Wii U May Get ‘Mario’ By October

Wii U may be getting a new Mario title by October.

The flagging sales of Wii U may be coming to a close, as one of Nintendo’s flagship titles is said to be due by October. It is said to be a 3D Mario title, which evokes imagery of their recent game The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2 on 3DS. The new Mario game is being developed by the team behind Super Mario Galaxy, and may be accompanied by a new Mario Kart.

Will Mario be enough to save Nintendo from financial ruin? Only time will tell, but if the technological prowess of Link to the Past 2 is anything to go by, this could be just the killer app Nintendo needs to make it with the Wii U.

Nintendo claims to have plans to release a whole series of first party titles in the second half of 2013 to boost the system and keep them afloat. Could this mean we’ll be seeing Kirby, Pokemon, Metroid and Zelda on the Wii U as well? Considering the possible development time, it could spread them really thin to attempt such a thing by the end of the year. However, the Metroid Prime trilogy was done by an outside publisher and Capcom once made one of their Zelda titles, so outsourcing to push development quantity without sacrificing quality could be done if they really wanted to.

Nintendo refuses to comment on its development of a 3D Mario game, but a source has stated they are working on a slew of new titles:

“From July onwards we will launch a succession of Wii U titles and we will promote these extensively until the end of the year. Marketing activity will include TV, print, online and PR as well as comprehensive experiential and social media campaigns. We have a strong line up planned for Wii U in the second half of 2013 including the likes of Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Wii U. We are looking forward to launching these in the UK and for the opportunity to showcase the full potential of Wii U.”

What do you think about Nintendo possibly releasing a 3D Mario title for Wii U by the end of 2013?