During a roundtable interview with GameSpot, Shigeru Miyamoto has said that Nintendo has not ruled out making Mario games in the vein of Super Mario Galaxy.
When asked about the recent three-dimensional Mario games, he had the following to say:
“The joy of a 3D Mario game for me is really that you’re able to move freely in any direction and use lots of different fun actions while exploring a world. The joy of a 2D Mario game for me is that anyone can play these games and have a good time, even if it’s their first time playing a game. There’s a certain kind of simplicity to the concept of simply proceeding in one direction and reaching the goal.
“The first time I think that we brought all of these disparate elements from these two different series together was in Super Mario 3D Land. But in the case of Super Mario 3D World, I think that we’ve found a way to evolve further in incorporating all of these elements, or have reached another goal, if you will.
“Now that’s not to say that we may not make more games in the vein of Super Mario Galaxy in the future. I’d certainly like to consider that possibility. But our goal right now is to expose as many people as possible to this type of gameplay in a 3D world. And I think what we’ve come up with here is the most balanced system in which to do this.”
By this statement he may mean a return to the star-collecting 3D games or a brand new instalment in the Mario Galaxy series. He also said that Nintendo wouldn’t rule out HD remakes for Wii U in the same ilk as Wind Waker HD, but he feels they should be handled by a development partner rather than being developed internally:
“As for remaking previous games in HD, that’s certainly possible, but currently most of our developers are working on making new stuff. HD remakes might however be a good project for a development partner.”