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Iwata Drops Sneaky Mario 3DS Hints

Posted by James Newton

"Packed with surprises"

Mario is coming to 3DS in full force, with Mario Kart and Paper Mario already announced for release within the next year, but of course Nintendo is bringing 2D and 3D Mario platformers to 3DS. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has recently tossed out a tiny scrap of information, and although it's not much to go on it's still Mario on 3DS.

According to an Andriasang translation, Shigeru Miyamoto's EAD group has Mario running into the screen and striking blocks that float in the air. Of course, this could describe pretty much any 3D Mario game since Super Mario 64, but Iwata promises good things ahead:

We're making software that is packed with the kinds of surprises and enjoyment that the 3DS can deliver.

Hopefully we'll see Mario's platforming outings at this year's E3 in June.


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moosa said:

This had already been said elsewhere. Sorry I can't remember exactly where but he had basically said the exact same things about Mario on 3DS.



JumpmanZ said:

Why is Nintendo porting N64 games to this? The GameBoy Color was an NES, the GameBoy Advance was an SNES, the DS was/is an N64. The 3DS should be making Gamecube and Wii level games.



JumpmanZ said:

Sorry thecomment was off-topic. What I meant was that I'm glad Nintendo is planning something like Galaxy 3(D) for this deserving handheld.



James said:

@JumpmanZ A good game is a good game, regardless of its original platform. I'd rather have Wind Waker 3D than Ocarina of Time to be quite honest but let's face it, any Zelda is a win.

And no worries on the off-topic



DarkLloyd said:

you mean i have to wait till 2012 for those mario games well there better be some first party titles from them coming out this year



timp29 said:

Super Mario 64 3Ds would be epic, and fits perfectly with the OoT rerelease.

How many generations of handhelds are we away from Super Mario Galaxy 3D (drools)



PSICOffee said:

Yeah, another Mario game. What else is new? I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm honestly starting to get sick of Mario games. Especially Mario 64. I'd only care about a sequel to Mario RPG (a true sequel with Geno and such) or a game that has the same mechanics as SMB3 but just has more levels (like those e-reader cards only Japan got).

I'm hoping this new one is a platformer that can live up to that. New SMB was a good start.



TingLz said:

I think Mario Galaxy has been milked enough. It's time for new ideas



Robo-goose said:

^ It has two games; that's not even a trilogy.
Although, a new idea would be better than making another Galaxy game.



pixelman said:

I'm still waiting for a 3D Mario game that plays like SMB. No life meter BS, no stars, just straight old school Mario platforming utilizing that extra dimension.



DangerousDreams said:

Yeh yeh, nintendo comin at cha full throttle, sony ba-by... better raise dat white flag before its too late, ya digg. Seriously though, we all saw this coming (well at least i sure did). While not as excited as some other individuals, i think Nintendo is making the right move in attempting to popularize 3D Mario games to the same illustrious degree of 2D Mario games.



TingLz said:

@Robo-goose: I don't think the Galaxy games were meant to be a trilogy. I don't see where Nintendo will take Mario in a third game other than maybe more levels. Not all games need to be in a trilogy.



Megumi said:

Sounds like...that this could mean we're FINALLY getting Mario Bros. level builder game!...Ok not really, but....come on! T_T



Arcanum said:

personally hate What @BellGoRiiing said. I Personally hate hackers because they ruin the game and whatnot. But the some hackers hacked NSMBW and they could build there own stages. I was drooling over the possibility of having a stage builder. Imagine! Shiggy making new stages for us and we get to download them. Much like what they did with Mario VS. Donkeykong.
Ofcourse other people can make their own stages too and put them up for download too.....But i would definitely prefer shiggy's stages



Megumi said:

...Erm, you lost hate what I said but you would love to have a stage builder? Wat? o.0



Robo-goose said:

It was the fact that you said "milked" as if it were guitar hero. Nintendo made two Mario Galaxy games, and the second one was fresh. Activision made five guitar hero games, not including spin-offs, and they're all practically the same.
There's a big difference between making a sequel, and milking a franchise.



Luffymcduck said:

"Mario is coming to 3DS in full force, with Mario Kart and Paper Mario already announced for release within the next year"

What? Weren´t these games supposed to come out before June?



Tails said:

Bring on the new Mario.. I'm satisfied with any Mario game now that comes out. If we do get a Stage Builder that would be awesome. But if not like I said still will be an awesome game.



Meta-Rift said:


  • Why are you so against level editors in SMB? If you don't like them, don't use them. It's that simple.
  • Hackers? No one said anything about hackers.
  • Wait, so you like the idea of a homebrew stage builder, but not an official, built-in one?
  • Y'know, even if a game doesn't have a level editor, the devs can still make their own stages. (How did you think they made the ones that come with the game?)
  • Miyamoto did that for MvsDK2? Where did you hear that?
  • Again, just because you can download stages, that doesn't mean you have to.


RYBlast said:

I'm happy because they're using the strategy that Mario games are best at, showing off systems' capabilites.



Capt_N said:

My interest in the 3DS is on the fence. In the meantime, I'll stick to my Gameboy Color, GBA SP, & unfortunately broken-hinged(for the time being) DS(original). However, a Mario/Zelda/Metroid game, esp. a main series game(read: not spin-off) might just convince me to buy the system.

I think we need a real SM Land 3, where you can play as Mario. We also need a Luigi Land.



1080ike said:

Meh, Mario is always fun. What's not to love about a (platformer/rpg/kart) Mario game?



triforceofcourage said:

Yeah i'd prefer Gamecube ports to N64 Ports at this point. Considering the DS handled SM64 it can obviously handle other N64 games... So whys shouldn't the 3DS be able to do better? Unless of course they added content, framerate, and graphics and stuff. I'd really want original games. Not that old ones are bad. Especially Star fox64 3D and OoT3D. But we have played any deserving N64 game on VC. I want new material! It's obvious theres plenty to offer from that point but i was kind of let down by OoT and SF64 being remade. I've played both of these and i would much prefer a fresh Zelda or to bring back the old style of Star Fox in a new game. Well than again, if they follow these ports up with new stuff that they might be working on but not had time to finish than I don't care. Who's with me?



Tri4ceHolder said:

I want to know if You guys, Nintendo Life, will do a review on the 3DS when in comes out. Just like an overall rating. It would be helpful to me to see if i should get it or not.



Rob_mc_1 said:

After looking at the Super Paper Mario screen shot, I realized I would love to play that game with a 3D display.



Detective_TeeJay said:

This game is my 3rd game on my list. Right now I have enough cash for 2 3DS games, so this one will be the first one I buy once I earn enough money.



Pj1 said:

It's a remake of Mario 64!!! I bet you.....

Shame they can't do a remake for the Wii, I won't be buying a 3DS until maybe my birthday next year. I also think that to begin with the demand for it will be massive and it will be (unlike what Nintendo has been saying) like when the Wii hit the shops it was more or less sold out for a year.... So my Birthday 2012 it is then.



MR_SUPREME69 said:

sounds cool but hopefully the paper mario game is paper mario and not like super paper mario >



Detective_TeeJay said:

@ 42
It is. Apparently you haven't seen the screenshots yet. It shows Mario in the traditional RPG battle screen with a partner, etc.



Robo-goose said:

In case you want to change something in your post, there is an edit button above every comment you make. (as much as I hate using emoticons, I have to admit that I would sound condescending without one)

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