With Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury now available on Nintendo Switch, plenty of new players are enjoying the Wii U classic for the first time. The title's known for its mash-up of 2D and 3D Mario platforming, cats, and a four-player roster made up of Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad, but it looks like things could have been rather different.
According to @Nickoloxx, who claims to have been "doing some digging" through Super Mario 3D World's files, it appears that Toadette was once planned to be a playable character. Nickoloxx says, "So far I've found a few traces of her in the player files. She has a voice line for being selected, and I also found 214 player animations."
That voice line can be heard in the post shared below; Nickoloxx notes that while they're able to get the file to load in-game on the character selection screen, they're unable to rip it directly.
So, was Toadette once planned as a bonus player option? Would players have been able to choose between the two Toads perhaps, or was she going to be added in the Captain Toad levels – just like she is in the full Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker game?