- Feb 13, 2016
Considering How Sakurai Stress the amount of Programming needed to be done, and how Complicated Steve is, along with the fact that Sakurai talked about "Do you know what type of game Minecraft is", Steve was, probably at the time, To Complicated to Put into the roster. There was no way a character like Steve would be in base roster for one thing, considering that gotta add as many newcomers as they can and make a full game along with thatI think a valuable lesson we have learned recently is that old rumors should absolutely not be trashed. I'm willing to bet at this point that reservations for a "second pass" were always in the works, whether they were originally planned as stand alone packs or not. I just can't see why Minecraft Steve would be planned since literally 2015 yet, he wasn't "decided on" until Fighter Pass 2 was greenlit.
Therefore, this insistence that Waluigi was "leakbait" for Byleth and such are very...honestly, downright silly conclusions to make at this point. Leakbait has consistently been a subject of debate since 2018 and we see time and time again that leakbait itself is rarely EVER an actual thing and the only instance we can still think of at this point would be the seven rumored square character leaks from 2018.
Also, let's not forget that, even if Minecraft Steve was leakbait (he wasn't), Waluigi is one of the WORST options for leakbait Nintendo could ever use. Leakbait is intended to be used as something that can fish out who is dispelling private information to the public. What do you think is a better idea, using Minecraft Steve, the main character of one of the best selling games of all time and a brand new third party inclusion that builds relationships with Mojang and Microsoft, as a "leakbait" character to find out who is revealing information, or Waluigi, a character who 75 percent of the Smash community still thinks is "hard deconfirmed" due to being an Assist Trophy, to the point where many of the people who HEAR Waluigi information immediately excuse it as bunk because he's just an "unrealizable" character.
That's simply not smart. Using an unrealizable character for leakbait isn't productive because it will actively detract from what the goal of leakbait is, to find out who is spilling the beans. By using a character like Waluigi as leakbait, you're pretty much making it much harder for yourself for that leakbait to catch anyone in the act, because a lot of these said "leakers" just won't believe and therefore won't dispel the information they are given anyways.
Also, a good quote from Xenother over on the Geno thread remarks that Three Houses content was arguably known and discussed within circles since 2018 as well. I can also personally vouch that I heard multiple rumors of a three houses stage and associated content back in the late fall/winter last year. We incorrectly assumed it to be standalone DLC that would not be included with a fighter, but this has been a long journey of incorrect assumptions all around, and things are definitely steadily changing in speculation.
Why is this important? Well, because it proves that first party DLC can indeed leak, even if to a much lesser extent than third parties.
TL, DR? Minecraft Steve's addition, funnily enough, makes me way way more confident that Waluigi is a matter of time, not a matter of if.
Thank you for listening to my TED talk.
and some of that Sentiment probably went towards FP1 as well. It seems that with FP2, Sakurai was finally willing to try his hand at Implementing Steve and that's when talks for Steve could finally finish, but I don't think Steve took 5 years of straight negotiating. There was probably a good amount of Time of Dead air going on.
As for Waluigi being leakbait, you could kind of make the opposite argument that Waluigi is so "outlandish as a character" that anyone that "leaked him" would obviously have a radar on them. I don't know if that's how it went down, but that's just an arguement
But I think Overall, Waluigi came out with More going for him after this week honestly. A Big part of that is Bomberman