When Nintendo announced it was developing a new 3D Mario for the Wii U back in January this year, immediately we thought about a possible sequel to Super Mario Galaxy 2, or maybe even Super Mario Sunshine.

It was quite surprising that the 3D game in development was in fact Super Mario 3D World, which was announced during today's Nintendo Direct broadcast. The game features similar gameplay style to Super Mario 3D Land for the 3DS.

When asked by IGN why the developer didn't choose to go down the Super Mario Galaxy route, producer Yoshiaki Koizumi and director Koichi Hayashida explained that it all boiled down to the idea of simultaneous 4-player local multiplayer in the game. When Super Mario 3D Land was in development, Hayashida believed that a multiplayer aspect would be a great addition, but sadly didn't make the final cut.

Hayashida and Koizumi further discussed that the development team are drawing elements from previous Mario titles. For instance, we notice Princess Peach's floating ability, which was seen in Super Mario Bros. 2 and the ability to move the camera around while you play, just like in Super Mario 64.

Another interesting question, was the fact that Peach is a playable character in the upcoming Super Mario title, who is kidnapped? Nintendo wouldn't give an answer on the topic.

You can catch more information on the newly announced Super Mario 3D World from the developer direct here. As always, let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

[source ie.ign.com]