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'Super Smash Bros. is a dangerous brand' - former Nintendo marketing specialist discusses why the company may have prohibited Melee's EVO stream

Posted by DreamKing23
August 16, 2013 at 6:54 p.m. PDT
'Super Smash Bros. is a dangerous brand' - former Nintendo marketing specialist discusses why the company may have prohibited Melee's EVO stream Back in early July, Nintendo of America made a decision to deny the Evolution tournament series permission to stream Super Smash Bros. Melee at EVO 2013. Due to a massive fan outcry, NoA quickly reversed this decision and the Melee stream went ahead as originally planned.

Many players and fans alike were perplexed by Nintendo of America's rash decision to stop the public streaming of their game at the year's largest fighting game event. Luckily, former Nintendo marketing specialist Kyle Mercury, having worked for the company from 2001 - 2007 (during the GameCube era), recently shed some light on why NoA may have made such a decision.

Mercury explains that although Super Smash Bros. does extremely well as a promotional tool, Nintendo feels the franchise is a "dangerous" brand due to the fact that it features many of their most popular characters inflicting physical harm on one another.

Because so many of these characters are widely recognized outside of their fighting game personas, Nintendo wasn't too comfortable with having them represented publicly as nothing but violent, to such a large audience.

From a Marketing perspective, Smash is dangerous because of the content/playstyle of the game. Iconic Nintendo mascots beating the hell out of each other is an awesome gameplay experience, no one will challenge that fact, but from an overall Marketing view it’s, well, dangerous. The popular image of Mario, the widely publicly recognized one, can never be of him beating the hell out of Princess Peach or, say, of Link tossing Zelda into the fires of Brinstar, Pikachu hitting Jigglypuff with a baseball bat, so on, so forth.

Hit the jump to read on.

Unlike most other fighting game characters, the Nintendo mascots have far-reaching brands and franchises unto themselves that have to be considered and protected in a bigger picture view. EVO would have taken the character representations out of the hands of Nintendo’s control, boiled them down to pure violence, and broadcast it directly to 125,000 people. It’s not hard to see why Nintendo would be a little gun-shy.

Don’t get me wrong, I was thrilled to see Super Smash Bros Melee at EVO2013 (full disclosure, I was a Judge at EVO this year), but the outcry against Nintendo at the initial decision was so one-sided, so inconsiderate of what the company has to deal with to protect their brands, and just generally uninformed. Gamers want what they want, but there is always more at stake than we know.

Source: My Nintendo News and NotEnoughShaders. Via CEO|Alex Jebailey's Twitter.

Comments

jme said on August 16, 2013 at 6:59 p.m.

"Smash Bros. is the god of all videos games. If we release it to the public again, none of our other games will sell. How do we know.....?
We just know!"

Nintendo.

#1
ForTheViolence said on August 16, 2013 at 7 p.m.

nintendo confirmed for children? This is so stupid. I really don't see the problem, every nintendo game has violence of some sort, cartoonish or not.

#2
Chris0419 said on August 16, 2013 at 7 p.m.

>"Nintendo feels the franchise is a "dangerous" brand due to the fact that it features many of their most popular characters inflicting physical harm on one another. "

Then why make the game in the first place

#3
doublef said on August 16, 2013 at 7 p.m.

If it's so dangerous to have anyone see Mario beating up Peach, then why did Nintendo create Smash in the first place?

Edit: what #3 said

#4
Mufasa3151 said on August 16, 2013 at 7:01 p.m.

Grow up Nintendo.!

#5
hozukimaru said on August 16, 2013 at 7:01 p.m.

STFU!that is all...

#6
spectaa said on August 16, 2013 at 7:02 p.m.

(This user was banned.)

#7
Jaxel said on August 16, 2013 at 7:02 p.m.

Honestly, it sounds like Nintendo is one of those politicians who can't understand that people can separate video games from reality.

"Ooh, you can't show violence in video games because kids can't tell the difference between that and real life!".

#8
jme said on August 16, 2013 at 7:02 p.m.

