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Super Mario Coming To the 3DS 83

Posted by Soulskill
from the it's'a-me-in-three-dee dept.
RedEaredSlider writes with news that Nintendo is working on a Super Mario Bros. title for their 3DS handheld, bringing the classic franchise into the world of 3-D. The announcement came at the end of a lengthy conversation about the creation of the original Super Mario Bros. for the NES with four of the game's developers. They talk about various ideas that didn't make it into the game and show off some interesting conceptual drawings that evolved into one of the most recognizable games of all time.
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Super Mario Coming To the 3DS

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Did anyone NOT see this coming? Maybe they'll have Zelda too!

    • by _KiTA_ (241027)

      Did anyone NOT see this coming? Maybe they'll have Zelda too!

      Well, kinda obvious, but one of the major criticisms about the 3DS is that it doesn't have a Mario Launch title, so...

      • by aliquis (678370)

        Well, kinda obvious, but one of the major criticisms about the 3DS is that it doesn't have a Mario Launch title, so...

        Does it have ponies?

  • by assemblerex (1275164) on Friday February 04, 2011 @04:30AM (#35101556)
    I sure didn't see this coming!! Mario you say? Next you'll be telling me Zelda and Metroid will be appearing! Surely this is unprecedented!
    • by mvar (1386987)
      The gaming industry is turning into Hollywood very quickly. The end of originality?
      • by Ailure (853833)

        The game industry always had sequelitis, nothing new. Look in the 80's and 90's you can see a quite few sequels to very popular games.

        Releasing a Metroid, Mario and Zelda game on each new Nintendo platform is more of a Nintendo tradition at this point. For both good and bad though, they aren't afraid to try something new while mixing in the old (Super Mario Galaxy comes in mind).

        • by mvar (1386987)
          I see your point but i was referring to the remakes not the sequels -- Hollywood has had movie sequels for decades. When you have already released a ton of games for a franchise, anything new you do seems more like a remake for the new platform rather than a sequel.
          • by Ailure (853833)

            Game remakes are more faithful to the original than Hollywood is with it's movie remakes, usually just some bonus content and adaption for the device/handheld in question. In a way,a game remake is more like a directors cut of a movie with a couple of removed scenes added etc...

            Still, I do admit I remember being disappointed over SM64 DS being the launch game rather than a all new original Mario game (it was a good remake with a twist on the original gameplay, with trickier controls than the original).

          • by Genrou (600910)
            The game industry is in a point where remakes can add a lot to the fun factor. Square/Enix did a great job in the remakes of Final Fantasy III and Final Fantasy IV. If they release a version of Final Fantasy VI and/or Final Fantasy VII for the 3DS, I will sleep on the line to buy one.
            • Square/Enix did a great job in the remakes of Final Fantasy III and Final Fantasy IV.

              If you ask me, that's really up to opinion. Personally I hated especially what they did with III, even if they tried to take care to make it good neither game really is like the original.

              • by Genrou (600910)
                I agree that it is a matter of opinion. I just finished playing both versions of FFIV (Advance for the GameBoy and the remake for the DS) and the games are nearly identical. The DS version has a few additions that can be ignored if you don't want to deal with them, and while damages and powers have changed, I found both versions to be equally balanced. I had fun with both. While I couldn't play FFIII in paralel with the old version (I played it sometime ago, though), I thought that the DS version was fun, a
                • I don't really think the games are bad, just that I don't like them much. For several reasons, most of them arguably small, but they matter to me. And note that I couldn't get much further than about 3 hours into either of them.

                  First off is the visual style. III's is fine, IV's makes me look up weird. I tried getting used to it but the tiny bodies are just... well, weird. I'm sure this has been a complaint with other people.

                  Next up, very important, is the language. Everybody speaks as if they were in a Shak

                  • by Genrou (600910)
                    I can see your points, and I agree with some of them. Cecil's character really looks weird, but it gets a lot better when he turns into a paladin. The voice acting is horrible, I'd rather they remained silent. I agree that, if you can't get past the first three hours, you probably won't have fun playing the game. But, then again, these were not enough for me to put the game aside. I really liked to see characters in 3D, the remade cutscenes and scenarios. That's why I think I would like to see a remake of
                    • The feeling is mutual. Square-Enix still releases good games here and there (though it's become a bit more hit and miss), so I'll always be expecting something decent. Go have fun. :)

        • by Belial6 (794905)
          Pac-Man...Ms. Pac-Man...Supe Pac-Man, and even Baby Pac Man....
      • by aliquis (678370)

        As long as it's good does it matter?

