Game news Nintendo: what future for Mario games? Miyamoto answers
On the occasion of the publication of the latest financial results, big N held another question-and-answer session. Well-known Shigeru Miyamoto took the opportunity to share his vision for the future of Nintendo’s flagship franchise: Mario.
Between innovation and accessibility
It all started with a simple question: “What do you think of the differences between 3D Mario games and 2D side scrolling games?” Shigeru Miyamoto no longer needed to move on a long and interesting analysis of Mario game development. This development can be easily summarized: To find a balance between the production of innovative games, which at the same time are accessible to as large a number as possible.
When we develop software, we try to incorporate new elements, but at the same time we want to make it so that new players can have fun without any problems.
This is what many appreciate in games like Super Mario Odyssey: fairly simple gameplay, but if you dig a little deeper, it turns out to be much more complex and innovative than expected. This study on accessibility by Miyamoto illustrates this with a very specific example:
Let me explain this by giving the background behind the development of the New Super Mario Bros. game. Wii, which came out in 2009. Back then, we felt like every time we did a new edition of the Super Mario franchise that was then expanded in 3D, it got more complicated. After Super Mario Galaxy was released in 2007, the goal was to make a more accessible 3D Super Mario game, and the result was New Super Mario Bros. Wii, a side-view Super Mario game that new players could easily find too can play. This then led to the release of Super Mario Run (a mobile app released in 2016), an even simpler game.
And for the future?
The various 3D Marios always knew how to play with the codes of their predecessors. If Super Mario 64 was a real revolution back then, Nintendo knew how to get the concept for produce titles that are both similar and profoundly different (Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy …).
Super Mario Odyssey has not been left out of novelty. Given the success, speculation about a possible direct continuation continues to grow. Some people imagine Nintendo reproduce the same formula as on a Super Mario Galaxy 2. But Miyamoto doesn’t seem to hear it that way.
Recently, people of all generations have been enjoying the Mario Super Mario Odyssey 3D game. When it comes to the future of Mario 3D, we’d like to try to expand even further by breaking new ground.
If there is a new Mario 3D, it should focus more on innovation. As a reminder, no announcement has been made regarding the future of the franchise. For now, fans can only fall back on it the animated film planned for 2022, on which Miyamoto was also able to work. The latter has high hopes for this film, which will follow the same slogan as his previous work: bring joy to the players.
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