Diehard Nintendo fans have long known that Shigeru Miyamoto took some inspiration from Akira Toriyama’s Dr. Slump series, as Miyamoto has been rather upfront about the connections. Now, in another classic interview that’s resurfaced, we hear even more about how Miyamoto studied Dr. Slump designs for Mario’s evolution.
When Miyamoto and Nintendo’s other devs were trying to figure out Mario’s movement, the team took a close look Dr. Slump to see how Akira Toriyama came up with designs that conveyed speed and momentum. Miyamoto went deeper to explain just what inspired him and how it translated to Mario’s movements.
“The area around his hips is a big joint that controls which way his body moves. We created all his movements from that point of origins: when he accelerates and inclines forward, when he turns and leans left or right, etc. So Mario sort of runs like Arale-chan with the correct sense of weight in the body.”