Square Enix has released another in-depth interview with some of the lead creators on Octopath Traveler II. Rather than discussing the making of the game itself, this time they asked the devs to talk about some of the most important and influential video games that informed them as gamers and designers.

The interview kicks off by asking what the devs’ first games they can ever remember playing are. As you might expect, many of them answer with JRPGs like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. Character designer Naoki Ikushima however, answers with that perennial Nintendo classic, Super Mario Bros.:

“For me, it would have been Super Mario Brothers.

I was drawn into the world of the game. I loved picture books and being able to play an interactive game inside a world that looked like a picture book itself was a new experience for me.

Although I would die right away because I was useless at it (laughs).”

[Naoki Ikushima, Square Enix]

Octopath Traveler II is available right now on Nintendo Switch. You’ll have to play it for yourself to see if you can spot any lingering influence from Super Mario Bros. or the devs’ other favorite games. Click here to read the full piece for more responses, as well as what the devs are most proud of in Octopath Traveler II.

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