Hearing reporters at major Nintendo events asking Reggie Fils-Aime about new Mario and Zelda titles has become something of an unofficial annual event, and the recent US autumn media summit hosted by Big N in San Francisco didn't disappoint in that regard.
This time around it was G4 video game review show X-Play that got the mic into Reggie's maw first, and they were able to coax him into saying a little more about Nintendo's moneymaking first party franchises.
"You know, it's a great question... [but] I have to just step back and remind people... Smash Brothers is less than a year old. Kart is less than a year old. We're only getting to a year anniversary for Galaxy. We've just launched all of these great franchises.
"Do we have those specific teams working, the Mario team, the Zelda team? Absolutely," he said. "You've got to give us a little bit of time to create these games. They will be coming. I'm not going to spoil the surprise of when. But those games are all coming."
He makes an obvious point, but it's also worth noting that Fils-Aime is entirely correct about the past year and a half being rich with Nintendo first party IP. But oh, to be a fly on the wall in Nintendo's Japanese developer studios right now, right?