In Shigeru Miyamoto’s latest interview with Famitsu, he took some time talking about the upcoming games that will be beefing up the Wii U software lineup.  With several big releases scheduled for this year and early next, Miyamoto-san has obviously been hard at work for quite some time, overseeing basically every in house project that Nintendo has been working on.

He gave a little insight into how they sought to add a challenge to the upcoming Mario 3D World as well as making it accessible for novice players by focusing on co-op that offered four distinct control styles and platforming mechanics.

With New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the only character you could play as besides Mario and Luigi was Toad, and we did get requests from female players for some other character they could play as. I suppose that, to many women, controlling a guy with a mustache isn\’t really their first choice! So we thought of a few candidates, and we decide that if we had a Peach like she was in Super Mario Bros. 2 that was able to float a bit, that\’d be easy to control for beginners.

Mr Miyamoto also reminds Famitsu and its readers that it is still a Mario game, and that users should expect it to play as a polished action platformer.

With a lot of games these days, you have a ton of camerawork and you don\’t really know what you\’re doing, but you still get a lot of excitement and exhilaration out of it. I\’m not saying those games are bad, but in the end, for us, whether it’s Mario or Pikmin, we think it’s the most fun if you work out what you\’re playing in your mind and decide where to go next by your own free will. That’s something I think we should ensure stays in what we do.

The more interesting bit of news came toward the end of the interview.  Now that all of these games are scheduled for release through next spring, fleshing out the Wii U lineup with some solid franchises, Miyamoto believes its just about time to bring out a new franchise.  What franchise?  We wish we knew, but its been long rumored that Miyamoto has been working on a secret project that would eventually become a new IP.  It’s still too early to speculate, so we\’ll have to wait until Nintendo feels the time is right to share it with us.

I hope people are looking forward to the games coming up. We\’ll have Mario Kart 8 out next spring, and at that point we\’ll have the whole lineup in place, so I think it’s about time we brought out a new franchise. I can\’t give out details, but that’s the title that’s been keeping me pretty busy lately.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming Wii U lineup?  What could Miyamoto’s mystery franchise possibly be?  Let us know in the comments!

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