I wanna meet the overly sensitive person who'll actually cry Mississippi river tears if they saw Peach die in the fires of Brinstar.

#9
Gotomaster said on August 16, 2013 at 7:03 p.m.

I'm sorry, but I think I lost of few brain cells over that statement.

#10
papertokyo said on August 16, 2013 at 7:04 p.m.

Nintendo...making me LOL one article at a a time!.

#11
MrTimtastic said on August 16, 2013 at 7:06 p.m.

Well, in tournament play, Pikachu can't hit Jigglypuff with a baseball bat because weapons are banned. Apparently, he doesn't know the tournament standard as a judge. Lol

#12
Tensa said on August 16, 2013 at 7:09 p.m.

wow so the main reason nintendo said it was ok for melee to be streamed is because its an old game an won't make them any money...wow nintendo lol

#13
Utsusemi said on August 16, 2013 at 7:10 p.m.

It...Just...A...Game..WOW.

#14
kappademon said on August 16, 2013 at 7:11 p.m.

LOL this guy is a marketing specialist? His reasoning sounds like a random guess any person could make.

#15
FunnyName69 said on August 16, 2013 at 7:12 p.m.

If its an old game that won't make them any money can they stop harassing us now and just let us play?

#16
Innovation said on August 16, 2013 at 7:13 p.m.

Guys take this with a grain of salt. This is a former employee, who hasn't been with Nintendo for 6years, isn't there now for whatever reason, who we don't exactly know how high up he was, offering his vague opinion on this matter. Yeah Nintendo has been crapping the bed, but the pitchforks should wait for this particular article.

#17
EVIL_MECHANICK said on August 16, 2013 at 7:13 p.m.

They shouldn't have made the game if this was a problem they were gonna have.

#18
GirlsOfGaming said on August 16, 2013 at 7:13 p.m.

lol

#19
DevilMaySpy said on August 16, 2013 at 7:16 p.m.

And that's why he's a FORMER marketing executive.

#20
JohnnyAl said on August 16, 2013 at 7:17 p.m.

I'm glad Nintendo cares so much about the 4 people out there that are offended by the sight of Mario forward smashing Princess peach.

#21
Decoy2000 said on August 16, 2013 at 7:19 p.m.

"People always say 'It’s free promotion!', but that’s like using a Gameboy Advance SP to promote the 3DS. It was great at the time, but it’s not doing you any favors in 2013."

Or using Earthbound to promote the WiiU. Kappa.

#22
joestar316 said on August 16, 2013 at 7:20 p.m.

DR.Mario needs to give nintendo a chill pill.Kids these (Not to say we didn't back then lol)days play games where they shoot each other in the face and trash talk each other online. Even Disney displays more violence than nintendo and you don't see parents rally against them.

Lighten up the on fluff nintendo.

#23
bls123pop said on August 16, 2013 at 7:20 p.m.

Bunch of pussies

#24
PowerBeard said on August 16, 2013 at 7:20 p.m.

Basically they're saying little kids will freak out if Mario gets hurt

#25
Galletano said on August 16, 2013 at 7:23 p.m.

Stop making this game, stop making Mario party, stop making Mario kart. Cause they all feature not only Mario hitting Peach it features Mario hitting infants.

I love all this game and the only thing the do is maintaining your relevancy.

#26
Firegod said on August 16, 2013 at 7:24 p.m.

"Unlike most other fighting game characters, the Nintendo mascots have far-reaching brands and franchises unto themselves that have to be considered and protected in a bigger picture view. EVO would have taken the character representations out of the hands of Nintendo’s control, boiled them down to pure violence, and broadcast it directly to 125,000 people."

So hypothetically speaking....if this was a dr mario tournament, would Nintendo have been ok with that? Is it ok to have 125k people think of Mario as a doctor than a fighter?

Its like Nintendo sees people as stupid, closeminded, but most of all its like they dont belive that people know THEIR PRODUCT!

