Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto has admitted that Nintendo almost made a Minecraft-style game at one point.

In an interview with Glixel, it was mentioned that Miyamoto plays the cat-collecting mobile game Neko Atsume. He was then asked if there are any other games that he enjoys playing. “Not really,” he stated. “I do like Minecraft, but really more from the perspective of the fact that I really feel like that’s something we should have made. We had actually done a lot of experiments that were similar to that back in the N64 days and we had some designs that were very similar. It’s really impressive to me to see how they’ve been able to take that idea and turn it into a product.”

The next Mario title is Nintendo’s first big game to come to mobile devices: Super Mario Run. This past weekend, the game received both a new trailer and a television commercial. The television ad was filmed with live actors, showing people around the world running and jumping. The trailer shows gameplay of the upcoming runner, and teaches players what they can do in the game, as well as how to do it.

Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto says Nintendo nearly made a Minecraft-style title