There’s nothing quite like Chibi-Robo. The teeny, tiny little robot came out late in the GameCube’s lifespan in the west and never really got the love he deserved. We never forgot about him at least, but it’s been a quiet few years since developer Skip Ltd and Chibi-Robo have plugged into adventure, despite the game getting a few DS and 3DS follow-ups.
And it seems like there might be a reason for that. In an exclusive interview with our shiny new sister site Time Extension, Chibi-Robo’s director Kenichi Nishi talks about how the game came to be on Nintendo’s little purple box, and how Miyamoto managed to help keep the project alive. But, near the end of the interview, the director admits that many of the original staff who worked on the series are no longer at Skip:
“Skip is a company that I founded, but I left halfway through to work on a separate project, so I don’t know what happened to it. Currently, most of the staff have moved on to other companies, and some of them are now working with me on my projects. We didn’t have any troubles or quarrels, and we still see each other once in a while and get along well, but I think they chose not to work together at the same company.”
It sounds like it’s pretty doubtful that we’ll ever see Chibi-Robo make a return, as Skip has gone relatively quiet since the release of Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash in 2015. In fact, there were rumours back in 2020 that the developer may have shut its doors as its website disappeared.
But there is a minuscule shred of hope for the dinky little ‘bot. While Nishi admits that he doesn’t “know if Skip will release another Chibi-Robo”, he does want to make a sequel himself — but only if the “timing is right, because he’s a fascinating character”, and we agree with that sentiment!
We’ll just have to settle for giving our Chibi-Robo amiibo a hug, but we’re holding out hope that one day this little robot will get his time in the limelight once again.
You can read the full interview with Kenichi Nishi over on Time Extension. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts on Chibi-Robo, and lament the seven-year gap with us in the comments.