During the latest episode of Washa Live hosted by writer Mafia Kajita and voice actor Yuichi Nakamura, Masahiro Sakurai stopped by for a chat. Given the popularity of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate it’s only natural that he was asked about the game.
"Like it or not, it’s not up to me whether another sword fighter goes in the game" So the question is who? However I feel the next part kind of answers the whole thing "And in contrast, sword fighters are easy [to implement]" "What do you mean?" "Compare that with Steve" This feels like Nintendo is a nutshell, they will let something dictate what they do, not because of what they want or even fans, but mostly because it's easy and less work. With sword characters they can just copy and paste some of the others because the ground work is already done for them. Even if they can't do third party characters people want there's still a lot of characters within their own franchises they could do who aren't sword characters. Dixie Kong, Pauline, Waluigi, Geno, Bandana Dee, Birdo, Princess Shroob, Queen Bean, Vivian, Shadow Queen and so on.
It’s up to the head producer, and yes, they can overrule a director.
It boils down to Nintendo's business interests. The selected games were mostly about promoting games on the Switch platform. Persona, Dragon Quest, Fire Emblem, ARMS. The rest like Piranha Plant and Sephiroth may have been ones personally requested by Sakurai himself and got Nintendo's approval. We can tell Sakurai really wanted Sephiroth by giving him special victory screens and even a limited time game mode. From Sakurai's videos, I could tell MC Steve and Byleth were sort of forced on him. It's possible Pyra was too. There are also the business politics of DLC characters. Joker and Sephiroth didn't gain Persona 5 Royal and FF7R on the Switch. But it does build a working relationship between Nintendo and Atlus/S-E. Persona 5 Royal could very easily come to the switch as it's really a PS3-level game. FF7R wouldn't work but Dragon Quest XI did get ported to Switch with Hero as Smash DLC. And there are quite a few Square JRPGs on the switch or coming to it. Like Bravely Default 2, Octopath series, latest KH etc. That's probably the main reason for why Nintendo dictates the DLC characters. It's a great way to build business models with third parties as they receive the honour and exposure of being in a Smash game while also making games for Ninendo's platform.
None of those characters have there own game useless
“You’re right. But even the players talk about it, you know? Like, “Agh! Why another sword fighter?!” I seriously don’t care what a character uses to fight . It’s as stupid as complaining about a character being a fist fighter All that matter is how fun they are to play
True, but many sword fighters do feel very similar. I don't think Pyra is as similar but the criticism is more that fans want more iconic characters to appear like Crash Bandicoot. Banjo & Kazooie was a #1 fan request to be included in Smash for generations. It finally happened but with Smash ultimate's DLC.
The only sword fighters I see that are very similar are the three Links, Marth, Roy, Lucina & Chrom. The Links make sense and latter four are clones and echo fighters. Everybody else with a sword plays drastically different from one another. Nintendo wanted to get characters from ARMS & Xenoblade Chronicles 2 in the base game, but since they couldn’t DLC is the next logical step. They weren’t going to pass up that opportunity If Super Smash Bros only went for more iconic characters then we wouldn’t have the likes of Ness, Captain Falcon, Ice Climbers, Marth, Roy, Mr Game & Watch, Pit, Ike, Lucas, ROB, Wii Fit Trainer, Palutena, Shulk, or Bayonetta. This series has always had a wide variety of different areas from where they pull characters from.
Nintendo also uses Smash Bros as platform to market its less popular franchises. Hence the disproportionate number of Fire Emblem characters.
less popular franchise? Fire Emblem is a massive franchise, with a massive following.
It’s not as big as Smash, Mario, Pokémon or Zelda.
so this is intresting. i mean i kinda figured that Nintendo has the last say in these things but its nice to have it, somewat, confirmed. i think it wouldnt be so bad to have another swordfighter if there werent sooooo many already. its kinda meh to be fair, getting a swordfighter cause its easier to program or easier/cheaper to get, since the character is from a nintendo franchise.
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