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.

[Takashi Tezuka]

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9M ago

Yeah, I doubt the main series will see another numbered release but if they do, fans will be scrambling to figure out what Nintendo counts as canon. That is if the number doesn't match up to what we perceive as the mainline games. 😆


8M ago

At least Mario 5 is NSMB.