Mario Kart 8 and Mario 3D World announced

Mario Kart 8 and Mario 3D World announced

Mario Kart 8 goes anti-gravity.

Nintendo has announced the Mario Kart 8 and Mario 3D World, the latest instalments in its long running platformer and racing series.

n its Mario Kart series: Mario Kart 8, as well as revealed that Mega Man will be coming to the new Super Smash Bros game.

Nintendo didn't hold a press conference at E3 to announce its latest updates but rather did a worldwide videocast, hosted by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. During the charmingly low-key broadcast he revealed a host of details about the company's upcoming gaming titles, one of the highlights of which was Mario Kart 8.

The new game will introduce a new hover-kart mechanic that will kick in at appropriate moments throughout certain levels, and bikes will see a return.

Confirmed characters include Mario, Toadette, Daisy, Koopa Troopa, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Luigi, Waluigi, and Peach. The Mario Kart 8 release date is set for some time in 2014.

Another new title is the latest instalment of Super Smash Bros, which will be coming to Wii U and 3DS. This new game will include Mega Man for the first time, giving players the option to fight with the character's many weapons created via its Variable Tool System. Again, the new game will be arriving in 2014.

Other new Nintendo titles showcased during the event were Bayonetta 2, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Zelda: Link To The Past 2 and Mario 3D World.

One flagbearer for original 3rd-party games showcased today was the new Wii U game from Monolith Soft, which wasn't named officially but was marked by a big red cross. The game is an epic open-world fantasy with player characters able to jump into giant mechanoid suits to battle and fly around the ravaged world - it looks impressive. Again, it won't be arriving until 2014, though.

Meanwhile 14 3rd-party titles were also confirmed for the console:
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate
  • Deux Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut
  • Disney Infinity
  • Just Dance 2014
  • Rayman Legends
  • Scribblenauts: Unmasked
  • Disney's Planes
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV
  • Skylanders Swap Force
  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist
  • Sonic: Lost World
  • Watch Dogs

However, Nintendo also revealed that casual Wii U games, Wii Party U and Wii Fit U, have been delayed to October and 'Winter' respectively.

All told, there's little here aside from the new X game that is likely to dissuade people that the Wii U is anything other than a platform for playing the latest Nintendo classics, with little in the way of original third party games. There was also no mention of a price drop, in the wake of the PS4's competitive pricing.

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barny2767 11th June 2013, 18:40 Quote
Well they need something good on the U soon because right now its rubbish with no AAA titles to its name and only the gimmicky launch titles that are worth a play. Also why are they pushing back most of the big games for the U, its like they want it to fail.
Parge 11th June 2013, 20:31 Quote
Oh more Mario. Wow didn't see that coming, its not like the same IP is boring after 30 years.
Bad_cancer 12th June 2013, 05:04 Quote
That game from monolith makes me think of Xenogears. Giant mechs and characters walking together at the same time, the possibility of jumping from normal to mech and back....Hell even the big X looks like the Xenogears logo.
blacko 12th June 2013, 08:30 Quote
i see Nintendo has forgotten about pokemon again.

unless they are waiting till the last day of the show to announce an ios/android version.....better get amending those gifs re:PS4 kicking Xbox all over....

awww dammm i was dream typing again.
phuzz 12th June 2013, 12:33 Quote
So basically they're re-releasing the same games they've been releasing for the past 10+ years then?
Come on Nintendo, I enjoyed Zelda as much as the next person, but isn't it about time you had some new IP?

That said, I assume that the PS4 will have Uncharted and Little Big Planet and Grand Turisimo, and the XBone will have Halo and Forza etc. and they'll both have the latest call of battle-ops 7 man shoot.
schmidtbag 12th June 2013, 14:25 Quote
For people complaining about the IP, I understand it, but you're going to get an equal amount of complainers if they decide to never release another Mario or Zelda game. Nintendo is in a position where they're not going to satisfy both ends. However, Nintendo doesn't have to tell anyone what they're planning. They could just quietly let one of the franchises die off with people in the background saying "remember those games that involved a short plumber and evil turtles that would kidnap a princess of another era while talking to mushroom children for guidance?"
Asouter 12th June 2013, 21:28 Quote
I've always enjoyed Nintendo games, there's a lot to be said about really playable games
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