Nintendo fans had some exciting news to wake up to today. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata began this morning’s Nintendo Direct presentation with a bevy of announcements for the Wii U. Here’s a list of what we heard about this morning.
First up was the announcement of not one, but two HD Zelda games for Wii U. Franchise producer Eiji Aonuma hasn’t divulged too many details in regards to the newest Zelda title, but he did indicate that the game could see some radical changes to the Zelda formula. Among those potential changes are the series’ traditional focus on playing alone, and the way gamers have had little choice in which dungeons to play and when. Will we see a more social, co-operative Zelda? Only time will tell.
While details were slim in regards to the the newest iteration in the Zelda franchise, fans will be very familiar with the other upcoming Zelda title: an HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker! In addition to improved visuals, Nintendo promises that the remake will see optimization for the Wii U GamePad, Miiverse compatibility, and other tune-ups to the gameplay. Fans won’t have to wait long to find out what exactly those tune-ups will be, either! The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker will see its Wii U debut this August.
Zelda wasn’t the only classic franchise we heard about this morning. Monolith Soft, developers of the much beloved Wii RPG Xenoblade Chronicles, have announced an upcoming RPG for the Wii U. Whether or not this will be a sequel to that game remains to be seen. The similarity in the visuals and red “X” at the end of the trailer may indicate just that, but you be the judge:
Yoshi’s Land, a new 2D platformer starring everyone’s favorite denizen of Dinosaur Land, is also on the way to Wii U. The game will be be coming courtesy of the team behind Kirby’s Epic Yarn (with a similar design style), as well as Yoshi’s Island and Yoshi’s Story developer Takashi Tezuka, in a supervisory role.
Fans of Fire Emblem weren’t left in the cold, either! A crossover between Fire Emblem and Atlus’ strategy RPG franchise Shin Megami Tensei was also announced. No other details for Fire Emblem X Shin Megami Tensei have been given at this time.
For those excited to see more news about Bayonetta 2, Nintendo also gave us a brand new trailer for the game:
For the casual gamers out there, Nintendo announced a follow-up to the Wii best-seller Wii Party. The game will use both the GamePad as well as Wii remotes, and it promises a slew of new mini-games, including a dice-rolling game and a baseball-influenced mini game.
With all of these announcements, what’s left for E3? Well, we already know! Nintendo has confirmed that a new 3D Mario title and the next games in the Mario Kart and Smash Bros. franchises will all be there.
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