During the latest Iwata Asks segment Nintendo President Satoru Iwata teamed up with Yoshiaki Koizumi and Takashi Tezuka to discuss Super Mario 3D Land. During the discussion the team revealed that Super Mario 3D Land will be the key in shaping the next Super Mario game for whatever platform it becomes available on.
Iwata: It is satisfying both as a showcase of all that’s good about 2D and 3D and as the grand sum of what you’ve done so far in 3D.
Koizumi: Yes. The fun contained in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine is scattered throughout, so it’s fun to look for those places. I think this game will be key in leading to the next Super Mario game—a new point of origin, or a crossroads.
Iwata: I see. Tezuka-san?
Tezuka: This game feels like a collaborative project with 2D Super Mario, so it introduces various devices and enemies from 2D Super Mario, as if to say, “This is how they look in 3D!” I feel like we are introducing something new to players of 2D Super Mario. I want to reflect what we gained from Super Mario 3D Land in the next 2D Super Mario game.