KYOTO, Japan, March 4 (UPI) -- During its Nintendo Direct presentation Thursday, Nintendo announced a number of new titles including Paper Mario: Color Splash and Star Fox Guard.
Revealed as the next entry in its popular Paper Mario series, Color Splash features the famous Italian plumber visiting Prism Island, which has been drained of all its color.
It's up to Mario to use his trusty new paint hammer to bring color back to the once vibrant Island. Other Mario characters including Toad and Peach are also set to make an appearance. Color Splash was given no firm release date but is expected to launch in 2016 for the Nintendo Wii U.
Star Fox Guard meanwhile surprised fans of of the long-running aerial combat series when it was announced as an extra add-on game to be packaged with the company's upcoming Star Fox Zero.
Starring Grippy Toad, the uncle of Star Fox mainstay Slippy Toad, Guard is the finished version of game designer Shigeru Miyamoto's Wii U tech demo Project Guard, which was first unveiled at E3 2014.
The game, which utilizes the Wii U's GamePad controller, will have players protecting outposts by using a series of surveillance cameras as waves of enemies pour in. Guard is set to launch on the Wii U alongside Star Fox Zero on April 22.
Other notable titles revealed during the Nintendo Direct include Pocket Card Jockey, a horse racing game from Pokémon developer Game Freak for the Nintendo 3DS and the long awaited western release of Monster Hunter X, now known as Generations also for the 3DS.