Miyamoto reveals Splatoon was almost an entry in one of Nintendo's established franchises

Posted on August 30, 2014 - 6:40pm by ThatPunkAdam

Though Nintendo’s forthcoming shooter, Splatoon, offers up a colorful innovation to the genre, the 2015-slated Wii U game is also an innovation for The Big N themselves, as the title will be a brand new IP. Yet, it didn’t start off that way, as it was revealed, “There were heated debates over who the main character should be [in Splatoon].”

Considering Nintendo is a company that thrives on its established franchises - sporting names such as Link, Pikachu, and Mario – setting out to create a new IP could be viewed unnecessary by many. When speaking to Edge magazine, however, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto revealed, “We talked about [the main character] being Mario, or the 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 a new Mario game. But at the same time, we had some worries. If it were Mario, we wouldn’t be able to make a new IP.”

To put things in perspective, Pikmin comes to many gamers’ minds as Nintendo’s latest major new IP, and that was back in 2001. Hopefully, though, Splatoon will be able to obtain the same success, as the title has already garnered the attention of many gamers across all ages (myself included). And who knows? Maybe we’ll see Splatoon in future a Smash Bros. game – only time will tell, I guess.

So, g1s, what are your thoughts? Would you’ve preferred Splatoon to be a new Mario game? Or do you think Nintendo is in need of a new major IP? Let me know in the comment section down below!

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