With Nintendo's desire to introduce 3D games to a wider audience, Shigeru Miyamoto shared some details on how they might approach the next 3D Mario game, following on from the success of their 2017 title Super Mario Odyssey.
As seen by VGC, Miyamoto said:
“At the time, it felt like each time we created a new instalment in the Super Mario series – which by then had expanded into 3D – it became more complicated.
After the release of Super Mario Galaxy in 2007, the goal was to develop a more accessible 3D Super Mario game, and the result was New Super Mario Bros Wii, a basic side-scrolling Super Mario game that even new players could easily play. That later led to the release of the even simpler Super Mario Run game."
Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto wants next 3D Mario to "try expanding further in new ways"
He then continued by stating that Super Mario Odyssey was enjoyed by people of "all generations."
“When we develop software, we strive to incorporate new elements, but at the same time we want to make it easy for even first-time players to have fun. Recently, people of all generations have been enjoying the 3D Mario game Super Mario Odyssey (released in 2017), so for 3D Mario going forward, we want to try expanding further in new ways.”
Super Mario Odyssey is considered the best-selling Mario 3D game after selling roughly 22 million copies worldwide. It is available exclusively for the Nintendo Switch platform.