|(Images from Nintendo Direct held in January.)|
In a recent Nintendo Direct presentation, company president Satoru Iwata confirmed that a new Mario Kart and 3D Mario are in development for the Wii U, and would make an appearance at E3 this year. While he didn't mention when they might arrive in stores, it appears that they are coming sooner than many might have expected. Here's an excerpt from a recent press release:
Based on the strong lineup of upcoming software titles for both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U systems, Nintendo expects to return to Operating Income profitability by the end of the current fiscal year. During the next several months, Nintendo expects to launch new titles in the Mario Kart (Wii U), Super Mario Bros. (Wii U), Wii Fit (Wii U), Pikmin (Wii U), The Legend of Zelda (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS), Mario & Luigi (Nintendo 3DS) and Pokémon (Nintendo 3DS) franchises. These games, along with titles from Nintendo’s third-party publishing partners, will help drive hardware momentum and introduce new audiences to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS platforms.
As you can see, it lists Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros., and The Legend of Zelda among the list of games expected to launch on the Wii U in the coming months. Given that Eiji Aonuma says the new Zelda game for the Wii U is going to take quite a while to make, the press release must be referring to the HD remake of The Wind Waker which is scheduled for release this fall.
Source: Nintendo via gengame.net