April 17, 2012 at 2:31 PM ET
New versions of Nintendo's "Super Mario Bros" and "Pikmin" for the Wii U will be on hand at E3 2012.
First there's "Super Mario Mii," which is actually a tech demo from E3 2011. It's essentially a modified version of "New Super Mario Bros Wii" with Miis added to the mix as playable characters.
No word yet whether "Super Mario Mii" is a full-on launch title or if it's still something to purely flex the new console's capabilities. There is hope and speculation that new features will be demonstrated.
Meanwhile, a brand new version of "Pikmin" is also expected to make its long-awaited debut.
The last "Pikmin" was part two, for the GameCube in 2004, which was later re-released in 2009 alongside the original for the Wii, with enhanced controls. Demand for a proper update has been consistently high among Nintendo's diehard fan base ever since.
A sequel was first mentioned by the series creator, and Nintendo's top designer, Shigeru Miyamoto, back in 2008. It was assumed that the follow-up was destined for the Wii, but not much was said afterward.
"In a recent interview, Mr. Miyamoto confirmed that a new Pikmin game will be shown at the E3 Expo in June," states a Nintendo spokesperson, when speaking to Eurogamer. "He believes that anyone who has played Pikmin games in the past will enjoy playing."
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