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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