New Super Mario Bros. is the bestselling Nintendo DS game with more than 25 million copies sold to date. The game was released roughly five years ago, so it's quite surprising that we are still waiting for its sequel. Especially because just about any other company pumps sequels out on a regular basis, either every year or every other year, and that for games that sold 10 % or less of what NSMB did.
Shigeru Miyamoto (if memory serves me right) had gone on record to hint at a 3D and a 2D Mario game being in development for the 3DS, but this year's E3 has passed and we still haven't gotten an official announcement for the latter. Despite this fact, I predict that we will get to play NSMB's successor by the end of this year.
Because I believe that Miyamoto didn't talk about two separate games, but one and the same: Super Mario 3DS.
- Super Mario 3DS features 3D gameplay.
- Flagpoles are present at the end of the level instead of stars.
- Some of Mario's usual techniques from the 3D games have been removed, like the sidewards somersault.
- Mario is capable of doing the moves present in both NSMB games, like wall jumps and stomping.
- Power-ups act in the same way as in 2D Mario games, thus removing the typical energy bars of the 3D Mario games.
- There's the Tanooki Suit.
- The game is still using its working title, suggesting Nintendo is still discussing on how to go about this.