of previous Zelda games, nor should you have to play by yourself. They’ve described it as a way to get back to basics for a “newborn” Zelda which keeps the essence of the franchise.


Wind Waker in HD on the Wii U.
During the development process, they converted parts of past Zelda games into HD to see which style would fit and, after realising how great Wind Waker’s world would look in HD, have decided to make a full conversion, set to release sometime before Autumn of the year. Yes, that’s right – Wind Waker HD. It’s going to be the best looking game ever. They’ve also tuned up the overall game experience, as you’re able to utilise Miiverse and also play the game off the TV on the GamePad. It’s a bit exciting.

Finally, Nintendo revealed a new title from the developers of the highly acclaimed Wii RPG Xenoblade Chronicles, Monolith Soft. It looks like a massive, fantastic RPG which should please fans of the studio’s previous titles and JRPG fans in general. The trailer is below.

24 Comments
  1. djhsecondnature
    Since: Forever

    Solid showing but, other than Wind Waker HD, quite predictable.

    I’m sure all of the staples will be great but I’d really like something new from Nintendo…

    Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 15:17.
  2. teflon
    Community Team
    Since: May 2009

    Wind Waker HD looked utterly gorgeous.

    Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 15:18.
  3. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    dammit, why’d you have to show that Monolithsoft trailer?
    now i want to get a Wii u.

    an epic looking world, combat that looks similar to Xenoblade and transforming mech you can pilot/ride/fly.
    why they tease me so? :(

    Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 15:29.
    • Sympozium
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      omg….. that is all.

      Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 16:09.
      • Dom El
        Member
        Since: Mar 2012

        Dear god how good does that look?!

        Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 17:54.
      • Kreisash
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        I spy what looks like multiplayer components… (a chat window showing casual dialogue between players). I’m hoping it’s a PSO/MH style instance/lobby.
        In any case, I am very much excited for this.

        Comment posted on 24/01/2013 at 12:27.
  4. quinkill
    Member
    Since: Oct 2010

    Some good stuff, but not enough to get me to buy one.

    Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 15:33.
  5. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    A lot of great stuff, Nintendo knows they have a fight on their hands this E3. These games look great!

    Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 15:35.
  6. Mike
    Member
    Since: Oct 2008

    Wind Waker HD could sway my decision to make a purchase of the console. One of my favourite games of all time right there.

    Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 15:44.
  7. jimmy-google
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    Nothing out of the ordinary from Nintendo and nothing to interest me. Once the PS4 is out Nintendo have very little chance of persuading me to get a Wii U. They’re not making the most of their early release.

    Really hoping Nintendo come out with something completely new and interesting.

    99p might not sound a lot but that stacks up quickly. Not keen on paying for games twice when you’ve already bought them digitally once. MS & Sony would have been hammered for a move like that.

    Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 16:15.
    • Stef Nighthawk
      Member
      Since: Jun 2010

      99p when the mainland only pays 0.99€ seems UK got less of a discount.

      Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 16:52.
  8. LTG Davey
    andUandU
    Since: Aug 2008

    Sounds great. Really like the idea of them expanding the Miiverse as its a nice little feature. The nailed down Lego City release date is also very much welcomed.

    Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 16:28.
  9. Peter Chapman
    Team TSA: Editor
    Since: Forever

    Nothing that’s really for me there but a wealth of stuff for Nintendo’s core fans and a number of “system sellers” that other platform holders would die for. My twitter feed has been a mix of Nintendo fans going “OMG, AMAZE!” and people who aren’t Nintendo fans going “OMG, BORE!” Which kinda sums up Nintendo’s situation nicely, I think.

    Would be nice to see them push something really new with new ideas and new characters that can build a new franchise for them.

    It was also lovely to see them, less than two months after the thing came out, apologise for slow 1st party software releases and promise they’re working on it – then show and talk about loads of games. I’d love to see Sony put the same enthusiasm into pushing the Vita.

    Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 16:29.
    • Alex C
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      The Monolift Soft trailer was totally out of the blue, and looks great (well beyond current gen stuff, IMO) and although a lot of it was franchise follow-ups, it was a great showing for Nintendo fans, who these Direct showcases are clearly aimed at.

      1. Better OS coming soon. Quicker, etc.
      2. More Miiverse, which is great.
      3. 3D Mario (from the main team).
      4. Mario Kart (fantastic)
      5. Yoshi (again, great stuff)
      6. Wind Waker HD (WW is my favourite all time game. So this is amazing news for me).
      7. Monolift Soft trailer. Boom.
      8. VC coming to Wii U. Great. Annoyed about the re-purchases but 6 months of 30 cent games? Cool.
      9. Wonderful 101 is clearly not regular Ninty stuff. Looks great again.
      10. Pikmin 3. Yes. Not fussed about the camera bit but it’ll be lovely anyway.
      11. Bayonetta 2 – reinforcing 3rd party exclusives. Nice touch.

      Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 16:39.
      • LTG Davey
        andUandU
        Since: Aug 2008

        Yep, all good stuff from where I’m standing. Was worried my Wii-U was going to end up collecting dust but I’m more worried about actually affording all of these games now :D

        Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 16:52.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        That is a great list if you ask me. I don’t get the comments saying it’s nothing unexpected. I’d rather have something expected being great, than having something unexpected that is only mediocre. Nintendo is already showing way more support for their new system than Sony did with the Vita and if that translates to the PS4… well…

        I would instantly queueup for a Wii U if the next Zelda turns out to be an open world, coop HD game in the direction of the Wii U teaser they had before it came out.
        Either thator A Link to the Past HD… :D

        Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 17:02.
  10. NazzyQ
    Member
    Since: Nov 2011

    Solid stuff, but nothing you wouldn’t expect from Nintendo. They never suprise you.

    Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 16:33.

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