The Big N's latest Nintendo Direct presentation has harboured a number of big announcements for the Wii U, and a few of the largest were the confirmations of a new 3D Mario and Mario Kart. It was widely expected that these games would be coming to Ninty's new console sooner rather than later, and while nothing new was shown off for the games today, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata promised that fans would be able to see these games in action later this year at E3.
Development of the new 3D Mario title is being handled by the team responsible for Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, as well as Super Mario 3D Land, so the series is undoubtedly in good hands. Meanwhile, the latest Mario Kart game will be headed up by those responsible for a number of recent franchise installments; much to the absolute shock of nobody. Retro Studios' involvement with Mario Kart 8 is also unconfirmed at this time, but Nintendo may choose to call on them again if development isn't progressing along at a brisk pace.
Iwata also touched on the previously announced Super Smash Bros. 4, and informed eager fans that (at the very least) they could expect to see screenshots of the title at their big press conference in Los Angeles later this June. According to Iwata, the development of the next Smash Bros. is right on schedule, but it just wasn't ready to be shown off to the public quite yet. What that development schedule is is anyone's guess, but it's clear that the game — despite reports of a playable build already up and running — is still not even close to being finished.
There are some solid games coming to the Wii U, but it sounds as if neither of these three will be arriving anytime soon. Still, their unveiling at E3 2013 should make Nintendo's press conference a little more exciting than last year's Nintendo Land-inspired fireworks display.
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Source: Nintendo Direct