I know that in a regular Mario game I dont expect Mario to slap the S&*^T out of Peach, or for Peach to use "Toadstools XXX" on Zelda, or for Link to invite one of the ferry boys to his wooden house and get him drunk.

I really feel...insulted by this....are we really seen as that dumb to Nintendo?

#27
Exand said on August 16, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

So this confirms to me that Nintendo itself thinks their franchises are for kids only. That's sad and just reaffirms and gives ammunition to all the Nintendo haters out there that say Nintendo only makes kids games.

Nintendo's gone past crapping the bed lately and is now crapping in the kitchen sink.

#28
Syirine said on August 16, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

This is pathetic...
Does this also mean Mario jumping on a Goomba is violent as well?

#29
SonikBoomTube said on August 16, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Am I the only one who read this article and realized that it was actually very grown up of them to allow the stream to happen? Because I think everyone in the comments forgot that Nintendo actually DID let the stream happen after listening to fans and realizing they were probably right.

#30
Donald_K_Bahls said on August 16, 2013 at 7:31 p.m.

So Mario can die in a smoldering pit of lava, but he can't fight, with no blood, in another game?

#31
TrueGamingGuru said on August 16, 2013 at 7:32 p.m.

Honestly the American teams (from Nintendo & Sega) are way too overly protective with their mascots, to the point where American teams are mostly run by over protective morons which they're worrying over nothing. Besides Japan is the main game developers, because they have every freedom to decided on what they want to do with their beloved mascots. Plus Nintendo of America were too family friendly since the NES days with their strict censorship.

@3 & 4: The reason to make SSB with the Nintendo characters in the first place, is because Sakurai wanted to include the Iconic characters because of the fact the originals from Dragon King: The Fighting Game didn't have the right atmosphere for a home console. The ones who approved Nintendo characters in SSB, was Nintendo of Japan and this game would've been exclusive to Japan only. The nonsense your hearing now is Nintendo of America, which the American teams are really stupid at times. Its almost like a repeat with Sonic the Fighters, when Sega of America was worried about Sonic's image in general. The ones who approved Sonic to have a fighter game was Sega of Japan. Honestly the ones we should give credit for SSB in general is the Japan team, since they let their Nintendo mascots appear in a unique fighter game.

#32
DRain said on August 16, 2013 at 7:37 p.m.

You know where else Nintendo characters tend to inflict physical harm to each other? Every single game they appear in, barring Mario Tennis.

#33
xShonuffx said on August 16, 2013 at 7:37 p.m.

Hippocrate much Nintendo? Assuming this is true.

#34
Getdownbrown83 said on August 16, 2013 at 7:40 p.m.

I honestly think they didn't want it streamed because of the view of the fgc is that its negative, vulgar, ect. my kids love fighting games. but I wouldn't dare let them watch a stream with me cuz you don't know whats gonna happen,or whats gonna be said, now granted I like the underground feel to a lot of it but just not for my kids.

#35
Burningpluto said on August 16, 2013 at 7:41 p.m.

did this guy earn a marketing degree in dumbassedness.

#36
Projectjustice said on August 16, 2013 at 7:46 p.m.

Then dont make the game at all then.

#37
TheTHCGamer said on August 16, 2013 at 7:48 p.m.

@35 Exactly just because this guy used to work for Nintendo doesn't mean what he's saying is true. You can post anything on this site without any confirmation and people will run with it. If Nintendo feels smash is so dangerous then why do the games keep hating released?

#38
TrueGamingGuru said on August 16, 2013 at 7:53 p.m.

@39 Honestly when it comes to SSB keeps getting released, it always has to do with Nintendo's country Japan. The ones were hearing, is the American teams being stupid & overly protective with the Iconic mascots like if its Mickey Mouse or something when Nintendo of Japan has full control with their characters.

#39
x_Who_Is_Alpha said on August 16, 2013 at 7:59 p.m.

I love nintendo... but what the hell? That statement is so dumb.

#40
Dusday said on August 16, 2013 at 8:01 p.m.

They already had that issue when they decided to release super smash bros in the US. This article is using old information to direct current issues.

