Nintendo has confirmed that it talked about the possibility of featuring Mario as the main character in Splatoon. Speaking with Edge, legendary designer Shigeru Miyamoto explained that the upcoming third-person shooter wouldn’t be considered a new property if it starred the mustachioed icon. The game’s producer, Hisashi Nogami, previously revealed that the concept behind Splatoon could have been built around an established franchise.
“There were heated debates over who the main player character should be. Whether it should be Mario, or a squid,” Miyamoto said. “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.”