Nintendo’s next home video game console, codenamed “NX,” won’t launch with a new Super Mario title when it debuts worldwide in March 2017.
Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Sunshine are games that belong to the main Super Mario series. But none of those titles will launch alongside NX early next year, according to Nintendo executive Shigeru Miyamoto.
“We’re always challenging ourselves to create something new,” Miyamoto told IGN in a recent interview at E3 2016, “so hopefully you’ll see a new kind of Mario in about a year or two. Maybe next E3 we’ll be able to share something.”
Miyamoto also noted that having new people join Nintendo has allowed them to look at the series’ current conventions “with fresh eyes,” due to difficulties faced with upholding approachability and accessibility for those types of games.
Of course, spin-off titles from the Mario universe, and those from the Mart Kart, Mario Party, or the Mario vs. Donkey Kong sub-series are possible candidates. And HD remakes wouldn’t be out of the question, either; The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door could eventually be remastered. (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD took about six months to develop.)
Nintendo NX is currently scheduled to launch worldwide in March 2017.