We all love Mario, and the plumber's absence at E3 2016 felt especially strong considering the amount of attention that Nintendo was getting. With how far games have come and how much The Legend of Zelda has evolved, it's somewhat likely that Nintendo is going to have to evolve its mascot if he is to keep up with the modern world.

Galaxy was nice, the two 3D games were solid, New Super Mario Bros. was a good idea that overstayed its welcome. However, we're due for a mainline Mario game that bends all the rules, and we might not have to wait that long.

Speaking with IGN, Nintendo "Fellow" Shigeru Miyamoto gave a little insight into the next Mario game, saying that it will be a "new kind of" game.

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.

E3 2017! Here we come, baby! However, Miyamoto warned about comparing Mario's progress with that of The Legend of Zelda because of how fundamentally different the two franchises are.

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.

I guess there is no platforming in a Mushroom Kingdom the size of Skyrim, huh? Can you imagine, uncovering stars throughout a map of just epic proportions? I'm not sure if that is a dream come true or a Mario completionist's nightmare realized.

How do we adapt Mario's conventions to make him acceptable to both a casual crowd and a crowd that demands a certain depth and size to their video games?