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New Super Mario Bros. game coming to 3DS 'next fiscal year'

"There will be more and more highly-anticipated titles for the Nintendo 3DS," Nintendo president Satoru Iwata promised. One of them is a brand new 2D Mario game.

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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata called two games the "centerpiece of evergreen titles for the 3DS." They were Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7. (Given their sales, it's easy to see why!) But that's just the beginning for Nintendo's 3DS strategy. "There will be more and more highly-anticipated titles for the Nintendo 3DS," Iwata promised.

The next fiscal year, which begins in April, already has a number of key titles: Paper Mario, Luigi's Mansion 2, Mario Tennis, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, and more. But of course, everyone's favorite Italian plumber will be making a return.

"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," Iwata promised. He offered no other details, but given the mention of 2D, it is likely to be similar to the New Super Mario Bros. series. A fiscal year release means it will be available for sale before March 2013.

As opposed to the end of last year, when Nintendo's heavy-hitting 3DS games seemed to come all at once, this year's line-up is expected to be a bit better planned. "We intend to release these various titles without any extreme interruptions." Plus, "in addition to what you can see here, a number of titles unannounced from third-party developers will be available."

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    January 27, 2012 6:30 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, New Super Mario Bros. game coming to 3DS 'next fiscal year'.

    "There will be more and more highly-anticipated titles for the Nintendo 3DS," Nintendo president Satoru Iwata promised. One of them is a brand new 2D Mario game.

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      January 27, 2012 6:40 AM

      Excellent! I can't get enough of New SMB. The Wii version actually trumped Mario World for me, and the DS version was also excellent.

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      January 27, 2012 7:12 AM

      I will be expecting it November 18th, 2012 as their flagship holiday title. These games don't cost much to make, it's more about designing the courses and come up with new gameplay ideas.

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        January 27, 2012 7:45 AM

        New gameplay ideas! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, snubble100, you slay me.

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          January 27, 2012 7:48 AM

          Why the hate? Mario games are still the best platformers money can buy.

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            January 27, 2012 7:52 AM

            ^ Correct

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              January 27, 2012 9:00 AM

              It's like people hate on Nintendo because it's the cool thing to do. Kids these days.

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            January 27, 2012 9:21 AM

            They may very well be the best platformers today, but that doesn't change the fact that they severely lack new gameplay ideas. I said new gameplay ideas was a joke, I didn't speak to how good the game are. Adults these days.

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              January 27, 2012 11:48 AM

              I think the biggest challenge would be developing new gameplay ideas to make each new title feel fresh, without alienating its core fan base, which expects something very specific. And that is something that I've felt Nintendo succeeds in with each release. So yes on the surface the games can look like more of the same, but I've never felt that way while actually playing them. Not to mention the fact that Nintendo has three different "genres" of Mario that look and feel like a Mario game while having very different styles of gameplay (3D adventure, 2D classic, and RPG).

              But that's just my experience.

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              January 27, 2012 12:01 PM

              Mario Galaxy had a ton of new gameplay ideas.

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      January 27, 2012 7:33 AM

      Sweet!