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Nintendo Announces New Games For The Wii U
Satoru Iwata, in his early morning Nintendo Direct video from early this morning gave Nintendo fans and Wii U what we have been waiting for since first picking up the console: the promise of games.
Iwata first teased that Nintendo EAD (Nintendo’s team behind the Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 3D Land titles) has been hard at work on a new 3D Mario title for the Wii U, and also teased that a new Mario Kart is in development. Both of these titles as well as the new Super Smash Bros. title will all be at E3 this year.
Next, Iwata dropped the bombshell! But not really. He actually just announced that there is a new party game that looks a lot like a Mii version of Mario Party coming out soon. IT had an interesting looking game where you use Wii-motes and the Gamepad as a game of Twister for your fingers. It may be fun, as Nintendoland surprised us as actually being a great game at launch, but we want the goods. And Iwata delivered.
Next, we finally got to see Nintendo’s next iteration of one of their beloved IPs in the form of Yoshi’s Epic Yarn (an official title wasn’t given, but that’s what I’m calling it!), a game developed by the team that gave us the often under-appreciated Kirby’s Epic Yarn, as well as the project director of Yoshi’s Island and Yoshi’s Story. The mash-ups of the Epic Yarn aesthetic and traditional Yoshi mechanics all with a greater sense of depth than Kirby’s fabric adventure and even more breathtaking visuals.
Next, Iwata revealed Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem title. No gameplay details were given yet, but he says he’ll talk about it, and more games, in greater depth at a future event or in another Nintendo Direct.
Iwata then allowed Eiji Aunoma to come out and talk about the new Zelda Wii U title that is in development. He outright said no visuals could be shown yet (E3???) but talked about the team’s goals for the title, as well as the game’s themes. Mr. Aunoma says that the team’s main goal for the game is to rethink the conventions of Zelda; specifically “playing through dungeons in a specific order” and “playing by yourself.” He then showed us still of what Nintendo is offering to bide the time until we get this new Zelda entry: an HD remake of Wind Waker!
Finally, Iwata showed us a trailer of X, an absolutely gorgeous new title from Monolith Soft, the creators of Xenosaga and Baten Kaitos, that looks very much alike a Monster Hunter-type game, where you and a group of friends will fight giant monsters and dinosaurs and bugs (i.e. possibly the best game ever).
For those keeping track, that’s 7 new titles we have to look forward to from Nintendo. New 3D Mario, Mario Kart, Wii U Party, Yoshi’s Epic Yarn, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, a new unconventional Zelda, and X. Top that off with an HD remake of one of the best games Nintendo’s ever released and finally getting to see a new Smash Bros., it’s hard to deny that the Wii U has a bright future ahead of it.
Wii U to Receive Some Major System Updates and Virtual Console
In a Nintendo Direct video released earlier this morning, Satoru Iwata announced that the Wii U is going to receive some major overalls this year; one in the Spring and one in the Summer. Mr. Iwata said that the system updates are in response to community requests, and will fix the appalling software load times that have been plaguing the system since day one.
Mr. Iwata also announced in the same video that the Wii U will be receiving its own virtual console after the Spring system update. The exact lineup of games, he wouldn’t say, but we can expect a handful of NES and SNES titles right out of the gate, as well as some Gameboy Advance and titles from other unnamed systems to follow shortly after. The virtual console games are being re-developed for the system and will support back-up saves for every title, off-TV play using the gamepad, and they will each have their own Miiverse community.
Nintendo is keeping the pricing system for NES and SNES titles the same as it was on the Wii’s virtual console ($4.99-$5.99 and $7.99-$8.99, respectively), and are offering you the ability to transfer over games from your previous virtual console for $1.00 and $1.50 per game.
Donkey Kong Country Sequels Being Pulled From Wii Virtual Console In EU
If you’re a European citizen, you might be interested to know that Nintendo of Europe is pulling Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Country 3 from the Virtual Console on November 25th. If you haven’t downloaded the games before then, you’ll be out of luck.
Even though the games were developed by Rare, now owned by Microsoft, Nintendo still owns the rights to the Donkey Kong series that Rare developed. This begs the question as to why only these two are being pulled, and why just Europe? No other region has been announced to be affected.
Grab Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom While You Can, It Might Be Gone Soon
According to Capcom, its licensing rights lapsed fairly recently on the game, so they are no longer allowed to sell, physically or digitally, any incarnation of the game on any platform. The Wii exclusive was released in the West in 2010, and has since fallen off the map a bit, but copies may only soon drift around in used game markets and on used game websites, because Capcom themselves have already begun to cease distribution based on their existing stock.
Be sure to grab your copy while you can, if you’re interested! This may be a hard-to-find grab later!
A preview of the newly announced WiiU exclusive, Bayonetta 2.
Wii U Release Date Revealed?
Rumors have been floating around that Nintendo’s Wii U would be seeing a release date of November 18th, which seemed logical as it would be the Sunday just before Black Friday, as well as being the 11th anniversary of the release date of the Gamecube.
But a new possible leak through Amazon distributer, Video Product Distributers, reveals that the Wii U will be coming on November 11th at a $249 price point, with unspecified bundles also being available at $299 and $349.
Now, rumors should always be taken with a grain of salt, but I find it easy to get excited about this possible leak. The Wii was introduced at $249.99 six years ago as well as the 3DS did last spring. Nintendo learned a valuable lesson in pricing with the 3DS too, so keeping the price down is a must for them.
When the console was revealed, a $399 price point wasn’t too far fetched. And after playing the Wii U (and being entirely blown away by the controller, system, and games’ quality) at PAX this past weekend, this editor would have easily dropped that much for the system at launch, making $249 an absolute no-brainer.
Check back to VGN for the official release date and price next Thursday after Nintendo’s Wii U Press Event.