Nintendo Warns Next Chibi-Robo Could Be Last

Despite the endearing nature of Nintendo’s Chibi Robo, the series has never been a big seller since its GameCube debut. Nintendo’s Kensuke Tanabe admitted as much in an interview with Verge, saying that the upcoming Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash is the franchise’s last chance for deliverance. He also explained why the developers went in the direction of platformer rather than an adventure game: to draw in a larger audience. If the game doesn’t sell, then Chibi-Robo will be finished.

To be honest, this might be the last chance for us. I’ve continually thought about ways to build this into a mainstream success. We’ve challenged ourselves in assorted ways along those lines, but I can’t say that we’ve found the answer yet.

The first thing we decided upon was that we’d make an action game that took advantage of his plug and cord. We then placed the core of the gameplay on using it like a grappling hook, throwing it into a faraway edge and using that to traverse gaps and so on. As we kept thinking about ideas, we naturally settled on the 2D side-scrolling format. If the character can gain more recognition, I believe we’ll have a chance to produce another adventure-style game for a large number of people. I’m hoping that we made the right choice for this game’s play style.

Nintendo may have one idea about how to move units of Zip Lash at retail by bundling in an exclusive Chibi-Robo amiibo. The game also has compatibility with other amiibo, such as Mario and Kirby.

As for Chibi-Robo gaining a larger role in the Super Smash Bros. series, Tanabe is open to the idea.

If we receive an offer, we’ll think about it.

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