New Super Mario Bros U “Only Possible Because Of New Hardware-
New Super Mario Bros U is “only possible because of the new hardware”.
Masataka Takemoto, the game’s director, was discussing the Mario Wii U launch title with games™ in their latest issue.
“When releasing a game at launch, the challenge is to have Mario be the catalyst to get the excitement going for the hardware,” he says. “So compared to Mario games that are released outside the launch window, it becomes ever so important that this is a Mario game that is only possible because of the new hardware.
“Also, with new hardware, players will be introduced to new controls they aren’t familiar with. In this case, the Wii U GamePad.
“With a brand new franchise, people won’t have any difficulty accepting it being different, since they’ll just think of it as a new game. But as this is a 2D Mario platformer and people are already familiar with those games, we needed to come up with a gameplay style that people could be comfortable with right off the cuff.”
For more on New Super Mario Bros U, the Wii U launch and to celebrate games™’s 10th anniversary see issue 129 of games™, which features the full interview with Masataka Takemoto, veteran Mario producer Takashi Tezuka and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the very first issue of games™. games™ issue 129 is on sale 22 November in both print and half-price digital formats.