Shigeru Miyamoto has hinted that a "new kind" of Super Mario title is on its way, and could even be shown off at next year's E3.
Speaking to IGN, the legendary designer said:
We're always challenging ourselves to create something new, so hopefully you'll see a new kind of Mario in about a year or two. Maybe next E3 we'll be able to share something.
Nintendo has just shown off The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a brave new take on the franchise which includes many dramatic changes from what has gone before. However, Miyamoto points out that with Mario games, change has to handled carefully because the audience is so much broader:
It's kind of difficult with Mario because some of the more important conventions of Mario are based on the approachability and accessibility of those games.
However, he added that as new talent has joined Nintendo over the years it has allowed the company to look on these conventions "with fresh eyes".
Super Mario Galaxy was perhaps the last game in the series to really shake up the formula, but Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario Maker could be seen as "refinements" which add something of their own to the franchise.
This new title will almost certainly be on the Nintendo NX, but what form will it take? Let us know your predictions by posting a comment.