Nintendo drops 'Mario Kart 8,' 'Super Mario 3D World,' 'Donkey Kong Country' details at E3

super-mario-3d-world-wiiu.jpgNintendo doesn't have the splashy reveal of a new console to command E3's attention this year, but the veteran video game company does have Mario, Donkey Kong and "The Legend of Zelda's" Link.

New games in several beloved franchises are on the way to gamers later this year and into 2014 for Nintendo's Wii U. Screen shots and press release details follow.

"Super Mario 3D World" (pictured above): Launching in December. The first four-player Mario game set in a 3D world. Play as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad: Each character has his or her own unique characteristics, and people can play cooperatively or competitively. The new cat transformation turns characters into adorable felines that can scratch enemies and even scamper up the flagpole at the end of levels.

mario-kart-8-wiiu.jpg "Mario Kart 8": Launching in spring 2014. The newest installment of the gold-standard racing game introduces an anti-gravity feature that has karts racing up walls and clinging to inverted tracks. The game will support online multiplayer.

donkey-kong-country-tropical-freeze-wiiu.jpg "Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze": Launching in November. The side-scrolling platformer has beautiful HD graphics that show fine details, such as Donkey Kong's fur. Dixie Kong joins the adventure, which features the Kongs swimming underwater and moving from the foreground to the background. This time, the camera changes perspective on certain levels to enhance the sense of motion and to deliver new experiences.

legend-of-zelda-wind-waker-hd-wiiu.jpg "The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD": Launching in October. The classic Nintendo GameCube game has been enhanced with beautiful HD 1080p graphics. In one change from the original, the Tingle Tuner has been replaced by the Tingle Bottle, which uses the Wii U GamePad controller to post comments about the game to Miiverse. Comments from players wash up on the shores of beaches in the game. Players also have the option to sail faster than they did in the original version.

bayonetta-2-wiiu.jpg "Bayonetta 2": Launching in 2014. The game's title character has had a makeover that gives her a new hairstyle and costume. Her climactic abilities are more powerful and the action is as intense as ever.

wonderful-101-wiiu.jpg "The Wonderful 101": Launching Sept. 15. Players take on the role of Wonder-Red, leader of a group of superheroes. Individually they are overpowered by invaders from space. But by working together, they can transform into a fist or blade and unleash massive attacks on their enemy. The polished, over-the-top look and music evoke classic superhero comics and cartoons.

Additional titles coming soon include:

- "Pokemon X" and "Pokemon Y" for 3DS (Oct. 12)
- "Wii Party U" (October)
- "Wii Fit U" (December)
- "Super Smash Bros." for Wii U and 3DS (2014)
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