Yoshiaki Koizumi confirms Super Mario Wii U

It was only a matter of time before we got confirmation that a new Mario game would appear on the Wii U. Yoshiaki Koizumi, producer of the 3D line of main-series Mario adventures, did just that in an interview with Wired.com.

Super Mario 64

The game is still in the earliest stages of development, so chances are slim that they’ll have it ready as a launch title. But Koizumi did mention the possibility of simultaneous cooperative and competitive gameplay for two players, that takes advantage of the two screens available to the Wii U.

When I think about the two screens being used at the same time, it seems like an interesting opportunity to allow us to create a console game where two people are playing at the same time but can’t see each others’ screens. It’s certainly an interesting approach, but I have to clarify that it’s not something that we’re working on just yet.

He went on to mention that he created a similar two-screen game many years ago that connected the Nintendo 64 to the original GameBoy, but the sole detail he was willing to provide was that it was a feature cut from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. Koizumi did say that we’ll find out what this concept was, but he doesn’t “think today’s the time.”

Back to the topic of Mario U, perhaps each player could take on the role of one of the Mario Bros., and they would be able to work together to make each other’s lives easier – or miserable – like in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, but now in a full 3D environment. I can’t wait to see what direction they’ll take Mario in next. Maybe we’ll see a free-roaming open-world adventure, like an old brilliant (but totally fake) leak suggested – a Super Mario 64 2, if you will.

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Comments, Reactions, and General Hooliganism

  1. hawthorneluke

    Full on multiplayer in a 3D adventure mario game could be awesome 😀
    But I guess that pretty much confirms no mario coming for launch. No zelda either of course with skyward sword only just about finished.
    I guess that leaves only metroid left for a killer app on launch, but there is pikmin 3 which sounds like it could be a real launch title and hopefully killer enough.
    It’d probably be really great, I just hope enough people know how great pikmin is in that case.

  2. Meelow

    I hope it will have the free-roaming open-world, from what the old rumors was saying, it sounded like the best game ever.

  3. Limelight788

    If it’s anything like Super Mario 64, it will be amazing. I loved the open world platform that game offered and I’d love to see it again.

  4. Mariomaster1

    Super Mario 64 2……with Donkey Kong?! Yeah, probably not……but that doesn’t mean they could use the same level layout used in Mario 64, as it would be kind of fun to walk around in an area with Bomb-Ombs and just wage war with your friend and toss bombs at each other for the hell of it….or maybe not, to keep your lives full. But whatever, there’s a bunch of other fun, crazy stuff you could do with two people in a full 3D environment…….which brings up my old dream of a full 3D Smash Bros game, which would be crazy.

  5. nock haye out klitch

    i was thinking about VR gaming on the tablet were the game world is 360 degrees around you and you use motion gyro to interact all around you there could be some amassing ideas there

    in terms of 2 player 1 player on tv with wiimote and nunchuck and the other in a VR world thats only on the tablet screen and is 360 degrees 3D world

  6. Jeff

    Seriously, I like this Idea of 64-2
    But why did you use a Pic from Mario Party to hype it?

    • F0

      Just thought it was a good picture to represent more characters from the Marioverse than just Mario himself. 🙂

  7. samuel

    i hope its like super mario 3d land