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New Smash Bros, 3D Mario, and other Wii U games in pre-E3 Nintendo Direct

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Nintendo has plans to host another Nintendo Direct online broadcast prior to the events at E3, showcasing several highly anticipated Wii U titles that will likely be on-hand at the annual video game conference. Last month, the platform holder confirmed plans to skip out on hosting a press conference this year, instead opting for more Nintendo Direct presentations, brief pre-recorded videos in which the latest Nintendo news is broadcast and streamed to millions online. 

This broadcast, presumably coming soon as E3 is quickly approaching, will showcase "new Smash Bros., 3D Mario game, Mario Kart, and other Wii U titles." Nintendo of America explained that these titles, plus more, will be shown off "before the start of E3." Exactly how long before is a bit unclear, though. 

There are still a few questions regarding this whole process. Will they show off these new games and then host another presentation during E3? Or by "before the start," does Nintendo simply mean the day before; and then this Nintendo Direct could sort of serve as their press conference. I suppose it all depends on how big the news is. 

The new Super Smash Bros. is easily one of the most highly anticipated games for the Wii U and Mario is always a popular topic for Nintendo fans. Back in January, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata teased that the first screenshots for Super Smash Bros. on Wii U will be shown during E3 -- so that's something to look forward to, I suppose. Other than that, the rest remains a mystery.

It's already been confirmed that all three of these games will be playable at E3, which means those not attending the show might have a chance to demo them during the week of E3. During last week's broadcast, Nintendo announced a new partnership that would allow consumers in the U.S. and Canada to play the latest games at E3 at certain Best Buy retail locations. Other than that, last week's Nintendo Direct was viewed mostly as a disappointment to us.

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