#41
FightDirty said on August 16, 2013 at 8:06 p.m.

Not as if Smash is a real fighting game anyway. Hell, if the game did have a lot of gore & violence in it then I might actually want to play it.

#42
DrDevice said on August 16, 2013 at 8:06 p.m.

@drain you can hit the other players with the balls.

#43
gigantor21 said on August 16, 2013 at 8:07 p.m.

They clearly didn't think the image was bad in that ad for the first game on N64. You know, the one where Mario and Co. were beating the crap out of each other as a deliberate promotional tactic?

I doubt Nintendo is stupid enough to use such logic in a fighting game series that's close to its fourth entry. -_-

#44
HooliganComboFTW said on August 16, 2013 at 8:08 p.m.

So its ok for Pikachu to shoot 100,000 volts at JigglyPuff in the Pokemon games, but bashing it with a bat isn't? I get what he is trying to say since the main motive was to 'protect' the IP (Think Hasbro bopping that MLP fighter game from appearing at Evo) but the reasonings involved is sounding off.

#45
EnsignHiro said on August 16, 2013 at 8:19 p.m.

Wow this is beyonf pointless its a fighting game for fffffs sake! What should tgey do go on dates and hold hands? Grow up already!

#46
ABSOLute said on August 16, 2013 at 8:24 p.m.

The thing about Super Smash Bros. is that characters aren't really harmed - It's all cartoony violence. None of the characters recieve brusing or any signs of physical injury, so I'm not sure that I understand their rational.
When a character wins a game, the other contenders applaud the winner as a sign of good sportsmanship. Their are some exceptions, like the Ice Climbers, who are shown weeping, but I think of that as more childish disappointment than because they were actually hurt.

In the end, Smash Bros. is just a light-hearted game of ring outs. Simple fun.

#47
Helios86 said on August 16, 2013 at 8:43 p.m.

I would have preferred for them to just say "Sorry we didn't want our game being streamed for legal/marketing reasons" At least then it's just typical corporate greed which is no surprise and we're all used to. But THIS. Now they sound like a bunch of whiny, pi$$y, mothers trying to cover their kids' ears and eyes so they're not exposed to all the "naughty" adult stuff.

#48
soggytoast said on August 16, 2013 at 8:46 p.m.

It would be hilarious if they canceled the game for this reason.

#49
Innovation said on August 16, 2013 at 9:09 p.m.

Rofl you people are so clueless. Has Nintendo even acknowledge what this hack even said? Any random dude who formerly worked for Nintendo can come out and say anything and you people will eat it up.

#50
AURON570 said on August 16, 2013 at 9:33 p.m.

ofcourse the examples he uses are male characters beating up female characters.. ofcourse... smh

#51
Von_Kunlun_BOOF said on August 16, 2013 at 9:55 p.m.

This is almost like Capcom eliminating all female characters from Street Fighter because it's encouraging the violence against women.

Sometimes... Fighting a guy is alright because he's a guy.

Okay

#52
massi4h said on August 16, 2013 at 9:55 p.m.

B-but Nintendo made the game with the violence in mind. Why would they not want 125000 viewers to watch the game they made? I guess they don't want that many sales???
They're still making smash games as well, this argument doesn't even make sense.

#53
Benify said on August 16, 2013 at 9:56 p.m.

(This user was banned.)

#54
Kalyx_triaD said on August 16, 2013 at 9:56 p.m.

The is one of the worst reading comment section reactions in recent memory. Like you guys didn't even bother reading it. Sad part is, I know most of you did - and still reacted liked you missed the point.

#55
massi4h said on August 16, 2013 at 9:58 p.m.
#56
GodPride said on August 16, 2013 at 10:02 p.m.

I want to punch the guy who came up with this laughable sentiment, then maybe he'll be able to distinguish real violence from the smash bros one.

