Nintendo Direct presentation today brought news of two Wii U Zelda games, Miiverse for smartphones, and an all-new Virtual Console for Wii U.
Nintendo's latest "Nintendo Direct" briefing this morning was one to remember. Company president Satoru Iwata was not shy sharing information, detailing numerous items from new software updates to two new Legend of Zelda games, among other things.
Below is a roundup of all announcements made today.
Nintendo announced two new Wii U software updates this morning. The first will launch in spring and the second in summer. These are aimed at improving speed for gamers. They will make software launch faster and allow players to return to the Wii U menu more expeditiously. According to Iwata, these were pain points for users and something Nintendo has been keen to fix.
Wii U Virtual Console
Due this spring (alongside the first Wii U software update), the Wii U Virtual Console will allow players to download Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System games at launch. Game Boy Advance games will be added at a later date.
In addition, Nintendo said there will be "special pricing" options for those who already own Wii versions of Virtual Console titles. This is $1 for NES games and $1.50 for SNES games. Wii U Virtual Console titles will allow players to save game progress. Additionally, they can be played on the Wii U GamePad and will feature support for Miiverse.
Miiverse for smartphones
Beginning this spring, gamers will be able to bring Miiverse with them everywhere they go. Initially, the experience will be browser-based, Nintendo said, but the company plans to build a dedicated Miiverse app in the future.
Games, Games, Games
Nintendo announced a heap of new titles this morning, the most momentous (and perhaps surprising) of which was a Legend of Zelda game for Wii U and a high-definition remake of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. Wind Waker HD is due to release by fall with remastered graphics and GamePad functionality.
As for the long-rumored Zelda Wii U title, this game will "rethink the conventions of Zelda," according to producer Eiji Aonuma. It will be a back-to-basics game, he said, though further information was not shared and is not expected for some time.
Outside of Zelda game announcements, Nintendo also confirmed today that a new 3D Mario entry is in development at Nintendo EAD Tokyo, the team behind Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 3D Land for 3DS. This game will be playable at E3 2013 this June.
In addition, Nintendo confirmed today that a new installment in the Mario Kart franchise is in development for Wii U. This came as little surprise, as Mario Kart Wii has sold over 32 million units and Nintendo has developed a Mario Kart game for every new platform. Like the new 3D Mario game, this title will also be playable at E3.
Nintendo also announced today that Yoshi is headed back to the spotlight. The team behind Kirby's Epic Yarn is working on a new Yoshi-fronted game for Wii U. It is the first game to star Yoshi since 1998's Yoshi's Story for Nintendo 64. The game is currently in development under the direction of Takashi Tezuka, director of Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Story.
Nintendo's announcements didn't stop there. The company also revealed today that a new installment in the Wii Party franchise is coming to Wii U this summer. In addition, Nintendo and Atlus are working on a collaboration that features the Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei franchises. On top of this, Nintendo also teased a new game from Tetsuya Takahashi and the team at Monolith Soft, which developed Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii.
Looking further out, Nintendo said the Super Smash Bros. game in development for Wii U and 3DS has been a "huge undertaking." This project remains "on track," he said, and the game's first screenshots will be shown at E3 2013 this summer.
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hahaha i only hear wait a bit longer, we are working on it....im sorry, we dont have anything to offer the next 3 month....damn nintendo, it was your time with a new console and u doing nothing....mario and zombi u isnt enough!!!!!i wanna play new cool games.
My 4 favorite series ever is Zelda, Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted ,and Gears of War. but if I'm strapped for cash Zelda is my favorite so Nintendo will always win on that front until I get sick of Zelda and I dont think that will happen. If I can afford a second next gen console its going to be Playstation because of Metal Gear and Uncharted. I already own a Wii U. It really depends on the next two Consoles Exclusives and which one comes out with its Big guns First. But right now all I car about is My Wii U but that could all change when we get a glimpse into the other two big dogs consoles.
I just don't understand you guys at Nintendo. Us 'fanboys' as so many call us, continually stand by you, hoping for a return to former glory so that we may even rub it in the naysayers faces, but consistently you let us down with gimmicky consoles that lack support from 3rd party game creators. The only saving grace to any of your hardware over the last decade or so has been Mario and Link, and considering the cost of consoles these days, justifying the purchase of the consoles is nearly impossible. Then, as if it's not bad enough that the library is shaping up to be as abysmal as the Wii's due to lack of third party support, the console itself is flawed, with little to no memory available on the system.
And then, the promise to relieve old memories with classic games that are for sale on the Wii Shop channel... Oh, wait. It's not available, and when it IS available, only SNES and NES games will be there. Then they'll limit what games are there. Really, guys... How difficult would it be to just put the entire library up there at once? I mean, I can download the entire catalog from the internet in about 20-30 minutes depending on the connection type. Is it really that vast? No.