        Sure it may not be that fun to gain the same abilities in say Castlevania or Zelda again and again and again ...

        But atleast it's new maps, look at it as just more of the game / expansion if you want to =p

        Also Super mario has seen quite a lot of originality over the years. It's not like SMB is the same as SMB3 which is the same as SMB World which is the same as Mario64 which is the same as Mario Galaxy. Right?

        Platform games but quite different.

        And even if some of the weapo

    • by starsky51 (959750)
      Judging from the sales of Super Mario Bros. on Wii, this horse is far from dead.
    • by Yvan256 (722131)

      If Metroid is confirmed then it would be a good thing if you ask me. That's the reason I never got a Nintendo 64: no Metroid.

    • This is sort of a big deal, because Nintendo didn't release a Super Mario Bros. title for about 15 years (between Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. for the DS). There are a lot of people who love Super Mario Bros. who really couldn't care less about the newest 3D Mario game or Mario spin-off series. And the gameplay of Super Mario Bros. is the reason most Mario fans started loving Mario.

      There's quite a difference between a new Mario title being announced (which is to be expected) and a new Super M

    • correct
  • by clickety6 (141178) on Friday February 04, 2011 @04:39AM (#35101590)
    Breaking news: 3DS gets Mario game. Also just in... Pope found to be head of quite large religious group. Bears seen defecating in forested areas.
    • by Canazza (1428553)

      Bears found to be head of quite large religious group. Pope seen defecating in forested areas.

      fixed that for you

      • by aliquis (678370)

        Bears found to be head of quite large religious group. Pope seen defecating in forested areas.

        That would be like a Sonic game on a Nintendo console.

    • Confirmed != presumed.

  • by NoobixCube (1133473) on Friday February 04, 2011 @04:40AM (#35101596) Journal

    Subject says it all really. Wow, Mario game on new Nintendo handheld? STOP THE FUCKING PRESSES!

  • Well, we could expect that: I don't think there is one Nintendo system on which there isn't a Super Mario game ;)
    • The Virtual Boy didn't have a "proper" Mario platformer, though it had "Mario Clash" and "Mario Tennis". It had a Wario platform game though, which was probably the best game for the system. The game was primarily 2D as well and could have easily been a regular Game Boy game
      • It had a Wario platform game though, which was probably the best game for the system.

        Indeed, that's all I played on my VB until I sold it. Really slick game, albeit extremely tiring to play any length of time.

        • Yeah it's impossible to get in a comfortable position to use the viewscreen and the 3D effects give me eye strain after a while.
  • by ikkonoishi (674762) on Friday February 04, 2011 @05:46AM (#35101806) Journal

    bringing the classic franchise into the world of 3-D

    Err... Mario 64 did that a while back. Followed by several other titles.

    • by SeaFox (739806)

      Just wait till they make this announcement again when the HoloDS is released.

    • by chrisG23 (812077)
      The 3ds is a handheld console that does 3-dimensional displays (3-d like Avatar 3-D, or Tron 3-D) without the need for glasses. The mention of bringing mario to 3-d refers to bringing it to a console with a 3-dimensional display, not to having a game that takes place in a 3-d world/environment, like mario 64 and all the others.
    • In Super Mario Bros. 3, you could go behind the solid blocks by holding down while on a white one. By my calculation, that would be Mario being capable of moving in three dimensions: up-down, left right, and some motion (albeit very limited) in screen depth. That would make 1988 the first appearance of 3D motion in a Mario game. SMW also let you go on both sides of those metal grates. This is nothing new!
  • Iwata Asks (Score:3, Funny)

    by frizzantik (944615) on Friday February 04, 2011 @05:53AM (#35101834) Homepage
    Iwata Asks is a great interview series for anyone who is a fan of old school Nintendo. I really love the talks with the developers and hearing how they came up with the ideas and the working conditions at the time. I taught myself assembly for 6502 so I could program the NES and after reading this series I know just how much easier to program NES games today than it was back then.
    • It's interesting interview in that it is conducted by Iwata san, interviewing the other guys and asking them all the questions, but it seems pretty clear that Iwata was pretty much the brains of the operation, gave the game its epic scale and knows much more than the other guys about what they did and why it was good. In my experience working in Asia, programmers will humor designers to quite surreal levels.
  • I was looking at the 3DS and was very surprised how it is smaller than a DSiXL. 3DS is the size of a DSi regular. The only new feature is that it has 3D without a glasses which in my mind means that it is blurry and you need to look at it carefully from one direction, maybe this is not the case but it is smaller than the current lastest greatest. I thought new models are supposed to be getting better not worst.

