Yesterday, at 16:00 local time, Nintendo held a Nintendo Direct Conference that was streamed automagically across the known universe thanks to the power of the Interwebs! During that conference, a butt-load of Wii U news hit Nintendo fans square across the chops. While a lot of that news was somewhat expected (but still really welcomed), there were a couple of surprises.
Enter surprise number one: a new Yoshi game made by the same people who gave us Kirby’s Epic Yarn on the Wii. The wool and crafts aesthetic from Epic Yarn will carry across to this new Yoshi game, so expect to see your favourite dinosaur-thing made out of green knitting wool. So far, there’s very little information other than a few screenshots and a minute glimpse of gameplay, which you can find embedified after the jump.
Surprise number two was the announcement of an HD remake for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Originally released ten years ago on the GameCube, this Wind Waker remake is being completely overhauled for the Wii U, and it looks stunning.
Bayonetta 2 also made a brief appearance, with a short update trailer during the Direct conference. It looks as if Platinum is hard at work ensuring GamePad functionality is deeply entrenched in the game.
Nintendo’s Virtual Console will also be making the jump to Wii U. It launches some time during our autumn and will bring with it a selection of NES and SNES titles. Nintendo has plans to bring Game Boy Advance titles to the Wii U Virtual Console as well. There will be no difference in game pricing between the Wii VC and the Wii U VC, however you will have to repurchase any Wii VC titles you might have bought if you want them on your Wii U VC. Nintendo has said that this transfer will be at a reduced price.
Monolith Soft will be bringing a successor to Xenoblade Chronicles to the Wii U. So far there is no final title for the game, but Nintendo and Monolith Soft have released a teaser trailer, which includes some gameplay.
The Wii U’s Miiverse will be making the jump to smart phones in the near future. Nintendo’s social network for their latest console allows players to leave messages for one another and post pictures and drawings. It’s kind of like a mash-up of Twitter and your average gaming forum. Nintendo has further plans for the social network, which includes introducing the ability to form player-controlled groups within certain game hubs.
Finally, new trailers for LEGO City Undercover and The Wonderful 101 were also shown off during the conference. You can find those below.