The next step for Nintendo
Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 23:01
Nintendo needed to make a splash. Much like the Nintendo 3DS, the Wii U, Nintendo’s 8th generation home game console, launched last year to much fanfare with the promise that the company would continue to shake up and innovate the gaming world yet again. However, the press and even many fans of the Big N once again began to have their doubts after the new console failed to launch with a major AAA first party Nintendo title. While the company has promised major games are on the way, the historically secretive company has lived up to its reputation and has been mum on the future of its brand new console, much to the chagrin of fans, the press and investors.
They say the night is darkest just before the dawn, and last week it finally cracked.
In a presentation of Nintendo Direct last Wednesday, Nintendo revealed its plans for the Wii U, not only for the casual market, but also for its hardcore and loyal fans.
That old mantra “goods things come to those who wait” proved true yet again.
So what are we getting exactly?
The beloved classic “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker” was released ten years ago for the Gamecube. In August of this year, the title will be re-made in glorious high definition with additional features exclusively for the Wii U.
Word has been received that the next core title in the main 3D Mario platforming series is on its way to Wii U and it’s being developed by the same team responsible for the Wii’s “Super Mario Galaxy” games, which currently stand as the 2nd and 3rd most critically acclaimed games of all time on review aggregate website gamerankings.com.
The next “Mario Kart” game has also been announced, as well as the first news on the next “Super Smash Bros.” games which are headed to both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
A new Yoshi title tentatively titled “Yarn Yoshi” will adapt the art style of “Kirby’s Epic Yarn” to the series and will be directed by the director of “Yoshi’s Island” and “Yoshi’s Story.”
Monolith Soft, developer of the acclaimed Wii RPG Xenoblade Chronicles, teased a new project which was heavily hinted at being a new installment of the “Xeno” series.
Most of these titles are expected to be seen and/or playable at E3 this year.
Nintendo has also announced a plan to bring its classic Virtual Console game service to Wii U with upgrades as well as sales of classic titles in the next few months. They also started revealing the first tidbits about the next Zelda game for Wii U, which the development team says will be an attempt to break away from certain series conventions.
All of this on top of the announcement a few weeks ago that the next core Pokemon games will be coming to Nintendo 3DS this year and will feature a graphics overhaul making these the first installments in the main RPG series to use 3D graphics.
Nintendo has once again proved that they can deliver the biggest surprises in the industry. E3 2013 is shaping up to be a show for the ages.