In the early days of the Nintendo 64
, game design guru Shigeru Miyamoto
had a dream: for his polygonal penguin
to appear in each and every Nintendo 64
game. Early in the design of Super Mario 64 Miyamoto
and his team devised a penguin
model that would be used in the level "Cold Cold Mountain". For some reason Miyamoto
became obsessed with this penguin
and requested that it appear in every subsequent Nintendo 64
game in some role, either major or cameo
After its premiere in Super Mario 64 the penguin went on to appear in Mario Kart 64 in the ice level "Sherbet Land" as an obstacle on the track. It returned for Wave Race 64 and 1080 Snowboarding in hidden cameos as well as a bit part in the Nintendo GameCube releases Mario Party 5 and Mario Party 6 plus the 2004 handheld titles Mario Pinball Land and Super Mario 64 DS. But why no other apperances? "We wanted to put it in every game," Miyamoto said in 1997, "But some of the other development teams didn't want to use our penguin."
The penguin may be in semi-retirement right now, but someday he will return. Oh yes. Respect the penguin.