Super Mario games are a highlight of any Nintendo console cycle, with titles like Super Mario 3D World, Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Sunshine providing players with hours of enjoyment over the past few decades.
However, as the years have progressed and development commitments have lengthened, we're typically seeing a single mainline 3D Mario game per console generation (Super Mario Galaxy 2 being the notable exception). That means in statistical terms at least, the Switch is about to get its only 3D Mario outing in the form of Super Mario Odyssey.
However, Nintendo's Yoshiaki Koizumi doesn't think this is a "hard and fast rule" which has to be adhered to:
I'm obviously considering lots of things for the future. In terms of Super Mario Odyssey and whether there would be a sequel, the first game hasn't even come out yet so it's very tough to say at this stage whether there would be a sequel or not. I'm first and foremost just hoping that Super Mario Odyssey is a success. And secondly, yeah, with the Nintendo Switch lifecycle again it's very early — who knows how things will turn out? As you say, in the past maybe there's been one 3D title per hardware generation on average, but I wouldn't say that that's a hard-and-fast rule that would have to be adhered to.
Do you think we'll see another 3D Mario adventure on Switch? Or would you prefer it if Nintendo did another 2D Mario outing in the New Super Mario Bros. sub-series? Let us know with a comment.