Nintendo is calling on the classic side-scrolling plumber one more time on the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told investors in a corporate investors meeting Friday.
While showing various logos for upcoming games to be released on the portable video game system Iwata added, “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.”
The 3DS has seen a number of leading franchises be ushered in to the 3DS library over the past year, including Mario Kart, Legend of Zelda and Star Fox. Super Mario 3D Land was the first major Super Mario title in the franchise to come to the latest portable system by Nintendo. According to initial reports, this new 2D side-scrolling adventure will contain optional 3D effects, as many games on the system do.
“The two games featuring Mario released at the end of last year, “SUPER MARIO 3D LAND” and “Mario Kart 7” made the centerpiece of evergreen titles,” Iwata said. “We will maintain the momentum of these two titles and, at the same time, try to expand the sales of the titles which have the potential to be sold continuously along with the popularization of the hardware, as typified by “nintendogs+cats,” Capcom’s “Monster Hunter 3 (Tri) G” (Japanese title) in Japan and “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D” overseas.”
The 3DS has been widely regarded as a disappointment in the industry and was held back in it’s first few months due to a lack of appealing signature games consumers were looking for. During last summer’s E3 conference Nintendo made it a point to deliver their core franchises to the system rather than abandon it all together. A price cut and the introduction of those key franchises to the system have helped turn things around but the 3DS still has some ground to cover moving forward, and Iwata seems to recognize that.
“In the beginning, the sales pace of the Nintendo 3DS was unsatisfactory, but it gained momentum after the price cut,” Iwata said. “In particular, in the year-end sales season, when popular titles such as “SUPER MARIO 3D LAND,” “Mario Kart 7,” “Monster Hunter 3 (Tri) G” (Japanese title) were released, the sales boosted as we had expected.”
An exact release date for the upcoming Super Mario title has not been confirmed.
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