The Gamecube, Wii, and 3DS all launched without a Mario game, and while the Wii managed to have a successful launch without Nintendo’s mascot, the Gamecube and the 3DS struggled early on without gaming’s favorite Italian stereotype there to help sell systems. Nintendo’s not taking any chances with the Wii U, as they let it slip today that a new Super Mario Bros. game will be unveiled for their strange new system at this year’s E3.
Speaking in an interview with Eurogamer, famed game designer and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto let it slip that there’d be a new Super Mario Bros. game for the Wii U at this year’s E3, though he remained coy on the details. At last year’s E3, Nintendo showed off a brief tech-demo that looked very similar to New Super Mario Bros. Wii, but it’s unknown at this point if the game that Miyamoto mentioned is in any way related to that demo.
Personally, I’m hoping for a new 3D Mario platformer: while both New Super Mario Bros. games were nice, they were too easy and lacked that certain je ne sais quoi that Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel had — as far as I’m concerned, Mario Galaxy represents the absolute pinnacle of the 3D platforming genre and perfects the formula that other games have been building on since Mario 64 — so I’m hoping for something more along those lines rather than another more casual-oriented Mario outing. Then again, both New Super Mario Bros. games sold substantially more than Mario Galaxy, so Nintendo might take the safe route here, especially if the new game is intended to launch alongside the Wii U this Fall.
Miyamoto also quickly commented that a new HD Pikmin is in the works for the system, which should be good news to the small but dedicated fanbase that that game has.