Miyamoto Revealing a New ‘Mario’ Game for the Wii U at E3 [UPDATE]

By | 3 years ago 

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.

[UPDATE]

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 — though that’s not yet confirmed.

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Source: El Mundo (via NeoGaf)

tags: Mario, Nintendo, Wii U