The next wave of first party titles for the Wii U is likely to elicit a strong sense of déjà vu for Nintendo devotees. The platform holder’s long standing policy of recycling past glories is set to continue with the announcement of new Mario, Zelda and Yoshi titles, as well as the launch of a virtual console service for the Wii U.
While details are scarce, we now know that the Super Mario Galaxy team is toiling away on a new 3D iteration of the heroic plumber’s adventures. This will be complemented by a new Mario Kart instalment. Zelda fans also have two games to look forward to, one a new (but as yet untitled) adventure, the other an HD remake of cherished GameCube classic The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
Meanwhile, the team responsible for delightful 2D platformer Kirby’s Epic yarn is now working on a sequel of sorts. As the title suggests, Yarn Yoshi will feature Mario’s feisty green mount in the lead role. A new Wii Party title is also in the pipeline. Finally, a retro games portal featuring NES, SNES and GBA titles will be launched in autumn. Interestingly enough, players who purchased these titles on the Wii will be forced to do so again, though at a reduced price.
In less expected news, Nintendo is collaborating with Atlus on a mash up title featuring characters from Fire Emblem and Shin-Megami Tensei. Finally, Xenoblade Chronicles developer Monolith Soft is working on a mysterious new RPG for the Wii U.
We’ll undoubtedly learn more about each of these titles in the months ahead.