Mario Kart, a new 3D Mario title, and two Zelda games are coming to Wii U, Nintendo announced this morning in its latest Nintendo Direct broadcast.

The new 3D Mario – possibly Mario Galaxy 3 – will be developed by the team behind the Wii’s Super Mario Galaxy titles and Super Mario 3D Land on 3DS.

The new Zelda game promises to take the series "back to basics" according to the company, but in the meantime Nintendo is working on an HD port of GameCube classic The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker.

A new Yoshi game was also teased, and will be developed by the same team behind the Kirby's Epic Yarn on the Wii. Like that game, it will be "set in a fanciful world of yarn and textiles".

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata also announced a new game from Xenoblade Chronicles developer Monolith Soft, as well as a Shin Megami Tensei vs Fire Emblem cross-over.

"I apologize for the lack of new titles in January and February," he said.

The new 3D Mario and Mario Kart for Wii U will be playable at E3 this year.