#57
cmlights said on August 16, 2013 at 10:12 p.m.

nahh, this game isnt violent, noone thinks of smash bros as violent, its a fun game, fun music. and different experience from the traditional fighting games of taking out their life bars.
this reason is over thought

#58
WolfScar24 said on August 16, 2013 at 10:22 p.m.

aaaand eventhubs has officially ran outta news to post. nintendo is dumb. end of story.

#59
dnasty91 said on August 16, 2013 at 10:27 p.m.

Im gonna go ahead and point out that most of those characters already commit violent acts in their respective games. The logic here is very flawed and not well thought out.

#60
TheTHCGamer said on August 16, 2013 at 10:30 p.m.

Do you guys really believe everything you read? How do you guys know this guys even telling the truth? If Nintendo truly felt that way then why are we getting our 4th smash bros game? I think this side is full of it you see plenty of violence in the metroid games.

Probably some bitter former employee.

#61
Echo01 said on August 16, 2013 at 10:32 p.m.

So the point of Smash is...what, again? Stop treating people like idiots, Nintendo.

#62
Kabuza said on August 16, 2013 at 10:41 p.m.

i feel like you guys dont even know how to read, it clearly says that Kyle Mercury worked with Nintendo from 2001-2007, HE DOESNT WORK THERE ANYMORE. This is like me saying "nintendo gives all their money to charity" and people beliving its true. Why are people saying that Nintendo is dum when they havn't even shed a single light on the subject matter.

#63
Innovation said on August 16, 2013 at 10:43 p.m.

Why read when we could go on an angry witch hunt. Kappa

#64
TheTHCGamer said on August 16, 2013 at 10:56 p.m.

@65 I know right. That FGC always up in arms and full of angst.

#65
TrueGamingGuru said on August 16, 2013 at 10:59 p.m.

@56 & 62: Honestly I think everybody in this FGC group is nothing more, than a bunch of morons with no logic or any reading skill what so ever. To be quite honest I did see what Nintendo of America was trying to do in the progress, they were very over protective with the Iconic characters in general, (like Sega of America with Sonic the Fighters) and tries to do very rash stuff in general like ban entire SSB tournament just to protect their own Iconic characters. (when to begin with part of SSB having Nintendo characters fighting each other in general, was Nintendo of Japan decisions not America)

To be honest with both of you almost everybody in this corrupted FGC barely knows Nintendo when you take a look at the history, which country branch, and part of their reasons. (even if they weren't very smart ones) Honestly these people are here in this comment section for one thing & one thing only just complaining, acting like trolls, act like they know what Nintendo is doing. I prefer business people not making smart decisions rather than having these people making pointless comments. I believe America is nothing more than a failure itself from the people (not everyone), to companies, to governments, and the life style in general.

When it comes to SSB itself the only credit we should give to is Japan itself, because Nintendo is part of a nation that makes top quality games when it comes to Iconic titles, Nintendo of Japan have approve Nintendo characters to fight each other in SSB. Nintendo of America is nothing more than a bunch of over protective mothers, with their strict censorship, with very rash decision, and doesn't give Nintendo a very good reputation.

#66
SilentBob said on August 16, 2013 at 11:10 p.m.

Having their characters beat each other up isn't good for the company. Yet they've made 3 games about it, are currently making a 4th game and the commercial for the first Smash Bros was literally people in costumes of the characters beating the hell out of each other.

#67
HyperViperNZ said on August 16, 2013 at 11:18 p.m.

What a load of garbage. So you make a game with characters beating each other up yet you don't want people to play it because it's "dangerous"?. We know what to expect and that's why we play it. No point in pulling the games out now.

#68
Innovation said on August 16, 2013 at 11:22 p.m.

If you are going to post, please make sure you actually READ IT. Some of these comments are so idiotic.

#69
MarkHighHill said on August 16, 2013 at 11:41 p.m.

@22

So the undying mvc2 crowd didn't really have much effect on mvc3..?

Melee indirectly promotes a new Smash game.. It's indirect but, still.

#70
TheMonkey said on August 16, 2013 at 11:41 p.m.

Why make the game in the first place then?

