During the Nintendo Switch reveal we got a brief glimpse at a new 3D Mario game. While Nintendo has refused to confirm that it's an actual, in-development title, we've heard numerous reports that it's definitely real, and we've even heard that it could be a launch title. Laura Dale of Let's Play Video Games (who has accurately leaked a handful of Switch details in the past few months) fueled those flames today with another report that details what we can expect from the mystery Mario game.
According to two of Dale's sources, the new Mario game is on track to be a Nintendo Switch launch title in all major regions. The game is said to feature a "3D open world hub" that connects to a variety of different worlds, each with multiple objectives to complete. In other words, it will be more in line with Super Mario 64 or possibly Super Mario Galaxy than more linear titles like Super Mario 3D World.
The Switch reveal shows two players enjoying the game together (although you can't see the screen at that point), and according to Dale's sources, this is a two player co-op version of the main game. In this mode, players are tethered together so that they can't stray too far, and they have to work together to complete objectives. At the end of the level, a screen will show how much progress was made by each player, such as how many red coins each player collected in a red coin stage.
Nintendo is reportedly working on a demo for the game, and it's expected to be ready for press events by January, which is when Nintendo will be holding a special presentation to reveal more Switch details.
This information is not officially confirmed by Nintendo at this time, but one of Dale's sources is a Nintendo employee who has previously proven accurate by leaking when the Switch reveal would take place, the content of the reveal, Switch's use of cartridges, and more.
Source: Let's Play Video Games