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Nintendo: We’re already planning for a new home console, the next big Mario game on it

Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto has confirmed the company is not only working on a new home console, but the next Mario game for it too.

Speaking with the Associated Press, Miyamoto said this of his beloved creation: “Since we first created Mario, people have compared him to Mickey Mouse. I’ve always said Mickey Mouse evolved with each evolution in animation. You saw Mickey Mouse each step of the way. From early on, I wanted Mario to be that character in the digital world, so that with each digital evolution, he was there to usher in the next era.”

More importantly, he added, “I think that maybe when we release the next hardware system, you can look forward to seeing Mario take on a new role or in a new game.”

It’s not news that Nintendo’s slightly-gimmicky Wii U has lost a lot of ground when compared to the Xbox One and PS4, but 2014 titles like Super Smash Bros. for Wii UBayonetta 2 and Mario Kart 8 have illustrated that the console may have some fight left in it.

Would you rather see what Nintendo can do with the Wii U, or simply move to a new console offering?

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