One of the most fun parts of waiting for a new Super Smash Bros. game is the wild speculation about which weird Nintendo characters might show up as combatants. Well, that’s fun for fans, anyway. For Nintendo and Smash director Masahiro Sakurai, the flood of suggestions (but mostly all-caps demands over Twitter) must be an eternal nightmare. But Nintendo, emboldened by the boatloads of money it stands to make from selling downloadable fighters for Smash Bros. on the Wii U and 3DS, is embracing that constant clamor.
During yesterday’s Nintendo Direct webcast, the company announced that (along with the release of Mewtwo in April and Lucas, the star of Japan-only cult mega-hit Mother 3, in June) it has created a website where fans can suggest any character they’d like to see make a Smash Bros. debut (or return, as the case may be). “Please understand, we won’t be able to accommodate every request,” Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata said, “but Mr. Sakurai and the rest of the staff will take each request into consideration when developing additional fighters.”
Judging by the Internet’s reaction to this news, the Smash staff is going to have a lot of requests to consider—even though the website politely asks everyone to “limit your vote to one per person.” Twitter was instantly flooded with ballots.
Some picked logical modern mainstays:
Some dipped into forgotten corners of Nintendo history:
Some were silly but had surprisingly thoughtful justifications:
But most of them looked something like this:
And besides, we all know there’s only one true answer: