Nintendo has begun pulling its weight this year with getting fresh first-party content on the Wii U, and Shigeru Miyamoto has been at the forefront of this effort for some time. Despite a much less dramatic presentation at E3 this year, the Japanese video game company stirred up interest from longtime with the likes of Mario Kart 8 and a new Super Smash Bros. title. The Wii U software line-up doesn’t stop there, according to Miyamoto, who recently chatted about Super Mario 3D World, and a brand new Nintendo franchise coming next year.
Miyamoto admits to Japanese magazine Famitsu that Nintendo doesn’t stray too far from their traditional gameplay mechanics and core ideology in video game development. This is evident in the new Super Mario title for the Wii U, which was shown during E3 and is set to release later this year.
“With a lot of games these days, you have a ton of camerawork and you don’t really know what you’re doing, but you still get a lot of excitement and exhilaration out of it. I’m not saying those games are bad, but in the end, for us, whether it’s Mario or Pikmin, we think it’s the most fun if you work out what you’re playing in your mind and decide where to go next by your own free will. That’s something I think we should ensure stays in what we do.”
On the other side of that coin however, is Nintendo’s drive to create new experiences from its existing franchises. Featuring Princess Peach as a playable character means she is not simply a damsel in distress or a trophy to be acquired. She’s every bit a part of the action now, for the first time since Super Mario Bros. 2 on the NES.
“I suppose that, to many women, controlling a guy with a mustache isn’t really their first choice! So we thought of a few candidates, and we decide that if we had a Peach like she was in Super Mario Bros. 2 that was able to float a bit, that’d [also] be easy to control for beginners.”
The new character double-whammy that Nintendo intends to provide with Super Mario 3D World is a logical re-inclusion to the popular franchise, and should help sell the new title for Wii U owners and prospective buyers alike.
Besides the typical Marios and Zeldas that fans are used to seeing arrive on new Nintendo systems, Miyamoto also teased the arrival of a brand new franchise coming in 2014. Very little has been said already, but expectations are undoubtedly high for the new IP.
“I hope people are looking forward to the games coming up. We’ll have Mario Kart 8 out next spring, and at that point we’ll have the whole lineup in place, so I think it’s about time we brought out a new franchise. I can’t give out details, but that’s the title that’s been keeping me pretty busy lately.”
Nintendo has its hands full for the next few years, but what could this new franchise be, and what genres will it encompass? All bets are off at this point, but anything worthy of Nintendo’s seal of approval should also appeal to the company’s many fans. What do you think Miyamoto is up to, Ranters? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
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Source: Famitsu (via Polygon)