When the Nintendo 3DS was first unveiled, we were shown a bunch of trailers from games that barely even existed yet. And even then, saw nothing of a new Mario game. So it'd be sweet if it actually came out this year.
But it just might, if comments by Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto can be taken to the bank. He told French site Gameblog "I promise to do all I can to deliver the new Mario game this year."
Promises aren't guarantees, but they're better than silence, and that's almost all we've had on a Mario 3DS game so far.