New Super Mario Bros. 2: Will Nintendo Make It A Reality?
With another 2D Mario game in development, Nintendo may be hard at work on a super sequel.
Super New Mario Bros.? New Super Mario Bros. 2?
We don't know the title of Nintendo's recently announced 3DS Mario adventure, but we know this much, there's a mysterious 2D Mario game in development.
The news came from Nintendo President Satoru Iwata during a financial results briefing, with plans to put this title on store shelves the next fiscal year.
A 2D Mario game on a system that specializes in glasses free 3D? What's up with that?
Not that we're complaining, mind you. We're all about Mario, and the more the company's plumber graces this dual screen system, the better.
It just seems a bit odd that after the success of Super Mario 3D Land (nearly six million copies sold worldwide) that the big N would go back to the franchise's roots. This made sense on DS with New Super Mario Bros. in 2006 because that handheld wasn't a 3D monster, but 3DS is more than capable of getting the job done.
Of course, we can't fault Nintendo for mixing things up. The last thing we need is for Mario to become a yearly and predictable event like Call of Duty. At least here, the publisher's committed to providing something different.
This ultimately begs the question: Will it be an extension of New Super Mario Bros., or a new experience entirely?
Have to admit, New Super Mario Bros. 2 makes a lot of sense because the original sold over 26 million copies, an absolutely mind-boggling stat. Give fans more of the same, add a few 3D wrinkles and everyone should be good to go.
Then again, what an easy way out, right? How easy is it for Nintendo to dream up a bunch of Mario stages (these guys can probably do it on command), stuff them onto a cart and call it a day? At this point, fans have to expect more from the company at this point.
Or do they? With so many new games simply offering more of the same, perhaps this is the home cooking die hard supporters need. Besides, it's been almost six years since we received a new 2D Mario game on a handheld device.
It could be an eShop title, for all we know, or Shigeru Miyamoto's top secret project.
Regardless of what happens, it's good to know there's more Mario on the way. We just hope it takes advantage of what 3DS has to offer.