Nintendo’s President Satoru Iwata has issued a response to the concern from fans over the frequency of the Mario titles in the series, and how they feel that Nintendo is squandering the quality of their games by releasing them too often. Iwata was happy to give his explanation as to what their intentions are and to dispel any worries that people would have.
“Sidescrolling Mario has a special existence in that it really is part of the fundamental DNA of gamers,” he said. “What we have in the sidescrolling games is a goal, and to reach that goal you’re jumping and flying and collecting items and attacking and defeating enemies—and you have this sort of almost in a managerial sense a checklist of the things you have to do to get from here to here. I think that structure is something that really goes beyond cultural and language boundaries, which means we are really presenting Mario games to consumers as a ‘Nintendo-representative’ game that you can only play on a Nintendo platform.”
“We only create a New Super Mario Bros. title one per platform,” Iwata continued. “I think we’ll probably go ahead and continue at that pace. That being said, that’s probably Miyamoto’s choice, so I can’t give you a 100% guarantee that that’s the pace we’ll continue at.”
When asked about the concerns regarding the fact that New Super Mario Bros. 2 will feature downloadable content, Iwata was quick to make a firm stance against the use of DLC as a means of exploiting customers out of their money’s worth.
“Our goal is to create DLC in such a way that consumers do not feel that they have been cheated or deceived. Now I believe there are people out there, readers, who have are worried about that, and we just want to ensure them that we have that in mind and want them to know that that’s not what we are planning on doing.”