With Mario fever running rampant right now, some of you might have been hoping for news of the next mainline entry in the Super Mario franchise.
While we’re still very much in the dark about any sort of follow-up to 2017’s excellent Super Mario Odyssey, Mr Nintendo himself Shigeru Miyamoto has hinted in a recent interview with Variety that news on the series could only be a Nintendo Direct or two away.
Speaking on camera alongside Chris Meledandri, who he co-produced The Super Mario Bros. Movie with, Miyamoto slyly responded to the question of when fans might be able to expect the next Mario game with, “Well, all I can say is, please stay tuned for future Nintendo Directs.”
Variety also writes about Miyamoto’s involvement in bringing Mario to mobile devices with games like Super Mario Run, with the legendary designer assuring the outlet that, “Mobile apps will not be the primary path of future Mario games.”
“First and foremost, Nintendo’s core strategy is a hardware and software integrated gaming experience.”
You can see the full video interview with Miyamoto and Meledandri, where the pair discuss creating the character of Mario, the evolution of Princess Peach and how the studios worked together to ensure that the film honours the spirit and feeling of the video games, below:
We recently published our full review of The Super Mario Bros. Movie, saying “The Super Mario Bros. Movie is exactly what you’d expect, sometimes for worse but overwhelmingly for the better. It’s a no-frills, digestible adventure that’s absolutely jam-packed with nods to the immense history of Nintendo’s favourite plumber, and crucially it features all the charm and fun that’s fundamental to delivering that nostalgia in a meaningful way. There’s at least a little something for everyone, young or old, gamer or not, but go in ready to celebrate 40+ years of Mario and Nintendo history and you’ll have a blast.”
You can also watch us discuss the film in the latest video episode of the Press Start Podcast below: