The forthcoming 3DS Super Mario title is a cross between Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 64, so says creator Shigeru Miyamoto.

While discussing the title with Edge today, Miyamoto promised that the game was "completely original" and would be released this year.

"It's a combination of Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario on N64," he explained.

"It won't convey the message if I talk to you today, but if you play it at E3 that will give you more understanding of what I'm talking about."

He also insisted that the handheld's 3D effect would help players better judge distances between platforms, and confirmed speculation that the game would see Super Mario Bros. 3's fan-favourite raccoon suit return.

"It's what you think it is," said Miyamoto, referring to a the much-discussed 'tail' on the game's logo. "You probably know what's going to happen using that character."

The game is being developed by the same internal team responsible for both Super Mario Galaxy and last year's stupidly brilliant sequel.

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