With the Nintendo 3DS launch just days away, Nintendo has announced that it will be bringing everyone’s favourite plumber to the console in 3D later this year, although it's being coy about actually showing off any gameplay of the new game.

“A new 3D game from Nintendo's iconic Super Mario series is in the works for the Nintendo 3DS portable system,” said  Nintendo president Satoru Iwata at the company’s press conference at the Games Developer Conference in San Francisco.

The 3D Super Mario game will feature traditional Mario game play and will fulfil the dream of Nintendo video game designer (and Mario creator) Shigeru Miyamoto to bring true depth and distance into the game's mechanics, says the company.

The game is being developed by the same Nintendo team that created the Wii console hits Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2.

The Nintendo 3DS is due out in the UK and the US in March. Nintendo has said that we will have to wait until E3 in Los Angeles to find out more about the new 3D Mario.

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