Check out the animated version as well:
"It looks marginally better than the last game, but that's not saying much."
It's still clearly suffering from the same creative limitations that were plaguing the last two games. There are still generic characters everywhere. Like, that Bob-Omb, he's clearly a partner, right? He's all over the trailer. But the only thing that distinguishes him from a generic bob-omb is that he doesn't have a fuse. And I'm not even entirely convinced yet that this wasn't just an oversight.
It's clear that they just don't care.
They're gonna make the kind of game they wanna make, and that does not include the kind of anarchic imagination that made the first three games so unforgetable.
Not really. Super Mario-kun adapts stories from officially-released games and, as far to my knowledge, doesn't invent any new characters and doesn't have any of the existing characters act wildly different from their in-game counterparts.
And from what I've gathered, within the last 5 years, the series has had less crude humor than it did originally and has made an effort to follow the games more closely.
I mean Thwomps are made of stone and they're alive too. Anything can be alive.
But even IF they were confirmed to be robots, that doesn't mean there couldn't be a more technologically advanced/enhanced version as well.
So either way, stupid reason.
You wouldn't be able to tell the story in a 100% modern setting.
And it's not disconnected from the other games. There's a reason why the setting is the way it is.
So it's not even comparable to removing this enemy. Besides, when has modern Nintendo EVER cared about something like "canon Mario enemy biology"? They can't even agree on whether Toad's mushroom cap is a hat or not. The last Mario Party implied it's a hat while Koizumi recently said it's his head.
They just do whatever they want.
So don't give me any excuses that there's a good reason behind it.
It was simply fucking lazy.
They just thought, "Hey, this old enemy functions similarly enough. Let's just use that instead of putting in the effort to draw and program a new one."
"But won't the fans miss them?"
"Fuck the fans! Our schedule is already tighter than a nun's cunt!"
Making new sprites from scratch takes a lot of work, and thus money.
Which is why whenever people say something like "They should've made this M&L remake for Switch instead." I always think "You say that as if it were that easy."
A switch game would mean starting everything from scratch. A new engine, new 3D models, animations for everything...
Still, I never thought they'd be so short on funds that they could go bankrupt altogether. I thought they were (at least in large part) funded by Nintendo, who have a ton of money...
Let's hope Nintendo can hire their employees and make a new team or something.
They can't just let the series die! ....can they? :/