What we know about Super Mario on the Wii U

Well, we know it’s being made.  After that we don’t know much.  But, there are a few things that have come out in an interview with Yoshiaki Koizuma that might give us half a clue.  Or perhaps a third of a clue. We know that it’s going to be polished to a mirror finish, and that Koizuma is the man heading the project.

What was the most interesting was that Koizuma had to wait until E3 to hear all of the details about the Wii U, just like the rest of us.  “As a developer at Nintendo, I had some information about the new system, but I didn’t really have all of the information prior to the announcement at our presentation,” he said in an interview at E3, “I only knew some of the things that were considered to be safe”.   This is of course coming from the man that is responsible for the largest selling video game franchise of all time, about the new hardware that he should be making a game for already, considering the Wii U is going to be out next year.  I know secrecy is important, but if you’re going to let one person in on it, maybe Koizuma is a good guy to tell?

Will we get more Galaxy?

Unsurprisingly, when pressed further on what the new Mario will look like, he responded by saying “We’re always asking ourselves questions like this as we’re researching new games, about the opportunities presented by the hardware”.  Which is really a non-answer.  It’s like when you ask a football player for post-game commentary. “Yea, well we really gave it 110% out there, gotta bring your A game and score more points to win.”  Thanks for that.  He then spoke about an interest in using the two screens.

“When I think about the two screens being used at the same time, it seems like an interesting opportunity to allow us to create a console game where two people are playing at the same time but can’t see each others’ screens,” he said. “It’s certainly an interesting approach, but I have to clarify that it’s not something that we’re working on just yet.”

Hmm, so you’re thinking you might do something with the innovative part of the new hardware? Fascinating. Truly informative.  He did have an interesting tidbit about the development of Majoras Mask, the second Zelda title on the Nintendo 64. This type of two-screen development that we saw on the GameCube with the Zelda Four Swords, was actually investigated years earlier.  Continuing with his tight lipped approach, this was his response: “The information’s going to be shared at some point, but I don’t think today’s the time.”

Well there you have it.  There will be a Mario game on the Wii U.  Don’t you feel better?




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Micah has been playing games since his first pong machine, and has been writing for as long as he could grip a pencil and not drool on the paper. So, for about a week.

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