    Probably not going to run right out and get one of these.

    • by tgibbs (83782)

      3D sounds like a substantial improvement to me. I already have a pre-order in, as I expect them to sell out quickly. All of the reviews to date have said that the 3D effect works well. I'm not worried about having to watch from a fixed position, because that's how I hold a hand-held device anyway.

      • I had a first gen Wii, and (I think) a first gen gamecube. Both had problems around the third year. My friend's first gen DS didn't last very long either. My DS lite still runs strong. Nintendo's 1st generation of a product last just long enough to make you forget the warranty. I'm gonna wait until they've made tweaks to the product, and until they have a game catalog worthy of spending the 250.
    • The only new feature is that it has 3D without a glasses...

      Uh, no. It's a huge bump in graphical performance plus it has the iPhone'esque tilt controls. It also has the analog stick, which is pretty slick.

      ....which in my mind means that it is blurry and you need to look at it carefully from one direction....

      Sort of true. You're holding the console so you're already in charge of which direction you're holding it in. If you've been gaming for a while you've already been trained to do this back in the days of color LCDs not looking so hot from various angles not all that long ago. Stereo's not going to be for everybody, so you can just turn off the 3d mode and pla

  • So did this guy forget about Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and (technically) Super Mario Bros Wii?

    • So did this guy forget about Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and (technically) Super Mario Bros Wii?

      How did you enable the stereo view on Super Mario 64?

      • by metamatic (202216)
        Well, if you're going to be pedantic, the original Super Mario Bros was in 3D, it's just that one of the dimensions was time...
  • by pokyo (1987720)
    I love Slashdot. The comments make comma inducing video game news tolerable.
  • Will i have to go and buy a 3DS or can i use it on my regular DSi. cuz i dont want to spend 200+ on a hand held system that i will only use for 1 game (and what ever Metroid/Zelda/other Nintendo classic here)

    • by RogueyWon (735973) *

      Erm... no.

      Games developed for the 3DS will be designed to run on the 3DS's hardware, which, while still relatively low-powered, is substantially more powerful than the DS/DSi. In gaming terms, "backwards compatibility" generally refers to the ability of a newer console to run games that were designed for a previous generation (and the 3DS has this - it will run DS games).

      Of course, given that every Mario game since Mario 64 has basically been the same, you will probably be able to get away with just breakin

      • by Tetsujin (103070)

        Erm... no.

        Games developed for the 3DS will be designed to run on the 3DS's hardware, which, while still relatively low-powered, is substantially more powerful than the DS/DSi. In gaming terms, "backwards compatibility" generally refers to the ability of a newer console to run games that were designed for a previous generation (and the 3DS has this - it will run DS games).

        Actually, the 3DS game cartridges are being sold with an extra little plastic tab on them that prevents them from being slotted into a regular DS cartridge slot.

        So if you cut that tab off, you should be able to use the game with an older DS. :)

        • by RogueyWon (735973) *

          Which is a bit like saying that since both the PS2 and 360 have DVD drives, you should be able to put a PS2 game into a 360 and just run it.

          Check out the hardware specs for the 3DS; it's running on very different hardware to the original DS.

    • You mean 'forwards' compatible, and no, the DS won't run 3DS games.

  • Anyone who loves the franchise will be excited about this news and thus it's worth mentioning. Just because it's not unexpected doesn't mean it lacks relevance.
  • the best marios were those with mostly 2D game play but 3D graphics
  • See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario's_Tennis [wikipedia.org]

    "Mario's Tennis (, Mariozu Tenisu?) is a game for Nintendo's Virtual Boy video game console."

    The Virtual Boy video game console provided true 3D display for its games, although in monochrome. It did not require glasses either. It had two displays one for each eye, and you had to look through a neoprene coated eyepiece to see the displays. It didn't do very well, so is not well-known. It was one of the few flops for Nintendo.

  • I'm guessing this game will cost $40-$60. That's a lot of money to risk on a hand held game. Not all Mario games have been gems.

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