Seaman Creator Yoot Saito Discusses Cancelled DS Game “Mario Motors”

The spin-off that could’ve been…
Mario Motors

Bet ya didn’t know Yoot Saito, the creator of Seaman, worked on a cancelled Mario spin-off game! Well, in truth, no one knew about Mario Motors until just today at Reboot Develop 2018, where Mr. Saito elaborated on his friendship with the late Satoru Iwata. As described on Destructoid, Saito, Iwata and Shigeru Miyamoto would regularly meet up for tea and bounce off ideas for games, and one particular concept by Mr. Saito caught the Nintendo pair’s eye: sculpting chunk — as in, the process of creating watches, camera frames, Macbooks and more out of metal.

Thus was Mario Motors — a game about crafting engine — born for DS. The game never came into fruition for undisclosed reasons (“please guess,” slyly hints Saito), but it would’ve revolved around forging cylinders for appropriate engine use. One scrapped element, meant to teach players about a unique method of acceleration, would’ve had players blow into the DS mic, but was eventually cut for the sake of children running out of breath.

As for Seaman? Saito confirms his interest in a sequel, but desires a particularly complicated engine for mobile “without any endings for years.” According to him, no follow-up will arrive until then, but he’s currently working on said engine.

What do you think about this Mario Motors reveal? Let us know in the comments below!

Anthony Pelone
Eating, breathing and living video games on a daily basis, Anthony is particularly fond of the Nintendo variety, but is by no means a console warrior. Somewhere in the midst of his obsession with cat pictures, he finds the time to pen about his favorite hobby. Having previously written for over three sites, Anthony remains dedicated to spreading the gospel of EarthBound.

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