During a Super Mario Run event at the Apple store, Shigeru Miyamoto was questioned on what kind of path he sees the Mario franchise headed down in the coming years He stated “It’s impossible to know the future. I don’t know what’s going to happen in five years” and “Mickey Mouse was a character that had evolved with the evolution of cinema and animation,” and that if he wanted Mario to continue to survive as a character, then Mario would have to “evolve with technology and video games.” Miyamoto is comparing Mickey Mouse to Mario which their both mascot and their are very popular.
Here more detail of Miyamoto answer:
“There was a point just a few years after we released Super Mario Bros. where somebody had done a character popularity poll, and Mario had become more popular at the time than Mickey Mouse. And people said, ‘Well, how do you feel about that?’ To that I replied, ‘But Mickey Mouse has been around for 40 years; Mario has only been around for three!’ And that was when I started to think that maybe what I should do is worry about what is happening with Mario 40 years from now, and then we’ll see how he’s doing against Mickey at that point in time.
“At that time, I realized that Mickey Mouse was a character that had evolved with the evolution of cinema and animation, and so it was then when I felt that if I want Mario to continue to survive as a character, then Mario needs to evolve with technology and video games.
“That’s why when we were making Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64; that’s why it was such a fun project for me. And it’s why when we made Super Mario Maker – and all of you could then become Mario game designers – that was a fun project for me as well.
“As far as what’s going to happen in five years, it really depends on what new technology I come across, and then at that point in time I’ll partner that technology with Mario – or maybe Link – and create something new.
The Mario franchise has been in the video game industry for 40 years and going strong. Mario games will going forever just like Disney and I don’t know what the future might hold. We will see if have happen for the future of Nintendo.