Nintendo has confirmed that a 2D side-scrolling entry in its iconic Super Mario series is in development for Nintendo 3DS.
Company president Satoru Iwata revealed that the previously unannounced title will be released for its newest handheld console at some point between March 2012 and April 2013.
Expectations will be high for the new title, as recent 2D adventures New Super Mario Bros and New Super Mario Bros Wii have proven to be among the most popular titles in Nintendo DS and Wii, respectively.
The news also follows hot on the heels of the successful launch of Super Mario 3D Land, Mario's first 3DS platforming adventure, which fuses gameplay elements from past 2D and 3D Mario titles.
It has proven a major critical and commercial success, becoming the first 3DS game to sell more than five million copies, while helping the console itself to surpass the 15 million mark in terms of global sales.