Puzzle And Dragons Super Mario Bros Edition Release Date Set For April; Western Version Confirmed, But Few Other Details

By Steve Buja , Updated Jan 11, 2015 11:02 AM EST

Two of the world's most successful brands are joining forces to create one uber-title that few will be able to escape from. Puzzle & Dragons, meet Super Mario.

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That's the word from developer GungHo, who revealed the Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition for the Nintendo 3DS this past week. Japanese site 4Gamer tracked down several of the game's developers and got into a brief interview. With thanks to Nintendoeverything for the translation.

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition will be a slightly different take on your beloved new time sink. Adding to the game's robust mechanics, Super Mario will "not just be about completing stages" and will feature a lot of new character training mechanics.

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Developer Kazuki Morishita did not give an exact number of Mushroom Kingdom characters that would be making the transition to the game, but did state that it would be "many".

Morishita and co-developer Daisuke Yamamoto went into a bit of the history behind the spin-off game's creation, saying:

Morishita: "We contacted Nintendo with New Year's 2014 greetings as we reported that Puzzle & Dragons Z had sold one million copies. We said, "we'd like to do more Puzzle & Dragons spin-offs" to president Iwata and Mr. Miyamoto. From there on, we tried to create the Mario version in-house at GungHo as we thought, "wouldn't it be better to show Nintendo?" Then discussions with Nintendo progressed again.

Yamamoto: "We showed a prototype to Nintendo several months after contacting them for the first time."

Morishita: "From there, we rebuilt the game anew by combining the action of Puzzle & Dragons and the world and stages of Super Mario Bros."

At this time, Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition will be coming to the 3DS in Japan on April 29. No mobile version, the platform the original game debuted on, is set. A western release is planned for some time in the great unknown of the future.

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