Nintendo seems to have used Super Mario 3D World’s “Super Bell Hill” as a test map while making Splatoon
Yesterday, Nintendo posted a video featuring Splatoon series producer Hisashi Nogami and Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi from the V&A Museum. An exhibit opened a few months ago showcasing the original game’s development.
Throughout the video, Nintendo showed brief flashes of Splatoon’s creation. One aspect fans noticed is that “Super Bell Hill”, the first level in Super Mario 3D World, was apparently used as a test map during development. We can also see that there was a different special meter.
Here’s a look:
Footage of an early build of Splatoon, featuring a different special meter and unique, bumpy terrain, possibly originating from Super Mario 3D World. pic.twitter.com/y7E0aUjV1m
— Splatoon Trivia (@SplatoonTrivia) January 22, 2019
Finally, below are a few photos of the Splatoon prototype featuring rabbits instead of Inklings: