Nintendo has revealed that the world’s favourite money-chasing plumber is in line for a few changes in an agonisingly teasing interview with IGN. The gaming giant hasn’t let any specifics slip out of its bag of tricks, but says it hopes to show off something new (and hopefully exciting for the right reasons) at E3 2017.
"We're always challenging ourselves to create something new, so hopefully you'll see a new kind of Mario in about a year or two," said Mario’s father Shigeru Miyamoto. "Maybe next E3 we'll be able to share something."
You can be forgiven for being worried. Miyamoto is fully aware of Mario’s universal appeal, and has tried to reassure fans by saying he plans to proceed with caution. "It's kind of difficult with Mario because some of the more important conventions of Mario are based on the approachability and accessibility of those games."
That said, it appears that Miyamoto won’t have a complete say over what Mario becomes. He added that new Nintendo recruits have allowed the team to look "at the conventions with fresh eyes." Those faint alarm bells? They're back.
The company’s main efforts next year are expected to revolve around the Nintendo NX, which is set for an early-2017 launch. Hitting the right notes with Mario would be the perfect start for the mysterious console, and could help lift serious pressure off the company's shoulders. [IGN]