Marionette is a mysterious cancelled project that was in development for the Gamecube. At E3 2001, Nintendo accidentaly announced on its online release list three mysterious titles: Super Mario Sunshine, Mario 128, and Marionette. This list was pulled shortly after it was published, but the curiosity of gamers piqued.
Later, during an interview with IGN, Shigeru Miyamoto spoke out on these games in a roundtable (August, 2001)
“And as for Marionette, it is still under development. It is not a Mario game, but an actual Marionette game utilizing a puppet. I am hoping to make something both complicated and simple at the same time [with this game], which is kind of a contradiction. But already we are experimenting. And once again, sometime in the future we may be able to show you something on it.”
The game was toyed around with in concept stages (on both N64 and GameCube), but it was never actually developed in full form. As we can read in another IGN article:
“Marionette is probably more suited for something like the Wii,” said Miyamoto. “However, that type of game is difficult. Just looking at it, it seems to be fun, but then you get the feeling of, ‘Well, what do I do now?’.” Miyamoto feels that in order to make such a game last, you have to give it, among other things, a strong story.
Nintendo Dream noted that the title would be perfect for the Wii, as manipulating a marionette would be enjoyable with the Wii remote. The magazine also pointed out that the Japanese spelling of the name breaks down perfectly to “Mario” and “Net,” suggesting network features. Still, Miyamoto had some partially disappointing news. “We’re not working on it any more. However, we’d like to release something like it with the right timing, so we’re preserving it in the form of its story elements. When Marionette was being planned, we were trying to use the N64 controller in interesting ways. However, if we now use the Wii remote controller, it seems that those types of interesting elements would appear more naturally.”
Sadly, Nintendo never released any images or other media from this cancelled project.
Thanks to Mr. Game for the contribution!
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Just a question:
Probably everyone already heard about the game that Charles Martinet said about it, is Marionette???
I don’t think so, Charles Martinet makes the voice for Mario, and Marionette isn’t a Mario game… But tell me, where did you find the article about Charles Martinet?
Is sad to see all theese cancelled games that we wont never play. But, anyway, they have a halo of mistery that made them more atractive…
What would Marionette be about? A game where you control a marionette with motion controls?
The source for the first comment is here: http://www.ign.com/articles/2001/08/22/spaceworld-2001-miyamoto-talks-on-mario-sunshine-marionette-100-marios