New Super Mario, Mario Kart Announced as Iwata Pledges Healthier Wii U Lineup

Company president apologises for lack of January and February releases.

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New Super Mario, Mario Kart Announced as Iwata Pledges Healthier Wii U Lineup
Nintendo revealed that a new 3D Super Mario title is in development for the Wii U, as well as the next entry in the Mario Kart series.

While neither were shown during the Nintendo Direct broadcast today, president Satoru Iwata said that the games will be showcased in playable form at this year's E3. The first screens of the next Super Smash Bros. game will also be shown at the Los Angeles event.

The announcements came as Iwata made a case for early Wii U adopters to not give up on the system. He apologised for the lack of Nintendo games throughout January and February, and assured fans that many titles will launch from March onwards.

After confirming release dates for Monster Hunter Ultimate (March 22) and LEGO City Undercover (March 28), Iwata said that Game & Wario, Wii Fit U, Pikmin 3 and The Wonderful 101 will follow shortly after to make for a packed Summer release schedule. Bayonetta 2 was also discussed, but nothing beyond a development diary was shown.

The creators of Wii Party are also working on a new multiplayer title, which features a selection of mad minigames for several players to engage in. During the Nintendo Direct broadcast, one minigame showed the GamePad being used as "an unusual kind of dice", a Foosball table and a finger-based form of Twister.
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