New Zelda, Mario games coming to 3DS

Nintendo has announced a line-up of new games coming for the 3DS and Wii U, including a brand new Legend of Zelda title.

Nintendo has announced a line-up of new games coming for the 3DS and Wii U, including a brand new Legend of Zelda title.

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In a Nintendo Direct announcement overnight, president Satoru Iwata announced a line-up of brand new games coming to 3DS and Wii U, slated for release later this year.

Of most note is a brand new Legend of Zelda title made specifically for the 3DS console. Iwata said the game would be set in the same Hyrule as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past — perhaps a sequel — and Link will have a new ability that allows him to become two-dimensional like a drawing, and slide into walls. It sounds a bit like Paper Mario, but it could be an interesting mechanic, especially on a 3D screen.

Other Nintendo franchises are also getting a massive look-in, with multiple titles announced for Super Mario Bros, Yoshi and Donkey Kong:

  • A new Yoshi's Island game: the third Yoshi game for the 3DS, with the Yoshi and Baby Mario team making a return

  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros: Mario will have to zip back and forth between the real world and Luigi's dreams to rescue Peach; due on 13 July

  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D: a remake of the Wii game with eight new stages, and a new mode optimised for handheld gaming; due on 25 May

  • Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move: a building game that sees you using tiles to move your character to the top of the screen; due on 9 May, exclusive to the eShop

  • Mario Golf: World Tour: a Mario-themed golf game with online multiplayer; due out midyear

  • A new Mario Party title: featuring seven different game boards, with 81 new mini-games; due out at the end of the year.

In addition, some third-party titles will be arriving for the handheld console, including The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, developed originally by Capcom for the Game Boy Color and releasing exclusively to the eShop; a new Professor Layton title, Professor Layton and the Azran Legtacy; Square Enix's Bravely Default: Flying Fairy; and three Level-5 games, The Starship Damrey, Bugs vs. Tanks and Attack of the Friday Monsters: A Tokyo Tale. No dates have yet been announced for these titles.

The Wii U hasn't quite been left out of the fun, with classic title EarthBound, New Super Luigi U and Pikmin 3 on the way.

Nintendo has been struggling for quite some time now, most recently with flagging sales and now a patent lawsuit over its 3D technology. Perhaps what the company needs is a fresh injection of some of its most popular IPs.

What do you think? Do any of these titles float your boat?

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