You can draw many parallels between Super Mario Maker and Sony’s LittleBigPlanet games. Both are 2D platformer at the core and both have a comprehensive creation tools, so it is only naturally to assume that Nintendo may have been inspired by Sackboys adventures on PlayStation consoles.
However this is may not be the case. Super Mario Maker’s producer Takashi Tezuka and director Yosuke Yoshino spoke with Game Informer to discuss all matters about the title. One thing that was touched on, was whether Nintendo drew inspiration from the LittleBigPlanet franchise.
The pair admitted that they did indeed looked at LittleBigPlanet and commented that the game was well made.“We’re familiar with that, but we weren’t really looking at it at the time. We played LittleBigPlanet, and we thought it was really well made,” the pair told Game Informer.
The developers went onto to explain that Super Mario Maker was made according to their own ideas, concepts and goals.
“But of course when creating our game we made it according to our concepts and what we wanted. Our ideas are to have a fun creative experience that was intuitive enough for anyone to pick up and play. Yeah, we looked at that game, but we had our own goals in mind.”
Perhaps, Nintendo weren’t outright inspired by LittleBigPlanet to make Super Mario Maker, but they certainly used it as a template during the development process.
Super Mario Maker will launch worldwide for the Wii U on September 11. For all the latest coverage on the title, stay tuned at Nintendo News Fix.
Source: Game Informer