An abundance of information has been uncovered regarding a cancelled Mario project, titled Super Mario Spikers.
According to unseen64, Super Mario Spikers was a wrestling/volleyball hybrid, with a hint of TV game show. The game was reportedly in development for the Nintendo Wii at Next Level Games towards the end of 2006. Unseen64 was able to uncover various pieces of concept art, as well as a short clip of animations from the game, which you can see below.
According to the report, the game started off simply as Mario Volleyball. As development on the game progressed, wrestling mechanics were added and it was renamed Super Mario Spikers -- a play on the title of the studio's previous game, Super Mario Strikers
Work on Mario Spikers was reportedly stopped sometime in 2007 after a failed pitch to Nintendo. A former artist at Next Level Games said that the game was only financed in the first place as a reward for the studio's success with Super Mario Strikers Charged.
Next Level Games has since gone on to make a number of games, including Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon.
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