Super Mario Bros. Wonder Director Doesn’t Know What Next Game’s Style Will Be

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Super Mario Bros. Wonder is right around the corner, and with it comes a brand new art style for Mario and friends, bringing an end to the New Super Mario Bros. style that many fans had been sick and tired off for quite a while. It’s proven a popular change, but despite its popularity, it seems as though it’s not a guarantee that we’ll see the style used again when Nintendo comes to developing the next 2D Mario title.


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In an interview with Game Informer, game producer Takashi Tezuka and art director Masanobu Sato is asked about Mario games in the past, and if Super Mario Bros. Wonder marks a new era for the series’ 2D outings. It seems as though the two are happy to be moving on from the New Super Mario Bros. style, but are quite hesitant to confirm whether this new style will be the blueprint for future 2D Mario games going forward.

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“I believe that we have transitioned from the New Super Mario Bros. series into a new phase, but at this point, we have no idea what the next game style will be,” says Tezuka. “However, what we do know is that Super Mario Bros. Wonder has set a bigger stage for adventure for Mario and friends,” adds Sato.

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It’s a pretty sensible decision not to lock yourself down to one particular art style for the future, especially when Super Mario Bros. Wonder isn’t even on store shelves yet. However, if Tezuka’s comments do reflect the actual thinking at Nintendo, then it’s very exciting to think that we may see more experimental art style used in the future. We’re very unlikely to see the New Super Mario Bros. art style come back given how tired and dated it feels, and being unshackled in this way may tempt Nintendo into making more unique 2D Mario games.

Even though we don’t quite know what the future of 2D Mario holds, there is one thing that we can almost guarantee will be included no matter what Nintendo does. Luigi’s death stare became famous thanks to his brutal actions in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and those who have played the Super Mario Bros. Wonder demo have noticed that Luigi is back to his angry ways. Whether it be jumping, throwing fireballs, or simply running around, Luigi looks pretty pissed, and I would not want to be in Bowser’s position when the two eventually clash.

You’ll be able to see and control angry Luigi for yourself later this month, as Super Mario Bros. Wonder launches next week on October 20. If you want to know what we think after a brief hands on, you can our very own Jade King’s preview here.

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