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Nintendo Announces 2D Super Mario Title for 3DS

Posted by James Newton

Coming soon

Nintendo will release a new 2D side-scrolling Super Mario title for 3DS in the next financial year, president Satoru Iwata has announced.

Speaking to investors about the upcoming titles for the console, Iwata said:

Although there is no logo here, we are planning to release a totally new side-scrolling action Super Mario in 2D as a key title for the Nintendo 3DS in the next fiscal year.

Will this be a New Super Mario Bros.-style title or something different? We'll find out at E3.

[via nintendo.co.jp]

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JD2995

#3

JD2995 said:

I enjoy 3D Land and i going to put my attention on this. Like to see how they utilize the 3D technology.

AbuJaffer

#5

AbuJaffer said:

Personally my favorite platformers are 2D ones so this one will be top on my list... only thing that could be better would be a new 2D Metroid... Fusion really got me pumped for a new Metroid, but in 2D.

StarDust4Ever

#6

StarDust4Ever said:

Please provide a level editor for users to create and share custom Mario levels. Hackers have been doing it for years by tampering with retro titles; Nintendo needs to enable this in-game to satisfy the hardcore fanboys once-and-for-all. Think about it: Little Big Planet (PS3), Mario vs. Donkey Kong 3 (DS), Pushmo (3DSware) all had level editors, and the grid system in 2D Mario titles is perfect for level-editing.

Cero

#8

Cero said:

It's too much to ask a real 2D game? Sprites and so on? Come on nintendo you can do it :D
Metroid 2D would be better, anyway :P

phoenix1818

#9

phoenix1818 said:

I would say I'm looking forward to this one, but I still haven't got around to playing Super Mario 3D Land yet...

Ichiban

#11

Ichiban said:

No more New Super Mario Bros style games, they are too bland & easy. I want a real sequel to Super Mario World. A massive map & heaps of stages, with hidden routes & secrets. I want a Mario game which encourages exploration again.

Neonpowerstar

#13

Neonpowerstar said:

@MeowGravy "I want a Mario game which encourages exploration again."
Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Galaxy 2 say hi.

Haywired

#17

Haywired said:

@MeowGravy
There are loads of secret exits/levels in the New Super Mario Bros. games. They have more in common with Super Mario World than they do with say; the original Super Mario Bros.

FluttershyGuy

#18

FluttershyGuy said:

The news I've waited for since NSMB Wii came out! Come on, Super Mario World 2/3 (whatever they wanna call it). Imagine the possibilities of user-created levels available to download, or DLC levels!

Now, getting a new Metroid side scroller, that rumored Link to the Past remake, and a Final Fantast V remake would make my life complete! :D

Ichiban

#19

Ichiban said:

Mario 64 & World are my favs. I do like the new Mario games, but they have nothing on the epicness of World & 64. NSMB, as good as it was felt like Super Mario Bros Lite to me. Galaxy had tiny planets with little to bugger all exploration, more get from point A to B. Still awesome games though.
Ive been playing Nintendo since I was 5 & im 27 now, so im a picky bastard these days lol

Rensch

#20

Rensch said:

Nintendo seems eager to quickly release as many big games as possible.

SilentHunter382

#21

SilentHunter382 said:

This is fantastic. I always prefer the 2ds marios (2.5d included) over the 3d ones. Now our next question will be "Is it going to be true 2d or 2.5d?".

WiiLovePeace

#22

WiiLovePeace said:

More Mario is always awesome but I would've liked a new 3D one as epic as Super Mario Galaxy was (SMG2 wasn't as good as SMG1 imo). Bring on Super Mario Sunshine 2! :D

Haywired

#24

Haywired said:

At the risk of putting a downer on this news (and I'll probably get crucified), I worry that they're releasing too many Mario games of late. Super Mario is my favourite franchise, but I don't want them to churn out too many in quick succession and lead to overkill (Sonic...), burn-out is death for franchises. It seems to have become a yearly release of late (something that other franchises are always criticized for). Having to wait for a new game (like we have for a new main Mario entry in the past) is a good thing, it makes it all the more special when it arrives. I don't have 3D Land yet because I've played a Mario every year for the past four, I've only just played the last one and I haven't built up a hunger for a new one yet (and by the time I do, they'll be another 3DS one and a Wii U one). I could understand if 3D Land bombed, but it's selling really well, so I am surprised by this announcement, particularly so soon. Maybe the financial situation really is bad.

