In GamesBeat’s coverage of Miyamoto and Company’s Q&A session for Super Mario 3D World, the new game’s unique clear pipes came up as a topic of conversation, at which point the title’s director Kenta Motokura revealed that the pipes were made possible by the Wii U’s ability to process HD graphics. He remarked that the see-through properties of the pipes is much easier to achieve in Wii U, and that the technique allowed the developers to do something they’ve never done before with the series.
In addition to the details on 3D World’s clear pipes, Miyamoto addressed the difference between 3D and 2D Mario games, indicating that 3D World is an amalgamation of the two. He then commented that a new Mario title in the vain of the Galaxy franchise may very well be a reality at some point in the future. Here is Mr. Motokura’s full quote from the Super Mario 3D World session:
“Now that we’re able to have graphics in HD, this is allowing us to express some different ideas that we really haven’t done before. So for example, the clear pipe is something that’s just that much easier to see in this kind of presentation, and this allowed us to connect it to new ideas for gameplay.
“We had a lot of fun thinking about what happens exactly inside the pipe if you could see through it. What sort of things are able to go through? And so we worked on, ‘OK, maybe fireballs can go through. Maybe even Goombas could go through.’ We spent a lot of time coming up with different variations.”