Jan 23rd, 2013

The moustachioed plumber in red was conspicuous by his absence during the most recent Nintendo Direct, even though the broadcast was host to a huge number of important announcements.

However, Saturo Iwata did make sure to mention the company’s most bankable star by way of shifting our focus ahead to this year’s E3.

EAD Tokyo, the development studio behind Mario Galaxy, Mario Galaxy 2 and Super Mario 3D Land is currently hard at work on “a new 3D Mario action game” for Wii U, Iwata said.

He also confirmed that a new entry in the Mario Kart series was currently in development.

That these games exist in some form is hardly news, however it appears they are both quite far along in development.

“We are planning to show these titles in playable form at E3”, Iwata said, revealing that these two games are far enough along that in a few months time they will be ready for the spotlight, presumably ahead of a holiday 2013 or early 2014 release.

Nintendo’s president also mentioned the upcoming Wii U version of Super Smash Bros., which will be releasing concurrently with a version for 3Ds, but said it will not be appearing on store shelves or the eShop any time soon.

“It is a huge development undertaking”, he said, “and we need more time before it launches”.

According to Iwata, the game’s director Masahiro Sakurai has timed development so that a first look will be given, again, at this year’s E3.

No announcements of specifics for any of the games beyond these teases were given, and unfortunately we may have to wait a little while to get them. E3 2013 is set to take place on June 11 – June 13.

You can see the Nintendo Direct broadcast in its entirety here. Speculate away in the comments below.

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  • Chris Ojinaka

    Can’t wait for this. I hope they do a Smash Bros Dojo for this game as well! A Super Mario 64 like game with multi player would be epic, but I doubt that would happen. Still can’t wait for E3 to start! 

    • Elem187

      I don’t see why not… Luigi on Wii mote/Chuk or pro controller on the TV and Mario player on the gamepad.

      I’m thinking the only way to blow peoples mind is to do a 2 player 3D mario game…. or heaven help us, online multiplayer 3D Mario game, kinda like the local play of NSMBU. 1 person on mario, 1 person on luigi, 1 on princess, 1 on toad?

      Every 3D mario game one ups its predecessors, adding online play or local multiplayer OR BOTH would certainly put that game into the stratosphere as a must have experience.

  • Justin Lee

    Been waiting for this for quite a while now. thanks

    • Elem187

      Me too. every single 3d mario has blown us away when compared to the previous one…. My guess is multiplayer 3d mario like galaxy, but definitely needs local mulitplayer, while online co-op would blow my mind.

  • Jonas

    cant F***ing wait for this. I will count the seconds till E3 2013. My life will be complete. My body will be ready at time.

    • AkaLink77

      me neither! i suggest tho, they take thier time with ssb mabey releasing it in late 2014 or 15. U may be thinking: “what the hell u talking about!? i want it now!” But if Nin rushes it, it will be crap, they need to take their time and then itll be epic cuz they got so many games to use as referance for stages, trophies and most of all: characters. And u dont wanna rush a game in the first place… u can assume what consequences there are when rushed.                                                                                                   

      • Laud

        There’s such a thing as delaying for quality assurance and delaying until customers no longer care. -_-

        It’s def not gonna be release late 2014.

      • Jonas

         as long as they still release 1 game this year its gonna be fine. I meant by that i cant wait for E3 as well. Of course i am gonna be happy when the game releases.

  • Andrew Gonzalez


  • Genesect4ssb4
  • You know who should be included in the new Smash Bros. game: Pac-Man!

    • Genesect4ssb4

      Megaman is far more requested.

      • I would also like to see Megaman get some love, and not like the ridiculous version of him that was in Street Fighter X Tekken.  

      • RoadyMike

        VERY POSSIBLE CHARACTERS/Assist Trophies:
        I was thinking keeping the Pokemon Trainer but from BW and different pokemon(I’d miss Charizard tho :/)Megaman as you said,how about Travis Touchdown,Zoroark is very likely,Ganon could get replaced by Girahim or Demise,Rayman is very possible(seeing Ubisoft loves Wii U),Shulk from Xenoblade.A few chars from Fire Emblem,DK,Zelda and few from the eShop like Dillon and Patricia Wagon as assist trophies(if not playable)a monster from MH3(trophy of course) and throw in new Pokemon in the Pokeballs.There’s more but that’s all I can think of right now

