People like Animal Crossing, and Tom Nook has been Animal Crossing's mascot for ages. Therefore, people want Tom Nook in Smash. It helps that New Horizons has been a massive success and brought in a lot of new fans, and Tom was pushed prominently there, so he made a strong first impression on them.You really dodged my question there, bro bud. I NEVER said Animal Crossing is niche, which is a phenomenon IP. I said "WHY DO PEOPLE WANT TOM NOOK?"