With a new, unannounced project eating up most of his schedule, Nintendo legendary Shigeru Miyamoto believes there is "little chance" for him to take the reigns or be heavily involved with the next Mario game, he said in an interview with French site GameKult.
Miyamoto said he wants to be involved in other Nintendo projects as well as the Mario franchise, ad there's likely not enough time for him to do both. However, even while he is serving as producer on one title he is constantly checking in on work for other games, he explained.
"Creating a title the caliber of Super Mario 3D World takes a lot of energy and there is little chance that I could take the time to work on the next Mario," Miyamoto said (via Google Translate). "However, I want to get involved again and more thoroughly in the development of smaller projects, but that does not mean it will be a very modest title only for download or such thing. It is not impossible for me to present you a new game as the main producer in the future, but even when I'm not directly in charge of a project, I always look at what the teams are doing in terms of gameplay and I trust them.
"Do not worry about Mario," he added.
The next Mario game, Super Mario 3D World, will launch on Nov. 22 for Wii U.