Miyamoto Wants to Make More Super Mario Galaxy

Many fans of Mario games will stand by their assertion that Super Mario Galaxy is one of the best Mario games of all time—and possibly even the best video game of all time. That’s a high bar for all other games that came and will come after it, but Super Mario Galaxy 2 certainly didn’t disappoint fans either.

Because of that, one might naturally assume that Super Mario Galaxy 3 was on the way…but the news has been silent on a follow-up for years. We’ve seen other Mario games come and go, such as Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U, and arguably it was more of a commercial success than the Galaxy titles.

And according to an interview Shigeru Miyamoto gave to Eurogamer, that’s exactly why we haven’t seen another Galaxy game come to market. Nintendo made the decision to avoid the complex, free-roaming style of Mario games in order to focus on other games that have proven themselves more commercially viable, placing future Galaxy titles on Miyamoto’s “wishlist” for the future:

“[A new Super Mario Galaxy game] is always in discussion. But even with Mario 64 there was a lot of feedback about motion sickness with the 3D or maybe us making it too difficult.

Going back to our roots and making New Super Mario Bros., anyone can play that. So that’s why we went back.

We’re always thinking, is there a middle ground where people who do enjoy the 3D worlds of Galaxy and those who enjoy New Super Mario Bros. can both enjoy it? We’re always looking at those opportunities.

…On the other hand, me and [Yoshiaki] Koizumi-san, director of Galaxy, are always looking to challenge Galaxy and do another 3D action title. However we can’t make so many games at once in parallel.

But as the hardware technology gets better and advances, I think there will be a lot of opportunity for both options.”

It’s great to hear that Miyamoto would still like to continue making Super Mario Galaxy games and that Nintendo hasn’t counted them out forever. Maybe in the future we’ll see another entry, but in the meantime, Miyamoto wants to focus on making great games for everyone to enjoy—and that’s good news all around.


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