SMB5, where are you?
Back in the early days of Mario, Nintendo would name subsequent entries in the series by number. We had Super Mario Bros. 1, 2 and 3, and then when the SNES came around, Nintendo switched things up by calling Mario’s latest title Super Mario World. In Japan Nintendo gave that same game a Super Mario Bros. 4 subtitle, but from that point on, the numbered approach was pretty much dead.
It’s been decades since Nintendo went with a numbered approach to Mario games, minus random occurrences like Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2. In an interview with IGN, Nintendo’s Takashi Tezuka is asked if Miyamoto would ever allow the dev team to return to a numbered approach for the series, and you can see his response below.
Hmm…I don’t think he’s (Miyamoto) ever going to say, ‘Go make [SMB] 4.’ And I really think he wants to see this evolution in the series as we move forward and continue making games, and I don’t think he’s really that particular about the naming convention.