Posted by: seanmalstrom | September 1, 2012
Email: 1001 Nights Mario Theme
Hey Malstrom. I figured I would chip in as well to the Mario themes collective. What I’m talking about is the Arabian Nights world.
And yes, I know about Mario 2. Not to sound like Miyamoto or anything, but I’d consider a new 1001 Nights world to be a “further exploration” of the world in SMB2. Ha ha!
You mentioned it multiple times off-focus, so I thought I’d take the time to go knee deep into it. There’s a lot to gain from looking at the arabian setting. It houses some of my favorite fantasy worlds and it’s a big part of what I love about entertainment. I’ll tackle this theme from multiple places:
Here are some quick examples for the incredibly concentrated and rich visual themes that could be in an Arabian Nights world.
2. World Expansion
The setting has a lot of potential to expand Mario’s world significantly. There are the Djinns, and there’s a lot to expand on with Phanto (perhaps an entire level dedicated to exploring him). The Magic Carpet is also important, though SMB2 had a lot of it. There are the Ghouls and the Bahamut for new enemies.
1001 Nights also has suspicions of coming from Indian origins which are very interesting. There’s a lot to work with.
I’ll also shoot down any claims of an already present Desert World by saying that an Arabian Nights world doesn’t have to have a single outdoor desert level. There are enough palaces and other structures and settings to make this possible.
I don’t feel like I need to justify this one. It’s basically the entire arabian/persian soundfont. Could easily fill a world.
And, that’s it. If there’s anything else that is important to discuss when thinking about a new world, I’m sure this theme could handle it.
A ‘further exploration’ of Doki Doki Panic should just be a return to Subcon.
But oh, wait, Miyamoto said we can’t expect anything from Doki Doki Panic because “Tezuka didn’t work on it.” So what? I didn’t work on Doki Doki Panic too but that doesn’t mean I’m unable to add things from it.