King K. Rool is not a character who has been lighting up headlines for many years, but that’s all changed now that he’s joined the roster for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Adding to the excitement, Greg Mayles, a game designer who has been working at Rare for decades, has been sharing insight into the origins of King K. Rool.
It started earlier this week, when Mayles shared unused names for Donkey Kong Country characters and original concept art for K. Rool. Now, he has shared the actual one-page, hand-drawn design document for the final boss battle with King K. Rool in Donkey Kong Country, and everything about it oozes charm. It goes to show that you don’t need a fancy file template in Word or Photoshop in order to get creative work done.
Continuing the resurgence of interest in #KingKRool now that the portly croc is in #SmashBrosUltimate, here’s the design for his end of game showdown in #DKC, including his ‘standard’ crown boomerang attack. A one page design is all he had! pic.twitter.com/HIN1Uds7cU
— Gregg Mayles (@Ghoulyboy) August 14, 2018
I just love seeing stuff like this. It makes me want to grab a pen and a napkin and see what I can dream up. What about you?