With the recent release of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, the continuing absence of the rumoured and desired GameCube library on the Wii U Virtual Console, and the ongoing and lingering sense that the Wii in HD would have been extra-special, it seems Nintendo is considering future opportunities to satisfy demand.
In a recent multi-publication round table interview, and as reported by Gamespot, Shigeru Miyamoto spoke up on the potential for future HD remakes on the Wii U; unsurprisingly these aren't a priority for the core teams, but as with previous remakes (such as those on the 3DS) could be taken up by second and third-parties.
As for remaking previous games in HD, that's certainly possible, but currently most of our developers are working on making new stuff. HD remakes might however be a good project for a development partner. So that's something that I hope we have the opportunity to introduce in the future.
The main thing that's always going to be on our minds is what new elements of gameplay can we use with the GamePad as applied to some of these older games. We want to find some way to bring a refreshing experience to this rather than simply update the visuals and leave it at that.
When addressing Super Mario 3D World, Miyamoto-san took the opportunity to emphasize that, while it represents a shift in direction in 3D Mario since the iconic Galaxy games on Wii, it's not necessarily a change that rules out a return to the popular style of its predecessors.
We did not set out trying to define the future of Mario action games with this title. Rather, we're just trying to find some fun new elements that we can incorporate. So for example, I certainly wouldn't rule out the possibility of us creating more games in the vein of Super Mario Galaxy, for example. What we're trying to accomplish here, is just to create a really good entry point for new players into the Super Mario 3D games.
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