Nintendo Direct E3: Super Mario 3D out in December

Tuesday, 11th June 2013 14:11 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Nintendo held an E3-centric Nintendo Direct presentation today where the firm announced the new Smash Bros, showed off the new 3D Mario, and revealed a new look for Bayonetta.

You can watch the presentation again below.

During the presentation, which was pre-recorded in Nintendo’s Kyoto headquarters, president Satoru Iwata provided updates regarding upcomg Wii U games such as the aforementioned,along with the Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and the new Monolith Soft game, “X”.

Nintendo has opened up a website for its E3 coverage, where the feed will show games trailers, interviews, and more E3 festivities from the show floor.

Games, games, games

The E3 presentation kicked off with Pokemon X&Y, with a new Poké being shown. It is a fairy-type and works well against dragons and called Sylveon. It is the first new Pokémon type to be introduced in a Pokémon video game in over a decade. The game is set to launch on October 12 worldwide. on 3DS.

Super Mario 3D World was also detailed, and along with new power-ups , such as the ability to turn into a cat which can climb walls.

The game, developed by the same team that created Super Mario 3D Land for Nintendo 3DS and the Super Mario Galaxy games for Wii, lets up to four players play as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad. Each character has his or her own unique characteristics, and people can play cooperatively or competitively.

The new cat transformation allows players to scratch enemies and even scamper up the flagpole. Clear warp pipes add some new puzzle elements to gameplay. The game is scheduled to launch this December on Wii U.

Mario Kart 8 for Wii U has anti gravity mechanics, according to another video shown. You can fly through the sky, race under water, or ride motorcycles. Iwata said the game will have the “best collection” of online multiplayer modes. Elements from previous Mario Kart games have made their return, these include gliders and and the aforementioned motorbikes. The game will support online multiplayer and will have deep integration with Miiverse. The game is scheduled to launch in spring of 2014.

The new 3DS The Legend of Zelda game now has a name: it’s called The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. A trailer is below. This game takes place after the events of and in the same world as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Link can now become a drawing to move along walls. This opens up ways to explore and puzzle elements that give Link access to locations he could not otherwise reach. The game is scheduled to launch this holiday season.

Wii Party U was also shown along with its various mini games. Iwata said the game was originally slated for summer, but the development team needs more time with it. It will now be released in October.

Wii Fit U has also been delayed into December, after being slated for summer. The team needs more time to develop and polish the game, said Iwata.

Art Academy for Wii U will be out this summer. This was announced last month, but the reminder was nice.

Two montage videos were shown: one was for third-party titles coming to Wii U and 3DS, and the other for indie games releasing on the eShop.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker runs 1030p, according to Iwata, and he said shaders were added to “help with visual expression.” The game was shown in a lovely video, and Iwata said it runs in 1080p. Some game adjustments have been made, which he said would be detailed later, but in the original game, Tingle Tuner was included and is back for Wii U – but is different this time out.

Instead of using the device in conjunction with Game Boy Advance and GameCube via a Link Cable as in the original, this time, the in-game device will link the game with MiiVerse. This time out it is a Tingle Bottle, which uses the Wii U GamePad controller to post comments about the game to Miiverse.

Comments from players wash up on the shores of beaches in the game. Players also have the option to sail faster than they did in the original version. The game is scheduled to launch this October.

Platinum’s The Wonderful 101 was shown, and Iwata explained its game mechanics a bit. Players can use the GamePad touch screen to drag your troops around on the map to various locations. Players take on the role of Wonder-Red, leader of a group of superheroes which are overpowered by invaders from space. Combined, the superheros can become a fist or blade and unleash attacks on their enemy.

It will launch August 23 in Europe and September 15 in the US. More information on the game will be coming through a Nintendo Direct dedicated to the game, after E3.

With Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, the camera angles have been changed to show players dynamic scenes providing more gamplay experiences. The first Wii U installment in the franchise is in the works at Retro Studios and Dixie Kong joins the adventure. Simultaneous two player co-op was confirmed, and players can choose between Donkey Kong or Dixie Kong. The game will be released on Wii U in November.

