That was Pokémon Company actually, not Nintendo. Even then I definitely don't agree with that decision eitherPR speak is just that. Remember when BLM was trashing towns and burning property to the ground while attacking, maiming and killing people who were just trying to defend their businesses? Well Nintendo put out a PR statement talking about supporting BLM and I think they even donated a very small fraction of money, but we all know it was nothing more than clearing their bases since the mobs on social media were essentially making a list of companies to boycott if they didn't do some PR speak and they wanted to look good at the time.
There are all one in the same. Even the Head of Activision is getting under fireI may be wrong, but I think this is also mostly a Blizzard thing in terms of it being people from the Blizzard side pre-merger causing these issues. This could very much be like Square Enix where the two sides mainly do their own thing, so Activision might be able to shake some of this off their shoulders and shine through while working through this horrible crap that went on.
I agree somewhat but I really doubt Nintendo would care about a poll and random fans over PRs and Brand Image, especially in Japan where it's most important. They even avoid the Olympics for this. Activision is no different especially on a lesser scale.Also DarthEnderX I think it's you that has the bad take on this. Essentially, you don't want the #1 character on the MegaSmash Poll and a character people really hyped and people both within and outside of Smash really would like to see because you want to...punish a AAA company for having horrible people do horrible things? You do realize that's what the court of law is for, right? That isn't our job, nor is it Nintendo's job. Nintendo's job is to make and sell games and gaming-related products. Glad to know you are the kind of person who would punish the many for the actions of a few. We've hit a new level of gatekeeping characters, but somehow we didn't gatekeep Dragon Quest when the composer is the Japanese equivalent of actually believe the 'Hitler did nothing wrong' meme and completely disowns very similar acts done on a way more massive scale during war time.
Plus Nintendo was never really known for fan demand especially in Smash except for Banjo and Steve or even overall for their own games.
Actually they do make money. Good amount at that + PR boost using their characters. They literally own Crash. That why Smash request from companies + Platform fighters are becoming more popular now.Like, you DO know that if Nintendo says 'We were gonna get Crash, but Acti/Blizz is run by nasty people, so we changed our minds' that it will not go over well with everyone because many folks can separate these two incidents, right? Especially since Crash isn't even their own creation? I think people would be more upset if Tracer got in over Crash in this scenario. It's not like the garbage bags of humans beings working at Blizzard directly make money from a deal like that anyway, and if Nintendo pulls out support for Activision that doesn't mean they would stop EVERYTHING with them and especially not things already in the works.
This is just a naïve mindset. A character in smash doesn't handwave all that gone down at ActiviBlizz. Their image won't improve but instead just drags Nintendo down.If Crash hasn't been agreed upon yet, as brutal and awful as it sounds, this is actually really good leverage for negotiations now that I think about it. 'Hey, I know you guys are looking really awful in the PR Department right now, what with Vanguard being awful and all the actual misogyny you guys practiced, but you guys are pushing through to make it better...you know, getting Crash in Smash would really add to helping your image! How about you say yes to our price, not sure you have much room to negotiate here, being know as the scumball company and all.'