Super Mario 3D World Release Date Leads Nintendo Direct Wii U Info Dump

Today’s Nintendo Direct has unleashed a wave of news for both of Nintendo’s platforms. Wii U owners should be especially excited, thanks in part to some important confirmations for major upcoming first-party titles, as well as other tidbits of news to suffice any hungry Nintendo fan.

Super Mario 3D World, the successor to the 3DS’s Super Mario 3D Land, was unveiled at this year’s E3 with Mario and company grabbing new power-ups such as the Cat Suit and other wacky additions. Finally, more light as been shed on the game’s release – while North American players will pick up the game November 22nd, Super Mario 3D World ships in Europe on the 29th of that month.

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will also launch in November, on the 8th in the UK. Sonic: Lost World will have already been released, as it comes mid-October.

Joining the mix is Wii Party U and Wii Karaoke U, both incoming Wii U titles heading to shelves and the eShop, respectively, at opposite ends of October. Each game can somehow utilize the Wii U’s Gamepad, such as in Wii Party U’s Gamepad exclusive minigames (like Tabletop Football) and more. On the other hand, Scribblenauts Unlimited, which was previously delayed in Europe, launches December 6th.

The disappointing counterbalance to all of this, however, is the unfortunate delay of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Wii U. Retro Studios\’ Donkey Kong Country Returns sequel will instead be released in early 2014.

Dakota Lasky