Mario Kart producer Hideki Konno has addressed a few key questions about the franchise in an interview earlier this month. One of the questions brought up was about the possibility of a track editor in future games, and Konno said that it’s an element he’s been wanting to implement. So why haven’t we seen it yet? Konno explains.
“When we work on a Mario Kart title we work on courses… again, and again, and again, and we revise until we come up with something that we think is going to be fun for everyone to play over and over again. So we have a lot of confidence in our ability to do so, but we understand what a tough challenge it is to create those courses.
“I just don’t know that at this point we’re able to do that at a level that would satisfy anyone, myself included, or the customer. Someday, if we can come up with a solution and implement it in a way that makes everyone happy…we’ll come back to that issue and maybe re-address it.” — Hideki Konno
It’s no wonder that designing a course from scratch is a lot of work, but would it be so difficult for the team to put together a user friendly course editor for us to play with? Many other games have done this and it’s worked pretty well, even if they had some shortcomings. By expanding the online community through Miiverse racers could share courses and work together. I think it would create a much better sense of community within the game if we got to see fan made content. In an age where everything from our smartphones to our computers are customizable, why not our games as well? On the customization of the game, Konno hopes to give more options to the player as well.
“We’re going to have some rule customization for folks who want to be able to go in and set that up for themselves. Game balance is a really important element of Mario Kart that we look very, very closely at and place a lot of value on.” — Hideki Konno
One of the customizations that was mentioned is the possibility of turning items on or off, which would allow us all to play to our certain styles. What do you think? Are you excited for potential innovation in future Mario Kart games, or has the franchise been repeating itself for decades? Let us know what you think in the comments!
Source: Go Nintendo