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The Nintendo NX is due for release next March. The system has been across headlines all over the web. One thing a lot of people have been talking about is new software for the console. Well, according to Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, a new Mario game could be in the works for the NX and it could be arriving within the next two years.
Gamnesia picked out some choice quotes from Miyamoto in an interview he had with IGN, where the legendary developer at Nintendo mentioned that we could see the next generation of a Super Mario game as soon as next year's E3.
We're always challenging ourselves to create something new, so hopefully you'll see a new kind of Mario in about a year or two, [...]
Maybe next E3 we'll be able to share something
That's promising news. Gamnesia points out that the last big platforming title for Mario was Super Mario 3D World, which was released way back in 2013. It was notable for its isometric gameplay view and the ability to play four-player local co-op. It's a rare treat to be able to play 3D co-op games like that and Nintendo really went over and beyond with that title to include something fresh and different in that title, including giving players the option to don the roles of Toad and Princess Peach.
According to Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo is facing a challenge of trying to reinvent Mario with more innovation while also keeping the core tenets of the series the same, which are accessibility and approachability. The interesting thing about it is that the IGN article and Miyamoto compare Mario's evolution with the steps that Eiji Aonuma and his proteges have taken with reinvigorating the Legend of Zelda franchise with Breath of the Wild.
The new game takes on a more modern design scheme, utilizing the open-world structure made famous by games like Grand Theft Auto and The Elder Scrolls. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild also features improved combat mechanics, lots of explorable locations, new ways to engage with enemies, physics-based properties for both combat and puzzle solving, as well as all new ways to upgrade and customize Link.
Shigeru Miyamoto hopes to take that kind of approach to revitalizing the pudgy little plumber and his otherworldly adventures.
Just last year Nintendo released Super Mario Maker, which was the most recent outing for Mario. However, it wasn't so much a game as it was a creation toolset. The company wants to get back to making a full-on Super Mario title, and presumably take advantage of whatever new technology they could be including in the upcoming Nintendo NX.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be a cross-generational release, making its way to both the Wii U and the NX starting next year. The NX itself won't release until March, 2017, and if what Miyamoto is talking about is something Nintendo is already pursuing then expect the next big Mario reveal to happen at next year's E3. The only question is what sort of innovations will Nintendo bring to the table for the traditional platforming series?