Former Retro Studios concept artist discusses the cancelled Zelda and Mario spin-offs

Concept art from Retro Studios recently found its way online and it depicted cancelled spin-off games based on both The Legend of Zelda and Mario franchises. IGN caught up with ex-Retro Studios concept artist Sammy Hall who produced the images and he explained that both the Shiek title and Boo from Mario were in pre-production phase and then canceled.

 “I doubt many at Nintendo proper saw much of any of this stuff. I was mostly put into a room like Milton from Office Space and tasked to brainstorm between other projects.”

Sammy Hall

“Zelda’s disguise in Ocarina of Time. It would have been an action-JRPG, set after the dark timeline of Ocarina of Time, in which the last male Sheikah travels across a ruined Hyrule while a Dark Gerudo tribe gives birth to a new form of Ganon. It would apparently have acted as an origin story for the Master Sword.”

“The other is a game based around playing as a Boo from the Mario series, possibly titled Haunt, and seemingly designed for a handheld consoles. It may have been set around a Boo learning to scare.”


The actual idea for these games came from ex-Retro leads, Mark Pacini, Todd Keller and Kynan Pearson and the cancelation occurred as they moved to a new studio. However, it is likely that Retro terminated the project or alternatively was asked to explore other new ideas within established series, like Donkey Kong.



  1. Those games are too far advanced for most of the modern kids who only know memes and gifs. We have been that dumbed down and it’s no accident either.

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