Over the past several days, reports of a Kickstarter campaign to fund a Super Mario RPG sequel began making rounds to a bemused audience. To anyone familiar with copyright law, the project at best came across as utterly naive: “Avi”, the creator of the Kickstarter, set a meager $10,000 goal for the project and apparently only required the presence of volunteer coders/programmers as well as himself in a project manager position despite not having any coding experience and a lawyer to “ensure this project is never at risk.” While the Kickstarter has naturally been cancelled of today, new information has come forward that, yes, this was not just a scam, but one connected to a LinkedIn scheme.
To provide context, Avi mentioned in the Kickstarter’s FAQ he would hire individuals from Fiverr, a freelance provider site. As discovered on NeoGAF, Avi’s account on the site has a rather…interesting proposition of selling 10,000 LinkedIn connections for just $5; in other words, this guy was basically selling private information. While it’s unknown if backer emails would’ve been included since the offer was several years old, it pretty much confirms the false authenticity of this Kickstarter.
To reiterate, the project has been canceled with only $93 funded. While it’s unknown if Nintendo filed a DMCA, Avi claimed he asked to shut down the project via phone call, where he was told the company was in fact gauging interest into an official sequel. Seeing as how scammers are essentially liars, we’ll, uh, take that with a biiiiiiiig grain of salt.
In hindsight, we’re not surprised this was a scam: between the abrasiveness found in his Kickstarter replies, the unprofessional shifts from first/third person being tied to his Amazon book description, the unreasonable pledge rewards, and him selling the secret recipe to his Brown Butter White Wine Sauce Fish, this is possibly the kookiest gaming story of the year.
Sadly, as the director of Super Mario RPG wishes to continue with the Mario & Luigi series instead, it doesn’t seem likely a AM2R/Metroid: Samus Returns miracle will occur for the beloved 1996 classic.
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