During the Nintendo Direct presentation that aired last week, Nintendo announced it had created a site specifically for fans to vote on potential characters for new fighter DLC.
That lead to a lot of fans voting for characters below the Nintendo IP umbrella. It also pushed fans to vote for characters not connected to Nintendo in any way whatsoever. Some of these, of course, were done in jest.
It turns out, however, that Nintendo is open to considering any characters that fans throw into the pile, regardless of the licensing complications that come with them. A reader of My Nintendo News contacted Nintendo by way of email to ask if third party characters were eligible for votes. Here’s Nintendo’s official response.
Thanks for writing to us. I can certainly understand your interest in if third-party characters are eligible for the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot. I want to assure you that you are able to submit any video-game character for this ballot. While we are unable to guarantee your suggested character will become a Super Smash Bros. Fighter, rest assured, we do take all feedback into consideration.
Of course, Nintendo doesn’t have to do anything. If everyone votes for Goku and Nintendo or Bandai Namco want nothing to do with that crossover, they won’t do it.
On the other hand, some fans have been voting for a duo of characters who used to fall below Nintendo’s house of games. Banjo-Kazooie received my vote, and I’m hoping that show up in Smash in a way that’s not to disimilar from what we have with the Duck Hunt duo.
Heck, even Microsoft’s Phil Spencer is down with the idea.
@PedroDarkinson I think it would be cool if Banjo was in the next SSB DLC. We've worked with Nintendo on Rare IP before, no issues.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) April 3, 2015
As always, good stuff, Phil.
Now that Nintendo has made it clear that they don’t care who you vote for, what are you doing for the ballot? Me? Like I said, I want Banjo-Kazooie, but longtime readers probably could have guessed as much from me.