Nintendo is gearing up to launch another Super Smash Bros. game later this year, and it’s poised to be the Ultimate iteration with every character in franchise history returning. You would think this would be enough to satisfy any fan, but there’s a rather vocal minority on the internet that’s furious about the lack of a playable Waluigi in the game.
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime recently addressed this situation in an interview with Vice. Reggie, unsurprisingly, is a bit exhausted with the whole situation, but he still tried to be a good sport about it. In fact, he’s pledged to make sure that Sakurai is aware of the immense support for Waluigi.
Vice: So, you’re sitting in front of Mario Tennis Aces poster. I need to know your main is?
Reggie: [Forcefully, while holding back a laugh] WALUIGI.
Vice: OK, well listen… Why does Nintendo hate Waluigi then?
Reggie: I… Oh- CLEARLY-
Vice: [laughing] The Washington Post says-
Vice: You saw the headlines!
Reggie: CLEARLY, Nintendo does not hate Waluigi. Because here I am with him as my main character. I mean look, we’re making every character that’s ever been in a Smash Bros. game available in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Vice: [Laughing] But not Waluigi.
Reggie: [With faux exhaustion] You would think that would be enough to satisfy the fans. But noooooo! The fans have to focus in on one character that isn’t part of the series and to demand their inclusion.
So, one of the good things about the way we approach E3 is when it’s all said and done we step back. 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.
Nintendo is listening to the outcry from fans, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll get what they want. The final decision belongs to Sakurai. Perhaps he’ll see fit to include Waluigi one day, but for now, why don’t we just enjoy the 60+ playable characters we