#71
RYU81 said on August 16, 2013 at 11:50 p.m.

great info for who support this stupid game.

#72
Sanox said on August 16, 2013 at 11:58 p.m.

Mercury explains that although Super Smash Bros. does extremely well as a promotional tool, Nintendo feels the franchise is a "dangerous" brand due to the fact that it features many of their most popular characters inflicting physical harm on one another.

so what about link piercing his sword into ganon at the end of zelda games, or what about mario letting bowser burn to death in lava, what about kirby eating enemies etc etc etc etc

#73
DragonSally said on August 17, 2013 at 12:06 a.m.

I still say that what he said is not the actual reason Nintendo wanted SSBM pulled from the streams. More likely reasons, I would say, are:

• Distancing the company away from fighting game people. Nintendo has always remained rather distant from its players (and has worked very well for them), and I'd imagine the FGC is about as far from the model gamer as one can get.

• The lawyers said no, for even the slim possibility of some legal trouble somewhere. The United States is a very sue-happy nation, and one only needs to look up the Stella Awards to show how little people will make a fuss in the courtroom over.

• Personal beef with someone on the EVO staff or a particular player. This is a very common reason whenever you see odd, illogical decisions made in the entertainment businesses. (For instance, remember that DreamWorks film Antz? Jeff Katzenberg made that movie for solely for revenge on John Lasseter.)

• They would rather see SSB Classic or SSBB streamed as Melee is currently the only Smash Bros. game released Nintendo cannot make money off of.

• Vetoed by the Earthbound/MOTHER people. They were responsible for holding up everything MOTHER-related in North America, and if you listen to the Smashing Live! CD (the SSBM concert), notice that MOTHER was the only franchise omitted from it.

• Vetoed by Nintendo Company Limited. Westerners are far more open to live streaming than the Japanese due to the cultural notion in Japan of everyone for themselves when it comes to privacy. This seeps to the Internet too, where live streaming is almost nonexistent.

• Related to the recent crackdown on YouTube.

• Nintendo and the EVO people couldn't come to an agreement in time over how ad revenue should be distributed.

On a vaguely related note, this does remind me of how Nintendo is the only major "geek" company left I can think of that has yet to allow Funko to make those big-headed, beady-eyed figurines of its characters. I'd imagine Nintendo is notoriously difficult to work with on the legal side of things.

#74
peroxcide said on August 17, 2013 at 12:30 a.m.

So they say this guy is familiar with Nintendo's marketing of their characters 6 years ago huh? I would like him to please explain this commercial which was clearly marketed to a large audience In the 90's & now has over 800,000 views on YouTube. Well over the 130,000+ viewers from EVO ^_^ #Kappa http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0A0DcI25...

#75
MentalFloss said on August 17, 2013 at 12:52 a.m.

This is the same company that had a firm stance on staying away from any "adult-themed" games... then allowed Conker's Bad Fur Day on n64 with huge-titted flowers having sex with a bee, drunk animals, cows with explosive diarrhea, and a cussing opera-singing boss made out of sh!t. (Which is subsequently the best video game boss ever made)

#76
psykostorm said on August 17, 2013 at 12:59 a.m.

As far as i am concerned I agree with #2, nintendo confirmed for kids and kids only.. No other company is whining like little babies about their "profits" being used in different manners. Also, @NINTENDO, if you dont want your characters in a fighter, WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO MAKE THE DAMN GAME?????????????? GET YOUR FACTS STRAIT B4 TELLING US TO DO THE SAME..aka practice what you preach

#77
Zenman said on August 17, 2013 at 12:59 a.m.

It's like Nintendo is run by old women.

#78
bigjbilly said on August 17, 2013 at 1:07 a.m.

Like people have said, if they are so uncomfortable with their own game then don't make it. And for people defending this garbage statement, he kind of takes a shot at the ignorant gamers that don't know nothing. This is stupid backtracking nonsense. I know they still let it happen but it's just so lame. It's very ridiculous that these icons all have to be G rated now, like a lot of the gameplay is with Nintendos games now. I just can't be convinced to get a WiiU, I have a 3ds...thank jebus for Luigi's mansion 2.

