Nintendo has registered the domain name supermario4.com As to be expected, this is causing some stirring rumors within the Nintendo community. What's curious is trying to figure out what platform this game could be for and exactly what kind of game it might be.
After all, the last time there was an Mario game with no sequel that ended in the number 3, it was Super Mario Bros 3, which many fans consider the last great Mario game.
Lighting fuel to this fire is that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata noted earlier this year, in passing, that the company was working on a new 2D adventure for Mario, suggesting that the franchise was going back to its old-school roots.
Of course, the registering of a domain is one of the least important steps in creating a game, so one would be wise not to read too much into this.
Nevertheless, Nintendo registered that domain for a reason, and if there was a spiritual sequel to Super Mario Bros 3, it would bring delight to Nintendo fanatics the world over.
Sega had a modicum of success by trying to go back to Sonic's old-school roots in releasing games like Sonic the Hedgehog 4 and Sonic Generations, but neither of those was truly an accurate continuation to what a new Genesis game would have been like.
Nintendo knows probably better than any other video game company how to please its fans, and if it truly is going back to the drawing board to create another NES-style game that gamers of all ages will appreciate it, it should be a runaway success.