Super Mario Universe: Nintendo's Next Move?
Now that Mario's conquered galaxies, it's time for something bigger.
Last week, we posted an article on the future of Mario and what it means for 3DS. Nintendo announced plans to release a new entry in the franchise on the portable system, perhaps before the end of the year, but the company has yet to release any details.
That said, we brought up the concept of a Super Mario Universe, a logical next step from the Super Mario Galaxy adventures that offers players an unprecedented number of options, at least when it comes to Mario games.
On that note, we decided to expand on this idea to see what you think, and to maybe catch Nintendo's eye. At the end of the day, you never know who'll read the article. Besides, if the publisher announces anything close to Super Mario Universe at this year's E3, we get to cash in with "we were right all along."
With this in mind, remember that Super Mario Universe doesn't exist. Please don't flood message boards with "Modojo confirms Super Mario Universe!" You can, however, claim we've lost our minds.
Super Mario Universe, as the title implies, would bring together the best elements from most if not all Mario video games. It would play like a typical Mario title, with 3D worlds full of platforms, magic mushrooms and gold coins, but would stand apart because it...
Features a variety of playable characters
Nintendo's experimented with this before in both Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario 64 DS, but for Universe, the developers would up the ante with a plethora of characters, all of which possess unique abilities. This means both heroes and villains, such as Toad, Peach, Wart (yes, Wart from Super Mario Bros. 2), Bowser, Luigi, Kamek, Koopa Troopas, Goombas and Daisy, among others.
Includes a level editor
It's time for Nintendo to put LittleBigPlanet in its place. Every Mario fan wants to create his or her own levels, and Super Mario Universe would let them achieve this goal with a supreme and user-friendly editor. In just a few short steps, you could dream and design a Mario themed stage, then play/upload it for others to see, and vice versa.
The construction kit would run the gamut, with pipes, bricks, coins, castles, clouds and plenty of other items. You could place enemies, power-ups and secrets. Theoretically, you could create your own Super Mario Bros. game.
An enhanced social network
Since you can send/receive content, it makes sense to be able to communicate with friends in some fashion, posting messages, tips on how to improve levels and meet up (albeit virtually) in the game's online lobby.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii let gamers complete levels co-operatively. Nintendo would take this to the next level with Universe, allowing users to go online with buddies to tackle the single player quest, or compete against each other in a series of modes.
So what do you think of Super Mario Universe? Too ambitious? Leave a comment and let us know.
[Editor's Note: As a reminder, Super Mario Universe is not a real game. And as a side note, if this sounds like Mega Man Universe, well, that's because Capcom had a cool idea and should have never canceled the game.]