This year’s E3 was almost all about Zelda, but rest assured, Nintendo hasn’t forgotten about Mario.

In a recent interview with IGN, creator Shigeru Miyamoto expresses Nintendo’s intent to “create something new” with the famous plumber:

“We’re always challenging ourselves to create something new, so hopefully you’ll see a new kind of Mario in about a year or two. Maybe next E3 we’ll be able to share something.”

Miyamoto does, however, express that they face bigger challenges in changing up the Mario franchise compared to Zelda, due to its wider reaching audience.

“It’s kind of difficult with Mario because some of the more important conventions of Mario are based on the approachability and accessibility of those games.”

The last main Mario game to be released was Super Mario 3D World back in 2013. Since then we’ve seen many spin-offs and the critically acclaimed Super Mario Maker, but no major successor to the core 3D platformer series. Here’s hoping we can learn more about this “new kind of Mario” soon!

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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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