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Super Mario 3DS out in 2011? Miyamoto says he'll try hard to make it so

During GDC 2011 Nintendo made official its plans to make a core Super Mario for to the just-launched 3DS. There’s been little news since then, until Mario’s creator Shigeru Miyamoto had an interview with French site Gameblog.fr. It was there Miyamoto let loose this juicy quote:

"I promise to do everything to deliver your new Mario this year!"

Or at least that’s how Babblefish.com translated:

"Je vous promets de tout faire pour vous livrer le nouveau Mario cette année!"

Just to be clear that’s not a promise, nor is it an official announcement of a release date, but we can all agree it’d be really awesome were it to actually happen. We’ll eventually get to see the game in action at this year’s E3, when the date will hopefully be announced as well. But based on the last decade of Mario releases, I’m slightly pessimistic about a 2011 release. Think about it: GameCube didn’t get Mario Sunshine until a year after its launch, and the same thing happened with Galaxy on Wii. GBA never got an original core Mario, while DS got New Super Mario Bros 18 months after launch. Not since N64 has a Nintendo system launched in the same year as a “real” Mario game.


Above: At the very least we’ll learn what that tail is about at E3

Enough cynicism! Perhaps the devs, the same ones behind Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, have gotten so good at making Mario games they can pull it off, and Super Mario 3D will be ready for Nintendo’s traditional Thanksgiving week release date. Out of the collection of possible Holiday flagship titles, it’s a strong candidate. Sure, Nintendo could go with Mario Kart, Animal Crossing, or Star Fox 64, or maybe the publisher will shock us with E3 announcements of 3DS Fit or 3DS Sports (please God, don’t let that happen). Out of all those contenders, which would you rather be playing X-Mas day? I know my answer.

Apr 21, 2011

10 comments

  • smallfry22 - May 8, 2011 2:42 p.m.

    I can't wait for this to come out along with Zelda
  • darksongbird - May 1, 2011 5:21 a.m.

    It's not gonna be a port, BigKingBud. Rest assured. This, along with Kid Icarus: Uprising are the titles most looked forward to by me.
  • super0sonic - April 22, 2011 8:10 a.m.

    I hope its great. That said we have gotten a lot of Mario games. Galaxy 1/2 NSMB. I am not really needing a new Mario right now.
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  • shawksta - April 22, 2011 2:12 a.m.

    Nintendo never rushes just to get it in time(like the third party morons), The galaxy team should be able to pull it off without forgetting to add something.
  • BackwaterRifle - April 22, 2011 1:31 a.m.

    It's a beaver tail. I'm 100 % sure and you can hold me to it.
  • vadorsoul - April 22, 2011 1:05 a.m.

    Im loving the minimalist name, anyone with me?
  • ninjaemperor - April 22, 2011 1:05 a.m.

    Oh, sorry about that, I probably shouldn't have tried to correct you of all people on a reference to an awesome thing, lol.
  • GR_HenryGilbert - April 22, 2011 12:44 a.m.

    Yes I know the reference, but http://babblefish.com/freetranslator.php is where I got the translation, so that correction isn't correct. Thanks for the suggestions all the same.
  • ninjaemperor - April 22, 2011 12:39 a.m.

    Technically, he said I promise I will do whatever I can to get it to you by the end of the year, but it's still pretty awesome. Oh, and it's babelfish, it's a hitchhikers reference. Sorry about the corrections, lol.

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