Nintendo has different approaches for each of its series when it comes to annual releases, but that’s not something it considers for Mario Kart or Super Smash Bros. According to Nintendo of America’s Scott Moffitt, the company wants to keep surprising its fans providing them titles when they’ve something unique to share with their public, not when there’s some money to be raised.
At least, this is what Moffitt explained to the Examiner website, underlining that “there’s not a new Mario Kart every year” for a reason:
“We tend not to annualize our franchises, there’s not a new Mario Kart every year. What we’ve tried to do with the Wii U is first, create a fully-featured, really enjoyable game that has something for everybody, has surprises that you’ll discover as you play through levels, and it gives you a good amount of quality entertainment.
For fans who love [Mario Kart], we’ve released extra content over time so that it keeps the game fresh and allows them to experience more than they could when they originally bought the game.
That’s the approach we take, rather than annualizing the franchise, we are periodically releasing new courses, levels, and features that keep people playing. We see a huge surge in gameplay hours on Mario Kart when we release [new content].”
This is not what we’ve been used to with the Pokemon franchise, anyway. Here’s why:
“If you look at the Pokemon franchise, we have released multiple core games for the 3DS. We like to give fans something every year, but [for] something like Mario Kart or Smash Bros.,there may only be one version of that franchise in the whole console cycle.
It depends on “the franchise, the developer, and what new ideas they can bring to [a] franchise to move the gameplay forward and keep [it] fresh,” but “incremental changes may not be worth a whole new release.”
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