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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161 comments
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.

Rattlehead2Deth
Rattlehead2Deth

Needs to be a Wii U game in the vein of 64, Sunshine, and the Galaxies. Deeeefinitely not Galaxy 3, though. Full 3D platformer with an interactive hub world. Ideally, I'd like co-op so one person plays on the tv, and one on the gamepad. Local, non-split screen co-op sounds like a great thing to me.

juiceman4519
juiceman4519

I would like to see Nintendo switch it up and do an adventure style Mario game that doesn't follow the Mario 64 formula. 3D World was fun, but I sometimes I wanted to mess around and explore the area, but 3D World's levels weren't designed that way, it's just make your way to the goal post. Here's to hoping Nintendo does something truly new and not just a new power up.

Kiaininja
Kiaininja

Their not saying if it's for the Wii-U or 3DS because it's going to be a launch title for the Wii-U2.

Defender1978
Defender1978

Super Mario 3d World is an awesome game.  

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

Hmm... more info at E3, I assume. But it's time for a big single-player Mario game for sure. We need the next Mario 64 / Sunshine / Galaxy. Mario 3D World was an awesome co-op game, but it's different. It was more like a party game, now we need a big solo adventure.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Mario 3D Land was okay but not memorable.  I don't know if 3D World is structured the same way... I just have the 3DS game, and I wasn't thrilled with it.  The levels were short and unimpressive, the camera was GOD AWFUL for a platformer and it essentially forces you to turn the 3D all the way up so you have a better idea of where you are in the air sometimes, and the leaf makes it too easy to skip over a lot of jumps and sometimes entire sections of a level... not to mention the leaf helps with the camera angle as you have more time to eyeball where you are in the air for a landing.  Also, the lives don't matter as this is by far the most generous Mario game I've played yet when it comes to lives.  Not that they mean anything within a game that's structured this way, but when I'm on my 2nd play-through trying to beat every stage with both Mario and Luigi and I have around 350 lives... that's just silly.  Why have lives at all if you're going to do it this way?

Personally I want something a little more like Mario 64 with levels that encourage exploration and finding secrets rather than a point-A to point-B run.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

A proper installment of the Super Mario bros series in the Style of Super Mario 64/Super mario Sunshine/Super Mario Galaxy


Hopefully Nintendo will do this. The 3DS is doing just fine. It is the Wii U that Nintendo needs to focus on and try to turn around. But at least another game is coming.



superbuuman
superbuuman

Well they need to make one that is a step forward/better than Galaxy...unlike 3D World which is a step backward from Galaxy. :P

gannon27
gannon27

There may be a small ray of sunshine starting to appear through the clouds for Nintendo. SuperSmashBros, MarioKart 8 and this new "Mario" title. Massive games in the Nintendo stable. The million dollar question. Is it too late?

bluefox755
bluefox755

Hmm, make a game for a console of 6 million, or a console of 40 million, I know I'd struggle with that decision. :)

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

A new mario game like SM64/Sunshine or Super Mario RPG on Snes is always welcomed. Nintendo never disappoints anyway.

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.

prats93
prats93

What's Galaxy 3? Never played it.

hystavito
hystavito

@Tiwill44  That's how I felt about Mario 3D World as well, from the coverage, and that's why I didn't get it, I'd never have people to play with.

hystavito
hystavito

@gannon27  The problem seems more like the market has changed and Nintendo first party stuff just isn't enough anymore.  Mario doesn't have the power to pull the casuals and fringe potential customers away from other products.  At least not enough draw to get people to buy WiiUs.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

@Defender1978 @jinzo9988I'd like to but the Wii U is what's holding me back.  It really doesn't look different at all when I see gameplay footage of it.