Ubisoft details Miyamoto's role in Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope's development
Sprinkling in that Miyamoto magic
Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is a joint effort between Ubisoft and Nintendo, but Ubisoft is doing the brunt of the work. As shared before, Nintendo is doing a lot of the approvals on the project, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t involved in development as well. That even includes some input from Shigeru Miyamoto himself.
In an interview with NintendoEverything, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope producer Xavier Manzanares elaborated on Nintendo’s role in the game, and that included insight into what Miyamoto is taking on. With Nintendo in general, the company has taken on a largely advisory role. They’re making sure everything is in-line with their expectations and rules for the Mario universe. With Miyamoto in particular, he’s testing builds of the game as development continues.
It’s unclear how much feedback Miyamoto has given during the development process, but there’s no doubt his suggestions and comments have helped steer this sequel, just as they did with the original title.
I get the feeling he asked to go wild with the Rabbids and keep it safe with the Mario stuff, except for the sparks.
So basically Miyamoto had no input on this one. That’s fine. Just be honest about it though. The guy is nearly 70 years old and makes movies and theme parks these days. No shame in admitting he isn’t involved in your video game.
Miyamoto's role is probably to upend tea tables. 😉 Also, is it right to call it the Mario "universe"? Universe implies something immensely vast and ever changing. Whereas, as we learned from Paper Mario: The Origami King, the Mario franchise is quiet limited and rigid in how characters can be used.
In a perfect world, Davide Soliani leaves to start his own indie studio and eventually gets acquired by Nintendo. The guy absolutely loves Miyamoto and the brand in general.