Splatoon was nearly a Mario game

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Because of course it was. Nintendo has this bizarre habit of shoehorning its biggest star, that moustachioed plumber in to all manner of game in which he rightly doesn’t belong. And according to Edge, he was very nearly the star of Nintendo’s new shooter IP, Splatoon.

In the latest copy of Edge magazine, which is chock full of cool Nintendo interviews,

“There were heated debates over who the main player character should be,” said Miyamoto to Edge.  “Whether it should be Mario, or a squid.”

“When we talked about the possibility of it being Mario, of course we could think of the advantages: anybody would be willing to touch it as soon as we announced that we had the new Mario game. But at the same time, we had some worries. If it were Mario, we wouldn’t be able to create any new IP.”

If it were a Mario game, it would have been a bit of a spiritual successor to Super Mario Sunshine, which has to be one of the most divisive main entry games in the chubby plumber’s history.

On the one hand, putting Mario in the title guarantees a certain level of sales, but I’m glad that Nintendo’s opted to created Splatoon as wholly new IP. We’ve had the opportunity to play it, and it’s every single bit as fun as it looks.

Splatoon features a bunch of squids armed with ink guns, and they’re able to magically traverse the ink that matches their team colour. Check it out.

Last Updated: August 28, 2014

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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