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Nintendo Confirms Pikmin 3, Super Mario, ZombiU for Wii U

posted on by Egan Loo
Highlights support for 2 GamePads, upcoming game lineup

Nintendo confirmed at its E3 media briefing on Tuesday that its Pikmin 3 and New Super Mario Bros. U games, as well as Ubisoft's ZombiU game, are coming to the new Wii U console. The first Pikmin game in eight years will use the console's high-definition graphics and its touchscreen-equipped GamePad to better depict the multitudes of creatures under the player's control. In ZombiU, the GamePad can be used as a second screen for sonar, inventory, scanner, sniper, door-hacking, and other modes.

Nintendo producer Shigeru Miyamoto had discussed the development of a Pikmin title for the Wii U since revealing the Wii U last year. Nintendo also showed a video with an unnamed zombie game during its "Nintendo Direct Pre E3 2012" web stream on Sunday.

Nintendo revealed that the Wii U can support two GamePads — although it acknowledged that each GamePad's screen will only support a maximum of 30 frames per second, as opposed to 60 frames per second for just one GamePad. Nintendo had previously shown only white GamePads, but Miyamoto and other presenters used black GamePads similar to the ones glimpsed in Sunday's web stream.

Nintendo showcased Batman Arkham City Armored Edition, a revised port of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's 2011 Batman: Arkham City game. Like the other Wii U games, the Armored Edition will use the GamePad's screen for inventory and other features, and it will have armored suits for both the title superhero and Catwoman.

Other featured titles include Scribblenauts Unlimited, Lego City: Undercover, and Just Dance 4 (one player can be the "puppet master" with the GamePad, choosing which moves the other players must dance). The new Wii Fit U exercise game will use the existing Wii Balance Board along with a new Fit Meter pedometer that transmits running data to the GamePad via infrared.

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