News – New Nintendo games announced and other details
At their Nintendo Direct E3 broadcast, Nintendo have announced a number of new games; the majority of which were to be expected.
Mario was definitely going to release on the Wii U at some time or another, and a new Mario game has indeed been announced. Super Mario 3D World boasts four player cooperative, which is a first for a 3D Mario. Amongst the characters will be Mario, Luigi, Toad and Peach, with each character having their own unique ability. The game is very colourful, and it’s certainly good to see a 3D version of Mario in HD for the very first time. Finally, a new cat costume will allow Mario to claw his way up walls. The game is set for release in December.
Another Mario game was also announced in the form of Mario Kart 8. The big new feature here seems to be the ability to drive upside down and along walls, which means that the tracks now seem all the more over the top. Mario Kart 8 is due to be released in the spring of 2014.
A new Donkey Kong game was also revealed for the very first time. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is due for release on the Wii U later this year, and is developed by Retro Studios, the people behind Donkey Kong Country Returns. The game is once again a 2D platformer, although when you’re being fired out of barrels, the camera dynamically alters. Dixie Kong returns as a playable secondary character and is able to hover, while Diddy Kong is still in there.
More details were also announced in regard to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. Those who found the sailing monotonous in the original GameCube release will be glad to learn that you can now speed your boat up. The Tingle Tuner, which required a linkup between the GameCube and the Gameboy Advance in the original release, has now been reworked. Now known as the Tingle Bottle, you are able to pop messages into a bottle and then throw them into the sea in your game. These messages turn into Miiverse comments, and you’ll even be able to find comments of other players when their bottles wash up on the beach, while yours can be found in the games of others. You can also attach a screenshot to any of your own messages. The game will run in full 1080p and, with its new shader effects and improved textures, is obviously looking beautiful. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is due for release on the Wii U in October.
Moving on, and Monolith Soft’s new Wii U RPG is set to be released next year. Still going under the title of X, the game is said to be open-world, and you’ll also be able to fly in mechs. It certainly seems to up there with the best looking Wii U games so far. Tetsuya Takahashi, who created Xenogears and Xenoblade, is of course involved in the development of X.
More of Bayonetta 2 was also shown off at the broadcast, revealing that Bayonetta now has a short hairstyle, which may prove to be controversial. The game looks pretty much the same as the original, so lots of over the top action can be expected again.
Wii Fit U has been delayed from its original spring/summer release window to winter, while Wii Party U will also be released in winter.