According to a report today from VG 24/7, Nintendo would only consider creating another open-world Super Mario game like Super Mario 64 or Super Mario Sunshine only if gamers would truly demand of it.
“I don’t know if we can consider Super Mario 64 as an open world game, but I think Super Mario Sunshine is more consistent with that definition because of the city and entire worlds to explore,” Koizumi said. “Our main standpoint with Super Mario is to ensure that players always know where to go.”
Because of the confusion with gamers, Koizumi said Nintendo put an emphasis on placing flags and making them visible in Super Mario 3D World.
But, Koizumi said, it all comes down to gamer demands, and if they want an open-world Mario title Nintendo has to consider it.
“However, if a very large number of players expressed the desire for a more open Mario, we would take that request very seriously,” Koizumi said.
In news related to Super Mario 3D World, legendary Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto said the title would likely be his last major production –– that a new Super Mario Bros game wouldn’t be in his future.