Chibi, or not Chibi
Nintendo has a number of franchises under their belt, and some are bigger than others. There’s the huge brands like Mario and Pokemon, the sizable faces like Kirby and Fire Emblem, and then smaller IP we don’t see much from. Chibi-Robo, a Nintendo co-developed and published franchise, is definitely way down towards the bottom of the Big N’s list.
While Chibi-Robo might not be all that popular, the franchise certainly has its fans. Those fond of the series would love to see another installment come along, and it turns out they have a notable supporter among their ranks; the director of Chibi-Robo.
Kenichi Nishi is the founder of Skip, the studio that developed Chibi-Robo, and he was also the director on that debut installment. In an interview with Time Extension, Nishi talked about the likelihood of a new Chibi-Robo installment.
“Skip is a company that I founded, but I left halfway through to work on a separate project, so I don’t know what happened to it. Currently, most of the staff have moved on to other companies, and some of them are now working with me on my projects. We didn’t have any troubles or quarrels, and we still see each other once in a while and get along well, but I think they chose not to work together at the same company.
I don’t know if Skip will release another Chibi-Robo, but I would like to make a sequel if the timing is right, because he is a fascinating character.”
Even if Skip doesn’t have the desire, Nishi himself does. Hopefully that desire aligns with Nintendo at some point, and another Chibi-Robo game heads our way.