Pardon me if I sound as though I'm complaining, but I'd be buying a next generation console, so I can play 8 and 16 bit games? You're out of your damn MIND.
Yet we continue to stand for you, and reason to ourselves that Zelda and Mario are worth it... and that the games will get better for the console. We get constant apologies, and no results. Dear Nintendo... are we that insignificant to you that you consistently do the same things to us over and over and over again? I for one, will not buy the WiiU, until it's proven itself a worthy console. I only hope that others will follow suit. It's about time that Nintendo either sh*ts of gets off of the pot. Just saying.
And one last thing... Where the hell is Samus!?!?!?
@Mushrat79 Amen to everything you just said!
Unfortunately, when the new XBox and PS are released next year, the Wii U will already be outdated. Unless I find a good deal on a used system, I won't be buying the Wii U either.
@Mushrat79 I personally think buying a Nintendo for Mario and Zelda is enough but I think people are being stupid to say the least. There is Third Party support. I mean the New Monlift Soft game is going to be exclusive. Also Beyonetta is exclusive. The Wii U is one KICK ASS CONSOLE and I stand by my purchase. It just takes some time for a system to have games. And Wii U has amazing games out right now. Also next month were getting the New Rayman. Your not a fan and should be ashamed if you are for writing this article.
And just a note... Sure, there's a few games with the Wii U that are third party... and already released and purchased on the other platforms. Why do I want to buy another copy of Batman or Black Ops, just because the controller looks different? NEW third party games.
@Mushrat79 I think this is sort of a harsh criticism, I would hope NIntendo would take there time on releasing a quality Mario or Zelda game rather than rush it and disappoint us. Remember the WiiU has only been out for half a year. You cannot expect a release of every single Nintendo franchise so damn early, theres at least 6 more years to get to that. The only beef I had was that they didn't have a quality 3D release (rpgmario/zelda/smash) with launch and instead gave us a recycled 2D platformer.
Also they really should have pact in hardware that would be on par with the PS4 and Xbox720 as that is what deters 3rd party American developers from releasing there epic games on Nintendo. They don't want to waste there time downgrading and porting a game that will be so much better on current hardware. If there is one thing that pisses me off about Nintendo its that. If they had hardware they would have the trifecta of peripheral, graphical, and social components of an awesome console.
Yet we can't have everything and thus I will have to buy two consoled once again for this gen. But be patient as you know theres going to be some fantastic awesemo Nintendo games coming in HD over the future with plenty of time to play them. All you can hope for is for them to release system updates that smooth over the OS system issues. I also hope they make a solid cross-buy platform between the 3DS and WiiU that could easily be introduced with the new Super Smash game. All it takes is patience, after all I still havn't bought a 3DS or WiiU but I know for sure they I will at some point.
hey mr, Satoru looking sharp nice suit!!!
anyway lookin like a sweet line up coming, i'm sure luigi's mansion will keep me occupied until the new titles come out lol, I wasnt too interested in kirby's epic yarn but yoshi seem to look jusssstttt right for soemthing like that. like out of the oringinal story book from the n64 title. also as for the mario kart really hoping for another double dash like that game was so final boss! well here's looking to another fabulous nintendo year! YAHOOOOO!
I heard that the PS4 and Xbox 720 won't play used games, and that they will not use a disc format! they will probably use digital instead!
@wcwj26 Wiiu, PS4, Xbox 720...it already hurts because I want them all...
@wcwj26 I sure hope it will be considering last year's disappointment. Hopefully Nintendo brings out a new Metroid game, even though i'm still mad at them for skipping Metroid's 25th birthday.
I do not understand why there are so many Nintendo haters out there. Do you realize Nintendo is the original innovator on every piece of gaming equipment out there. i will always continue to play every zelda and mario franchise game out there because every new title is fantastic. Besides Nintendo has already confirmed that they will be a making new franchises for the Wii U.
@penguinmania420 So...Ford was the first auto company to use the assembly line and mass-produce cars. They were the first company that made cars affordable for the middle and even lower class. Does that mean everybody can only drive Fords from now on?
I agree- Nintendo has a rich history but they need to keep up with the times.
@penguinmania420 It's because Nintendo's been so damn good for so damn long. Ever since 1995 it's been like this since gamers have been becoming Sony fanboys since that year.
@penguinmania420 Most of the kids on here don't care about gaming history because they weren't a part of it! That's why most of them want better graphics instead of better gameplay... they simple just don't get it!
@wcwj26 The modern day gamer: F$%k gameplay! Needs more HD!!
Never had the chance to play Shenmue DX, I grew up in Germany but had an American Dreamcast and our local stores never got Shenmue. I did absolutely love (and still do) Jet Set Radio and Space Channel 5. Although I do agree that Sonic Adventure hasn't aged well. When I replayed it a couple of years ago, I had a blast, but after over 2 years of playing Nintendo games, Sonic Adventure felt a lot more sloppy .
