On Friday, November 13th, 2015, the gaming world was at awe and disbelief when Nintendo’s recurring “Nintendo Direct” enlightened the fans with Nintendo’s titles newest updates. It has been roughly six months since the last Direct occurred, thus fans’ expectations were skyrocketing like never before.
Their hopes and prayers were answered when the protagonist to gaming’s most influential JRPG (Japanese Role Playing Game), Cloud Strife, was revealed to be a part of Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS’ ever-expanding casts. What used to be mere fan-fictions and ROM hacks will finally be realised in the newest instalment to Nintendo’s beloved franchise. People will finally be able to witness the famous Italian plumber and a Japanese boyband member who wields an oversized sword beating each other out for glory.
Earlier this year, Nintendo announced Smash Bros, Fighters Ballot, a site that allows players from around the world to request additional characters for the game. The recent reveal suggested that Cloud Strife is the winner to the said ballot. Nevertheless, despite being joyous as ever, fans are confused while some are still in disbelief.
Smash Bros is a game where characters from different gaming franchises battle it out. Despite the variety and mixture of casts, all of Smash Bros’ characters share a common ground. That is, having their debut or exclusivity to Nintendo’s gaming platform. The introduction of Cloud Strife to the franchise contradicts such theming. Final Fantasy 7 was a Playstation 1’s exclusive title. Furthermore, most Final Fantasy’s mothership titles are. This was the primary reason to people’s disbelief. It was clearly an update that no one ever saw coming.
Whether it is an act of miracle or Nintendo’s thorough and complex plan to polish the already successful game, Nintendo’s ability to shock the gaming world in this era of leaked news is undoubtedly incredible. One thing for sure is that I never thought I would see the day Mario, Pikachu, Ryu and Cloud would be sharing the same stage as Smash Brothers.