Speaking to Gamasutra, Rayman creator Michel Ancel has said he doesn’t enjoy Mario.
Ancel also said that while he’s flattered he’s called “the French Miyamoto” and feels “it’s an honor,” he still thinks he’s “very different” from the Nintendo legend.
“I really loved the idea of introducing artistic features in games — that is to say the storytelling, the artwork, music – and to get everything together in the best possible alchemy. We have two different approaches, two different tracks,” he said.
“I will tell you something terrible – I don’t really enjoy playing Mario games. I don’t like gliding, I don’t like its inertia, and I don’t like not being able to give some slaps. It’s a fabulous series, and I understand that people love it, but it’s not my cup of tea.”
He added: “I used to prefer Ghosts n’ Goblins, Heart of Darkness, Another World – games with a focus on the narrative side. Beyond that, I find Mario’s controls very interesting, but I don’t buy it. I can’t help but seeing the ropes of the game, even if it works.”
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