Wii U Mario Will Be Unveiled At E3 2012

New Mario At E3 2012 For Wii U

New Mario title will be based on Wii game shown at E3 last year. This year at the E3 2012 the Wii U game could have various new game modes.

Nintendo have confirmed there will be a new Mario title at E3 2012 for the Wii U

Well, the Wii U’s launch lineup just got a little stronger. Ahead of the console’s launch later this year, and its re-reveal at E3, Nintendo have confirmed the console is to get a new Mario title.

The new Super Mario Bros. game will be based on the New Super Mario Bros. Mii title shown at E3 2011, where four players played through levels while competing for the highest score as their Miis or as Super Mario characters. Nintendo said there would be more information at E3.

In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Miyamoto thinks the new games modes on the Wii U will won’t be ‘easily replicated in other devices’ allowing Nintendo to avoid comparisons with other tablets.

Nintendo confirmed to Eurogamer more information will be released soon.

Cash in?

It’s hardly surprising Nintendo are launching a Mario title with the Wii U. They failed to have a strong launch lineup with the Nintendo 3DS, leaving some to question if the launch was premature, so Nintendo seems to be learning from the turbulent launch.

Whatever the quality of New Super Mario Bros. Mii, it will gain attention. I’m concerned it could be a quick cash-in on Nintendo’s part, but I expect a full 3D Mario title to launch a couple of years after the Wii U’s launch.

Nintendo also said the 3DS would be getting a 2D Mario title in the next fiscal year. Super Mario 3D Land was a hybrid of 2D and 3D gameplay, bringing back the Racoon Suit from Super Mario Bros. 3. Some fans speculated the 3DS title will be a new Super Mario World. That would be awesome, but it seems like something that would be suited for the Wii U.

Still, it’ll be interesting to see how long Nintendo wait before releasing another Mario title. The company has a whole year before Microsoft and Sony, at the very least, preview the next Xbox and PlayStation consoles. If Nintendo have a large install base and an active community, then there could be a slight power shift. That’s assuming third party titles are strong, though.

Published: Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 Last Modified: April 27, 2012

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