You may have noticed some striking similarities between two new Mario games, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and New Super Mario Bros. U, for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, respectively. The style of both plays it safe, and also makes them look right in line with previous New Super Mario Bros. games. According to Nintendo, this is what the fans want.
Gamespot spoke with Takashi Tezuka, Nintendo's General Manager of EAD Development, and asked him about the similar mechanics and visuals in the NSMB series:
Traditionally, Mario sequels have been very different from one another, but the New Super Mario Bros. series games tend to be very similar mechanically and visually. Is that a design decision?
It's intentional. That similarity in the visual style and the control style is all intentional. The things we feel like we've already promised the gamer is that Peach will be kidnapped by Bowser, and Mario will move from left to right. We know that's what people are expecting! [Laughs] We know that there are all types of Mario games, as you said. So for us, with the New Super Mario Bros. series, we don't really need to mess with it. This is what people want.
What do you think? Is this what you want out of a series like New Super Mario Bros., or do you miss the varied styles that would previously debut with new 2D Mario games? Are the incremental adjustments and power-ups added to each NSMB game enough?