@abHS4L88 Sure there was some good games but most haven't lasted the test of time. PS2 didn't help either! I did love my Dreamcast and was gutted when Sega announced they were stopping production :-(
Damn, you got me in the mood for a game of Shemnue now :-)
@wcwj26 Ha! Difficulty, like trying to beat super mario bros 1 with out dying or using warps. Far too many hours spent trying to accomplish this unobtainable goal.
It's called making the most out of any situation, which I think a lot of gamers need to learn how to do if they want to get the most enjoyment out of gaming. Sure I would love constant new and exciting experiences, but I also know that there's also a limited amount of money involved and that human beings are creating our games.
I disagree about the Dreamcast, it had a lot of excellent titles and was a great showcasing of SEGA's strength in software, what the Dreamcast shows is how important reputation is in the gaming industry, which is why as much as people want Nintendo to fail, they won't since they still have the reputation of being a quality software developer as well as making innovative consoles.
@abHS4L88 @penguinmania420 @wcwj26 To be fair we're only generalising their fanboys. I totally agree with what your saying. If any of the big 3 were to fail and fall away then ultimately it's us the gamer that loses out.
Also, I don't mind gaming droughts. Nothing better than dusting off the ol' gaming rig and finding a past gem I missed first time round, and with emulation thrown in for good measure there's no reason for any of us to suffer a drought.
@abHS4L88 @wcwj26 Neo Geo didn't help either. Personally I think Sega ran out of steam when they had to bring their biggest IP's to 3D. I loved Sonic Adventure 1&2 back in the day but now it feels terrible. Dreamcast serves as a good reminder that a console with all the graphical bells and whistles doesn't necessary make for good games!
@penguinmania420 Exactly! Most of the trolls are post pubescent teens who think mature gaming is a badge of 'masculinity' and that cartoony looking games hold no enjoyment or difficulty because it doesn't fit in with their 'big boy' ethos!
@GSJones1994 @abHS4L88 @wcwj26 But at least Sega and Nintendo fans agreed both consoles were quality. Now it's just a trolling free for all based on 'facts' passed from one fanboy to another.
@abHS4L88, be sure to check out my page sometimes. It's been nice to meet ya. I'm out. I'll see ya later.
@abHS4L88 Good point, but ya know those people are out there.
Don't generalize all Sony/XBox fans, I like to say "hardcore gamers" because it's usually people who label themselves as such that spout out the most ridiculous stuff. To these people, nothing Nintendo does is good enough, I mean, to a lot of gamers in general, nothing any company does is good enough. I thought it was interesting how Reggie called out gamers, calling them "insatiable" which is true, you give them one thing, instead of being happy and saying thank you, they immediately start demanding for more. How the hell can you enjoy gaming like that?
For me, I make the most out of any situation, gaming drought? Well I have a huge gaming backlog to fall back on (and even if I didn't, I'll continue to find more games that I missed out on). Game I really wanted turned out to be sucky? Find another game. Ending of Mass Effect wasn't that great or epic? (I actually expected this since I thought to myself that it'd be incredibly difficult to end an epic trilogy like this in an amazing way) The journey itself was amazing and an absolute thrill to play through so that alone made up for it.
@abHS4L88 Make sure to see Angry Video Game Nerd's Atari Jaguar review. He knows all about it.
Indeed, many clamor for these things but when they start playing the game (considering the game doesn't suffer from those issues), they quickly forget about it. I understand why certain types of games need to be 60 FPS but for the most part, most games work perfectly fine with 30 FPS.
SEGA can be blamed for starting up the "bit wars" which Atari took to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL, Atari Jaguar commercial Video game 101class anyone?
@wcwj26 well what's retarded is sony and xbox fans complained that Nintendo didnt have powerful HD graphics are good 3rd party support for games. So WII U becomes the first system to support true 1080p graphics and brings in hardcore games and yet all the fan boys still complain.
@abHS4L88 @GSJones1994 @wcwj26 The irony is most couldn't even give a a monkeys about resolution or FPS! It's an ignorant means of trying to Lord it over others that don't like the same thing they do. Gaming is becoming more like religion as time goes on!
I remember reading an article about how learning more about how games work and the technical aspects of games is actually damaging our judgement as gamers. I know I'm not affected by it but remember back in the day when all gamers would ask is "Does it look good? Does it play well?" simple questions that only require a direct answer.
Now it's "What's the resolution? 1080p otherwise screw it!" "Framerate needs to be 60 FPS or no sale from me!" and it's like "Really?" Sure it's good to understand how a gamer works and learn about what goes into developing these games, but it seems like this growth in knowledge makes gamers more selfish and insensitive to developers rather than giving them a new found appreciation and respect towards developers, it's pretty sad when you think about it. The fact that "hardcore gamers" clamor about graphics and power first before gameplay and story is already proof how the screwed up priorities of the gaming community.