Super Mario RPG game director Chihiro Fujioka wants to make a sequel – and then retire.
Fujioka told MinnMax that he would like to play Super Mario RPG again as his final game.
“So, in my career I’ve been involved in a lot of games and you know, I would really like my final one to be another Mario RPG game, if possible,” he said. “I think Mario & Luigi is cool but I would like to go back and create a Mario RPG where you’re only controlling Mario.”
Asked whether he has any story ideas, he replied: “That is a secret.”
Fujioka is perhaps best known for Super Mario RPG on the SNES but he also joined AlphaDream, working on the Mario & Luigi series starting with its first installment, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
It appears that the original concept was more similar to early Final Fantasy games. “Super Mario RPG was supposed to be similar to the Final Fantasy games – you were supposed to be looking at the world from above,” he explained. “The final product, of course, you were looking at it from a specific angle. But initially, we wanted the game to look a lot like the earlier Final Fantasy games.”
Super Mario RPG was released in 1996 and saw Nintendo’s iconic plumber step away from the side-scrolling platform action we had come to expect.
Super Mario RPG gave a Mario spin to some of the classic RPG elements. But, the original plan was for more traditional RPG weapons. In fact, he originally intended to ride a horse.
“Initially I was thinking of having Mario use magic attacks and use a sword as well,” said Fujioka. “But we realized that it doesn’t make sense for a character like Mario to be using weapons like that. We decided that Mario would be more suited to use jump attacks. That’s how the idea slowly changed.”
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Might we eventually see Fujioka’s Super Mario RPG 2? That remains to be seen, but if the game does make it into production, perhaps we’ll see Fujioka work in some of these more fantastical elements.
Super Mario RPG was ranked #29 on our list of top 125 Nintendo games.