• Nintendo had one of their “Nintendo Direct” videos earlier today and revealed some pretty big news for Nintendo fans.  They started out by talking about some of the features that the Wii U will be receiving over the next few months.  There will be two major updates (one in spring, one in summer) that will introduce a wide range of functionality such as Virtual Console capabilities and shortening the time it takes users to launch software or return to the menu screen.  Additionally, starting this spring, people will be able to browse the Miiverse from their smartphones.  Initially the experience will be browser based but Nintendo plans to create a dedicated Miiverse app in the future.

    The Virtual Console is heading to the Wii U as part of the spring update as well.  The service will launch right after the spring update and will include a selection of NES and Super NES games with Game Boy Advance to be added in the future.    The prices for NES and SNES Virtual Console games on the Wii U will be the same as they were for the Virtual Console on Wii.  If you have purchased a game on the Wii Virtual console and want to play the updated version on the Wii U then Nintendo has introduced a special deal.  Say, for example, you bought The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on the Wii Virtual Console.  As long as you migrated your account from the Wii to the Wii U then you will see that you can buy the Wii U Virtual Console version for $1.50 as opposed to the normal $8-$9.  It is a fantastic value for those who have already bought the games on Nintendo’s previous system.  You will also be able to play the Wii U Virtual Console titles on the Wii U Gamepad itself.

    The next announcement was that to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of the Famicon in Japan (which was known as the NES in the United States), Nintendo is making one NES or SNES game available each month now through July at the anniversary price of 30 cents.  Each game will be available at that price for 30 days and the first is the NES game Balloon Fight, which is now available in the eShop on the Wii U.

    In addition to all of that Nintendo revealed some new titles that Wii U owners should be excited about.  The new titles revealed were:

    • Two Zelda Games: Eiji Aonuma, the producer of The Legend of Zelda series, revealed two entries in the series for Wii U.  These new Zelda games will include a brand new Zelda adventure for the Wii U in addition to a Wind Waker remake for the Wii U that will be out later this year.
    • Super Mario is on His Way: The Nintendo EAD Tokyo Software Development team that created the Super Mario Galaxy games for Wii and Super Mario 3D Land for Nintendo 3DS is working on a new 3D Mario action game for Wii U. The game is scheduled to be playable at this year’s E3.
    • Buckle Up!: Nintendo is also working on a new installment of the hit Mario Kart franchise. This game is also planned to be playable at E3.
    • Yarn Yoshi: The team that created Kirby’s Epic Yarn is hard at work on the first console game to feature Yoshi as the main character since 1998’s Yoshi’s Story for Nintendo 64. Takashi Tezuka, director of Yoshi’s Island and Yoshi’s Story, is supervising the development of the new game, which is set in a fanciful world of yarn and textiles.
    • Wii Fit U Communities: New features coming to Wii Fit U include letting players create user communities on Miiverse from within the game. Community members can discuss exercises, BMI or weight changes and other health topics with other players as a way to encourage one another to reach their fitness goals. Similar functionality for other games is also planned.
    • Pikmin 3 Photos: The upcoming Pikmin 3 game includes a feature that lets players use the Wii U GamePad as a camera to share the same perspective as Pikmin and take close-up pictures of landscapes and creatures in the game and share them in Miiverse.
    • The Party Continues: A new installment in the Wii Party franchise is planned to launch this summer. The game features various play styles, including one that lets both players compete head-to-head using just the GamePad.
    • RPG Mashup: Nintendo has begun many collaborations with outside development partners to bring the best franchises and experiences to Wii U. In one such partnership, Nintendo and Atlus are working on a collaboration that features the Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei franchises. A video trailer for the game was shown in the Nintendo Direct.
    • A New Game from Monolith Soft: Tetsuya Takahashi and the team at Monolith Soft that worked on Xenoblade for Wii are working on a new game. A video trailer for the game was shown in the Nintendo Direct.
    • More on the Way: Iwata shared a new trailer for The Wonderful 101. That game and GAME & WARIO are scheduled to launch in the first half of 2013. Iwata also showed a new video for Bayonetta 2. That game and the new Super Smash Bros. installment are still on the way, but will need more development time before details can be revealed.

    We will have further details about these games as they become available as well as some screenshots.  If you want to watch the Nintendo Direct video for yourself you can do so below.  Once you do that be sure to tell us what you think in the comments below.

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    • LuiBag

      Hmm Thats Good News 🙂