It has been revealed that numerous developers from the New Super Mario Bros team helped out Arzest on Yoshi’s New Island. Interestingly, legendary Nintendo developer Takashi Tezuka who produced all of the New Super Mario Bros and Yoshi’s Island games also helped Arzest develop the game. Here’s some of the other devs.
- Nobuo Matsumiya, who was the director of Yoshi’s Island DS and worked on level designs for New Super Mario Bros. 2
- Yuya Sato, a level designer on New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. 2
- Kenta Usui, a level designer on New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Super Mario Bros. U, and New Super Luigi U
- Toyokazu Nonaka, who was most recently a producer on the new StreetPass games
The recently announced Wii U Deluxe 32GB set that comes with New Super Mario Bros U and New Super Luigi U is now available to pre-order at US retail chain, Best Buy. This new bundle will replace the Wii U Deluxe 32GB bundle that comes with the charming Nintendo Land and will be available on November 1st. The console retails for $299.99.
IGN has recently been granted the opportunity to sit down with New Super Mario Bros U director Masataka Takemoto and producer Takashi Tezuka. Takemoto told the publication that innovation is vital for the popular series, but it shouldn’t destroy any of the fun that the series is renowned for.
“When we finished [New Super Mario Bros. Wii] up, we thought,”It’s gonna be hard to add any new features to this.” Once we started fleshing out the next concept, though, we realized that we could still come up with new ideas for [New Super Mario Bro. U]. Right now, I can’t really say what might come next, but I think we’ll still manage to find new stuff for the series. I think that innovation is important, but it can’t be something that destroys the core fun that defines Mario in 2D. We need innovation that retains 2D Mario’s play sensation.”
“Of course we devote resources on measures to take advantage of a platform’s features and capabilities, but with a 2D Mario, we don’t want to lose the foundation that so many players already know and love. I think that sense of security helps the team feel like they’ve got some breathing room to work with as they come up with ideas.”
“Players keep on playing Mario, after all, precisely because it’s easily understandable in a very unique way. That’s a strength that’s hard to imitate for games with shorter heritages, and it’s something I think we need to keep cherishing.”
Game Informer has managed to get an exclusive new trailer for the glorious New Super Mario Bros U which is exclusive to Nintendo’s forthcoming console, Wii U. The trailer shows off new environments, the mini mushroom, and some of Yoshi’s new abilities in action. New Super Mario Bros U launches alongside Wii U on November 18th.
More New Super Mario Bros U information has emerged from the latest issue of Game Informer which confirms that the game will feature a world map that’s extremely similar to the one found in the Super Nintendo classic Super Mario World. New Super Mario Bros U will feature a seamless world map.
The map can be panned around and explored at any time and features multiple branching paths that let you choose which way to go. The mid-world fortresses are guarded by Boom-Boom, and the end-level castle is guarded by Koopalings. Game Informer spotted 7 worlds: Acorn Plains, Sparkling Waters (tropical), Frosted Glacier, Layer Cake Desert (complete with melting deserts), areas similar to Forest of Illusion and Sky World and a world surround by a tornado.
New Super Mario Bros 2 has now sold over one million copies in Japan alone. This staggering figure doesn’t even take into account digital copies – which would have seen the game surpass this figure a few weeks ago. It will be interesting to see how the game fared in North America when we get August’s NPD figures.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has revealed on the latest Nintendo Direct that New Super Mario Bros 2 players have amassed a whopping 57 billion coins so far in the game. Nintendo also announced that it will be providing a series of videos which will show players how to collect more coins.