Zelda Wii U & next full Mario title discussed by Iwata

Thursday, 29th November 2012 09:54 GMT By Dave Cook

The Legend of Zelda and the next fully-3D Mario title have been discussed by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. Check out his tantalising tease below.

Speaking about the subject with IGN, Iwata raised a theoretical question regarding Wii U hardware development, and how Nintendo needed to craft it with software in mind, “As we develop a new hardware platform, we ask ourselves such questions as, ‘what kind of new Zelda and Mario games do the software creators hope to make on this?’”

He added, “We will announce the launch schedules for new 3D Zelda and Mario games in the future, but this is not the right opportunity for me to indicate when we will make such announcements.”

Iwata also acknowledged that the Wii U format will need more than its usual stable of characters to succeed, citing the format’s roster of third-party support as a key benefit, “Our first party software alone can’t be enough to appeal to the different tastes of all game fans. The decision of Nintendo that it will publish the two software titles from Platinum Games is one answer to this challenge.”

Shigeru Miyamoto has also expressed interest in Metroid Prime developers Retro Studios tackling the next full Zelda title, stating that they are ‘qualified’ to do so.

The Zelda Wii U tech demo seen at E3 last year will apparently not serve as the basis for the eventual game however. But it can’t hurt to watch it again right?

Thanks to YLGV for the clip, and ONM for the source.



  1. Moonwalker1982

    Wow. How interesting, absolutely ZERO news that he’s bringing on the games. Not even close to be teasing.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @2 I’d politely disagree, I think people still enjoy these franchises enough to be thankful that the games are in development now and that an announcement won’t be far off

    #2 2 years ago
  3. bitsnark

    @2 I’d agree with you Dave, such news is almost tactical in its deliverance given the disillusion some folks might have with the console at the moment; especially those sat on the fence awaiting any and all tidbits about a Zelda or Mario game that might sway them into a purchase.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @3 yep :)

    #4 2 years ago
  5. KrazyKraut

    I mean…its somewhat sure that new Zelda and Mario games will be released, but like the folks above me, i prefer to hear it from Nintendo self.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. daytripper

    Would like Nintendo to develop new ips

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Moonwalker1982


    But wasn’t it pretty much common knowledge already that a 3D Mario was in the works? And Zelda is 100% common knowledge.

    #7 2 years ago

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