Shigeru Miyamoto, in a recent interview held with EuroGamer, has shed some light on a possible new entry in the fan favorite Super Mario Galaxy series. He said that he and fellow director Yoshiaki Koizumi often discuss their desire to create another 3D action title to challenge the Galaxy games, but can’t follow through due to making “so many games at once in parallel.”

However, Miyamoto does suggest that as their hardware improves they may be able to push forward, saying that while the Wii U is good enough in terms of hardware performance it wouldn’t be as efficient when it comes to CPU speed. He cites Star Fox Zero and the fact it achieves 60fps on both the TV screen and GamePad simultaneously, which is something they’d no doubt want to replicate with a major Mario release. Miyamoto doesn’t confirm or deny a release for the upcoming NX system, however.

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The interview also explains the lack of 3D titles in the style of Super Mario 64, Sunshine and Galaxy in recent years, with Miyamoto stating that “there was a lot of feedback about motion sickness with the 3D or maybe us making it too difficult.” So, instead, they decided to combine the user-friendly simplicity of the New Super Mario Bros. series with 3D environments, the result of which was Super Mario 3D Land and 3D World.

This may be a disappointing direction for some, but Miyamoto adds that the popularity of Splatoon shows that a wider audience is more receptive to 3D camera control now, suggesting a possible return to that style of game.

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Written by Tom Brown

Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.

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