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Nintendo Direct focused on Smash Bros., 3D Mario game, Mario Kart Wii U titles airing before the start of E3

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Nintendo will host a Nintendo Direct broadcast "before the start of E3," to discuss new Smash Bros., 3D Mario game, Mario Kart and other Wii U titles, according to a tweet on the company's official Twitter account.

The company's most recent Nintendo Direct focused on the summer of Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games. It revealed a partnership between Nintendo and Sega to bring the next three Sonic the Hedgehog games exclusively to Nintendo's Wii U and 3DS. It also announced three different control schemes for Pikmin 3 on the Wii U, and that New Super Luigi U will be released as downloadable content through the Nintendo Wii U eShop on June 20 for $19.99.

In March, Nintendo announced that it will skip its E3 2013 press conference to do smaller, more targeted Nintendo Direct events.