Nintendo is using a year in which it isn’t releasing a major console to roll out new games from some of its biggest franchises. The video game company announced new “Legend of Zelda,” “Super Mario Bros.” and “Donkey Kong” games at a Nintendo Direct event, and also promised a Wii U Spring System Update.
The most exciting reveal is a 3DS sequel to the SNES game “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.” The new title will be set in the same world as its 1991 predecessor and will feature a new adventure, as well as a mechanic that allows Link to move along walls by transforming into a drawing. This mechanic will shift the perspective of the game away from being strictly birds-eye, and will also make use of the 3DS’s 3D technology. The game will be released in late 2013.
Another big announcement was “Yoshi’s Island 3,” which will also be released on 3DS. It will include features unique to the 3DS version (though what they are has not been specified) and will be released in 2013 as well.
The last major game announcement was a new “Mario Party” game, also for 3DS. It will have 82 mini-games and a total of seven game boards, each of which is said to include different rules. Nintendo also unveiled new footage and information about previously announced 3DS titles like “Mario & Luigi: Dream Team” (due out July 12), “Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D” (due out May 24), “Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins” (due out April 21), “Animal Crossing: New Leaf” (due out June 14) and “Mario Golf: World Tour” (due out summer 2013).
In addition, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata promises that a Wii U Spring System Update will fix Wii U load times, allow updates and games to be downloaded while a user is playing, allow data to be transferred to separate USB drives and implement the long-promised “Panorama View.” The update, which is coming next week, will also bring the Wii U Virtual Console to the system with the promise of a downloadable version of NES game “EarthBound.” Nintendo also says that Nintendo 64 and GameBoy Advance games will be added to the Virtual Console for download at a later date.
Watch the full announcement here: