Nintendo confirms work has begun on the next core Mario game, but won't say if it's for Wii U or 3DS

Producer Yoshiaki Koizumi says if it's a Wii U game, it could use the system's GamePad in a more significant fashion.

Nintendo has begun work on the next entry in the core Mario series, but the company won't say if this new game is for the Wii U or 3DS. Speaking with Edge, producer Yoshiaki Koizumi said, "That's still a secret! I can tell you, though, that we've already started approaching our next challenge."

Also in the interview, Koizumi said Nintendo's design team continues to seek out new ways to innovate in the platforming genre. "There's still a lot more room for discovery and invention, and we'll continue to propose new and exciting game mechanics going into the future," he said.

If this new game is a follow-up to the critically adored Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U, co-director Kenta Motokura pointed out that his group "might need to make even more use of the GamePad."

Also in the interview, Motokura explained the genesis of the Cat Mario powerup (pictured) from Super Mario 3D World.

"We wanted Mario to make use of not only the ground but other surfaces, which is what led us to this idea," he said. "At roughly the same time, we were looking at ideas for more exciting ways for players to run around the courses."

"One of the things we investigated was having characters scamper around on [all fours]. For both movement styles, the test characters were either a normal-looking Mario or a version with a slight difference in color," he added. "In finally putting all this together into a new Mario ability, we felt that a cat ticked all the boxes…for the final design, we strove to make it as cat-like as possible, while keeping it clearly distinct from [3D Land's] Tanooki Mario.”

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sawyerregal
sawyerregal

I want an awesome KIRBY game, with his powers etc....


kirby rainbow is a lame kirby game,  im very disappointed

BFarmer1980
BFarmer1980

What I'd really like to see is a viable 3D Mario game that's designed with the single-player experience in mind, rather than an designed with it as an afterthought.  Honestly, nothing less is going to sell me a Wii U.

joeye65
joeye65

Super Mario Sunshine is long overdue!! D:

kaliskonig
kaliskonig

I say make it a combination of 3D world and 64 but with multiple hub worlds instead of an overworld map/one castle. You can find stars around each hub as well as in the various stages you can access from each hub. Get rid of the stage timer from 3D World and have at least one big explorable stage per hub world and the rest can be smaller fun on one path stages like in 3D world. Call it Super Mario 3D Galaxy.

josep09823
josep09823

Please be a Super Mario Galaxy 3. Please...

mister_f15
mister_f15

I had an idea for a new Mario game. It would be a bit like SM64, but it wouldn't stay in just Peach's Castle. There'd be buildings like Water Temple, Sky Tower, and it would end in Bowser castle. As for the story, I thought of something with a powerful crystal broken into shards. And then Bowser and the Koopalings all get one. Of course, the Koopalings would then be the main bosses, but there would also be bosses in regular levels, plus, the Koopaling battles wouldn't be those boring 3-hits-within-6-seconds battles, but innovative challenging combats. My last idea was to have some bosses guarding a certain item. If you'd defeat the boss, the item would become available in the levels, hidden in previously transparent blocks. (Again, like in SM64)

johnnycaged
johnnycaged

Just give us another Metroid please.. 3ds or Wii U. 

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Make a proper 3D Mario game this time?  World/Land was pseudo-3D.  It was technically 3D but most of it had you pretty locked in on paths, and they might as well make a 2D game if they're going to do that.  No more feeling like you're on platforms in the sky... too much of that.  Can we get another fully 3D game like Mario 64, where you're encouraged to explore and find hidden nooks and crannies?

nostalgiapower
nostalgiapower

Whine whine whine....Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 3D World were AWESOME. I'm glad Nintendo is working on another Mario game.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

Nintendo still doesn't get that the GamePad isn't what people want.

Mario Kart 8 barely uses it at all, and it's the best selling game on the system by far.  GAMEPLAY sells games, not gimmicks.

ecurl143
ecurl143

Let me guess............Mario 47?

makkusu19
makkusu19

They should surprise people with a brand new Mario rpg style game like from elements from Super Mario RPG . it would be awesome to have a game like that. i mean I love Paper Mario and the Mario and Luigi series but it would be awesome for something new :)

Slagar
Slagar

Would love to see a worthy sequel to Mario 64.

PyreofKoL
PyreofKoL

New Mario is nice, but for heaven's sake, get a new Metroid on the Wii U. Metroid: Other M pretty much washed out everything the Prime trilogy did for the series, so Samus is badly in need of redemption. 

colbster
colbster

New Rogue Squadron please! With the gamepad as your targeting computer...

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

The Wii U needs a lil less Mario, a lil mo..LOT third party games. And not party games, big third patty games.

minecraftgreek
minecraftgreek

Problem with the gamepad is in multiplayer it doesn't lend itself to co-op very well if one person has to touch the screen to do things that other people cannot do.  


