Rayman Creator doesn’t fancy Mario

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Everybody loves Mario, right? That iconic, moustachioed goomba-stomping plumber is the most recognisable video game character in the world, and one of the most loved. Of COURSE everybody loves Mario!

Well, no. Michel Ancel, the creator of Rayman – a platformer just like Mario games – isn’t much of a fan.

Asked by Gamasutra how much Mario influenced the rather fantastic Rayman Origins, Ancel surprisingly said  "As far as I’m concerned, not at all." "I will tell you something terrible," added Ancel. "I don’t really enjoy playing Mario games. I don’t like gliding, I don’t like its inertia, and I don’t like not being able to give some slaps! It’s a fabulous series, and I understand that people love it, but it’s not my cup of tea."

Continuing, he said  "I used to prefer Ghosts n’ Goblins, Heart of Darkness, Another World — games with a focus on the narrative side. Beyond that, I find Mario’s controls very interesting, but I don’t buy it. I can’t help but seeing the ropes of the game, even if it works. The game is thrilling, obviously."

That right there? That sacrilege! Who doesn’t like Mario?

Last Updated: December 6, 2011

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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