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A character from Famicom Detective Club was briefly considered as a character on the roster by Masahiro Sakurai for Super Smash Bros. Melee

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • May 5, 2021 at 7:39 a.m. PDT • Comments: 7

Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind are both scheduled for an English release on the Nintendo Switch on May 14, 2021. Both games are remakes that were originally released for the Family Computer Disk System in 1988 and 1989, but were exclusive to Japan.

One of the characters that appears in both games, Ayumi Tachibana, was at one point considered for a character slot in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Instead, Ayumi Tachibana was made into a character trophy and even appears as a Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

According to Masahiro Sakurai (via Source Gaming's translation), the idea was quickly scrapped due to her lack of presence outside of Japan.

"Well, I was thinking about it during the Melee days — Famicom Detective Club," said Masahiro Sakurai. "Ayumi even has her own trophy in that game. But in the end, there's no way she'd work overseas. But I do like Famicom Detective Club."

Ironically, this line of logic probably also could've been applied to Fire Emblem's Marth and Roy in Super Smash Bros. Melee. At the time, the Fire Emblem series was exclusive to the Japan region, but characters from that series were made playable in all versions of Super Smash Bros. Melee anyhow.

It can be argued that Fire Emblem's popularity outside of Japan is due to Marth and Roy's inclusion in Super Smash Bros. Melee. These days, we now have a total of 8 Fire Emblem characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — Marth, Lucina, Roy, Chrom, Ike, Robin, Corrin and Byleth.

It's been noted before that Sakurai was actually a big fan of the Famicom Detective Club series. Had Ayumi Tachibana been included in Super Smash Bros. Melee, this English remake might've happened a lot sooner if what happened with the Fire Emblem series is anything to go by.

What's interesting is that Ayumi Tachibana is actually a character that helps the protagonist, and not the protagonist herself. It's also worth mentioning that certain details outlined in her trophy description are actually inaccurate... but that's probably going too much into spoilers.

Notably, there are still two characters remaining for the Fighters Pass Vol. 2. It's possible that Ayumi Tachibana or some other Famicom Detective Club character was chosen for one of these two slots, but it does feel like that is an unlikely scenario at this point. We'll just have to see if that's really the case when the last two challengers are announced.

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