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Nintendo rejected a Namco pitch for a weird GameCube EarthBound sport

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Yasuyuki Honne (an artist and designer whose credit embody Xenogears, Chrono Set off, and Baten Kaitos) revealed on Twitter that he was as soon as a part of a negotiation between Nintendo and Namco that will have seen the later studio develop an EarthBound sport for GameCube.

Honne’s tweets seemingly got here in response to the discharge of a brand new guide about former Nintendo President Satoru Iwata which was revealed by an organization based by EarthBound creator, Shigesato Itoi. That prevalence prompted Honne to recall a time when Namco and Nintendo have been discussing the potential for Namco creating a brand new EarthBound sport for the Nintendo GameCube.

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The spotlight of Honne’s idea for this mission was a weird “felt-like” artwork model for the sport The model is being in comparison with what we have seen in video games like Kirby’s Epic Yarn, however the screenshots that Honne shared means that his tackle that idea was going to be rather less refined and was seemingly designed to emulate a baby’s artwork mission. It additionally appears that this sport would have aimed to recreate America within the ’80s. 

Sadly, evidently among the individuals concerned with the negotiations simply did not fairly consider in Honne’s strategy to the idea. 

“I met each Iwata-san and Itoi-san on the identical time – again in 2003 when there have been talks between Namco and Nintendo a couple of GameCube model of Mom,” reads Honne’s tweets as translated by Nintendo All the things. “Itoi-san did not appear very ; he felt it was a little bit unusual, and but we continued talks.”

As you in all probability know, we by no means acquired that GameCube model of the sport, which suggests we now have yet one more misplaced a part of EarthBound historical past to toss alongside the unreleased N64 entry into the franchise and the Western port of Mom 3 that Nintendo appears to have some deep considerations about.

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