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Donkey Kong and Pikmin Could Have Had Cameos in Super Mario Galaxy 2

Posted Tue, 13 Mar 2012 | 11:00 GMT by Thomas Whitehead

Yoshi would have enjoyed the company

There was a lot of talk about Mario at this year's GDC Game Developer's Conference including the revelation that Super Mario 3D Land could have had skateboarding. Koichi Hayashida, a leading figure in recent Mario titles, revealed that particular piece of information when on stage, but in an interview with GameTrailers he turned his focus to ideas that didn't make the cut in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

When quizzed about potential Mario power-ups inspired by Nintendo characters from other franchises, Mr Hayashida instead confirmed that he'd proposed Donkey Kong and Pikmin cameos in the Wii sequel.

    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.

Shigeru Miyamoto is well known for insisting on function and purpose in features and cameos, so the reasoning for the rejection of the Pikmin proposal is perhaps not surprising.

    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.

With Donkey Kong also missing out, we had to content ourselves with the appearance of Yoshi and that wonderful flutter jump. What cameos, no matter how unrealistic, would you like to see in a Mario title?
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Who wouldn't want Yoshi around?
It's disappointing that DK and Pikmin did not come in, but I can see why. I don't think DK and/or Pikmin would have major roles in this game. For Pikmin, it could be possible since you're exploring the galaxies and could spot Olimar's spaceship or something. But I'm glad they kept Yoshi in.

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Re: Super Mario Galaxy 2 Could Have Featured Donkey Kong And Pikmin
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2012, 07:52:24 PM »
Having DK in there... As much as I love him, he would not fit. Would he just hang out in the levels?

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Re: Super Mario Galaxy 2 Could Have Featured Donkey Kong And Pikmin
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2012, 09:29:14 PM »
Having DK in there... As much as I love him, he would not fit. Would he just hang out in the levels?
Probably, but it could be possible that he may be served as a helper or distraction. Still, there wasn't a point for DK to be in.

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Re: Super Mario Galaxy 2 Could Have Featured Donkey Kong And Pikmin
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2012, 10:50:58 AM »
I could have picture DK in this, like help him recover his bananas or help him rescue Diddy Kong and in exchange for a star. but i guess there no need for him but i would have been excited if he was in :P