Nintendo: No New Mario Game This Year

Nintendo of America’s director of product marketing has confirmed that there will be no main entry Mario games released in 2015.

In an interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal, published earlier today, Bill Trinen said: “We don’t always put out a new version of an existing series on an annual basis, there’s always a big gap. You see that with Super Smash Bros., which has been seven years since it last came out. With Pikmin 3, you saw a big gap as well. Mario games release more frequently but we don’t have a new Mario game this year so it’s not an annual event.”

The news comes after Nintendo producer Yoshiaki Koizumi revealed back in April that Nintendo EAD, developers of Super Mario 3D World, are working on a new installment in the main series.

Fans of the Italian plumber shouldn’t be entirely disappointed, though, as the LittleBigPlanet-esque Mario Maker is set for a release early in the year. The game will allow players to create their own levels in the style of the classic NES 2D platforming series.

The in-depth interview with Trinen also touched on a number of other subjects including retro gaming, region locking, and the Wii U’s prospects for 2015.

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