Sakurai recently announced that Bayonetta was declared the winner of the Super Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot and, as a result, will be the final playable character in the latest Super Smash Bros. games. But he made one thing very clear: Bayonetta didn’t actually win the Ballot. She was instead the most-voted character who Sakurai deemed “realizable” in Smash.

This was one of our talking points on
this week’s episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts on what he means by “realizable” and who might have been voted in ahead of her, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.

“Realizable” is most likely Sakurai’s way of discounting characters like Goku, Shrek, and the Reckless Safety Hazard Guy. It’s probably how he kept Cory out of the house, too. But given
online sample survey results and the vocal support from online communities, where fans are most likely to vote, we have a hard time believing that Bayonetta was really the highest-voted feasible game character. King K. Rool, Wolf, the Inklings, and even Banjo & Kazooie all seem to be much more popular choices locally and globally. Sakurai may very well have his reasons for excluding characters like these on a case-by-case basis, and it’s totally possible that Nintendo’s results look quite different from the online survey results. It’s definitely awesome that Bayonetta is joining Smash, but it’s hard to deny that it’s at least a little fishy.

Now, don’t get the wrong idea: we love that Bayonetta’s coming to Smash, and we’re stoked to play as her. We explore her inclusion from several different angles, as is true for Corrin and tons of other recent Nintendo news in this week’s full episode of Nintendo Week, which you can find embedded below.

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