Nintendo Producer Surprised by New Super Mario Bros. 2D Mario Success

By Jorge Ba-oh 28.06.2013 5

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Nintendo have been surprised by the success of just how well the New Super Mario Bros. series has performed in recent years.

Speaking to MTV this week, series producer Takashi Tezuka was asked about the popularity of the 2D platforming series within an age dominated by blockbuster 3D graphics and 3D platformer games.

Tezuka recalled that Nintendo initially thought that "it would have been a product that would have fascinated only the fans of the old Mario games, that would have reminded them the classics, and their video-gaming past", but were surprised by the "enormous amount of new gamers who liked it".

He cites the accessibility of 2D titles like New Super Mario Bros. as the reason newcomers boarded the Mario ship and that Nintendo are "obviously very proud of this result".

Age old question, but what do you prefer: 2D or 3D Mario? Be sure to vote in the poll below.

User Poll: 2D or 3D Super Mario Bros?

3D Mario
2D Mario
Both 2D and 3D
Don't like Mario games.
Box art for New Super Mario Bros. U





2D Platformer



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Rated $score out of 10  8/10 (12 Votes)

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In principle, I am neutral - but in practice the 3D ones have been a lot more inventive. <-- Tells some truly terrible tales.
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Probably explains why Nintendo has a good handful in the pipeline. Strange to think that the N64 remains the pinnacle of 3d platformers. Also a waste of the power of the wii U which would be much better suited to full on 3D platformers. 

I hope nintendo place more focus on 3d games next year that arent mini games and that really do something creative with the gamepad.

That's all well and good, but please stop making 2d platformers and make something else. 

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Hi how are you232 (guest) 30.06.2013#4

We need another Mario like Super Mario 64 or Super Mario Sunshine (easily the most under-rated Mario game). Sure, the 2d Marios' are fun, but the 3d open world/adventure Marios' are breathtaking. Nintendo has been trying to cater to these "gamers" who are about 12 and 13, playing CoD all day. Nintendo needs to say screw them and release a Mario that will be just as dense as Sunshine, with that feeling of wonder you got everytime you opened a new door in Peach's Castle on Mario 64. Please Nintendo, bring your amazing Mario development back.

Anonymous Goomba (guest) 02.07.2013#5

I'd just like to point out that the sales figures and the poll results don't line up at all.
Actual sales results are probably worth a billion polls.

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