In the most recent Q&A session with investors, there was one interesting question: Q6.
Also, what are your thoughts on the differences between 3D Mario and side-scrolling 2D Mario in game software?
As for the difference between 2D Mario and 3D Mario, let me explain by describing the background for the development of the Wii game New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which was released in 2009. At the time, it felt like each time we created a new installment in the Super Mario series — which by then had expanded into 3D — it became more complicated. After the release of Super Mario Galaxy in 2007, the goal was to develop a more accessible 3D Super Mario game, and the result was New Super Mario Bros. Wii, a basic side-scrolling Super Mario game that even new players could easily play. That later led to the release of the even simpler
Super Mario Run game (a mobile application released in 2016.) When we develop software, we strive to incorporate new elements, but at the same time we want to make it easy for even firsttime players to have fun. Recently, people of all generations have been enjoying the 3D Mario game Super Mario Odyssey (released in 2017,) so for 3D Mario going forward, we want to try expanding further in new ways.
It isn't news that Shigeru Miyamoto is against Nintendo making 2D Mario games and that's why it isn't surprising that already nine years have passed since Nintendo's last game (New Super Mario Bros. U). His explanation above points in the direction of this drought not coming to an end anytime soon, because apparently NSMB Wii is now a more accessible 3D Mario game and not what it actually is, something entirely different. With this make-believe explanation where every Super Mario game belongs to the same line, 2D Mario has become obsolete as Miyamoto's conclusion sees Nintendo only making 3D Mario going forward.
Any reasonable person would have said that the differences between 3D Mario and side-scrolling 2D Mario are so pronounced that it's necessary for Nintendo to make both types of games. It has been less than a week ago that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers put out the stunner "I am a man of science" while having received homeopathic treatment to get immunized against the coronavirus. That was already a very high level of stupid, but Shigeru Miyamoto managed to top it. What makes Miyamoto's delusion so much worse is that it will take many years until it is resolved whereas Rodgers merely misses a game or two for his team due to testing positive for COVID-19.
Shigeru Miyamoto is a jackass.