The January Nintendo Direct conference whipped gamers into something of a frenzy with announcements about thrilling new Wii U games and updates, but with so much to take in it was difficult to nail down the important bits. Here are four take-away points we feel were among the most exciting (in case you’d forgotten).
Super Mario is in good hands
With the launch of New Super Mario Bros. U on Wii U still fresh in our collective memories, it was perhaps a surprise for some to hear Nintendo’s mascot had another adventure in the (ahem) pipeline. However, it seems this 3D adventure is being put together by the people that worked on Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 3D Land, so could well be true to the formula – but with a dash of something new.
New Zelda will ‘challenge our perceptions’
One of the biggest announcements from the event was that Link would get a brand new adventure, with The Legend of Zelda finally coming to Wii U. We were told that the game will “rethink the conventions of Zelda” and some have suggested this could mean anything from changing the way the order of gameplay works to introducing more co-operative features. Either way, exciting times ahead for a great franchise.
E3 will be very interesting this year
Of course, the new Zelda game could be a long way off, but fans of action games may be hoping the remake of the GameCube classic Wind Waker – which Nintendo series director Eiji Aonuma said will “tune up the overall game experience” – will debut at E3 in June. One thing is for certain though; this will be the first time we get to see the new Super Mario 3D project as well as Mario Kart on Wii U so there’s already anticipation in the air.
Virtual Console will be improved
Another big announcement was that not only will Virtual Console be coming to Wii U later in the year, but it will be preceded by a couple of much needed updates to the platform that will make it quicker and smoother. Fans of retro gaming will initially be able to pick up NES and SNES games for their Wii U (with a promotion that makes some available for as little as 30p), but this will be followed by releases from the Game Boy Advance back catalogue.
So, did the revelations from the conference whet your appetite enough? Is there something else you were expecting but were disappointed not to see? Or will E3 bring with it a sequel to Nintendo Land, more peripherals, an even smaller Nintendo Wii or an even bigger Nintendo 3DS? Let us know what you think.