New Yoshi Game and More Round Out Nintendo Direct Presentation

Nintendo outlines Virtual Console plans, reveals new games, and more

Nintendo promised to focus on Wii U games in today's Nintendo Direct presentation, and that's precisely what happened. In addition to a further look at Platinum Games' titles like The Wonderful 101 and some behind-the-scenes action with Bayonetta 2, Nintendo peppered the event with familiar treats and a couple surprises, some of which will have to wait until this year's E3.

 

Nintendo shared some info on Wii Fit U, the ability to take pictures in Pikmin 3 with the GamePad, and a new Wii Party title. There was also finally some word on the status of Virtual Console, which will join the Nintendo eShop along with a spring system update. The service will kick off with a selection of NES and Super NES games, with Game Boy Advance games to be added in the future. Prices remain the same, but if you already purchased an NES or SNES game on Wii, you can get it again on Wii U for the reduced price of $1 for NES games and $1.50 for SNES. 

 

 

While we'll have to hold out for footage of games ranging from GAME & WARIO to the new Super Smash Bros., Nintendo wasn't entirely vague on what they're planning on showing later this year. A new 3D Mario game from Nintendo EAD Tokyo, who brought us the Super Mario Galaxy series and Super Mario 3D Land, is in development, as is a Mario Kart game. Both will be playable at E3, further beefing up expectations for Nintendo's showing. 

 

A new Yoshi game is coming from the team behind Kirby's Epic Yarn. A brief snippet of video shows a game in the same style as Epic Yarn, and the Yarn Yoshi project is being supervised by Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Story director Takashi Tezuka.

 

 

As reported separately, the real highlights of the presentation were the reveals of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, a few whispers about the next proper Zelda game, the Atlus/Nintendo collaboration Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, and a new RPG from Monolith Soft (Xenoblade Chronicles). Stick around throughout the day for more videos and standout items from today's event! 

 

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Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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