Super Mario Galaxy, released in 2007, was a game which appealed to both casual AND hardcore gamers in the way it presented itself: The basic gameplay and storyline could be completed by any casual gamer, while the hardcore gamers were able to go through the challenge of finding and collecting some very hard stars.
However, Shigeru Miyamoto, in the latest edition of Nintendo Power, has told us that the next Mario adventure/platformer, Super Mario Galaxy 2, will be geared more towards the hardcore gamers.
He stated that while they still wanted the game to be accessible to new gamers, it's main target audience was hardcore gamers and those who have played through the first game (and become better players).
Here's what he had to say:
'I do believe that there is a lot here to appeal to the more veteran and more experienced gamers, and I think it’s a title that they will obviously enjoy, but I really took it into consideration and tried to do our best to create a game that’s accessible to new gamers as well. And, you know, we also built it with consideration that we believe that people who played through the first Mario Galaxy have become better players.'
The focus on hardcore gamers is definitely showing us that Nintendo is trying to appeal to everyone, not just casual fans.
One thing that might be looked at more closely is the way Shiggy said that Nintendo will assume players of earlier Wii titles will have 'gotten better'. This could mean that, a few years after the Wii's release, hardcore gamers might start seeing a flow of hardcore games as Nintendo start to target the audience that has stuck with Nintendo for so long.
Galaxy 2 is expected to be released in all regions in 2010.
Link to us http://wii.mmgn.com/News/Super-Mario-Galaxy-2-is-for-Ha
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