Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Everyone is Here
On the 15th June 2018, Vice drew the Super Smash Bros. community’s ire and incurred their wrath. One of Vice’s journalists, Matthew Gault, was imbued with the temerity to suggest that Waluigi, one of Nintendo’s lesser – known intellectual properties, was rightfully precluded from becoming a playable character in the latest Super Smash Bros. instalment, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and instead being relegated to the far less impressive status of an assist trophy.
“Everyone is here!” declared the video that set the Smash community into a frenzy. This declaration is a reference to the fact that every single character which has ever been cut from the roster of a Smash game would be returning in Ultimate. These characters include: Dr. Mario, Mewtwo, Roy, Pichu, Young Link (included in Super Smash Bros. Melee but cut from Super Smash Bros. Brawl); and Ice Climbers, Ivysaur, Lucas, Solid Snake, Squirtle and Wolf (included in Super Smash Bros. Brawl but cut from Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U). Even Ridley, one of the main antagonists of the Metroid series and a character the Smash community has been pining for, for well over a decade, was finally entering the battlefield. Yet still, the fans were not sated…
Once it became clear that Waluigi would not be gracing Ultimate in a truly meaningful way, the memes started. (This is the litmus test for an event of popular significance in 2018: a meme is created about it.) Below is one of the memes I’m referring to; it implies that everyone, in fact, is not here, and applies that implication as a thick layer of guilt on our consciousness.
Get it? ‘Daisy’ (another newcomer to Ultimate; basically, a clone of Peach) and ‘Ridley’ are out having fun, enjoying themselves, carefree in their frivolity. Meanwhile, ‘Waluigi’ lurks in the darkness, in seclusion, staring emotionlessly yet hatefully at the happiness which he’s not been invited to partake in.
Not everyone is here.
“Stop projecting yourself onto what is obviously a morally and creatively bankrupt corporate mascot,” Gault writes. While I personally wouldn’t go that far in denouncing Waluigi, I do want to say that I agree with the general premise of his article, vituperations aside. In my view, Waluigi’s presence in Ultimate as anything other than the assist trophy Ultimate’s developers relegated him to, is indeed unwarranted. He lacks a backstory. He has no real depth as a character (and yes, there is depth to be found in Nintendo’s characters, believe it or not). Yes, this perhaps could be rectified if Nintendo developed more games starring Waluigi, or any game where he’s the main protagonist (he has none!), but… why? I’m seriously asking: what’s Nintendo’s incentive for creating a game just for Waluigi?
I defy you to tell me where Waluigi’s place is in all this glory.
I’ll explore the answer to my own question, and other points, in Part 2 of this series of articles, where I justify Nintendo giving Waluigi the cold shoulder and the middle finger, both in one swoop. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will, of course, be released on the Nintendo Switch only, so get yourself ready for that buy purchasing Nintendo eShop Gift Cards from none other than U4Gold.com. It’s a fantastic platform where Gift Cards cost less than the price that’s indicated on the card itself. That’s a steal of a deal, so register an account with U4Gold as soon as you can!