The upcoming release of Super Mario 3D World is in no way an indication that the Super Mario Galaxy series has run its course, according to Shigeru Miyamoto.
While 3D World features elements from Galaxy games, such as Rosalina and Captain Toad, Mario creator Miyamoto has said this doesn't mean the newer Wii U game has been designed to replace the older Wii series.
"Just so there is no misunderstanding, I should point out that this doesn't mean we'll never make another Super Mario Galaxy game," Miyamoto said during the latest Iwata Asks interview.
"That's right," agreed Nintendo EAD Tokyo's Yoshiaki Koizumi, who was director on Galaxy, producer on Galaxy 2 and producer on 3D World.
"When we first started making Super Mario 3D World, Miyamoto-san asked me if this was going to be more like Super Mario Galaxy or more like Super Mario 3D Land. When we made Super Mario 3D Land, we had our eyes on the form of this game, so we made it this way without any hesitation."
"The same team can't make both at the same time," Miyamoto added. "And we can't bring in a second party and slap the name Super Mario Galaxy on it. I suppose we could idealistically make both in Tokyo, but we want to do something new too, so there was that dilemma.
"Personally, I would like to take on a variety of new challenges with Super Mario Galaxy and design 2D Super Mario games in an easy-to-understand way within certain restraints."
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata also asked Koizumi: "What would you say to people who say that Super Mario Galaxy is better for Super Mario on a home console?"
"This may not be a direct answer," Koizumi replied, "but personally, when we made Super Mario Galaxy, I had regrets about some things. I was able to do those things in Super Mario 3D World.
"One goes all the way back to Super Mario 64. When we made the first prototype, Mario and Luigi were on a flat field. We ran it that way, but when we made the landforms, because of hardware limitations we had a choice between cutting Luigi or making more elaborate landforms. Then, in tears, we had to ask Luigi to leave.
"And at that time, I talked with Miyamoto-san about having Luigi appear alongside Mario sometime in a multiplayer 3D Super Mario game. I've thought that for 15 years.
"Later, Luigi appeared in Super Mario Galaxy, but instead of running around together with his big brother, he got treated somewhat differently. But this time, he finally stands on the same course with Mario as a character that will make people say, 'Luigi's great!' I think that's fantastic.
"Another regret with respect to Super Mario Galaxy: I think the deep-blue image of space and the impression you get from the title was more geared toward boys. I felt like a player-character you might want to choose besides Mario was necessary to convince, say, my wife to feel comfortable picking it up and playing.
"This time, we welcomed in Princess Peach, so you can play as a female character. In that way, I feel like we filled in a piece that had been missing."
The Super Mario 3D World release date is November 22 in the US and November 29 in Europe and Australia.
In CVG's most recent Super Mario 3D World preview we said "there's every likelihood that this will be the best Nintendo game since Galaxy - and maybe, just maybe, it'll provide enough consistent moments of magic to surpass it."