The upcoming Wii U title Super Mario 3D World doesn’t see Nintendo’s mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto in a leading role, and it seems that the Mario’s happy father doesn’t have much of a desire to put himself at the helm of the series again anytime soon, as he mentioned in an interview on Gamekult.
Create a game of the caliber of Super Mario 3D World takes a lot of energy and there is little chance that I could take the time to work on the next Mario. However, I want to get involved again and more deeply in the development of smaller projects, but that doesn’t mean it will be a modest download-only title or something like that. It is not impossible for me to work on a new game as the main producer in the future, but even when I’m not directly in charge of a project, I always look at what the teams does in terms of gameplay, and I trust them. Don’t worry about Mario!
If you can’t wait to play the next game by Miyamoto-san, it probably won’t be a Mario title, but it won’t be a bite-sized e-shop game either. What will it be? We’ll have to wait and see.