(Pocket-lint) - Nintendo has announced it will be bringing a new 3D Mario platform game and a new version of Mario Kart to its Wii U console later in the year.
Confirming the new games in a Nintendo Direct presentation, Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's president, revealed that Nintendo EAD Tokyo, the development team behind Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2 on Wii, and Super Mario 3D Land on 3DS, is working on an all-new 3D platformer featuring the portly plumber.
The company is also working on Mario Kart Wii U - "A series that has seen one instalment for each console release," said Iwata. Obviously, that doesn't include the original Nintendo Entertainment System.
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Nintendo, he also revealed, will announce further details in June at E3 in Los Angles - the world's biggest gaming trade show. And will have playable versions of each title for the press and games trade to try out.
Certainly, a high-definition 3D Mario game has been in great demand since the Wii U was released - and by that, we mean a virtual 3D platform game like Super Mario Galaxy or the classic Super Mario 64, not one that requires 3D glasses.
No other details were forthcoming for now.
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In related news, Iwata also confirmed that Nintendo will launch a number of other new Wii U titles in 2013, including Wii U Fit and two new Legend of Zelda games.