Two videos were shown of Bayonetta 2. One was a typical trailer, and the other showed in-game footage. Our favorite witch has a new outfit and her hair has been cut – each having to do with her new abilities. Bayonetta 2 will launch in 2014 and more information on the game will be coming out of E3, according to Iwata.

X“, the seamless open-world game in the works at Monolith Soft. The game was teased a while back for Wii U and while a trailer was shown giving yo a glimpse of the world and fight mechanics; there still isn’t much known about it. Players can ride human-shaped robots at certain points in the game, or use the robots to battle enemies in the sky. The game is scheduled to launch in 2014. We hope to hear more on it soon.

Finally, the new Super Smash Bros. game was shown off. Characters shown in the trailer ranged from Harvest Moon to Nintendogs, and there were familiar faces in there such as Link, Mario, and the announcement of Mega Man, which excited plenty of people. Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS in 2014.

Trailers galore:



  1. Froseidon

    My body is Reggie.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. mistermogul

    @1 – lol! Unlucky you!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. KAP

    What are Nintendo thinking, having a presser at 7am… Oh come on Nintendo! ffs

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Froseidon

    @3 – Its a Nintendo Direct, not a proper conference I think.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DogmanSP

    I have to head off to work just as this starts. It’s gonna be a long~ day…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Mus42

    @3 Maybe Nintendo doesn’t care much for its US Wii U customers, seeing as they don’t exactly have many at this point?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Gnosis

    Meh, gonna miss that one too…sucks.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Tr0n

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Bomba Luigi

    Now I really wanna hear what the Heck Retro Studios is Doing. Its about Time.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. backup

    here is list of games
    mario galaxy F
    mario galaxy u
    mario galaxy c
    mario galaxy K
    Pokemon XXX
    Pokemon YYY
    Pokemon ZZZ
    conference is over

    #10 2 years ago
  11. ps3fanboy

    this is gonna be another blow to microsofts xbone :D

    #11 2 years ago
  12. salarta

    @10: You forgot the tons of Wii U brand titles like Wii U Yodeling and Wii U Swimming.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. mistermogul

    @9 – I really hope Retro’s working on another Metroid Prime but somehow doubt they are…

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Bomba Luigi

    @13: When I remember right, Retro Studios said after Prime3 its the Last one they are doing.

    I myself really hope for a brand new IP.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. absolutezero

    The end up of Prime three set up the next possible game in the series. That was thrown out the window with Other M however so the Metroid series is in pretty bad shape.

    I have no idea what Nintendo are going to do with it because its been all over the place in terms of genre and style and quality.

    Metroid is my favourite Nintendo franchise and it hurts.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Armitage Shanks

    All aboard!!!

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Bomba Luigi

    The Fuck? No word about Retro Studios?

    Or are they doing Mario Kart or Donkey Kong again?

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Fin


    Donkey Kong.

    Nintendo are fucked, they’ve no marquee title for Q4.

    Games are just [insert Nintendo IP here] HD.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. OlderGamer

    Pretty poor show really.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Clupula

    That was actually…I almost feel bad for saying anything bad about it. It’s like watching a child set up a lemonade stand between two giant supermarkets, in an attempt to compete with them.

    I mean, he was all, “We have shaders! Look, we have different camera angles!” You know, things that we’ve seen for the last eight years. And then making an announcement that Bayonetta got a haircut. I want to just pat Iwata on the head and silently nod, just to not hurt his feelings.

    Anyway, Nintendo had no big surprises nor anything exciting, outside of the two games I already was interested in (Bayonetta 2 and the Monolith RPG, which, at first, I started to wonder if it was Xenogears/Saga related, which would have been a big coup for Nintendo).

