In the not too distant past the DS was graced with one of my favourite Mario games: New Super Mario Bros. Now almost six years after the first New Super Mario Bros, Nintendo has announced that a new Super Mario 3DS game is in production and, like New Super Mario Bros, it will be a side-scrolling game.
The best thing about New Super Mario Bros is its simplicity - I is so easy to pick up and play when I want a quick dose of Mario Bros action. The game managed to remind me of the NES and SNES Mario games but had a modern art style.
After the excellent Super Mario 3D Land>, it might seem like a backwards step to go back to 2D platforming after showing that a proper 3D platformer can work on the 3DS.
It must be said, though, that a side-scrolling Mario game can coexist with a 3D platformer - after all New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario Galaxy are on the same console. I envisage that a side-scrolling Mario would be amazing on the 3DS and will probably would give Super Mario 3D Land a run for its money. This is what I want from a New Super Mario 3DS game.
Donkey Kong Country Returns-style visuals
The 3DS console's 3D effects would lend a hand in ensuring the new Mario game's success. Cast your minds back to Donkey Kong Country Returns; the wonderfully designed levels featured land behind the main plane of the level and this allowed Donkey Kong to shift his position throughout the level to great effect.
If this same effect was applied to a Mario side-scroller on 3DS, it would be even better as the depth would make Mario look like he is running along the screen far away from you.
Hopefully this new Super Mario 3DS game will feature multiplayer like New Super Mario Bros Wii. If so, Wario and Waluigi should replaces the Toads as multiplayer characters.Having one Toad was okay, but two? Surely one of those spots could have gone to another character.
It doesn't take too long to complete most handheld 2D Mario games so some extra levels would be nice. A green star challenge could even be implemented á la Mario Galaxy 2.
Another extra challenge could be StreetPass speed runs. You'd share your game data with other players you pass in the streets and see if you could beat their best times on certain levels.
Considering Nintendo's track record, the next Super Mario 3DS game is likely to be awesome but do you have any ideas that you think would make it essential.