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Shigeru Miyamoto has spoken up about Super Mario Galaxy 3 and whether or not we'll be seeing it anytime soon. The short answer? No. The long answer? Well, it could actually happen and might even be possible on the Wii U.
According to Eurogamer, Miyamoto was asked about the new Mario title and whether or not it could be possible. According to Miyamoto, Nintendo could make a new Super Mario Galaxy game so long as the hardware meets the kind of vision they have for the game.
Miyamoto told Eurogamer...
We're always thinking, is there a middle ground where people who do enjoy the 3D worlds of Galaxy and those who enjoy New Super Mario Bros. can both enjoy it? We're always looking at those opportunities,
Miyamoto explains that they currently have a full slate ahead of them with Star Fox Zero on the horizon and apparently some other mystery game(s).
What's impressive is that when Eurogamer pressed Miyamoto about the Nintendo NX and whether or not we could see a new Super Mario Galaxy on Nintendo's new system, and Miyamoto actually played up just how powerful the Wii U is, explaining...
Wii U's definitely good enough in terms of hardware performance, it is more the workload of the team. If you look at Star Fox Zero, the TV and GamePad are both rendered in 60 frames, so in total that's 120 frames. It's really just a matter of the CPU speed at this point.
That's a fascinating way to deflect.
It is known that the Wii U has very fast memory read speeds and that it has a lot of potential as a multi-tiered device that can utilize dual screen rendering, but it's oftentimes neglected by third-party publishers and in result the system has been relegated as “underpowered”.
The reality is that the system is made for specific kinds of rendering (and not the Gears of War kind) and it means graphics and art-styles have to be attuned to the Wii U's capabilities. As for the CPU... it does sound as if Miyamoto is hinting at the successor to the Wii U being slightly more capable in the processing department but leaves little said for anyone to speculate on.
It would be cool to see what Nintendo could come up with regarding a new Super Mario Galaxy on the Wii U, since they opted for a New Super Mario Bros and a Super Mario 3D World instead of a new Galaxy game, but with the Nintendo NX so close to being announced – and presumably close to being released – it might make more sense if they held off on any big first-party exclusives on the Wii U in order to ensure that the NX has some worthwhile games.
We'll likely find out more as 2016 draws closer.