Super Mario RPG, the first role-playing game featuring Mario, is now available on the Nintendo Switch. The game, originally released more than 20 years ago for the Super Nintendo, perfectly combines the platform gameplay with RPG elements. It features various settings, including the Mushroom Kingdom castle and unique locations like Mole Village.
The original concept for the game included discarded sketches of characters, such as the Three Musketeers, inspired by the novel by Alexandre Dumas. These early designs, shared by the original artist Jiro Mifune, reveal a different direction the game could have taken. The sketches also show Mario with different costumes and transformations, including an elephant power-up from Super Mario Bros. Wonder.
Interestingly, the discarded idea of the Three Musketeers almost featured characters like Luigi, Wario, and Toad as part of the group. However, this concept was eventually scrapped, and characters like Luigi and Wario did not appear in the final game.
Mifune also shared sketches of Bowser and Princess Peach, dressed from the same era, hinting at an idea that may have been resurrected for a new game called Princess Peach: Showtime! In this new game, the princess can transform into a Musketeer, similar to the original concept.
On Mifune’s Twitter profile, there are many original materials from the game, including details about the “slug kingdom,” which was initially planned to be the main antagonist in the game. The artist also revealed that there were plans for an army of anthropomorphic snails and other sea creatures, as well as classic enemies from the Super Mario series and completely new ones, such as the Commando Ax Smash.
Overall, the original sketches and discarded ideas provide a fascinating look into the early development of Super Mario RPG and how the game evolved into the final version that players know and love today. With the game now available on the Nintendo Switch, fans can experience this classic RPG and appreciate the creativity and imagination that went into its creation.
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