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Two Zelda Games, Mario, Mario Kart and Other Franchise Favourites Planned for Wii U

Two Zelda Games, Mario, Mario Kart and Other Franchise Favourites Planned for 
Wii U 
New Nintendo Direct looks at Nintendo's vision for Wii U, including
launching Virtual Console and how Miiverse and second-screen gaming
features will continue to evolve 
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 01/25/13 -- Nintendo
President Satoru Iwata unleashed Wii U news in an instalment of
Nintendo Direct today as he outlined Nintendo's future plans for the
console. Iwata revealed how the Wii U launch line-up will be
bolstered by a long list of top game franchises headed for the new
console. These are games that long-time players and newcomers alike
will love to play, and everyone will be experiencing them in new
ways, thanks to the integrated second-screen experiences enabled by
the Wii U GamePad controller. 
Iwata also detailed a number of enhancements designed to make the Wii
U game experience more social, even if people are not playing in the
same room. "The fun of video games is not only just playing games,
but also sharing experiences together with people - even though they
live far away, their skill levels are different or their experience
does not happen at the same time," Iwata said. "We want Wii U to be
the system that brings everyone together." 
To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit
http://nintendo.co.uk/nintendodirect. 
The many announcements included: 
Game News 
- Two Zelda Games: Eiji Aonuma, the producer of The Legend of Zelda
series, revealed two entries in the series for Wii U.  
- Super Mario is on His Way: The Nintendo EAD Tokyo Software
Development team that created Super Mario games such as Super Mario
Galaxy 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.  
- Racing Ahead!: Nintendo is also working on a new instalment 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 instalment 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 Mash-up: 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 Chronicles 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. instalment are still on the way, but will
need more development time before details can be revealed. 
Virtual Console  
- Virtual Console for Wii U: A spring system update will add Virtual
Console software to Nintendo eShop on Wii U. The service will launch
right after the spring update and will include a selection of NES and
Super NES games, with Game Boy Advance games to be added in the
future. The prices for NES and Super NES Virtual Console games for
Wii U will be the same as they were for the Virtual Console on Wii.
People who have already purchased the Wii version of a certain NES or
Super NES Virtual Console game and transferred it to their Wii U
console can buy the enhanced Wii U version of the same game for the
reduced price of GBP 0.99 for NES games and GBP 1.49 for Super NES
games.  
- Classic Games for 30 Pence To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the
release of the Famicom in Japan (which was known as the NES in
Europe), Nintendo is making one NES or Super NES game available each
month now through to July at the anniversary price of just GBP 0.30.
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 Nintendo
eShop for Wii U. 
Social and System Enhancements 
- Miiverse Expands to Smartphones: Starting this spring, people will
be able to browse Miiverse from their smartphones. Initially the
experience will be browser-based, but Nintendo plans to create a
dedicated Miiverse app in the future.  
- System Updates: Two major updates are on the way, one in the spring
and one in the summer. The updates 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. 
For further details: 
Nintendo Direct website http://nintendo.co.uk/nintendodirect  
Nintendo Direct on Ustream http://www.ustream.tv/NintendoUK  
Wii U website http://wiiu.co.uk  
Nintendo of Europe on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendoeurope  
Nintendo UK on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendouk  
Wii U (UK) on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WiiU.co.uk  
Nintendo UK on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/nintendoukofficial
Contacts:
Nintendo UK
http://nintendo.co.uk/