ByKen McDonnell, writer at Creators.co
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We all know Nintendo. We're all well aware that they have tons of Mario ideas floating around their offices all over the world, and we're sure that the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS will see their fair share of Super Mario games before the arrival of the new NX console we've heard so much about!

But a lot of the Mario surprises in store for us could be closer than we anticipated. We already have a few guaranteed release dates for 2016, but there are some secret titles and hidden surprises that you guys may want to know about!

Mario 2016 - Mario Games On Wii U & Possibly the Nintendo NX

Super Mario
Super Mario

Last year was an exceptional year for Nintendo and the Super Mario brand. We saw the company receive the award for Best Shooter with their innovative little game Splatoon, and of course the highly acclaimed Super Mario Maker was nominated for Game of the Year. No small accomplishments for Nintendo in 2015. But what will this new year bring us?

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

It's insane to think that the 2016 Summer Olympics will be upon us in a matter of months, seems like the Olympics was only just held in England! But Nintendo are planning on celebrating the event with Mario and Sonic going head-to-head on the Wii U and 3DS. The game is due to be released on March 18th and we sincerely hope it's better than the abysmal Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash.

Players will be able to compete in the following sporting events on Team Mario or Team Sonic: Athletics, 100m Dash, Gymnastics, Rythemic Clubs, Rugby Sevens, Association Football, Table Tennis and Beach Volleyball. Are you excited for the return of Nintendo's olympic series?

Super Mario Galaxy 3

Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy

In an interview with Eurogamer in late 2015, Shigeru Miyamoto that "[A new Mario Galaxy] is always in discussion."

[M]e and [Yoshiaki] Koizumi-san, director of Galaxy, are always looking to challenge Galaxy and do another 3D action title.

However, Nintendo weren't sure if the game would be possible on Wii U hardware, perhaps Super Mario Galaxy 3 is likely to arrive on the NX. But there's something interesting we may have overlooked.

Super Mario Galaxy 3
Super Mario Galaxy 3

According to IMDb, Super Mario Galaxy 3 is currently in post-production, with its cast intact and all! Allegedly, they entered post-production on the 3rd of January this year, with a provisional release date set for 2016. But how likely is this? If it's just a placeholder, why does it say the game is in post-production? Go check out these pages for yourselves for confirmation.

What do you think? Could we see Super Mario Galaxy 3 join Mario & Sonic at the Rio Olympics? Is the NX going to be released this year? A lot of things are possible!

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