Nintendo doesn’t have the splashy reveal of a new console to command E3’s attention this year, but the veteran video game company does have Mario, Donkey Kong and “The Legend of Zelda’s” Link.
New games in several beloved franchises are on the way to gamers later this year and into 2014 for Nintendo’s Wii U. Screen shots and press release details follow.
“Super Mario 3D World” (pictured above): Launching in December. The first four-player Mario game set in a 3D world. Play as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad: Each character has his or her own unique characteristics, and people can play cooperatively or competitively. The new cat transformation turns characters into adorable felines that can scratch enemies and even scamper up the flagpole at the end of levels.
“Mario Kart 8”: Launching in spring 2014. The newest installment of the gold-standard racing game introduces an anti-gravity feature that has karts racing up walls and clinging to inverted tracks. The game will support online multiplayer.
“The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD”: Launching in October. The classic Nintendo GameCube game has been enhanced with beautiful HD 1080p graphics. In one change from the original, the Tingle Tuner has been replaced by the Tingle Bottle, which uses the Wii U GamePad controller to post comments about the game to Miiverse. Comments from players wash up on the shores of beaches in the game. Players also have the option to sail faster than they did in the original version.
“Bayonetta 2”: Launching in 2014. The game’s title character has had a makeover that gives her a new hairstyle and costume. Her climactic abilities are more powerful and the action is as intense as ever.
– “Pokemon X” and “Pokemon Y” for 3DS (Oct. 12)
– “Wii Party U” (October)
– “Wii Fit U” (December)
– “Super Smash Bros.” for Wii U and 3DS (2014)