Nintendo: Wii U Zelda and 3D Mario are coming, were considered when designing the console

As good as some of the Wii U's launch line-up has been, there are two notable absences. Two very large elephants in the room, one holding a plunger, the other dressed in elfin garb. But fear not. Nintendo hasn't forgotten about 3D Mario and Zelda.

Speaking to IGN, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has stated "We will announce the launch schedules for new 3D Zelda and Mario games in the future, but this is not the right opportunity for me to indicate when we will make such announcements." 

That said, the lack of announcement doesn't bode ill for the HD fates of Nintendo's big two. In fact they're of the utmost priority for the new Nintendo machine - for any new Nintendo machine in fact. According to Iwata "as we develop a new hardware platform, we ask ourselves such questions as, ‘what kind of new Zelda and Mario games do the software creators hope to make on this?'"

So don't worry about the no-show for Nintendo's biggest two at launch. Just rest assured that when they do appear they'll probably be pretty special and a proper use of the Wii U's unique technical twang-doodles.

And in the meantime check out our features on what we want from the new Mario and Zelda games when they do turn up.


  • db1331 - February 12, 2014 1:28 p.m.

    I don't know why they even released the console without one of these games available at launch. I can't wait to take advantage of all the great Nintendo Exclusives for $20 in a few years when they all go Player's Choice.
  • LKJHGFDSA - November 29, 2012 9:43 p.m.

    Very good news. I wonder if they have other AAA games underwraps. (I would love to see an HD F-Zero & Earthbound for one.)
  • Smash_Bro - November 29, 2012 5:34 p.m.

    What do you guys think will be finished first: Wii U Mario, or Smash Bros U? (I leave out Zelda, as I'm sure those games take significantly longer)
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  • rainn'sgaydar - November 29, 2012 9:10 a.m.

    I remember the lead designer for Zelda saying it's hard to imagine making a Zelda without motion control in the future, but if they're going to take advantage of the gamepad with Zelda U, wouldn't they have to mostly shun motion control? Or at least Wii Remote waggle? Either way this is obvious news, but welcome news. I'd say new Mario next year and new Zelda the year after, possibly 2015. Just my prediction.
  • Kermit1970 - November 29, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    @ Nintendo365. Yes I do know what an IP is for, but how many separate bloody games of their ip do they need to shoehorn into every iteration of their console? @ shawksta. I was talking about the console being innovative.
  • shawksta - November 29, 2012 10:17 a.m.

    Zelda and Mario are their major 2, they always utilize their console/Handheld to make a new experience for those 2 games, which basically means they are innovating especially with each game having new ideas and concepts. Were talking about Zelda and 3D Mario though, Mario's Spin offs are a different story but even then are ideas.
  • J-Fid - November 29, 2012 7:55 a.m.

    This isn't really news. It's kind of obvious that these games are coming.
  • Imgema - November 29, 2012 5:41 a.m.

    And Starfox! Please, a real sequel to the N64 classic. And a Nintendo made F-Zero game in the same style as the N64 one (you know, with death metal music and all)...
  • Kermit1970 - November 29, 2012 5:40 a.m.

    They like to innovate do they? Why the bloody hell do they keep on recycling Mario and Link then?
  • nintendo365 - November 29, 2012 6:29 a.m.

    Do you even know what an IP is for?
  • larkan - November 29, 2012 6:49 a.m.

    Yup, it's to show what hardware is capable of, and how badly they can make a game based off of it (Red Steel, Zombie U)
  • brickman409 - November 29, 2012 9:51 p.m.

    I get the feeling you have never played red steel 2
  • nintendo365 - December 2, 2012 2:34 a.m.

    LOL, BOTH of those games have had fantastic sequels. ZombiU is sick as hell, almost better than L4D, and Red Steel 2 is the epitome of Wii FPS, it perfected it. Oh and btw, the IP for ZombiU is just Zombi for future idiocy.
  • Swedish_Chef - February 11, 2014 11:36 p.m.

    IMO ZombiU is a great game that could have been amazing if it was given a few extra months to work out it's kinks. Red Steel 1 was Garbage but Red Steel 2 is legitimately awesome.
  • shawksta - November 29, 2012 6:41 a.m.

    Making a new series doesn't suddenly mean Innovation buddy

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