Earlier today, Nintendo had their Nintendo Direct Webcast and it finally talked about the future of the Wii U. Of note here is the fact that Nintendo recognized that since the console’s release late last year, there really hasn’t been a whole lot to drive sales for the system. No major first-party titles (other than the new “New Super Mario Bros.” game) were made available at launch, and, because of this, interest in the console was at least somewhat mixed. Yet, this might no longer be the case.
The webcast hints at a few things of note worth pointing out:
- Two new Zelda games are coming to Wii U- one will be completely original and the other will be a full HD remake of “The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker” (a true remake, not an HD up-convert).
- A new Mario game is in the works for the Wii U, produced by the team behind “Super Mario Galaxy” and “Super Mario 3D Land.”
- A game called “Yarn Yoshi” is in the works.
- A new Mario Kart title will be playable at E3 2013.
- A community feature is coming to “Wii Fit U.”
- “Pikmin 3? is coming to the Wii U.
- A new Mario Party game will release for the Wii U in the Summer of 2013.
- New Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei games are in the works.
- A new RPG from Monolith Soft, the people behind the Xeno franchise, is coming to Wii U.
It sounds like things are finally under way for the console, and I suppose that it’s better late than never.
If you are interested in watching the full webcast, which clocks in at just over 36 minutes,you can check it out right here.