View The Rainbow
- Aug 13, 2001
- 3DS FC
- Switch FC
Bethesda seemed to imply that they had serious conversations with Nintendo about Smash in the past and I feel like that's something that should be taken at face value too. Granted, this doesn't necessarily mean Doom Slayer because they do have a fairly decent pool of big franchises but, as far as I know, Doom's the only one that Sakurai has given high praise to in the past. Plus, it definitely has its merits. Basically invented the modern FPS and has a weirdly long history with Nintendo that goes back further than even Banjo to the early N64 days. Granted, it neither launched on or has been particularly loyal to Nintendo platforms over the years but, as we've seen, Sakurai adds who he wants and "have they appeared on a Nintendo console" and "are they are video game character" are his most basic criteria when it comes to considering characters.
The second one is the only hard criteria he's given. Now stuff he's actually made more clear as important is "something they and only they can do", which we can see why many didn't show up because he didn't see uniqueness in them. This has been a pretty big knock to Toad for a while now, one of the biggest missing Nintendo All-Stars for multiple games. Though maybe Brawl is the earliest he'd be best to add, considering he wasn't on the same level as Bowser and Peach at the time. Though in a twist, his most famous thing is guarding Peach... which is what he does in Smash. And it is a distinct thing to him in the Mario series, at least? I'm sure something will come up or he might forego the criteria. Obviously clones/echoes are an exception to this, but those at least had easy base characters to work off of(Mario got at least 2 different clones, and Ness was also based upon his model, though fully unique otherwise). Etc.