Rayman creator: “I don’t really enjoy playing Mario games”

It would see that Michel Ancel, renowned creator of the Rayman series, doesn’t find Nintendo’s popular Mario titles as enjoyable as the majority.

Asked whether the Mario series had provided any inspiration to the development of Rayman Origins during an interview with Gamasutra, Ancel responded “As far as I’m concerned, not at all.”

“I will tell you something terrible,” he expanded. “I don’t really enjoy playing Mario games. I don’t like gliding, I don’t like its inertia, and I don’t like not being able to give some slaps! It’s a fabulous series, and I understand that people love it, but it’s not my cup of tea.”

He continued “I used to prefer Ghosts n’ Goblins, Heart of Darkness, Another World – games with a focus on the narrative side. Beyond that, I find Mario’s controls very interesting, but I don’t buy it. I can’t help but seeing the ropes of the game, even if it works. The game is thrilling, obviously.”

Alex Seedhouse
After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.
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