Today’s Nintendo Direct started as one would expect, they announced “enhanced” Nes and Snes games coming to the WiiU’s virtual console and that there would soon be a MiiVerse mobile app. But then suddenly, Nintendo decided to surprise everyone with some exciting news.
To start things off, Nintendo felt it was necessary to let everyone know that there will in fact be new 3D Mario, and Mario Kart games at some point in the coming years. This isn’t exactly a huge shock, and they didn’t release any screenshots for either game, but still, it’s worth noting.
Then suddenly out of nowhere, they showed gameplay for a new Yoshi game being developed by the team behind Kirby’s Epic Yarn (which may very well be what this supposed leak was referring to). From the screenshot here, I thing it’s safe to say it will be called something like “Yoshi’s Epic Yarn” or something, as it shares the same sort-of knit-together art style that Kirby’s Epic Yarn had.
A while after that, Iwata started talking about the HD Zelda that was briefly shown off during E3 2011. He then showed video of The Legend of Zelda: THe Wind Waker that was originally released for GameCube. It definitely looked like the game hadn’t aged all that well, but then suddenly a screenshot for an HD version of the game was right next to it, for the sake of comparison.
As you can see, difference is pretty astounding. Iwata went on to say that the Zelda Devs have been remaking the areas of older Zelda games to see which art style would best fit the new HD Zelda game, and that since the new HD Zelda has a long way to go, they’ll be releasing The Legend of Zelda: Wind Wind Waker HD to keep fans occupied. Apparently along with the revamped graphics, the game will feature “tuned up” gameplay, and the option to play the game entirely on the WiiU’s controller.
Along with all this big news there are some slightly smaller things that are worth mentioning. The developers of the Persona series and the developers Fire Emblem series are going to be teaming up to make a game, what the game is still hasn’t been announced.
The developers of Xenoblade Chronicles (Monolith Soft) are also making a new game, they showed off a very Monster Hunter-y looking trailer for it, but as of now it doesn’t have a name.
You can check out the whole Nintendo Direct Conference here:
Has any of this news made you feel a sudden need for a WiiU? Or if you already have gotten one, will all of this justify the purchase? Let us know in the comments!