#79
riku45 said on August 17, 2013 at 1:37 a.m.

I can see why this guy is now the FORMER marketing specialist...

#80
BlackMasamune said on August 17, 2013 at 1:47 a.m.

Still doesn't explain why they waited until the very last minute to do something.

#81
Miniabel said on August 17, 2013 at 1:51 a.m.

" EVO would have taken the character representations out of the hands of Nintendo’s control, boiled them down to pure violence, and broadcast it directly to 125,000 people. It’s not hard to see why Nintendo would be a little gun-shy.
"
So...If Nintendo dont like violence between their characters, why thez made Smach Bros?....

#82
cikame said on August 17, 2013 at 1:54 a.m.

Nintendo, you own a franchise where animals electrocute, paralyze and poison each other for peoples entertainment.

#83
Vorador said on August 17, 2013 at 2:05 a.m.

So pathetic...
Nintendo created Smash Bros but doesn't want to show it to the crowd, this is soooo violent...
Seriously, they're just kidding, right ? -_-'

#84
BumblebeeCody said on August 17, 2013 at 2:28 a.m.

So wait, if Nintendo are scared about the way the characters are represented, then WHY(!) would they make a game that allows the player to do such feats AND have the game sell millions because of it? Sounds like BS to me.

#85
KombatNerd said on August 17, 2013 at 3:13 a.m.

Lmao Nintendo.

#86
zUkUu said on August 17, 2013 at 3:32 a.m.

Because EVO is only watched by 6 year old Nintendo fans.

Streammonsters exposed.

#87
Broshadian said on August 17, 2013 at 3:43 a.m.

@79 lmao

#88
cuzzo said on August 17, 2013 at 4:02 a.m.

All this dangerous bs talk and there's a new Smash Bros on the way. Yea I'm a believer lls

#89
qOcOp said on August 17, 2013 at 4:06 a.m.

Nintendo is quite oblivious it's quite sad. i dont see him getting past next gen.

#90
deltagx said on August 17, 2013 at 4:16 a.m.

In their defense though, people like Jack Thompson and other annoying letter writers, (some of these people are even in power atm, *cough* australia) would have a field day out of this.
And considering how big an event evo is, and I dont think any of nintendos bigger games have been given this much exposure, falcon punching peach in the face and people cheering about it would make games even harder to get out in Australia

#91
Dude130 said on August 17, 2013 at 4:31 a.m.

Nintendo wonders why people call them the kiddy company.

#92
HeatEXTEND said on August 17, 2013 at 4:45 a.m.

@51 Welcome to the internets, please enjoy your stay !

#93
AnarchyScythe said on August 17, 2013 at 4:53 a.m.

He's as clueless as we are, being an ex-employee. Was he there when Nintendo made the decision? NO. So he should shut the f#ck up. Damn it why did this crap even make the news? He hasn't been with Nintendo for 6 years, my farts hold as much credibility as him.

#94
AnarchyScythe said on August 17, 2013 at 4:58 a.m.

Btw Peach's matchup against Mario is heavily in her favor, Mario couldn't beat the hell out of her if he tried. That guy's a scrub

#95
riku45 said on August 17, 2013 at 5:03 a.m.

I wonder if anyone calling out nintendo actually read the article. Its a theory based on an ex employee. Not the actual reason why nintendo wanted to can melee at evo.

#96
Xul said on August 17, 2013 at 5:16 a.m.

(This user was banned.)

#97
Montsegur said on August 17, 2013 at 5:21 a.m.

This is why Nintendo is stuck where they are with the Wii U. Trapped in 1996 with some ridiculous politics.

#98
noob_blasta said on August 17, 2013 at 5:45 a.m.

But it's fine for people who have purchased the game to see all these horrors?

#99
learis1 said on August 17, 2013 at 6:39 a.m.

LOL, JUST THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!! Poor little Timmy will be traumatized if he sees Mario hitting Pikachu!

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