Adding Waluigi in Smash Bros. 5 would be a big mistake on Nintendo’s part.
As it turns out, if you give a mouse a cookie, they’ll only ask for more and more and more. Such is the case with the E3 2018 Smash Bros. Ultimate announcement.
When every character in Smash history was announced for Smash Bros. 5, the fandom as a whole should have been nothing more than grateful. Fan favorites from Brawl, such as Ice Climbers and Pokémon Trainer, are going to add a lot to the competitive meta world.
Solid Snake from the Metal Gear Solid series returning was nothing short of a miracle. Other third party characters, such as Sonic, Pac-Man, and Bayonetta must have also been difficult to negotiate. Hell, we even got the adorable-yet-semi-pointless echo fighter Pichu back.
As if all of that wasn’t enough, Ridley from the Metroid series was included. Ridley. Four-meter-tall Ridley (yes, we know, Ridley is Too Big).
Still. Not. Enough.
“Where’s Waluigi?” “Waluigi in Smash Bros. 5 or riot.” “Okay great Sakurai, but HOW COULD YOU STILL LEAVE OUT WALUIGI?”
Simmer down, Smash Bros. fandom, simmer down. We’re here to dish the dish and tell you why adding Waluigi in Smash Bros. 5 at this point would be a really big mistake.
We already got Ridley:
Given the aforementioned Ridley is Too Big meme, it should be noted that he indeed still is Too Big. Series director Masahiro Sakurai often notes this when recalling what it was like to add him into the Smash Bros. roster.
However, Ridley still happened. Hunched over, and very, very easy to 0-to-kill, he happened. It’s done, it’s over, we can all go home now.
You may be asking yourself, “What does Ridley’s (tall) inclusion have to do with Waluigi?”
See, once again, our “if you give a mouse a cookie” analogy. Sakurai went out of his way to include an unlikely character in Smash Bros. 5, simply because the fandom would not let up on him. This sort of inclusion goes way past “listening to the fans” and falls more into the category of “he was bullied into doing it.” Which brings us succinctly into our next point…
Fans are harassing Sakurai for Waluigi in ‘Smash Bros. 5’:
Whether you love or hate something a creator has done with your favorite series, it is never cool to spam your message of passion to them. As anyone who has ever made anything and received constructive criticism knows, it is nice to have some positive feedback about your hard work.
Speaking of hard work, understand that few creators come to mind when we hear about Sakurai’s extreme devotion to the Smash Bros. series (save, horror stories from the creative team behind Toy Story 2’s insane turnaround).
The man spends nights and days on end in the office, perfecting the balance of characters, items, stages, music, and anything under the sun that makes every Smash game so polished.
With all of that hard work, you’d think that all he would receive from his fans would be adoration and admiration. Unfortunately, that is not the case, because as long as there is another cookie to have, the mice will clamor and harass for more.
Waluigi was already announced as an assist trophy:
This should go without saying, but in making Waluigi an assist trophy, Sakurai has already given his answer as to how he feels about adding Waluigi in Smash Bros. 5. In the E3 2018 Nintendo Direct, Sakurai himself stated that instead of focusing on bringing in many new characters, he decided to focus on bringing back every character ever.
While there will be speculation as to what other new characters will be included, even we have to admit that Smash Bros. for Wii U’s roster of 58 characters was already overwhelming. With 66 returning fighters for Smash Bros. 5, plus the additions of Ridley and Inkling, the decision of who to play as in any given matchup will be quite daunting.
Maybe we don’t need any other characters? Perhaps we can be happy with the word of God decisions coming from Sakurai, and understand that not every single main Nintendo franchise character will be included?
Joke or not, the toll it takes on any creator to have to sift through the spam of desire and sometimes hate for their work is bound to be exhausting. Collectively, let’s give Sakurai a break. After all, this may be the last Smash Bros. game he helms.