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Nintendo has been milking its impressive stable of mega-popular franchises for so long now that we really shouldn't be surprised that today's Nintendo Direct online video presentation was devoted almost entirely to sequels, remakes, and rereleases of popular franchises. Still, it's a bit incredible how much Nintendo is leaning on established properties, rather than new game ideas, to populate the software market for the 3DS and Wii U.

Of course, a generation of fans who grew up on these Nintendo games aren't likely to care too much. Nintendo announced a direct sequel to the SNES classic The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for the 3DS today, using the same familiar overhead perspective and established Hyrulian world, while infusing it with new mechanics like the ability for Link to become a 2D drawing and scoot along walls. There are precious few additional details about the game, but I'm willing to bet a good portion of those reading this are ready to preorder for the holiday release right now just because, hey, it's a freaking Link to the Past sequel!

Many Nintendo console owners will likely have similar feelings about the new portable Yoshi's Island game Nintendo announced today. And the new 3DS Mario Party title, the new 3DS Mario Golf game, the new 3DS entry in the Mario and Luigi RPG series, the new 3DS Mario and Donkey Kong: March of the Minis game, the new 3DS Professor Layton game, the 3DS remake of Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Atlus' new 3DS Shin Megami Tensei game. Not to mention the new Wii U Pikmin game, which are now set for August 4, and the new Wario mini-game collection, Game & Wario, now set for June 23.

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Back when Nintendo first announced its "launch window" lineup of games that would be available for the Wii U by March 31, we were decidedly unimpressed. The list was filled with warmed-over ports and uninspiring shovelware. Today however, that list got even less impressive, as Nintendo announced a few of the most anticipated games for the system won't be out until April at the earliest.

Exploration game Pikmin 3, mini-game collection Game & Wario, action title The Wonderful 101, and fitness update Wii Fit U will now arrive in "the first half of the year" according to Nintendo. All of these games were originally supposed to hit stores before March 31, but they aren't listed as "Q1" releases in Nintendo's latest plan.

The release calendar isn't totally barren for Wii U owners in the coming months. The impressive 2D platformer Rayman Legends is due on February 26, and Traveller's Tales' fun-looking, family-friendly adventure Lego City Undercover is coming on March 18. The system is also getting versions of Ron Gilbert adventure The Cave and first-person shooter Alien: Colonial Marines around the same time as other systems, not to mention intriguing, downloadable indie side-scrollers like Bit.Trip Runner 2 and Toki Tori 2.

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Multiplayer possibilities will abound in new Super Mario Bros. U.

Nintendo relied heavily on the old to sell the new at E3 today, announcing new Mario, Pikmin, Scribblenauts, and Wii Fit titles to sell the upcoming Wii U console and its unique touchscreen controller. In addition to these games, a new title called NintendoLand will bring the classic characters from Mario, Zelda, and Donkey Kong into one big multiplayer adventure.

New Super Mario Bros. U gameplay was shown, looking much like the gameplay we've come to expect from previous games. What's new? Mario will be integrated into the "MiiVerse," letting you interact with friends or anyone around the world for the purposes of strategy or just trash talking. With the Wii U GamePad merging the functions of a tablet and traditional button-heavy controller, the game can transfer from your TV to the screen in your hands, and let up to five people play at once.

That includes four primary players and a fifth helping buddies out through "Boost Mode."

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My cousin from UK was going to get me " Pikmin 2, New Play control! " for the Nintendo Wii, but hes worried that a game from another country wouldn’t work on an american console. Does anybody know if a wii game from England will work on an North american wii console?

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