Super Mario 3D world was great, and I'd love more of that, but I still think the gamepad is more of a liability than anything.  I just hope using it isn't a requirement.  I like that a lot of games let you just use the Pro Controller to play.

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

so probably released in 2016 q4

chronox44
chronox44

Perhaps a new mario game with a mario 64 kind of gameplay or an open-world mario game? I think taht would be great.. :)

registeredpunk
registeredpunk

Bullshit, haters trying to troll about Nintendo making something new. New IP does not mean new ideas. Mario games are so full of innovative quests and puzzles every time. Like you trolls would know anyway. Besides the company is so full of great franchises to make use of for the next generations.

mathg04
mathg04

I find it quite interesting that everyone demands a new IP from several developers, because of lack of "inovation", in the mean time everyone is crying about How I Met Your Mother ending after doing the same for 10 years.

Why can't they see some gaming IPs like they see tv series?

prats93
prats93

I've got a better idea, how about a new IP? Oh wait, its fuckin Nintendo.

Hekteur
Hekteur

@YukoAsho Well, I'm going to ask that you stop deciding for everyone what we want. We're all different person with different opinions. And about that gimmick sentence of your, I'm going to ask you this, since Nintendo's all gimmicky: how did they do to get the 3DS up to over 40M units? So many people were saying the EXACT same gimmick bs of your when the 3DS launched. Well, guess what, gameplay is nothing more than a gimmick to keep you entertained. It's all subjective. A fun gameplay for you could be incredibely boring to someone else.

hochstreck
hochstreck

@YukoAsho 

Strangely, the Wii-U offers quite a formidable and varied selection of amazing and unique to play games(compared to the rest of the current big-budget industry), yet it isn't selling all that well.


So much for your plausible, but in reality not durable theory of "gameplay sells a game". There are many things just as important or even more important than creating unique high-quality gameplay - in order to produce a product which is successfull commercially.

Hekteur
Hekteur

@ecurl143 You're not much into gaming aren't you? Why do I ask? Name me the last Super Mario game that came with an iteration number... NONO!! Mario Kart 8 is a racer, not a Super Mario game.

lannyboy334
lannyboy334

@rickphoenixxx That is an objective statement. In my opinion the other next-gen consoles have such an utter and complete lack in must have titles, especially ones that can't be bought on PC, that Nintendo was my first purchase.  It came down to Halo versus Smash Bros, and for the social aspects I went with Nintendo and bought Mario Kart and Mario 3D World as well.  I don't see the 3rd party issue being fixed anytime soon, the architecture the Wii processor is built on doesn't port as well as the PC/One/PS4 combo does.  It'll take a new system based on an x86 processor to bring the Wii U in line with the other systems, and Nintendo has proven they aren't going to abandon the Wii U before it has living out a 5+ year life cycle.  So for the time being we get awesome first party titles worth owning.

Hekteur
Hekteur

@minecraftgreek It's technically possible to hook up 2 gamepad to one Wii U so, all we need is Nintendo to start selling the gamepad separately and someone to make use of more than one gamepad.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

@registeredpunk Mario games?  Full of innovative ideas?

Super Mario 3D World was just Super Mario 3D Land over again, and Super Mario 3D land was nowhere near as deep and innovative as people want to make it out to be.

Hekteur
Hekteur

@phenomfawaz Everyone commenting on here apparently. And if you didn't care, why bothering reading and commenting on the article?

HedleyLamarr
HedleyLamarr

My thoughts exactly. Some TV shows run for a decade, 100s of episodes with mostly the same characters and same plot line. And people love and continue to watch these shows. Yet people bitch about devs sticking with a certain series, and expect them to create a new IP with a new engine and revolutionary innovation every time. Which would be impossible and gaming would cease to exist if that were the case. They would have to put so much money into a new project that people might not even buy. They would go broke. The game industry is a business, whether people like it or not. Whether it's Mario, CoD, Assassins Creed, it makes sense to keep giving people what they love.

so_hai
so_hai

@mathg04 Games are better than TV, so the standard is set higher.

Hekteur
Hekteur

@prats93 Captain Toad says hi! And... if by new IP you meant video game character, let me inform you that a character's name is not what make an IP new or old. Mario Kart and Smash are totally different IP. Now go back to playing COD/BF/FIFA on your XStationOne4.

Hekteur
Hekteur

@YukoAsho @registeredpunk Mario Tennis, Mario Party, Dr Mario, the original Super Mario Kart, The original Smash Bros, Mario Paint, Super Mario RPG, and a bazillion of other franchises involving Mario say "Hi!".

Hekteur
Hekteur

@so_hai @mathg04 that's exactly like saying a calculator is much better than the idea of fear. 2 completely different hings that can't really be compared together. Like one over the other all you want, they still can't really compare together.