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Masahiro Sakurai will be aware of the groundswell support for Waluigi to be in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, says Reggie Fils-Aime

Ultimately, the decision is Masahiro Sakurai's to make

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • June 30, 2018 at 8:56 a.m. PDT • Comments: 56

The announcement of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate came with a number of surprises during Nintendo's E3 2018 presentation. While we already knew that Splatoon's Inkling was in the game, new information revealed that Echo Fighter Daisy, Metroid's Ridley, and every character that has been usable in a Super Smash Bros. game would be playable.

In other words, the roster as we know it so far consists of Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox, Pikachu, Luigi, Ness, Captain Falcon, Jigglypuff, Princess Peach, Bowser, Ice Climbers, Sheik, Zelda, Dr. Mario, Pichu, Falco, Marth, Lucina, Young Link, Ganondorf, Mewtwo, Roy, Mr. Game and Watch, Meta Knight, Pit, Dark Pit, Zero Suit Samus, Wario, Snake, Ike, Pokemon Trainer (consisting of Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard), Diddy Kong, Lucas, Sonic the Hedgehog, King Dedede, Captain Olimar, Lucario, R.O.B., Toon Link, Wolf, Villager, Mega Man, Wii Fit Trainer, Rosalina and Luma, Little Mac, Greninja, Mii Brawler, Mii Swordfighter, Mii Gunner, Palutena, Pac-Man, Robin, Shulk, Bowser Jr., Duck Hunt, Ryu, Cloud, Corrin, Bayonetta, Inkling, Daisy, and Ridley. That's a total of 68 different characters!

There's no doubt that this was a huge undertaking. When Masahiro Sakurai told the development team about the main theme of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, "Everyone is Here," he was met gasps of surprise followed by dead silence. Sakurai is known for comparing the act of cutting fan favorite characters as being "stressful almost to the brink of death."

Despite these ambitions, Sakurai is apparently only working 50 hours per week. Nintendo has reported that Masahiro Sakurai is in good health this time around despite suffering from calcific tendonitis in his right arm during the development of Super Smash Bros. 4.

To some, this apparently isn't satisfactory. Much to the dismay of many, Waluigi was confirmed to be an Assist Trophy for the third game in a row. Supposedly, some have been sending Masahiro Sakurai messages regarding this decision.

In a recent interview between Waypoint and Reggie Fils-Aime of Nintendo, it was revealed that Masahiro Sakurai would be aware of the support for Waluigi. Perhaps there's still some hope for fans?

"We look at all of the feedback and share with the devs and certainly Mr. Sakurai will be aware of the groundswell of support that appeared for a Waluigi. And in the end it's his decision to make."
— Reggie Fils-Aime.

"We look at all of the feedback and share with the devs and certainly Mr. Sakurai will be aware of the groundswell of support that appeared for a Waluigi," said Reggie. "And in the end it's his decision to make."

Before being pressed about the apparent rumors that Nintendo supposedly hates Waluigi, Reggie actually revealed that Waluigi is his main in Mario Tennis Aces. Despite this, there were no announcements to be made about Waluigi.

This quirky trickster first appeared in Mario Tennis since Wario needed a doubles partner to be paired with. Since then, he's basically been relegated to spin-offs. He's never actually appeared in a main series Mario title.

Notably, many players present at E3 2018 mentioned that Nintendo was in fact taking feedback about the work in progress title. It's very likely that Waluigi was a topic that came up a few times.

A number of memes have even surfaced from the internet as a result of Waluigi's confirmation as an Assist Trophy. There's no doubt that there is some popularity behind this strange character. Reggie even acknowledged the passion for Nintendo's intellectual properties to the point of surprise during the interview.

In the past, this status has confirmed that the fighter would not be appearing as a playable newcomer. Masahiro Sakurai even stated as much when, ironically, Waluigi was announced to be an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. 4 in a translated English Miiverse post.

"Just because you try hard doesn't mean you'll make it into battle," he said.

Waluigi the eternal Assist Trophy image #1
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This really appears to disconfirm Waluigi's chances, at least for this current iteration. Still, Masahiro Sakurai is really known for surprising people and upsetting expectations.

At one point, it was declared that Ridley would always be too big and too overpowered to ever be playable in the Super Smash Bros. series. This explained why he appeared as a boss fight in Super Smash Bros. Brawl's Subspace Emissary mode and as a stage hazard on Pyrosphere in Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U (but not the 3DS).

Despite this, Ridley is now part of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's roster due to his popularity. The Space Pirate of the Metroid series has apparently been requested since Super Smash Bros. 64.

While unconfirmed rumors seem to suggest that there are still a few characters that could be announced, development might be too far along for him to join the roster since the game is scheduled for a December 7, 2018 release. If it happens, it will more than likely be as DLC similar to how Mewtwo was confirmed for Super Smash Bros. 4, amidst his popularity

Masahiro Sakurai has confirmed in the past that he doesn't really think about DLC until the current project that he is working on is complete. Considering that the team is taking feedback and Nintendo's recent history of supporting Switch titles with post-launch content, the possibility of Waluigi's inclusion is certainly there.

As Reggie Fils-Aime has already stated, it's ultimately Masahiro Sakurai's call. (But please don't badger him about it. Considering all he does to make fans happy, that's seriously not cool.)

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