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•Super Mario 3D World for Wii U is four-person multiplayer, due in December 
•Mario Kart 8 will release in Spring 2014 
•Wii Party U and Wii Fit U delayed until 'later this year' and 'winter' respectively 
•Drawing tool Art Academy announced 
•Platinum Games' The Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2 due 23 August and 2014 respectively 
•Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze announced, due this year 
•New Monolithsoft game, X, is seamless, open-world RPG 
•New Super Smash Bros. announced for Wii U and 3DS, due in 2014

Nintendo took the unusual step of not putting on a live press conference at E3 to detail its upcoming titles, instead preferring to broadcast a Nintendo Direct video before allowing the press to get hands-on on the show floor. It showed off several games, including Super Mario 3D World --a multiplayer Mario game for Wii U, Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. Universe.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata started off the video by showing new footage of 3DS title Pokemon X & Y and announcing Hey You, Pikachu! for the 3DS.

Then it was onto a brand new 3D Mario for the Wii U. Super Mario 3D World features four-person multiplayer and brand new power-ups, such as the Cat Suit, which allows Mario and his companions --Luigi, Toad and Princess Peach-- to clamber up walls and bound across the levels. Iwata said that the multiplayer mode can be as competitive or co-operative as you choose. Super Mario 3D World will release December 2013.

Next was Mario Kart 8 for Wii U, a brand new entry into the hugely popular kart racing series due in Spring 2014.