Nintendo will return to single-player Mario on consoles in future

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Whilst Nintendo have already treated Wii U to five-player New Super Mario Bros. U, with four-player Super Mario 3D World to shortly follow later this year, may worry that the iconic plumber’s future may remain in the multiplayer arena.

It isn’t necessarily a disappointment, but I certainly miss the solo grandeur of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy. Although Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that they will “probably” return to the single-player experience in future.

“Before there was the Super Mario Bros. series, there was just the Mario Bros. game, and that was a 2-player multiplayer game,” Miyamoto began, asked by Game Informer as to whether multiplayer will remain a core part of the Mario franchise.

“So, even from those very early days, we always wanted to include some type of multiplayer. When the new Super Mario Bros. team on Wii was able to do that and include the four-player multiplayer in the side-scrolling fashion, we very quickly found that our team really liked that, and they immediately said, ‘Well, we want to do the same thing in a 3D Mario space.’ They’ve had a lot of fun exploring that.

“But definitely with the single-player Mario experience, there’s still a lot of possibilities that we can explore, so I think we’ll probably go back to that again at some point.

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

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