    I will say, as much as I didn’t care about Megaman being in Smash Brothers, I’d certainly like to see a side-scrolling Megaman game in the style of his background.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. CyberMarco

    Other than the new Smash Bros, which looked like a more polished version of SSM Brawl, every thing else is a bit of the same but in 1080p. Let’s see what Platinum, Sega and Monolith will deliver.

    A 6/10 for me.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Digital Bamboo

    “Coming in 2014″

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Clupula

    @21 – Your score is very generous. I’d give this a 3/10. Microsoft’s was a 6/10.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. CyberMarco

    @23 Probably, but only because I’m interested in Bayonetta and waiting for a great Metroid to make a BOOM on the system, if not it would be even less for sue…

    As much as I try to like Nintendo’s approach I’m left baffled with their decisions…


    5/10 is enough!

    #24 2 years ago
  25. polygem

    some nice games but just not enough unfortunately. mk and mario3d looked great but at the same time they looked too samey. smash bros, cool but again…they really need much bigger guns.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. OlderGamer

    I would give ‘em a 7/10

    Really lackluster. But DK looked good. 101 looked good. As did Sonic, Windwaker HD, Smash Bro, Mario 3D, hell most of it looked good. But nothing grabbed me, nothing impressed me, and nothing made me excited about getting my hands on it. Not bad games, but not games I can’t wait to own.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. manamana

    Wow, now that was a bummer. No really, what is Nintendo up to? They presented their console two years ago!

    #27 2 years ago
  28. monkeygourmet


    You already said they would have to do the impossible to raise even a tiny quiver in your pants.

    This was pretty ‘meh’ overall…

    Apart from the Mario stuff, it was all games that had been announced or, as people have said xyz game in HD…

    Sony def killed it this year, Wii U second just because the Xbone is such a joke. :)

    I was hoping for:

    Fatal Frame U
    Metriod U
    F Zero U
    Starfox U
    Zombi U2 (Bono edition)

    I hated the fact it was just stuff we had already seen… I mean, what the fuck have they been working on?! Everything looked rushed as hell and not of the quality I would expect, especially for a company using cheaper tech with a years head start…

    Poor show, especially when they needed to bring the thunder.

    Def getting PS4 on launch, PC and obviously keep the Wii U for X, which looked to be one of the best things shown at E3 so far…

    Unfortunatly, Nintendo needed to show about 5 games of that quality.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Digital Bamboo

    I feel like Nintendo took the advice that “the Wii U just needs more games like the 3DS” a bit too literally. The U is not a 3DS for the living room. They did look fun though.

    EDIT: Speaking of 3DS, now that the videos are up, the 3DS games look fantastic.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. DrDamn

    Far too much of that is 2014. Mario needed to be a proper WiiU 3D Mario not a sequel to a 3DS game. Very disappointing. :(

    #30 2 years ago
  31. mistermogul

    Games looked cool but for the love of god, I wish they would be a bit more adventurous with what they develop. They are playing it way too safe…

    Having said that there was some stuff there I’ll get (Bayonetta 2, Wonderful 101, Zelda, Xenoblade?) so I will now stop complaining and go pre-order my PS4 instead!

    #31 2 years ago
  32. mistermogul

    Of course we have all forgotten here the Wii U’s biggest announcement in that the console will fully allow people the ability to trade in their used games!

    Not only that but the Wii U also does not require an internet connection every 24 hours or spy at you through a hidden camera!


    #32 2 years ago
  33. fearmonkey

    I want to play Super Mario 3d World, it is exactly the kind of game I was hoping for. if it would have been a launch title, I would own a Wii-u. I just pre-ordered a PS4 though, and so I guess Ill wait for a price drop and awhile before I get one.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Fin

    Thought the near-total absence of INNOVATIVE WII U CONTROLS/ER was telling.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. aseddon130

    same sh*t over and over every year without fail, people give Acti and EA for dishing out the same stuff over and over every year but Nintendo get a pass, why?? They basically do the SAME GAME over and over and now they have the excuse of a HD remake now at their grasp.

    #35 2 years ago

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