Hey, you; the one who’s about to tweet Masahiro Sakurai about your Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC wishlist. How about save everyone time and don’t?
The notion of entitlement, disappointment and player-company engagement has become quite the discussion ever since Blizzard Entertainment did a patently terrible job engaging their Diablo fans at BlizzCon 2018. People were expecting Diablo 4 and were upset that a mobile game was in its place.
There’s a similar sentiment that came with the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate last week, with many upset that one of the upcoming characters is not Geno or Banjo-Kazooie as previously “leaked,” but Piranha Plant. With five DLC characters planned, but not announced, this has left the Nintendo community to do what it does best; act like children on branded social media accounts and hound the replies section of tweets with inane, oft-repeated memes and character requests.
While it’s entirely childish behavior that continues to drive down the discourse within the gaming community, it’s not like Nintendo can just outright say that to their predominantly young audience. Instead, Sora Ltd. head and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game director Masahiro Sakurai took to Twitter to say, “We’ve got this, guys. Lay off the tweets,” although with a lot more tact than I.
Effectively, the publishers at Nintendo have chosen the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC characters based on whatever criteria they wanted (possibly from the Wii U fan lists, possibly from third-party studios) and has handed over a list to the developers. If Sakurai finds their characters feasible, then the team will get to work.
Most importantly for the already-overworked Sakurai and the sanity of the development team is to stop hounding them with character requests. No, Waluigi isn’t coming as a character just because you tweet dank maymays with the creativity of a Super Smash Bros. fan on Twitter. Nobody cares that you removed the letters from a Madagascar screengrab to show “Sans,” indicating interest in the Undertale character.
“Thank you, Sakurai, for everything you have done for us fans; my personal most wanted may not happen this time around, but there is always next time,” wrote one of the top responses, simultaneously obtaining the point of their gaming muse and choosing to ignore it at the same time. That entire thread is way better than the replies to the first tweet, as there’s hope yet that Smash Bros. fans can learn their lesson for once.