It may have been brief, but there were a few shots of gameplay in the Switch announcement trailer for what might be a new installment in the the long-running Super Mario platforming series. While the thought of the new game on Nintendo’s new hardware is enough to get anyone excited for what improvements might be coming, there have been several great ideas in previous Mario games that the newest installment could take advantage of.
Each Mario game has elements that make it unique, but Nintendo often iterates slightly on the mechanics for each successive game. The Super Mario series has a rich history, and there are several concepts that have worked wonderfully. Here are five examples of elements from the past Mario games that could work well in the next one.