- Sep 20, 2006
Probably has something to do with him being created solely for spin-offs. I mean, it's what he is. He's the spin-off character. Even the few who had a similar situation have nowhere near the same reputation popularity(Baby Daisy, Baby Rosalina, Pink Gold Peach, who all debuted in Mario Kart no less). I mean you could say the other Metals are more liked due to Mario Party II's first appearance(Metal Luigi, Metal Peach, Metal Donkey Kong, Metal Yoshi), or even Metal Dr. Mario(from Dr. Mario 64), but Waluigi isn't just the only truly unique one to appear in tons of different games among the Spin-off Originals, he's the only one that's reasonably well-liked. .
However, here is the thing. Toadette has made her way into major roles both playable and nonplayable in the mainline series and has even been one of the two heroes for a spinoff title (Captain Toad). Toadette has even had some notable roles in a few of the RPGs.
Toadette is a very well liked character, and she is even referred to as a rising star by Nintendo themselves.
Here is a look at what Toadette's roles outside of spinoffs have been:
Super Mario Run: Playable character (only one of two characters playable in that game that are still not playable in Smash Bros., the other being Toad)
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe: Playable character
Super Mario Maker 2: Playable character
Super Mario Odyssey: Major NPC (she gives you the most moons of any NPC in Odyssey)
Captan Toad: Treasure Tracker
Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door: Host of the game's new ability tutorials
Mario & Luigi Paper Jam: Major NPC
Toadette has a very impressive resume that she has racked up just from the last four years alone. Heck, just this year we have her making playable appearances in TWO Mario platformer titles.
When people say Waluigi would "rep" the Mario "spinoff titles", just like Toad, Toadette is overlooked.
Toad and Toadette have both the main series and spinoffs covered as far as a "deserving" newcomer go. The fact is, you would be hard pressed to find characters that have a more impressive resume than just Toadette alone.
Toadette now has more mainline series appearances under her belt than both Waluigi and Daisy combined.
The fact that Toadette's accomplishments is overlooked in a topic about Toad support itself just goes to show just the sheer magnitude of work that the Toad fanbase has cut out for it. Toad is a Nintendo All-Star, and Toadette is a proclaimed "rising star".
Toadette was a spinoff exclusive character that managed to break out into the mainline series. For the first 11 years of that character's history, her sole notable role outside of the spinoffs was in Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door (which only happened a year after her debut appearance). Since Captain Toad, Toadette has branched out to multiple platformer installments and made another RPG role.
Fans of Toad have a tough road ahead of them, no doubt. As I said a few weeks ago, there is a part of me that wants to do an extensive essay on the Toads like I am doing with Dixie Kong. I would write about not just the credentials of the Toads, but their potential as fighters, as well as possibly a few ideas on how the Toad fanbase could build itself into something that would be able to make it stand out from existing character fanbases. However, I simply do not have the time for it or the passion (I care much more about Dixie Kong honestly). However, I will consider possibly doing it.
Toad is a character I am very sympathetic to. He is a character that might very well have been kept out of Smash Bros. due to a compromise made very early in the series's history (Toad being made into Peach's special). He now has both a specific incarnation, Captain Toad, that is a notable re-occurring character in the 3D platformers titles and has his own spinoff title, as well as his main spinoff partner that was initially spinoff exclusive but now alongside the likes of Mario and Luigi in the mainline series.
As I said about Dixie Kong, Toad is a gift to the future. Many younger Smash Bros. fans might have come to the realization that all of the biggest Nintendo characters have already been added to the series at this point (this might be a primary factory about why some of them are gravitating towards "effectively retro" characters, they want to feel as being part of a "legacy"). However, one of the biggest is still not in yet. Toad is a character that has been cherished by Nintendo fans going all the way back to the 1980's. A history of over 30 years. Fans to Toad have struggled to give him the notice he deserves. However, in a pool, where most of the Nintendo characters left people are championing are either "effectively retro" (have not had a major role in their franchise for over 15 years) or characters whom are merely only part of an ensemble cast, the Toads, despite their very short stature, stand very tall. A legacy going back to the 1980's gives a very rich history for younger Nintendo fans to appreciate the character.
However, going back to the original impetus for this post, the idea that "Waluigi is the spinoff representative" is yet another example of the Toads being overlooked. Toadette had the same history and purpose as Waluigi did, yet Toadette has done the incredible, she has broken out into the mainline series, and is on track to being one of Nintendo's most admirable heroines.