Do you ever stop and wonder how things could have turned out differently? Like how the Mario series would have evolved if Nintendo hadn’t turned Doki Doki Panic into Super Mario Bros. 2 for America? It turns out this kind of stuff happens all the time. Thanks to YouTuber SwankyBox, we now know there was a point where the original pitch for Donkey Kong Country included Wario as the main antagonist.
This original pitch would have altered the course of history
First, check out SwankyBox’s report on the matter below, including some conjecture about how this would have changed video games forever:
All caught up? Because there is a lot to unpack.
The original pitch for DKC was titled Donkey Kong vs Super Mario. According to Rare creative director Gregg Mayles, the concept consisted of Mario tinkering with a time machine, Wario using it to obtain a powerful gun, blasting Mario and turning him to stone, and a bird witnessing the event and warning Donkey Kong. That’s quite a departure from the stolen banana plot of the actual DKC!
@TopherPutnam wanted more info on a disused concept we did for #DKC, so here it is! Mario invents a time machine, Wario uses it to acquire a fancy gun that he turns Mario to stone with, a parrot sees it all and flaps off to get DK's help pic.twitter.com/xxPMReSZDy
— Gregg Mayles (@Ghoulyboy) September 26, 2019
However, as SwankyBox mentions in his video, if this idea had come to fruition, there wouldn’t have been any Kremlings or King K. Rool. Imagine that. For instance, the very fervor for the reptile’s inclusion in Smash Bros. Ultimate would not have existed. Thankfully, a more original story was crafted, and we can now beat the stuffing out of Mario, Wario, King K. Rool, and Donkey Kong together in Smash.
Enthusiasts, what do you think of the original pitch for DKC? Are you going to travel back in time, Marty McFly-style, to see how it would have turned out? Let us know below!