        CHARACTERS FANS WANT(and some that are outrageous)
        Spyro and Crash(I’d rather see them in PS All Stars)Banjo and Kazooie(which belong to Microsoft now.Go figure)Pacman,Geno,return of Mewtwo and Roy,Koopa,Waluigi,Little Mac,Ribbon from Kirby 64(Idk y lol)”Bandana” Waddle Dee,Bomberman,Shadow,Dark Samus,Bowser Jr,Rosalina,Galactica Knight,Travis Touchdown,SS Zelda,Miis(There’s too many to mention here D: In short a LOT of other 3rd party)
        (Opinion:NO MORE SONIC CHARACTERS.For the love of god,give it a rest everyone)

        POSSIBLE BOSSES:Master Hand is a no brainer,Galactica Night,either a legendary from Pokemon BW or XY,Marx or O²,return of Ridley,a monster from MH3,I’m guessing some bosses from future Wii U titles and the rest will be SSB bosses

        STAGES:Pokemon Center Inspired by that amazing art we saw awhile back,Skyloft,At the top of Dragon Spiral Tower or N’s castle.Can’t think of any more right now :/

        DLC would be awesome for stages,assist trophies and a few characters,NO MORE CLONES(meaning get rid of Wolf or Falco and Toon Link and no Paper Mario and possibly Galactica Knight)Better online and Miiverse is a no brainer,well balanced character specials and attacks(no more spamming with Meta Knight,Pit(which will VERY likely use weps from Uprising now)Pikachu,Bowser and Kirby or overpowered like Ganon)

        • Genesect4ssb4

          Zoroark-6th Gen killed any chance it had+ it never became Lucario in terms of popularity
          Genesect or a popular 6th Gen rep are likely

          HAlf of the fan wanted characters are EXTREMELY unlikely, ESP bomberman, Crash, Spyro, Geno, Koopa, Waluigi, Banjo and Kazooie, Galactica Knight, Rosalina, Ribbon, Shadow, Dark Samus

          I praise the return of Mewtwo and Roy

          Ghirahim wil NOT replace Ganondorf
          Do u realize the backlash Sakurai will receive if he did such a thing?
          Ghirahim will get his own separate slot, or none at all.

          • Genesect4ssb4

            Rayman is unwanted, unpopular for smash, and has no requests AT ALL
            doesn’t matter if he has games on the Wii and Wii U

          • RoadyMike

            That’s why I said,”outrageous”. Plus,all the fan wanted ones I listed were the only ones who had somewhat of a possibility.They were taken from a year and a half old forum/poll(A very crazy one at that)There were even crazier ones like Pyramid Head and Leon S Kennedy.Of COURSE we all know most of these will never be in SSB4 :D(lol.Genesect.Nice one)
            I still have my hopes up for those improvements tho

          • Genesect4ssb4

            (lol.Genesect.Nice one) 
            No im serious. He has support, bigger than Zoroark, Victini and all other 5th Gens (bar Hydreigon maybe, lol)

          • RoadyMike

            Hate to break it to ya,but no.I’m more than sure that Zoroark is far more popular and mentioned (when discussing ssb4)than Genesect.Probably not as popular as Lucario or Mewtwo,but definitely more than Genesect.How many times has Zoroark been mentioned?Ask anyone in the know.They’ll say “Perhaps Zoroark to replace Lucario” Now,how many times has Genesect been mentioned?….other than you,I’ve only seen 2
            Also,”The 6th gen killed off any chance it had” Do you honestly think that doesn’t apply to Genesect as well?Have a seat
            I have nothing against the awesome genetically altered Bug-Steel legendary(and with a LAZAH no less)but in terms of mentions it has for ssb,its just unpopular
            It doesn’t matter who is most likely to get in now anyway.It’s most likely that NONE of these will get in.All we can do is dream.This discussion is now over

          • Genesect4ssb4

            Not over

            Genesect has a 2013 movie.
            Zoorark is history.

            So 6th gen killed Zoroark ONLY BECAUSE of his age. Genesect hasn’t even had a movie, but is scheduled for one in 2013

          • RoadyMike

            lolWut?When did I ever mention the movies?I’m talking about the games here
            Yes over.You’ve got nothin.I’m not gonna try reasoning with you when you have that username.It’ll get us nowhere

          • Genesect4ssb4

            Its not over. Movies were A HUGE FACTOR in Lucario getting into Brawl. Mewtwo’s Melee specials were based off his movies (Shadow Ball, Disable, Psychic (his back throw). Zoroark gained his popularity from his movie. U think people pick pokemon in the games for ssb4? If so, then I rather have Tyranitar or Hydreigon. No, they pick mons based on movie apperances, popularity, and whether it fits Sakurai’s four rules concept.
            And I’m no Genesect fanboy, i also like Victini and will accept a 6th Gen rep.

