In Kikizo’s recent interview with Insomniac, Marketing Director Ryan Schneider said that he thinks Nintendo’s upcoming Wii title Super Mario Galaxy may have borrowed a concept from an Insomniac game.
One that we’re even extremely flattered by is Super Mario Galaxy, with their spherical worlds; we did spherical worlds in Going Commando, and Up Your Arsenal. It would be amazing to think that Miyamoto-san thought that was so cool that he wanted to incorporate it into Mario Galaxy. Granted, he’s doing it in a different way, but it’s still a spherical world, so it’s flattering to see those sorts of things.
Schneider also brings up another PS2 game that “borrowed” from an Insomniac title, but this time he’s a bit less complimentary, and he doesn’t mention the title’s name. He says that this one is “more or less a direct rip-off of Ratchet and Clank.”
The full interview on Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction covers the development of this PS3 title, the battle against casual games, and R&C’s fancy in-game cutscenes.