PSA: Captain Falcon Was Almost The SNES Mascot

PSA: Captain Falcon Was Almost The SNES Mascot

Writer Akinori Sao sat down with some of the original F-Zero development team to talk about the game's design, development, and main protagonist, Captain Falcon. The interview was part of a series presented by Nintendo to commemorate the repease of the SNES Classic Edition.

During the interview one of the game designers, Takaya Imamura, confirmed that Captain Falcon was actually originally supposed to be the mascot for the SNES.

You can view his exact quote from the interview below:

Sao: Changing the topic, I'd like to ask about the characters. Captain Falcon and other characters don't appear in gameplay, so how did they come about?

Imamura: I remember we started thinking about various things after the game was complete.

Sao: You didn't think about characters at all during development?

Imamura: No. Captain Falcon was originally the mascot character for Super NES.

Sao: What?!

Shimizu: That statement is a bit shocking, isn't it? (laughs)

Sao: Yes! (laughs) I've never heard that Captain Falcon was the mascot for Super NES.

Imamura: Even most people at Nintendo don't know that. When development of F-ZERO was almost complete, I was doing a bunch of illustrations and someone expressed a desire to make a mascot character for Super NES, with a name like Captain Something.

The conception of Captain Falcon isn't all that's covered in the interview. We also get some new details on Miyamoto's decision to remove invisible walls, also you can hear more about how the original game was something entirely different, and how Nintendo of America didn't like it.

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Madeline Ricchiuto is a gamer, comics enthusiast, bad horror movie connoisseur, writer and generally sarcastic human. She also really likes cats and is now Head Games Writer at Bleeding Cool.
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