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Nintendo Wanted Pikmin And Donkey Kong In Super Mario Galaxy 2

Super Mario Galaxy 2 director Koichi Hayashida has told Game Trailers that the team would have liked Donkey Kong and Pikmin to star in Super Mario Galaxy 2, but Shigeru Miyamoto wasn’t too keen on the idea.

“One of the early proposals that we discussed for Super Mario Galaxy 2 was the possibility of including characters from other [Nintendo] franchises. For example, you might have Donkey Kong or Pikmin show up.”

“We presented this to Mr. Miyamoto, but he came down pretty hard, saying that there has to be a functional reason to include characters of a certain type in a game. He went to specify precisely why the Pikmin wouldn’t work.

“In the Pikmin games, you’ll notice that all the Pikmin are very thin – tall and narrow for their frame. Mario enemies tend to be on the short and squat side and there’s a functional reason for that. They’re easier to stomp on. They’re lower so you can get above them and broader so you can land on them. In that sense, Pikmin are just not well suited for the Mario universe.”

27 thoughts on “Nintendo Wanted Pikmin And Donkey Kong In Super Mario Galaxy 2”

  1. Hmm…Too many characters in one game I think. It still would be pretty awesome if they had a couple levels with the characters in them.

  2. Reading This, I had a idea for pikmin, instead of being a enemy how about a supporting Character, like how about theres chasm and mario couldn’t get over it, but then meets up with olimar whos looking find last part of his spaceship so he commands the pikmin to get over the chasm by swinging, but offers mario a lift across.

  3. I can understand Miyamoto’s response to the pikmin. DK can be added since it has been shown numerous time that DK lives in Mario’s “world”. Plus that blue monkey in galaxy 2 reminded me alot of Diddy Kong so it could have been fun

  4. Donkey Kong would’ve been cool though. Maybe Bowser was collecting bananas as energy from Donkey Kong Country or something and Donkey Kong tailed him XD

  5. I don’t disagree to be dissagreable, but I sincerely do no agree here.

    He gave good reasons why the Pikmin would make poor adversaries, but what would be wrong with having them as temporary allies? Mario could control them the way Oliver did in the game to unlock or get through barriers in Mario Galexy.

    I think it would still be a nice touch to guest star other characters as allies, but I’m not a pro.


  6. I think it would have been cool just to see a small cameo by them. Like they could have put the Pikmin ship in the background on a certain level or in the hub world and every now and again you would see it fly by. They could have had like Donkey Kong minigames where you have to beat him arcade style just with Wii graphics and updated platforming mechanics. But hey it’s still a great game.

  7. i would have appreciated donkey kong NPCs though. You know, like a banana galaxy or something. Donkey kong is at least related to mario beyond smash bros, so it’s not a WTF sort of thing.

  8. I would of liked to see mario go to the planet that olimar wandered pikmin could just be back ground characters and enemies could have been enemies from the pikmin series. P.s. Pikmin3 better be a launch title nintendo

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