The Chibi-Robo! franchise made its debut on Nintendo GameCube with the 3D adventure game Chibi-Robo! Plug Into Adventure!, but the upcoming entry in the series is an entirely different and noticeably simpler style. Previous Chibi-Robo! games have never been big sellers or financial successes, so Nintendo opted to scale back and create Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash as a 2D platformer. Zip Lash may be the last chance for the series to prove itself, but assistant producer Risa Tabata revealed in a recent interview that she’s still holding out hope for another adventure-style entry in the franchise.
US Gamer: Do you think there’s still a future for full-scale Chibi-Robo titles, or has the series shifted to smaller games like this and Photo Finder?
Tabata: I actually wouldn’t call this “smaller” at all, especially in terms of the game’s scope. I think a lot of people will be more than satisfied with it. Personally, however, I think it’d be great if we could release another adventure-style Chibi-Robo.
With the franchise in general potentially on the chopping block, it’s going to take a strong performance by Zip Lash for Nintendo to bring it back to its 3D adventure days. Zip Lash launches in North America on October 9th.
Source: US Gamer