It would appear that a new Super Mario title is on the horizon for the 3DS, as Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced that a new 2D game featuring the moustachioed mascot would be arriving in "the next fiscal year".
"We are planning to release a totally new side-scrolling action Super Mario in 2D as a key title for the Nintendo 3DS in the next fiscal year," said Iwata. "With the fulfillment of software, we are confident that we will be able to make the Nintendo 3DS active for the full year as the mainstream platform in the video game market."
Indeed, the increased social aspects brought to bear by the Communities feature introduced for Mario Kart 7 and the handful of first-party killer apps (and Monster Hunter 3G in Japan, of course) released towards the end of 2011 have seen a dramatic upturn in sales, something Iwata is keen to build upon in 2012.
We absolutely need to keep the vitality of evergreen titles and release new key titles seamlessly for the Nintendo 3DS in order to maintain the momentum of the platform throughout the year," he stated emphatically.
The two games featuring Mario released at the end of last year, "SUPER MARIO 3D LAND” and “Mario Kart 7” made the centerpiece of evergreen titles. We will maintain the momentum of these two titles and, at the same time, try to expand the sales of the titles which have the potential to be sold continuously along with the popularization of the hardware, as typified by “nintendogs+cats,” Capcom’s “Monster Hunter 3 (Tri) G” (Japanese title) in Japan and “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D” overseas.
We wouldn't mind a Smash Bros. game, please, Mr. Iwata. [Nintendo]