Super Smash Bros, first and foremost, is a party game. It’s an arcade action party game in which you fight as Nintendo characters in Nintendo-game-themed stages. It’s great that people can make it competitive within the Fighting Game Community (FGC), but it is primarily served to play between friends for fun, not money. I preface with these statements because it may be of some unnecessary rage to hear that Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime might become a character within the upcoming Super Smash Bros Wii U/3DS game.
— Holly Bowen (@HollyBowenNW) December 4, 2013
The Sakurai Ms. Bowen is talking about is Masahiro Sakurai, the director of the Super Smash Bros series, among other things. The petition she also speaks of is here for you to fill out if you so wish. I will not be doing so, but I don’t see much in the argument against it, either.
The “my body is ready” quote from Reggie has taken on a life of its own. The day he stepped on that Wii pad was the day his life has changed forever. The quote has made its way into many Nintendo games in their English localization, including in Fire Emblem and Pokémon games. It has made Reggie into a character himself, being known more for a throwaway line than his work as NoA president.
Would having him involved in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game tarnish the reputation the series has upheld? I don’t think so. For every Mario, Link and Samus character that has been a character, there has been a R.O.B., Mr. Game and Watch and now the Wii Fit Trainer. The fighting game has not dedicated itself to having the most well-known characters, and has often involved archaic and forgotten Nintendo entities as trophies in past games.
Super Smash Bros is a game about silly arcade fighting fun. Why not have Reggie as a character?