Super Mario 3DS was revealed more than a month ago by Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo, at GDC. A few screens were shown to the audience, and then the logo that you see to the right. The big deal with the logo, if you haven’t caught it already, is the raccoon tail that hangs off of the O. That tail signifies a connection to the power-up made famous in Super Mario Bros. 3 for the original NES.
Nintendo’s brilliant Shigeru Miyamoto was speaking at a press event in London yesterday when he described this new Mario platformer for the 3DS. According to Miyamoto, it’s a bit like a cross between Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy, two of the best entries in the franchise.
It’s a combination of Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario on N64. It won’t convey the message if I talk to you today, but if you play it at E3 that will give you more understanding of what I’m talking about…For example, the floors floating in space: in 2D it’s difficult to judge the distance, but in 3D it’s really easy.
For fans of the Mario line, this is huge news. Two highly regarded titles have an inspiring role in the development of what’ sure to be a marquee entry in the currently sparse 3DS lineup. Super Mario 3DS is already looking good, and we’ve only seen a few screenshots.
Miyamoto went on to tell EDGE Magazine about the mysteriously shadowed tail you see on the logo above. According to him, “The tail… on the logo – it’s what you think it is…You probably know what’s going to happen using that character.” And there it is; Super Mario Bros. 3 nerds should be rejoicing.
There’s no timetable set for the release of Super Mario 3DS; however, it’s almost definite that Nintendo will be announcing the a slew of information concerning the title and its intended launch date at E3 in June.
We’ll have more news as it develops.