StarDust4Ever

#25

StarDust4Ever said:

Sega got lazy with the Sonic series. Nintendo/Mario innovates!

Original Mario platform titles only (remakes, spinoffs, sports, RPGs, etc do not count)

NES: 3 SMB1,2,3
SNES: 1 SMW (Yoshi's Island is not Mario; it is Yoshi)
GB: 2 SML1,2 (SML3 was Wario, not Mario)
N64: 1 M64
GBA: 0 (Advance series were remakes)
GC: 1 Sunshine
DS: 1 NSMB (M64x4 was a remake)
Wii: 3 (Galaxy 1,2, NSMBW)
3DS: Mario 3D Land

Really, if anything, Mario is getting back to his old glory days, though I'd still like to see some proper M64/Sunshine style 3D exploration again...

Nintendo, plz give us level edtiors 4 2D Mario so haxxors will stop haxxing your games! B-)

Haywired

#26

Haywired said:

@StarDust
But the overwhelming success of the recent 2D Mario games was precisely because they didn't innovate. They simplified and went back to their retro roots. The term "innovation" is very much overused when it comes to the appeal of Nintendo's games.

LordTendoboy

#27

LordTendoboy said:

@StarDust (8)

A level editor is what I've been dreaming of since Super Mario Bros. 3. Make it like the Mario vs DK games (and less like LittleBigPlanet) and I'll buy it day one. The level editor in the Mario vs DK games is incredibly easy to use. LittleBigPlanet, on the other hand, is too complex for my liking.

@StarDust (27)

Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations are two of the best Sonic games in years, and they both got very good reviews. I don't see how that's "lazy".

chewytapeworm

#30

chewytapeworm said:

Genius. I always considered SM3DL as a semi-side-scrolling platformer so it's nice to have a new 2d stylee, 100% side-scrolling Mario game in the pipeline. Now for next year, a full-on free-roaming 3d Mario game....

GlasS

#31

GlasS said:

Brand new platformer, with time trial mode with online leaderboards and the option to play as Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, and whoever else like in Super Mario 2, along with a level editor with online share, and Retro Mode, which gives you the option to 8-bitify (lol) the game once you have completed it once.

The raving lunatic has spoken.

It would make a great game though.

FonistofCruxis

#33

FonistofCruxis said:

This is definitely exciting news but I can see why Haywired is worried about the series burning out due to games in the series being released so often especially as Super Mario 3D land wasn't in the same league as the other 4 3D Mario platformers. Hopefully it won't be a similar case with this next 2D Mario game. I hope that Nintendo are really imaginative with the worlds this time as in NSMBW the level design may have been some of the best ever but the worlds had the same themes as its predecessor just in a different order. I don't mind if some of the worlds have the same themes as worlds in the previous 2D game in the series but not all of them.

JustAnotherUser

#34

JustAnotherUser said:

When I first read the title through Twitter when I was still in bed I misread the title as "Nintendo Announces 2D Super Smash Bros. title for 3DS".
I thought to myself noooooo!

But Now I know it's this, I'm really happy :)

Shirma_Akayaku

#36

Shirma_Akayaku said:

@StarDust I totally agree with you on everything you said. I'd also want a level editor. since that is wasn't available, people hacked SMG 1 & 2 just to re-create,edit, and make new levels.

Sonic1994CD

#37

Sonic1994CD said:

Maybe he means a New Super Mario Bros game for the ds. If they made a second one that would be cool.

TeeJay

#42

TeeJay said:

@36 Why would that make you think noooooo? That would have been amazing news!

Dashtag

#43

Dashtag said:

agreed with Skywardlink98. except that will probably be the first title, like sm3dl was super mario and mk7 was mariokart,etc

Kage_88

#45

Kage_88 said:

@25 - Umm...it's on the 3DS dude - it's gonna have 3D...

I like Cero's idea - how about some sprite action, Nintendo? They would look fantastic with the 3DS hardware!

Oh, and Waluigi's presence is mandatory.

CosmoXY

#47

CosmoXY said:

More Mario is good news for me, I love 2D Mario games. I would love to see many of the ideas that have been mentioned above such as Waluigi, that would be RAD!

misswliu81

#48

misswliu81 said:

what an announcement this was. as for this mario game, hoping it is a lot more like the side-scrolling new super mario bros or galaxy.

