All eyes were on Nintendo at E3 as they formally unveiled The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Set to release in March 2017 on both Wii U and "NX," the latest entry in one of the company's flagship franchises already became the most talked-about game from the expo, as it shakes up and moves away from many established staples and conventions of the Zelda series proper.
With Breath of the Wild being Nintendo's biggest project yet, some will question what next lies in store for company mascot Mario. The last traditional Mario title was 2013's Super Mario 3D World, and longtime fans have enjoyed creating their own 2D Mario stages in Super Mario Maker since last Fall. In an interview with IGN, however, Shigeru Miyamoto teased that "a new kind of Mario" will likely be seen within the next two years.
The creator of Mario and The Legend of Zelda reflected on how the development teams at Nintendo are "always challenging [themselves] to create something new." He also hinted that we should hopefully hear about the plumber's next endeavor "in about a year or two," perhaps as early as next year's E3. Whatever the case, it will happen well after the NX console launches early next year.
That is not to say that work on the next potential Super Mario game is not without its own set of obstacles. While the upcoming Zelda title is poised to redefine the series formula, Miyamoto commented that in the case of the Mario series, "it's kind of difficult [...] because some of the more important conventions [...] are based on the approachability and accessibility of those games." He does note that new hires at Nintendo have made the process of changing up established conventions from a fresher perspective easier, a sentiment that is also reflected behind the development of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
As for you, what big changes would you like to see out of the next Super Mario game? What kind of follow-up do you want after Super Mario 64, Sunshine, the Galaxy games, and the two 3D titles? Give us your thoughts in the comments below!