A new Mario game for Wii U will be shown at E3 2012. The news originates from Spanish newspaper El Mundo, who interviewed Nintendo's spiritual father/puckish delight Shigeru Miyamoto, and posted that Miyamoto "anticipates that the next E3 will present a Super Mario for the new console."
Nintendo confirmed the news, saying: "In a recent interview, Mr. Miyamoto confirmed that a new Super Mario Bros. game for the Wii U system will be shown at this year's E3 Expo. We'll have more to announce about our plans for the E3 Expo at a later date."
"Miyamoto, who smiled during all the interview - even when he wants to change the topic because 'it's not the moment' to talk about Wii U - thinks that the experience and the new game modes of this new console won't be 'easily replicated in other devices', which will allow them to escape the new tablet competition.
"The creator advances that at the next E3, the biggest video games show, which is celebrated in Los Angeles in June, Nintendo will present a new Super Mario for this platform, in which you will combine the TV screen with the screen in the controller."
Shiggy went on to say that he's working on Luigi's Mansion for 3DS as well as a new Pikmin! Amazing!
- VIDEO: Wii U Zelda Tech Demo
If I didn't know better, I'd predict that Nintendo plans to bring all of its most well known franchises to the Wii U. I also think that the company will come out swinging for the fences at E3 2012. After last year's slightly baffling first reveal of the Wii U, I think Nintendo is going to make sure everyone remembers why they love Nintendo, and how better to do that then to reveal a ton of old favorite franchises brought into the next-generation with the new console?
- VIDEO: Wii You Battle Me Tech Demo
We already know there's a tech demo for a Wii U Zelda. And we now know Mario is coming to the device. I predict Nintendo will announce Animal Crossing for the Wii U, as well as Smash Bros., PilotWings and more.
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