DestinyMan

#50

DestinyMan said:

You can't have enough Mario. I hope that this 2D title goes a different path than the New Super Mario Bros. formula and tries something new. As is the answer most of the time when it comes to new games, E3 will reveal more.

Rapadash6

#53

Rapadash6 said:

Always happy to hear a new Mario title is on the way, but I had assumed they were working on one for Wii Us launch. Perhaps they are going to interact somehow... so excited to hear more!

aaronsullivan

#54

aaronsullivan said:

NSMB Mii ideas shown on Wii U... promise of 2D mario on 3DS in the same fiscal year that the Wii U will launch... I'm thinking these titles might converge into a showcase of how the 3DS should work with the Wii U. No?

You could do multiplayer on the 3DS like NSMW, but also share in a big screen if playing with the Wii U. While regular play on the Wii U would maybe have a hot seat passing of the Wii U controller so players could dive down into secret areas on their screen, you could have multiple people play that way when they introduce a 3DS into the mix.

Explaining that all though makes it sound a bit too complicated to pull off. :) But it seems to me that a NSMB game could be completely solid in time for the Wii U launch and here is an official announcement about a similar game coming to the 3DS in the same time frame. How often does Nintendo promise something like this. Unless we are talking launch date, right?

Plus, Smash Bros was touted as showcasing this ability but it will be a long ways off. Nintendo needs a big popular title to get people on board with the idea.

At E3, Nintendo could show it off working with the 3DS and convince many people to pick up a 3DS before the Wii U launch... well, me at least. lol.

edit:
@Rapadash6
Looks like I took too long to write my post, but I'm glad I'm not the only one thinking this

joevox316

#55

joevox316 said:

Oh please don't let it be another New Super Mario Bros.-style game. I have never liked those. I hope it's something new and awesome. Or something that just hearkens back to the Super Mario World days.

Haywired

#56

Haywired said:

Why do people keep saying that the New Super Mario Bros. games aren't like Super Mario World? Out of the old 2D games I would say NSMB DS/Wii are most similar to Super Mario World. How exactly similar do you want them to be?

Knux

#57

Knux said:

A new Mario game!? You don't say! :O

But in all seriousness; I hope Nintendo includes a level editor, improves the graphics, and includes online multiplayer (if it turns out to be another NSMB game). If it's a non-NSMB game, then that would be interesting to say the least.

wiz0_0

#58

wiz0_0 said:

Still have to get Super Mario 3D Land, but this is great news! Hopefully it's a game similar to Super Mario World!

Kyloctopus

#60

Kyloctopus said:

I could've sworn last year Myamoto said he was workIng on a 3D Mario Title and a 2D Mario title. Either way it is awesome and has been developed for some time now if what I say is true. @Nintendo: keep em coming.

19Robb92

#61

19Robb92 said:

Awesome, I love the sidescrolling Mario games. A 2D platformer with 3D visuals can looks absolutely amazing if done right. I've always wanted to play Donkey Kong Country Returns on Wii in 3D cause that game has such a great amount of depth.

This will hopefully be a awesome 3D title. Also, I want them to do 4p online CoOp this time. Would be great to be able to play the singple-player with 4 other people online :D

Squid

#62

Squid said:

Great! I'll probably get it, but I'm still waiting for a Mario game more like SM64.

Kirowan

#63

Kirowan said:

4p online co-op is a good idea - makes it more challenging to hit your friends during play. :)

Megajack

#64

Megajack said:

nice but don't make the characters the style of New super Mario bros.(mabye myamoto can make mario fat again!). but i still wish they would make a 2-d side scrolling metroid game. I would love it!

john2468

#65

john2468 said:

My Suggestions:

The story is somewhat similar to SM64's

The goal of the levels is to get 'the Star'

The levels are somewhat simlar to SM64's in concept

Online/Local Co-op

The motto should be "A 2D Mario game that plays like a 3D Mario game"

Just like SM3DL was "a 3D Mario game that plays like a 2D Mario game", why shouldn't the concept be in reverse?

How about a Luigi platformer? LM2 is great, but when was the last time we saw Luigi in a platformer of his own? Like 20 years ago (idk exactly). Waluigi/ King Boo can be the main atagonist, and the game takes place in Sarassaland, where Daisy was introduced.

All that with an included level designer, and you got yourself a masterpiece

However, the release should be pushed to as far as 2013. There are too many great title out this year.

john2468

#66

john2468 said:

Also, finally people took their minds off the Legend of Zelda series. To be honest, I'm getting tired of hearing news about the series.

gojiguy

#69

gojiguy said:

I hope they mean this... 2D... glorious 2D... none of this 2.5D crap.

