Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto reveals that Nintendo is currently creating a new adventure for Mario and suggests that the game may be ready to show off at E3 2017.
This year’s E3 was all about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Pokemon Sun and Moon for Nintendo. The company decided to stick to two flagship games, rather than reveal its upcoming NX console and hint at that machine’s launch lineup. Regardless, the company was still willing to talk about a few of its other properties on the conference floor.
Legendary game creator Shigeru Miyamoto fielded a few questions about the big changes that Breath of the Wild makes to the tried and true Zelda formula and ended up dropping some big hints about an upcoming Mario game, as well. Nintendo fans have been assuming that a new Mario title must be on the way if Nintendo is on the verge of releasing a new console and Miyamoto confirmed that the company is currently working out how it can reinvent Mario the same way it is doing with Zelda.
Here’s what Miyamoto had to say about the possibility of revealing a new Mario game at E3 2017…
“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.”
The tease of a new Mario title at E3 next year will definitely be enough to get many Nintendo fans incredibly excited. It sounds like the game isn’t likely to arrive until late 2017 at the earliest, but knowing that Nintendo’s most iconic character will be featured in a new, full-length title is still good news.
Miyamoto went on to explain that reinventing Mario, in the same way that Zelda was reinvented, is a little tougher…
“It’s kind of difficult with Mario because some of the more important conventions of Mario are based on the approachability and accessibility of those games.”
When it comes to this point, Miyamoto may not be giving himself and the company enough credit. Mario 64 was a total game changer and although it still plays like a platformer, the leap to 3D and an ‘open world’ of sorts was a total deviation from what gamers had seen from Mario titles before. That said, it’s possible that Miyamoto is just imagining an even more extreme change for the franchise that makes the previous generation leaps seem like nothing.
Whatever it is that Miyamoto and Nintendo are working on, we can’t wait to see it. Breath of the Wild is already an early game of show contender for many E3 attendees and it will be very exciting to see Mario get a similar major overhaul, even if we didn’t realize he needs one.
What do you think a reimagined Mario title will look like? Do you expect the game to really be shown at E3 2017? Let us know in the comments.