[VIDEO] Nintendo Reveals List Of Games and Features Coming To Wii U
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.23.2013
Including the return of Virtual Console...
Coming Soon reports that Nintendo has revealed plans for the Wii U, which includes two Zelda games, Mario, Mario Kart and other franchises. They will also launch Virtual Console and continue to evolve their Miiverse and Second-Screen gaming features.
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata released the news in an installment of Nintendo Direct. He talked about how the launch lineup will include a long list of game franchises coming to the new console. The new franchise games will also use second-screen experiences from the Wii U GamePad controller.
He said: "The fun of video games is not only just playing games, but also sharing experiences together with people – even though they live far away, their skill levels are different or their experience does not happen at the same time. We want Wii U to be the system that brings everyone together."
The announcements included:
- Two Zelda Games: Eiji Aonuma, producer of The Legend of Zelda, revealed the news.
- Super Mario: The Nintendo EAD Tokyo Software Development team that created the Super Mario Galaxy games for the Wii and Super Mario 3D Land for Nintendo 3DS are working on a new 3D Mario action game for Wii U. The game will be playable at E3 this year.
- Mario Kart: The next Mario Kart will also be playable at E3.
- Yarn Yoshi: The team that created Kirby's Epic Yarn is working on the first game to feature Yoshi as a main character since 1998's Yoshi's Story for Nintendo 64. Takashi Tezuka, director of Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Story is supervising development, set in the world of yarn and textiles.
- Wii Fit U Communities: New features will let players create user communities on Miiverse from within the game. Community members can talk about exercises, BMI or weight changes and other health topics. They can also encourage each other to reach fitness goals. Similar functionality for other games is also planned.
- Pikman 3: The next game will let players use the Wii U Gamepad as a camera to share the same perspective as Pikmin and take close-up pictures of landscapes and creatures in the game and share them in the Miiverse.
- A new segment of the Wii Party franchise is launching this summer. The game features several different play styles, including one that allows for head-to-head competition using just the GamePad.
- Nintendo is working with several outside development partners to bring more franchises to the console. Nintendo and Atlus are working on a collaboration that features the Fire Emblem and Shun Megami Tensei franchises. A video trailer was shown in the video below.
- Monolith Soft and Tetsuya Takahashi are creating a new game. They previously worked on Xenoblade for Wii. A trailer is in the video below.
- Iwata also revealed a trailer for The Wonderful 101, which will launch in the first half of 2013 with Game & Wario. Bayonetta 2 and Super Smash Bros are also on the way.
- Virtual Console for Wii U: A spring system update will add Virtual Console software to the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. The service will launch right after the update and will include several NES and Super NES games with Game Boy Advance games added in the future. The prices for NES and Super NES Virtual Console games will be the same for Wii U as they were for the Wii. People who have already bought the Wii version of certain games for the Wii and transferred it to the Wii U can buy the enhanced version for a reduced price of $1 for NES games and $1.50 for Super NES games.
- To celebrate the 30th anniverasry of the Famicom in Japan (NES in the US), Nintendo will make one NES or Super NES game available each month through July for the anniversary price of 30 cents. Each game will be available for that price for 30 days. The first is the NES game Balloon Fight, which is available now.
- Miiverse Expands to Smartphones: Starting in the spring, users can browse Miiverse from their smartphones. The experience will start out browser-based but Nintendo plans to create an app in the future.
- System Updates: Two major updates are on the way in the spring and in the summer. The first will include more functionality like the Virtual Console and shortening the time it takes to launch software or return to the menu screen.
You can find more information here. Standalone versions of the trailers for The Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 2, the new game from Monolith Soft and the collaboration featuring the Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei franchises can be found here.