Splatoon was one of the big surprises of Nintendo's E3 showing this year, and looks set to offer an exciting new take on the tried-and-tested squad-based shooter template. It's also refreshing in that it's an entirely new IP — although according to Shigeru Miyamoto, it very nearly starred one of the company's most famous faces.

Speaking in the latest issue of EDGE magazine, Miyamoto said:

There were heated debates over who the main player character should be. Whether it should be Mario, or a squid. When we talked about the possibility of it being Mario, of course we could think of the advantages: anybody would be willing to touch it as soon as we announced that we had the new Mario game. But at the same time, we had some worries. If it were Mario, we wouldn't be able to create any new IP.

How would you have felt about Mario being the main character? Do you think it would have impacted your impression of the game? Would it have made Splatoon a game with more commercial potential? Sound off in the comments to let us know what you think.