    • NkoSekirei

       heres my list of characters i want to see for super smash bros u and they have appeared on nintendo consoles : llyod and sheena from tales of symphonia,ryu,momiji,and ayane from ninja gaiden 3,knuckles from sonic and knuckles,megaman x and zero from x series, and maybe some soul calibur characters especially wen link was on soul calibur 2, and dark samus.Theres more i want to see but forgot their names lol.

      • And Rayman, Bomberman, and Earthworm Jim.

        • Nintenjoe82

          Next you’ll be asking for Bubsy the Bobcat and Pierre le Chef

      • Genesect4ssb4

        WAYYY 2 many third party, most are unpopular and have low requests. Megaman X is the least favored of all variants of Megaman.

    • I want more Kid Icarus Uprising characters; Dark Pit, Magnus, Phosphora, Palutena, Hades, etc. Midna from Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. A female character from Fire Emblem, too. Zoroark to replace Lucario, maybe? 5th and 6th gen Pokemon. Megaman, Zero, Ridley, Geno, and any other characters people wished were in Brawl would be nice.

      • Genesect4ssb4

        Zoroark is unpopular, unwanted, and was killed off by the 6th gen

        Lucario will stay
        Females for the sake of it is a pointless argument. Chrom or Roy returning are the most likely.
        Zero is unwanted
        Geno has no chance
        Most popular 5th Gen pokemon is Genesect (actualy he is supported in US and Japan)
        Midna, Magnus, Dark Pit (alternate for pit), Hades are unlikely. Have no chance as playable.
        Ridley, Megaman are the only 2 likely that will probably make it for ssb4

        • Yeah, no. Lucario is not staying. Perhaps not Zoroark, but I haven’t paid much attention to Pokemon. Genosect is not more popular. You’re obviously biased. Ridley is less likely than those other characters, so, just lol.

          • Genesect4ssb4

            Lucario wil stay. People rather see him stay rather than go.
            Genesect is the most likely 5th gen. Sorry bro, look up ur info.
            Ridley is INCREDIBLY likely. The most wanted character in the US bar  Rool, return of Mewtwo, or Little Mac

    • bizzy gie

      Attack: chomp chomp chomp chomp

      Defense: *runs away*


    • And Rayman, Bomberman, and Earthworm Jim.

    • Nintenjoe82

      I hope they completely reinvent the franchise.

      Namco put Link into Soul Calibur 2 so I am hoping for Siegfried to make an appearance in Smash!

      Yoshimitsu can go use his suicide move.

  • Can’t wait, I’ve been dying for a New Mario Kart and Mario game =3 Same goes for Super Smash Bros 

  • Destructonator 101


  • Myles Rodriguez


  • MetroidZero

    As long as Mario is not in Outer Space collecting Star-bits, I’ll be a-oh-k.

    • Destructonator 101

      Yeah, I don’t want another MG, becomes too repetitive.

  • Dominic Coradazzi

    E3 is gonna be fucking awesome this year 😀

    • Destructonator 101

      Imagine E3 2014. Theres going to be more epic stuff coming!

      This year and the year after, phony and microstuffed will be presenting to cameras, not to a crowd. E3 will have to be relocated just to fit the crowds wanting to be at the big N’s conference!

  • sonicfan1373

    It is going to take a lot to top Super Mario Galaxy 2…but I know Nintendo can do it 😀

  • Guilliman

    Personally I’d like the new Mario Kart to be another Double Dash, which for me is the best Mario Kart of them all.  Picking a pair of characters added a nice little piece of strategy and the handling was the best of the series.

    • Destructonator 101

      Double Dash was also my personal fav.

  • all i need is Smash Bros with good online play please

  • Guilliman

     Paper Mario and Paper Bowser for the next Smash Bros. anyone?

    • Destructonator 101

      They would become tools for links artwork.

      *Link pulls his sword out, cuts up mario and bowser, and pastes them on to canvas.

    • Genesect4ssb4

      Both have low requests. Especially paper bowser.

  • john


  • I just hope that the new Mario Kart will be like Double Dash; that one is STILL the best Mario Kart.

  • Linskarmo

    These games should be absolutely epic!

  • Kirbyomega

    E3, Y U SO FAR AWAY?

  • Hsialin

    Hope they leave out the freaking stupid bikes in wiiU mario KART this time, 3ds mk is awesome.

    • Rick van der Linde

      Don’t touch my Mach Bike.