While New Super Mario Bros. U featured the DLC add-on content of New Super Luigi U, in a new interview with French gaming site Gamekult, Super Mario 3D World producer Yoshiaki Koizumi says that no DLC content will be coming for 3D World. While this particular news is a bit of a let down, Koizumi also said that an open world Mario game may eventually be a possibility on Wii U, if there is enough demand from Mario fans.
While admitting that 3D World is decidedly not an open world game, Koizumi stated that he believes Super Mario Sunshine fit that description, and future games could head in that direction as well. The development team felt, however, that 3D World should be accessible to everyone, and they used the location of the flagpoles as a way to tell players where to go. Here are his full quotes regarding Mario as an open world experience:
“I don’t know if we can consider Super Mario 64 as an open world game, but I think Super Mario Sunshine is more consistent with that definition because of the city and entire worlds to explore. Our main standpoint with Super Mario is to ensure that players always know where to go. It’s for this reason that we have given great importance on the placement and visibility of the flags, particularly in Super Mario 3D World .
Again, as creators, we want a large number of people to be able to play and enjoy the game, so it’s sort of our duty to ensure that the objectives are clear to everyone. However, if a very large number of players expressed the desire for a more open Mario, we would take that request very seriously.”