Nintendo reveals “totally new” 2D Super Mario for 3DS

Nintendo is planning to kick the 3DS's sales into full gear over the next year with the release of a fresh Super Mario game and a steady stream of other hot titles throughout its 2012 fiscal period, running April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013.

As detailed in Satoru Iwata's Third Quarter Financial Briefing, the Big N is building a “totally new” side-scrolling Super Mario game for the 3DS. Iwata also promised a higher consistency of top-tier releases, citing Kid Icarus, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, and Metal Gear Solid 3D Snake Eater as just a few examples.

“There will be more and more highly-anticipated titles for the Nintendo 3DS even in the U.S. and Europe where home console game systems lead the market,” he pledged. “In addition, we absolutely need to keep the vitality of evergreen titles and release new key titles seamlessly for the Nintendo 3DS in order to maintain the momentum of the platform throughout the year.”

Iwata offered no information about the new Super Mario adventure beyond the fact it would be a 2D title, however we can infer from title and Nintendo's history that there will be plumbers, stars, and possibly a princess in distress. Judging by Nintendo's news that Super Mario 3D Land has become the first game to sell over 5 million copies, we can also assume anything invoking the Mario name and/or image will also sell a ridiculous amount of copies regardless of its dimensions.


  • purple_omlet - January 28, 2012 3:33 a.m.

    I wouldn't mind a megaman 9 treatment to a new mario game. I would love to see some pixel sprites instead of the (admittedly ugly) 3D sprites from NSMW. That game kinda sucked.
  • IceBlueKirby - January 28, 2012 12:43 a.m.

    I love the New Super Mario Bros. games, so I'm anxiously awaiting this new 2D game. Since Nintendo is apparently Tanooki crazy at the moment, maybe it'll be something similar to Super Mario Bros. 3...that would be pretty awesome. Not that the Super Mario World-esque game that other people are hoping for would be bad either.
  • fullmetallegend - January 27, 2012 8:35 p.m.

    Oh great, another 2D Mario on the 3DS. Ok, so Super Mario 3D Land wasn't exactly 2-D, but it played like the 2D Mario games. Still hoping for the next Mario 64. ^_^
  • Rodon - January 27, 2012 7:52 p.m.

    If they are going to do a 2D Mario game, then how are they going to do it, graphics wise? If it's something like Rayman Origins, how are they going to take advantage of the 3D?
  • Net_Bastard - January 27, 2012 8:08 p.m.

    Parallax scrolling?
  • Ravenbom - January 27, 2012 3:28 p.m.

    I think it would be cool if they used the dual screens for a fuller play space like Contra 4 and Sonic Rush.
  • Arlips - January 27, 2012 2:20 p.m.

    I hope they ditch the art style from NSMB with the generic 3D models rendered in 2D and return Mario to a true 2D art style like in his earlier games. Maybe this will be Mario's version of Rayman Origins. It would play like Super Mario World and have a super detailed art style inspired by it, with beautiful fluid animation. All my money.
  • D0CCON - January 27, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    I'm all for more Mario, but haven't they been saying the 2D ones have been designed for anybody to play (read: ridiculously easy) and the 3D ones are the ones that get some real challenge?
  • GameManiac - January 27, 2012 1:26 p.m.

    "however we can infer from title and Nintendo's history that there will be plumbers, stars, and possibly a princess in distress." Seems legit.
  • Z-man427 - January 27, 2012 11:36 a.m.

    Another Mario? So soon after 3D Land? *Shrug* I'll probably be into it. 3D Land was incredible.
  • badgraphix1 - January 27, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    I'm thinking it will just be another New Super Mario Bros., in which case I think I'll skip on it and buy something else. It's nice to see they're actually planning long-term goals for the 3DS instead of what they've been doing in more recent years.
  • Z-man427 - January 27, 2012 12:26 p.m.

    Not that NSMB was bad, but I'd rather something a little more fresh. But NSMB was a lot of fun for what it was.
  • CitizenWolfie - January 27, 2012 10:56 a.m.

    I'd love it if they returned to a 2D art style as well like Rayman Origins. Not just Paper Mario style, but all new sprites and Super Mario World type levels. New Super Mario Bros (DS & Wii) were alright but they just didn't feel right. But the thing I want most for my 3DS is an updated LOZ: Majoras Mask. I missed it first time round and it feels horribly dated now on the Virtual Console so an OoT makeover would be very much appreciated. Any news on Super Smash Bros 3DS or did I just imagine that it was announced about a year ago?
  • firelegendmush - January 27, 2012 11:28 a.m.

    SSB 3DS/Wii U was announced but no news has been released whatsoever and probably won't be for a long time, since the people making it are still working on Kid Icarus: Uprising. Also, I'm hoping for a updated Majora's Mask too. It's one of my favourite games and it doesn't work on my N64 anymore.
  • GameManiac - January 27, 2012 1:24 p.m.

    If I recall, there was a new Zelda game in the works for the 3DS. And then they'll remake Majora's Mask. Good thing too, because I've never played MM.
  • Cyberninja - January 27, 2012 1:53 p.m.

    Um i believe they announced they finished uprising awhile ago so that means they have probably started on smash bros
  • Arlips - January 27, 2012 2:15 p.m.

    This right here. NSMB was great gameplay-wise, but it just didn't feel imaginative like the SMB3 and SMW did thanks to the generic looking 3D art style. If they gave Mario the Rayman Origins treatment with beautiful fluid true 2D animation with a Super Mario World-like whimsical style (not just 3D models rendered in 2D like in NSMB) they could have all my money.

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