Despite rumors of his retirement spreading late last year, Shigeru Miyamoto has been extremely busy at Nintendo. He’s currently contributing to the development of Luigi’s Mansion 2 on the 3DS, as well as Pikmin 3 for the Wii U. While those games would likely be enough to keep other developers preoccupied, Miyamoto has also allegedly been hard at work on a brand new Mario game for Nintendo’s next-gen system, the Wii U.
According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the legendary game maker outed the Wii U version of Mario in an interview with them. He claimed to be showcasing the new title at this year’s E3, and that it would utilize a television screen in combination with the Wii U controller screen during gameplay. Miyamoto also spoke on how he is preparing the next generation of game developers at Nintendo for his eventual retirement – as well as how he’d still like to do something new with the poorly-received Wii Music property.
Very little is currently known about the first-party projects in development for the Wii U, and since they already plan on re-revealing the console at this year’s E3, it would make sense that a new Mario game accompany it. Nintendo did recently snatch up the Super Mario 4 domain, so maybe they did so in preparation for the unannounced game’s big reveal. There’s also a chance that Miyamoto misspoke, or that his comments were translated incorrectly, so there may not even be plans to reveal a new Mario at all.
A Super Mario installment on the Wii U is an inevitability, so this “announcement” isn’t surpising. What will be interesting is how Nintendo plans on approaching the new game whenever they get around to revealing it. Will it be a side-scroller or another 3D game similar to Super Mario 64? Whatever type of Mario game it is, E3 2012 simply can’t come soon enough.
Nintendo has now confirmed to Eurogamer that they will indeed by showing off a new Super Mario Bros. title for the Wii U at this year’s E3. Since the ‘Super Mario Bros.‘ monicker is often given to side-scrolling platformers, it seems likely that this new title will not be a 3D adventure game â€“ though that’s not yet confirmed.
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