Nintendo to launch new Zelda and Yoshi games later this year

By on April 18, 2013, 7:00 AM

Nintendo announced a number of upcoming titles for the 3DS on Wednesday as part of the company’s latest Nintendo Direct online presentation. Chief among them is a new Legend of Zelda title that will take place in the same setting used during the 1992 hit The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

The latest release in the popular franchise will utilize the system’s 3D abilities, we’re told. For example, Link will be able to become a drawing and move along walls. The game is scheduled to launch this holiday season, Nintendo said.

Sticking with the Zelda franchise, Nintendo will be releasing two interconnected games for the 3DS: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons. These titles, originally released in North America back in 2001, will arrive once again on May 30.

Nintendo also announced release dates for some titles they’ve previously revealed for the 3DS like Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (May 24) and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. The latter title will force Mario to navigate the real world as well as Luigi’s dreams to once again rescue Princess Peach. Expect that title to drop on August 11.

The company also spent some time talking about upcoming games for the Wii U. EarthBound, an RPG that captivated fans way back in 1995, is making a return. The game is expected to hit the Wii U Virtual Console sometime later this year. Other games headed for the home console include a new Yoshi’s Island game and a new Professor Layton title.

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