Rejoice, Mario Kart Wii U Is Coming This Year

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We already know that Nintendo is working on a fresh Mario Kart entry for the Wii U and that it will make its debut at this year's E3.

However, in a PR email pertaining to its 2013 financial results, Nintendo has let slip that the game will be rolled out onto the starting grid this year, which should give the struggling console a much-needed shot in the arm:

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.

With the Wii U's software lineup for 2013 looking a little barren, this should be just the tonic the platform needs as it enters a holiday season where it will face stiff competition from PS4 and Microsoft's new Xbox console.