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Classic games make their return on the Wii U

Get ready for all-new Mario this season Get ready for all all-new Mario this season

Nintendo is resurrecting games of the past era and bringing in a slew of new games for the Wii U

Remember Mario? That cute, little guy with a moustache, who would go about his quests making funny sounds and battling the bad guys?

Mario, Link, Yoshi and other classic Nintendo titles will soon be launching in new avatars, going by Nintendo’s recent webcast. The Nintendo Direct webcast was put out yesterday, in which Nintendo unveiled its plans for the Wii U platform, among other announcements.

Virtual Game Console to bring back retro titles
According to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, the Virtual Game Console will be made available for the Wii U this spring, which should bring back a host of games from the past era.

It has been 30 years since the Nintendo console was launched, and Nintendo has a special treat for gamers on its 30th anniversary. For just $0.30, you can rent several downloadable game titles for up to 30 days.

Among the games included in the list are Balloon Fight, Kirby’s Big Adventure, Super Metroid, and Donkey Kong.

Mario in 3D
But the most exciting announcement was the return of the Mario. Mr. Iwata declared that an all-new 3D Mario and Mario Kart will be unveiled at the E3 convention due this June.

Mario continues to be among the most popular games from Nintendo, with a history spanning several decades.

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker will also be making a comeback in high-definition, flaunting impressive HD graphics. Mr. Iwata also said that Nintendo is working on a new Zelda game for the Wii U.

Wii U has not been doing particularly well, and Nintendo seems to be quite serious about making its new game console a bigger success. The game console garnered less-than-stellar reviews when it hit the market, and it remains to be seen how the new games announced by Mr. Iwata are going to affect sales.