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Bayonetta and Cloud may have been worked on and chosen for Super Smash Bros. 4 after two weeks of the Smash Ballot being available

Evidence suggests that Bayonetta and Cloud were in the data as of patch 1.0.6 while Corrin was in the files when patch 1.0.8 was released

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • July 7, 2018 at 7:45 a.m. PDT • Comments: 10

During the final video presentation for Super Smash Bros. 4, it was revealed that Bayonetta was the #1 Smash Ballot choice in Europe. Sakurai was translated in saying that Bayonetta was in the top five for the United States even when compared to cut characters.

Supposedly, this meant that Bayonetta was the #1 worldwide choice as far as realizable and negotiable characters were concerned. These are interesting statements considering the fact that Bayonetta was apparently chosen just two weeks after the Smash Ballot was live.

While there were a lot of requests for Final Fantasy characters, Cloud had apparently received the highest number of votes from the Smash Ballot. Like Bayonetta, evidence seems to suggest that work was being conducted for him as of patch 1.0.6.

The Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot was first announced on April 1, 2015 and ended on October 3, 2015. Patch 1.0.6 was released on April 15, 2015 -- just two weeks later. As for Corrin, data for him was found to be added in patch 1.0.8 which released on June 14, 2015.

Ruben recently pointed this information out on Twitter. Essentially, Bayonetta started as a clone of Zero Suit Samus while Cloud and Corrin were originally based off of Ike.

Is it possible that the ballot results are having some sort of effect on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's roster?


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It is important to understand that while Ryu and Roy were leaked by their names in the data for patch 1.0.6, Bayonetta and Cloud were not directly mentioned. Lucas, Ryu, and Roy were obviously much further along in development by this point.

So what does this mean exactly? Well, there are actually a few interesting possibilities here.

Sakurai and the development team may have felt confident enough about who would win the ballot after two weeks of it being open. The idea that a large bulk of the votes were being submitted during the first few weeks is certainly a very plausible one.

While this ballot may have originally been intended to be used for Super Smash Bros. 4, plans may have changed when Nintendo told Masahiro Sakurai that they wanted him to begin development of the next Super Smash Bros. entry for the Nintendo Switch.

It's also possible that Sakurai had always intended the Smash Ballot to mostly be used for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. According to a translation by Source Gaming, the first proposal for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was actually completed in December 2015 while DLC for Super Smash Bros. 4 was still being developed.

The results of the Smash Ballot may have had a heavy influence on the theme of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: "Everyone is here!" Sakurai could be translated during the trailer as saying that they felt like this is what players would want.

I know that I personally voted for the return of Solid Snake from Konami's Metal Gear series. There were probably a number of requests to see the return of Star Fox's Wolf and other cut characters by community members too.

"Indeed, absolutely every single Super Smash Bros. fighter ever is in this game. We believe that's what players want, so we made the impossible possible."
— Masahiro Sakurai.

Despite previously stating that Ridley might always be too big and too overpowered to ever be playable in the Super Smash Bros., Sakurai was translated in saying that they received a lot of requests to do so anyways. This was likely another result of the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot.

During the Smash Ballot's lifespan, Splatoon for the Wii U was released on May 28, 2015. Despite being a new intellectual property, this series has become quite popular. As a result, the Inkling is now one of the newcomers for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Notably, the results of the Smash Ballot have never been released. There exists the possibility that the outcomes may be used in future software... like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Interestingly enough, the Splatoon series actually did see some form of representation in Super Smash Bros. 4. Mii Fighter DLC costumes pieces for the Inkling were added to the game.

Let's have a look at all the Mii costumes that became downloadable and pertain to a certain character after the Smash Ballot was announced.

Notable DLC Mii Costumes in Super Smash Bros. 4

• Majora from the Legend of Zelda - April 15, 2018
• X from Capcom's Mega Man X - April 15, 2018
• Proto Man from Mega Man - April 15, 2018
• Dunban from Xenoblade Chronicles - April 15, 2018

• Isabelle from Animal Crossing - June 14, 2015
• Zero from Mega Man X - June 14, 2015
• Mega Man EXE from Mega Man EXE - June 14, 2015
• Inkling from Splatoon - June 14, 2015
• Heihachi from Tekken - June 14, 2015
• Akira from Virtua Fighter - June 14, 2015
• Jacky Bryant from Virtua Fighter - June 14, 2015

• Lloyd Irving from Tales of Symphonia - July 31, 2015
• Flying Man from Earthbound - July 31, 2015
• King K. Rool from Donkey Kong Country - July 31, 2015
• Chrom from Fire Emblem Awakening - July 31, 2015
• Black Knight from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance - July 31, 2015
• Samus from Metroid - July 31, 2015

• Monster Hunter from Monster Hunter - September 30, 2015
• Fox McCloud from Star Fox - September 30, 2015
• Viridi from Kid Icarus: Uprising - September 30, 2015
• Toad from Super Mario Bros. - September 30, 2015
• Captain Falcon from F-Zero - September 30, 2015

• Geno from Super Mario RPG - December 16, 2015
• Chocobo from Final Fantasy - December 16, 2015

• Ashley from WarioWare - February 4, 2016
• Tails from Sonic the Hedgehog - February 4, 2016
• Knuckles from Sonic the Hedgehog - February 4, 2016
• Gil from The Tower of Druaga - February 4, 2016
• Takamura from Takamura - February 4, 2016

It's worth noting that some characters like Knuckles and Takamura have already been confirmed as Assist Trophies this time around. Their chances of joining as playable fighters are considerably diminished as a result.

Some of these Mii outfits may have been inspired from the Smash Ballot since they wouldn't be joining the roster for Super Smash Bros. 4. King K. Rool is a character that is said to be a highly requested choice, similar to Metroid's Ridley.

Could some of these costumes be hints towards future fighters? Here's hoping that we'll get some more fan favorites added to the roster.

Ultimately, it's difficult to say how much influence the Smash Ballot actually had on Super Smash Bros. 4's roster when plans were being made just two weeks after it was announced. There were surely a handful of votes that essentially didn't get counted for this purpose.

Rumors seem to suggest that there are still at least six newcomers that are set to be revealed at some point. One of them is supposedly a third party character that is sure to get fans excited.

Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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