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Throughout message boards and social media, fans of Super Smash Bros. plead for characters, stages, music, and more. I mean, just imagining your favorite content from Nintendo games getting in Nintendo’s premier fighter is enough to make any fan giddy with excitement.
Ever since the first few balance patches and the inclusion of Mewtwo as DLC, expectations and wishes for more content have been at an all high for the series. “Buff this character!”, “Nerf this character!”, “Add this character!”, “Add this stage!”, and more.
We all want our wishes to be included in the series, but how far is that passion for the series getting? Let’s take a look at what’s been happening on Nintendo’s twitter daily.
Nintendo has been receiving harassment on their Twitter for ballot updates just to pressure them into giving us something sooner. This raises a question: How far are we willing to go just to get more information out of Nintendo? Before it reaches a breaking point, we, as a community should realize that this behavior is wrong and we shouldn’t be handling it this way.
Rushing or pressuring Nintendo into doing things faster is not good for them just as much as it isn’t good for us, because if they do release a rushed product, or rushed information, we could receive very unpolished content or news that would be too early that it ends up having to change things later (for example: a deal with a third party developer ends up not going through.).
Many people voted on the ballot, so with that in mind a machine can only do so much when people voted for multiple characters, or botted, or whatever variance everyone who voted had. They need time to process this list for accuracy and the best candidates they can implement into the game.
Let us all remember that Nintendo doing anything with the game afterwards is a bonus, and yes, Nintendo does make money off of us, but when they decide to pull the plug it’s ultimately their decision, and we should be grateful that they are producing content for us, the fans, when we could have easily gotten just stock Super Smash Bros.
Our expectations of ballot DLC and updates is starting to make us spoiled to the point we plead with Nintendo wherever they can be accessed. Our lack of control needs to change; we shouldn’t let our enthusiasm for the new stop our enthusiasm for what we have, and we should also realize Nintendo is doing what they can and be thankful for that.
It is fine to want more, but we shouldn’t be expressing ourselves in a nagging or entitled way. It’s time we work on our impatience and show not only Nintendo, but our community that we do care about the game regardless if we have an update or not.
Let’s start showing appreciation for what we have.
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