Fans and critics of the Wii U have been more than a little worried about how this year would pan out for the system, especially with titles that were supposed to make launch window releases such as Pikmin 3 getting pushed back to the first half of 2013. Luckily, Nintendo has made a comeback with its latest Nintendo Direct, which focused on a range of previously-unannounced first-party titles that everyone’s itching to see on Nintendo’s latest hardware.
First, Nintendo promises to unveil its latest 3D Mario title, a new Mario Kart, and the next installment in the Smash Bros. series at this year’s E3 in June. Not only that, but the new Mario game, which is being developed by the studio behind Super Mario Galaxy, and the mysterious new Mario Kart will be playable at the event, as well.
In addition, an all-new platformer featuring everyone’s favorite dinosaur Yoshi has been announced, titled Yarn Yoshi. As the title suggests, the game is being developed by the team behind Kirby’s Epic Yarn and features a similarly adorable art style, as you can see from the screenshot above.
Finally, a HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker is slated for a fall release, and an all-new Zelda title is in the works for the Wii U that will have some kind of multiplayer aspect and encourage more exploration than previous entries in the series. Monolift Soft, the folks behind Xenoblade Chronicles for the Wii, are already hard at work on a new Wii U title, and even had some new footage to share in the form of a trailer (below). Nintendo has even teamed up with Atlus to bring a Shin Megami Tensei/Fire Emblem crossover. Here’s hoping Nintendo is able to bring these hotly-antcipated titles out quickly to keep the Wii U’s momentum high even after Sony and Microsoft’s new consoles hit the market.