Super Mario RPG is one of the most beloved games in the Mario series – but it’s also the one that tends to get the least mainstream attention in modern times. While players still rally for the game to get some kind of re-release for new consoles, the title is caught up in a strange rights battle that will likely prevent a remake or sequel from being made. According to director Chihiro Fujioka, that’s a real shame.
In a new interview with MinnMax, transcribed by Nintendo Life, Fujioka praised Super Mario RPG as one of the highlights of his career, and said he wanted his ‘final’ game to be another Mario RPG, whether it was a sequel or something else.
‘I would absolutely love to make one,’ Fujioka said when asked about creating another Super Mario RPG. ‘In my career, I’ve been involved in a lot of games and I would really like my final one to be another Mario RPG game, if possible.’
While Fujioka didn’t go into detail about any plans, leaving a potential game as pure speculation, fans have run with the idea, and clamoured for a sequel. But despite the enthusiasm, a sequel is unlikely to happen.
Why a Super Mario RPG sequel may never happen
Super Mario RPG was a unique game that sent Mario on a narrative adventure filled with quests, strange beings and wild lands – different from the modern platformer-type Mario games in every way. But the real point of difference comes from the fact that it was a game developed by Square – known for the Final Fantasy games – not
Square later merged with Enix, developers of the Dragon Quest games, to form the modern day Square Enix.
Because Square developed original characters for the title, it seems Super Mario RPG is caught in a bit of an IP rights pickle. The main characters clearly belong to
The problem became clear when Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga was remastered for
It’s unknown whether this was
A similar thing happened when
When it comes to copyright, companies are understandably very protective – and while Super Mario RPG was produced in a time when Square and
In short: it’s very complex, and bogged down by legalities that may be tough to work through. While Fujioka’s comments are promising, there’s plenty that needs to happen before the game becomes a reality.