‘We are always thinking about a Mario Galaxy 3.’
The highest rated game of all time is Nintendo’s Super Mario Galaxy 2, which is considered to be a paragon of interactivity and game design. Mario as a series has always been known for great games, and while the Wii U outing, Super Mario 3D World, was damn good for what it was, people want the kind of epic and grandiose adventure that Super Mario Galaxy provided them with, with all of its scope and ambition.
Nintendo knows this- and they are always considering how to go about making a new one, Nintendo’s top designer Shigeru Miyamoto revealed in an interview with Eurogamer.
“[A new Mario Galaxy] is always in discussion,” Miyamoto told Eurogamer. “But even with Mario 64 there was a lot of feedback about motion sickness with the 3D or maybe us making it too difficult.
“Going back to our roots and making New Super Mario Bros., anyone can play that,” Miyamoto continued. “So that’s why we went back.
“We’re always thinking, is there a middle ground where people who do enjoy the 3D worlds of Galaxy and those who enjoy New Super Mario Bros. can both enjoy it? We’re always looking at those opportunities,” he added.
Of course, with Mario, Nintendo needs to consider an audience beyond just the typical gamer- everyone and their mother is going to pick up Mario, so the games cannot be too daunting. The success of recent 2D Mario games over the 3D ones has reaffirmed Nintendo’s belief that the 2D games are more universally accessible.
So does that mean that a new Mario Galaxy is out of the question, then? Not so, it seems like. In fact, it sounds like Nintendo are just waiting for the right time to tip their hand.
“On the other hand, me and [Yoshiaki] Koizumi-san, director of Galaxy, are always looking to challenge Galaxy and do another 3D action title,” Miyamoto continued. “However we can’t make so many games at once in parallel.
“But as the hardware technology gets better and advances, I think there will be a lot of opportunity for both options.”
What it sounds like is that Nintendo is holding Mario Galaxy 3 for their mysterious NX platform. And if that is true, then with games like Metroid Prime, Zelda, Dragon Quest and Pikmin 4 already having been all but confirmed for the system, it seems like Nintendo are preparing a killer, irresistible lineup for their new system.