After playing MSF and MM I realize that 2D games looks BRILLIANT on the 3DS!!

Linkuini

#73

Linkuini said:

I honestly hope it doesn't end up treading the same ground as the New Super Mario Bros. games. I loved New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and I still do, but the next 2D Mario needs to really up the ante now that it's got competition like Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby's Return to Dreamland, and Rayman Origins to compete with.

DestinyMan

#77

DestinyMan said:

If you want to talk about something different, then how about a game like Super Mario Land and Six Golden Coins? It could have the return of Wario, Tatanga, Daisy, and classic enemies and bosses from both games. I can dream.

dimi

#79

dimi said:

Great idea how nobody see it coming? A 2d Mario title. Wonder how it will turn out. It will surely sell loads. I cross my fingers for a Pokemon RPG announcement now. Never a dull moment with Nintendo.

FluttershyGuy

#81

FluttershyGuy said:

While I'd like to see this one have more of a Super Mario World feel, it would also be nice to see Wart return too! Has to be, by far, the most underused baddie from the Mario universe. Unless there's an appearance I'm not thinking of, he hasn't been seen since Super Mario Bros. 2, has he? And this is the year for 80s Nintendo character comebacks, so...

But, if Nintendo is going chronologically by their old games, this is Super Mario World's turn. You could say New Super Mario Bros. equals original Super Mario Bros. New Super Mario Bros. Wii had four different playable characters, making it SMB 2 (then again, it also had aspects of 3 and World). I don't even need to point out that Super Mario 3D Land equals SMB 3. That means for this new Super Mario, it's time to return to Dinosaur Land. :P

WildMan

#82

WildMan said:

Hopefully this is a real 2d mario unlike nsmbw. It would be nice if they ramped up the difficulty and used sprites. Then I would be a happy camper!

WaveBoy

#83

WaveBoy said:

Spiritual successor to Super Mario Bros 2 please! Or maybe a spiritual successor to the Super Mario Land GB: series.

Also....

I've always loved the characters of SMB2 much more than of the other
SMB games. Mouser & Fry Guy are definitly my favorites. Plus I love the Ninji's, Shy Guys, those Phantom Masks and much much more. :D

Releasing another SMB adventure simular to SMB1, 3, 64, Galaxy and New SMB would be tiring and overkill. Nintendo needs to look at 2....If not, maybe World or Super Mario Land.

BleachFan

#84

BleachFan said:

I think I've reached my saturation point with Mario.

Unless they do something RADICALLY different with this (not just new power-ups and such) this one's probably going to go completely under my radar...

WildMan

#85

WildMan said:

@ Master J That is a very interesting concept. It would be nice to see them try it out!

EvisceratorX

#90

EvisceratorX said:

If I remember correctly, didn't somebody at Nintendo say that they would like to make a super mario world sequel, when the 3DS was first announced at e3 two years ago? A real sequel not a spinoff of sorts like yoshi's island. That game was great tho. :P

bonesy91

#91

bonesy91 said:

just hopefully not part of the "New" series of mario bros. games. Those are the worst mario games I've ever played. So boring.... thinking about it puts me to sleep.

pntjr

#92

pntjr said:

Add adventure mode multiplayer like NSMBW, and I'm happy. Maybe online adventure mode?

super-nintendo

#95

super-nintendo said:

☆☆☆☆☆☆☆I LOVE MARIO☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆and this game will be boss with 3DS' depth for a side scrolling Super Mario Bros....BRING IT ON. Imagine flight returning like the cape from SMW. :)

eviLaTtenDant

#97

eviLaTtenDant said:

So many questions now.
Will the WiiU title be pushed back 'cause of it ? Will there be a heavy use of WiiU <-> 3DS connection ? Will you be able to download the full game to your 3DS when you buy the WiiU game ? Will it be an eShop game ? Will it still feel nostalgic enough or maybe even a bit stale ? Will it be in SMW's or NSMB's vein or have completely different level themes ? Will they finally bring back the World Maps from SMB3 or SMW ? Maybe even make a combination of the two ? Will Nintendo still provide new titles in other underused franchises that have huge gameplay and sales potential ?

