Nintendo knows you want Waluigi in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but it's not going to affect their DLC decisions; Reggie Fils-Aime talks Smash

Kotaku straight up asks if the purple villain will be DLC

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • November 16, 2018 at 8:25 a.m. PST

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate drops on the Nintendo Switch in exactly three weeks from today. Everyone that's ever been on a Smash roster previously will be playable along with 11 new additions... and none of those characters will be Waluigi.

The president of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, recently did an interview with Kotaku wherein they talked not only Ultimate, but general Nintendo goings on as well.

From ideas of a Nintendo 64 Classic to the future of the company's DLC practices, few stones were left unturned. That said, Fils-Aime did also get into some Smash specifics as he gave an excited nod towards the recently revealed World of Light single player mode and an even bigger nod to the foundational multiplayer experience.

Nintendo of America's President also made it a point to bring up the game's forthcoming DLC content, which consists of characters, stages and music. He hearkened back to tweet last week from Smash creator Masahiro Sakurai that expressed how Nintendo is internally deciding on all DLC content this time, and not acknowledging fan polls and requests like they did in the franchise's previous entry.

"My interpretation is that there will be no fan polls, [and that] no independent poll trying to push Waluigi, as an example, will not influence the decisions that have already been made," Fils-Aime told Kotaku.

As evidenced by Fils-Aime's bringing up the villainous anti-Luigi character by name, fans have been expressing a certain dissatisfaction with Nintendo's decision to keep Waluigi off the playable Smash roster yet again. Kotaku's Stephen Totilo couldn't help but follow up with a direct inquiry about Waluigi as DLC, and was promptly shut down.

"We’re not here to discuss that at this point in time," was the cut and dry response he got.

So that technically doesn't disqualify the lanky, purple cheater from making his way into one of the five additional character slots reserved for DLC over the next year, but it also isn't exactly encouraging for Wal fans.

The post release content realm is one Nintendo has only relatively recently stepped into, and traditionally without quite as much force as some of its competitors.

DLC has slowly but surely become commonplace for the company at this point, and Fils-Aime noted it as a "critical tactic" in his talks with Totilo. If there was any question, it seems post launch development has officially become common practice for Nintendo moving forward.

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