As some of you may know, there is a ballot going on. Nintendo's trying to figure out which characters to use as DLC, so you can imagine that the amount of people that are voting for characters of all sorts must be skyrocketing! Also, a lot of people have been voting for characters with no hope of making it in, like Freddy Fazbear or Goku. Think before you vote, fellas, 'cause neither of them are going to appear due to the former not appearing on Nintendo consoles and the latter originally appearing in a manga. However, there are things that I noticed that bothered me about this ballot, but not in the way you'd expect. Here is why:
1. Third-Party characters who don't fit the age rating well enough
Third-party characters have been garnering a lot of attention lately, ranging from characters like Rayman, who has trophies of himself, Barbara and Globox in Super Smash Bros. already, to indie characters like Shantae and Shovel Knight, both of whom, from I've been told, are popular picks. However, then comes the more mature third-party characters, the ones that have only so much of a chance of making it in that it hurts. One popular choice that may or may not make it in is Bayonetta, a character that I have mixed feelings about. In fact, she is the reason that this section of this list was made. While I have no problem with characters with guns, its her "aesthetic touches" that concern me. Bayonetta, as a character, is designed like that of a sexually-attractive woman wearing a skin tight suit. Samus, while in her Zero Suit, is not entirely different, but what seperates them is how this design choice is treated by their respective companies.
Yes, Samus looks good, but the character's design is treated as just that: a design. It doesn't overshadow the character or define her. What defines her is her image as a one-woman army and her image as a representation of video-game heroines, making it much easier to implement her into games like Smash Bros, with a large arsenal of sci-fi weaponry to choose from, especially in her Power Suit. After all, she was the first video-game heroine in general, so there are standards to unhold. In the end, pretty faces and a nice figure take a backseat to the action that her franchise is known for.
Bayonetta doesn't have this going for her as much as Samus does. Platinum Games is notorious for being over-the-top when it comes to many things, the treatment of Bayonetta being one of them. For example, in Japan, there was a poster with Bayonetta on it that had slips people could remove from her in a scratch and sniff style. In her games, Bayonetta appears naked on several occasions, especially when performing certain spells. This sort of behavior creates a different image than Nintendo would normally want to be associated with. Granted, without the big N, Bayonetta 2 wouldn't exist, but that's beside the point. The point is that Sakurai can be a stickler for faithfulness at times, so with Bayonetta, there's bound to be dozens of liberties taken when trying to implement her into Smash Bros. This is just what Snake went through, as he was made to use solely explosives rather than realistic guns. Also, remember Tharja? She was supposed to be a trophy in the 3DS version, but was scrapped, most likely due to her design. I have no problem with Bayonetta appearing in Smash Bros. However, if her fans expect her in, she'll need to go through some slight cosmetic changes to keep things consistent with the age-rating Smash Bros has. In other words, don't expect her transition into Smash Bros. to be as faithful as you think. But still, if she makes it in, then her fans get an early congrats from me.
2. Characters that are from first-party competitors
Microsoft once had Phil Spencer say that Banjo and Kazooie had a shot of appearing. If that's true, then Banjo and Kazooie could miraculously appear. Rare did have good relations with Nintendo in the past, after all. However, the nature of the Banjo-Kazooie series makes this extremely unlikely, as Banjo-Kazooie, as a franchise, is owned by Microsoft now. This makes things awkward, to say the least. This is mostly speculation, but Nintendo would most likely not want the BK series represented at all because of Microsoft. This applies to any character and series that had a relationship with Nintendo but don't anymore due to a buyout. Don't expect success, but if something comes from this, then good.
3. Characters from games that haven't been released yet
Inkling from Splatoon is a popular pick, but what has me concerned is that there is so much hype for a character in a game that hasn't been released yet that more deserving characters won't make it in. Seeing as this is essentially a popularity contest, I'm not too surprised. What's funny about this is that opinions might change when the unreleased game is released. In any case, characters like Inkling do have a high chance of appearing, so chances are, the votes will count for something.
4. The nature of this ballot
The ballot's role is to sway Sakurai and his team's opinions on which characters should be in as DLC. This doesn't guarantee that the votes will count for something. At the very least, it will show who is most popular. Just be careful, okay guys?
5. Popular choices somehow not mattering much
There are popular characters like King K. Rool who have an alarming amount of votes. However, the treatment of King K. Rool and other characters in his situation is something that could make or break their chances. I'll elaborate more on King K. Rool's predicament later, but for now, like I said before, just be careful.
What do you guys think?