PS: Loving the ideas here. :)

Nilkad_Naquada

#99

Nilkad_Naquada said:

... i'm kinda disappointed. as much as i love sidescrolling mario games, nintendo struck gold with sm3dl and i wish they would expand on that game... and maybe wait a little while.. i mean its not that i dont like to have mario games asap but generally when a series goes yearly it indicates that sales have been low recently and they're tryin to milk the fans that have been buying games. i know that's not true of mario but still...

3Daniel

#101

3Daniel said:

@Nilkad_Naquada Nintendo has stated that both 2D and 3D mario games will coexist from Super Mario Galaxy 2 and NSMBWii on. So essentially they are two different takes on the same fundamentals. The 2D Mario games have become more casual affairs, and while 3DLand blended both, it will be interesting to see how they differentiate this new game. But as I stated before.... LEVEL EDITOR! HEAR THAT NINTENDO? Level... Editor...

DogNut327

#105

DogNut327 said:

I'd rather have a 2D Metroid instead.

Oh, and I really don't want a new Mario every year.

mshope10

#107

mshope10 said:

i hope it's new super mario bros. 3ds!i hope it's 2d with graphics better then new super mario bros. wii, with great 3d effects like mighty switch force,and mutant mudds. cause the 3d effects works amazing with 2d games!!and a level editor where you can share levels with friends and post them to a nintendo server so the whole world could share levels would be awesome!plus a QR code option would be great!and then nintendo could put out a free official level every week for a year!!

then i think it should have 4 players local co-op cause if eveyone has there own 3ds it would let us explore different parts of a level without having to stay right next to each other,think how amazing that would be!!!then i would hope for a 4 player co-op online but i would be happy with 2 player co-op online and 4 players locally!!

and i know the new super mario bros. are alot like the old games but thats what i like cause my little brother and i have been playing mario games sense the nes days!!so when i got new super mario bros. wii my brother stayed over my house for the weekend and we had so much fun playing the game for hours at a time like we were kids again!plus i haven't laughed so hard playing video games like we we did playing new mario bros. wii cause it would be funny as hell when one of us would accidentally kill the other one or we would laugh or asses off when one of us would do something stupid and die!

it was so much fun and it was so funny and then sometimes my girl would jump in and make it more fun!!and thats what nintendo and mario games are about fun!!and if you are a more serious gamer you should get mario galaxy 1 or 2 thats why i was happy they made 3 mario games for wii cause one was more serious and one was more for fun!!!

MagicEmperor

#109

MagicEmperor said:

If I could have things my way, the new game would be in the vein of Super Mario World, with very high quality sprites (maybe like high quality animation, akin to Wario Land: Shake It!). Hey, I can dream...

boob

#110

boob said:

A proper tough Mario side scroller sounds could. Will 3d be used, I know it says 2d but its a 3ds so I feel a little confused.

Urbanhispanic

#111

Urbanhispanic said:

I'd psyched that they will make another 2D Mario game. I loved New Super Mario Bros and with the new 3D technology, I'm sure they can come up with new game play ideas and stuff. :)

Mandoble

#113

Mandoble said:

I cannot believe they are using their limited resources to create more 2D games, hopefully a 5€ 3dshop download.

Capt_N

#114

Capt_N said:

This might just be referring to the 3DS Paper Mario title. The Super Mario series is becoming like Mega Man: almost 1 every year. Don't milk one of your prized franchises to death, Nintendo, if you are reading this!

If the game takes after SML/2(read: SML, &/or SML2:6GC), then the game will essentially be taking after SM Bros., &/or World respectively, as that's what those games took after, for the most part. Even though I've never played SML, I know that there were dis-similar parts of that game, like the plane level(SkyPop, I think?), stuff like that.

SM3DL didn't fully take after SMB3, since flight wasn't available. Nintendo had flight in SM64(i.e 3d space), so the only reason I can imagine flight was skipped in 3D Land, was due to the nature of the levels being semi-straightforward/linear, & that flight would have allowed most of the levels' layouts to be skipped over.

I personally, wanna see a platformer, where Luigi is the star, rescuing Daisy. Or at the very least, a return of Wart, or finally bringing over Tatanga, Wario, Waluigi(edit, & Daisy) into the main Mario canon games, instead of leaving Waluigi to spin-offs, & Wario/Tatanga to the meta(sub-) series.

Edit #2: A level editor would also be cool.

Henmii

#116

Henmii said:

I guess it will be a "new" New super Mario bros! Anyway: Looking forward to the first footage/screenshots/information!

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