Many people have claimed that the Mario series is now churning out titles, replacing quality with quantity. Although I don’t agree with them, they have good reason to say this. With two New Super Mario Bros games, a 3D one, and multiple spin-offs coming out within a year, it’s obvious a ton of games are being made with everyone’s favorite Italian plumber. However, Nintendo believes they know the risks of milking a franchise, and that all Mario games are made when a unique, innovative idea is brought to the table.
Here’s what Reggie had to say on the topic.
I would say categorically, no. And that’s because our developers, starting with Mr. Miyamoto and going through the entire EAD development organization, they understand the power of our franchises, and they understand that the only reason these franchises have the power that they do is that they have to make sure that each subsequent edition is unique, different and offers something new. They know that if they don’t do that, we’ll kill the golden goose that lays the golden egg. So it’s something they are highly cognizant of, and even the executives on the business side, we hold that IP very dearly to make sure that every edition in the series is foundationally sound.
Although I do see where Reggie get his perspective here, I do think that Mario could take a little break for now and bring something new to the table (that hopefully doesn’t have “new” in the title). Even so, New Super Mario Bros U looks insanely fun, and may just change up the formula enough to warrant a purchase with the brand new boost mode.
Do you think Mario is being milked? Where’s our 3D Wii U Mario? Sound off in the comments below.