The big ape returns
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (February 21st)Donkey Kong and his friends hit high-definition for the first time with this interesting spin-off in the Country series. This time, the crew find themselves facing off against dreaded ice pirates who have turned their jungle into a frozen tundra.
Shovel Knight (April 2014)A rousing success on KickStarter, Yacht Club Games' retro-style platformer is coming to eShop. Shovel Knight combines a Mega Man-ish 8-bit appearance with innovative digging and shovel-hopping gameplay. For good measure, the level design will challenge at every turn, from floating platforms to bosses that will give even the most hardened gamers a run for their money.
Pedal to the metal
Mario Kart 8 (May 30th)Every generation's Mario Kart game is met with huge anticipation. A new anti-gravity element promises to take the track design leaps and bounds over other games in the series, and the online play should test the burgeoning Nintendo Network.
Hack or be hacked
Watch Dogs (Summer 2014)The Wii U version may be delayed, but Nintendo's version of Ubisoft's hack-adventure promises to offer exclusive touch-screen features on the GamePad.
Season of the witch
Bayonetta 2 (2014)Nintendo's relationship with Platinum Games continues with Bayonetta 2. With a number of staggeringly large enemies to defeat and plenty of savvy shooting/fighting gameplay to master, Bayonetta 2 should be a big "hardcore" hit for Nintendo fans, especially those that enjoyed The Wonderful 101.
The developer of Xenoblade Chronicles have a new adventure
X: Monolith Soft Project (2014)Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the best games available for the Wii. Developer Monolith Soft isn't done yet, as a new role-playing adventure, code-named X, is on the way to the Wii U.
Yoshi... but made out of yarn!
Yarn Yoshi (2014)The team behind the charming Wii platformer Kirby's Epic Yarn has been hard at work on this new side-scrolling adventure. Yoshi stars in this unique-looking title--and no baby Mario on his back!
Link's big adventure
Hyrule Warriors (2014)Rather than focusing on a full-blown quest, Hyrule Warriors pits Link against hordes of enemies, Dynasty Warriors. More on this game will likely be shown around E3 time, but this will be a stopgap before the inevitable Wii U Zelda adventure.
It's a brawling party