Indie Representation in Smash Bros.



James Montagna from WayForward joins to discuss indie representation within Smash!

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  1. “Gonna have to cut Diddy from the game, I’m sorry”

    Ah~ Don’t make jokes like that, we already have plenty of people upset over K. Rool not being included.

    As it stands with Diddy, I believe Miyamoto was very close in the development of DKC, letting RARE know what he would allow and what he wouldn’t, and that he also had a ton of input on the characters and their designs. There was a ton of communication involved between the two when it came to DKC.

    1. Also, if we’re to have any indie character in Smash, my money is more on Touhou Project than anything else.

      1. This guy gets it. And now, without further ado, here’s my case for Reimu:

  2. I hate to say it, but Minecraft Steve would be a great Indie rep. Even though technically he may not Indie anymore he still started Indie. Minecraft is a true Cinderella Story in both the game and real life, starting from nothing and working all the way up to the top. It’s one of the best selling games of all time, has spawned countless letsplay channels on youtube, and has even been featured in South Park. Plus there are already skins of Nintendo characters in the Wii U version, so Nintendo seems to have taken a liking to it.

  3. I really don’t know if Indies can be acceptable in any form for Smash in the future, but it can be interesting to see one to join Smash, not for the Switch port, but possibly the next future Smash game. It may be plausible the maybe the company or several directors that Sakurai dealt with in the past can accept their characters to join Smash, but I’d rather think the game that was released globally is important as for popularity. I don’t know about Touhou Project because that really depend whether the western viewers know them or not (in my case I know them but not interested in them), and I don’t know if we can call Minecraft an Indie game at this moment because it now belongs to Microsoft, but that wouldn’t mean Minecraft or any Microsoft characters aren’t acceptable (but please don’t bring any FNaF stuff to this topic). I don’t know much about Gunvolt, but sadly I doubt Mighty No.9 would join in due to its failed results… So far, Shantae and Shovel Knight being more popular in the Indie industry, and since both games have been released globally, I do see players are enjoying the game throughout Miiverse as being popular as well. I could accept Shovel Knight, but I’d rather choose Shantae due to her long history in the gaming industry.

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