New Mario And Zelda Games Announced For Wii U

As the two cornerstones of Nintendo’s vast franchise stable, Mario and Zelda games have sold hundreds of millions of copies.

Thus, it’s not surprising that the Wii U will be getting its own dedicated titles, as confirmed in the latest Nintendo Direct online broadcast.

While nothing was shown of the new games and details in general were scarce, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata confirmed the next home console Mario game was already in development.

Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma also popped up in the broadcast to talk about how the new Zelda will “redefine” the conventions of the series. Aonuma hinted that the game may contain co-op aspects and could abandon the tradition of having to complete dungeons in a certain order: Zelda MMO, anyone?

We’ll find out more about both games at the E3 expo, due to be held from June 11 to 13 in Los Angeles. Both Iwata and Aonuma confirmed the titles would be on display at the event.

To help make the wait for a new Zelda more bearable, Iwata also confirmed a full HD remake of the GameCube’s The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, complete with fancier graphics, off-TV Play, and MiiVerse compatibility. You can see some impressive screenshots from the remake below.

While the HD reboot of Wind Waker will sate many fans, plenty more will be hoping for a game with similar visuals to this pre-release Wii U demo:

Elsewhere in the Nintendo Direct conference, the company confirmed Yarn Yoshi (which looks like a seriously boosted Kirby’s Epic Yarn — again, see below), Wii Fit U Communities and a new Mario Kart game. Nothing too surprising, but all likely bestsellers.

Which of Nintendo’s new announcements has you most excited? Let us know in the comments!

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