Nintendo announces trio of games starring everyone’s favorite mascots

Today Nintendo has given us confirmation on a few games that most knew were coming out anyway, but it sure is nice to know for sure. First on the list is Wario Land: Shake It! which is a side scrolling platformer coming out for the Wii, starring Wario naturally. I really must applaud Nintendo here for a moment because traditional platformers have pretty much been relegated to the portable systems in the past few years and I’ve been dying for some quality big screen action in that department. The game, which is launching September 29, even plays with the Wii remote held sideways and aside from shaking the controller to perform attacks, looks to use the motion controls relatively little. How awesomely retro of the big N. What isn’t awesomely retro is the lack of widescreen support the screenshots are showing us.

The second game is Kirby Super Star Ultra for the DS which is a “re-imagining” of the SNES classic Kirby Super Star. Following the “Street Fighter Laws of Naming” Nintendo has added ultra to the end of the title in order to denote the updated graphics and added content the game will include. The ultra content contained within the game is a few new gameplay modes like Revenge of the King and Meta Knight Ultra and three new touch-screen-controlled mini-games that can be played with up to three friends via DS Download Play. With this and Wario Land it seems Nintendo will be having a very retro September this year.

Finally, on August 25, Nintendo will be delivering the first Mario baseball game for the Wii in the form of Mario Super Sluggers. The press release relates the game to Wii Sports and Mario Kart saying that it will be another classic that will bridge the gap between those ever-at-odds casual gamers and hardcore gamers. I’m guessing, much like Mario’s previous baseball outing Mario Superstar Baseball, this will be some wacky fun with easy to use controls and the depth of a puddle. The release also mentions the game having more than 30 characters from the Nintendo universe which means their will either be a few guest apperances from non-Mario characters or their going to have to start going pretty deep into Mario’s depth charts.

[See also: Wario Land: Shake It! gallery]
[See also: Kirby Super Star Ultra gallery]
[See also: Mario Super Sluggers gallery]