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Sakurai maintains that manga characters will not be allowed in the Smash Bros. series

Do you have a dream character you'd like to see in Smash Bros. Ultimate, or any Smash Bros. game for that matter? If they happen to be a manga character, get ready to be disappointed. Sakurai has stated that manga characters will not be appearing in the franchise. It seems that Sakurai wants to keep the roster focused on the video game world.

“It is impossible for manga characters to join (Super Smash Bros.). While we can accept characters from other companies, we cannot, under any circumstances, take in anything and everything under the sky. That’s because (Super Smash Bros.) is a game that requires everyone’s cooperation.”

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Uhm... This is a 10 year old interview. Back then Ninty said they would never go mobile. The chance is there, but I am not expecting it though. Kinda would be fun with Goku though, I'll admit!

He just said manga characters. So Shrek still has a chance. ;)

Sun Nov 11 18 01:12pm
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I get you're joking, but I think it's safe to say the most basic rule for Smash inclusion at this point is "has to have been a video game character first." Like with Cloud they they showed they were willing to open up their rules a bit more (at the time of Smash 4's release, FF7 wasn't on any Nintendo platform, and it's only recently Square confirmed that a bunch of the games that stayed Sony platform exclusive for years are finally coming Nintendo's way), but they still have to draw the line somewhere, and that line is "was the character made for a game first? is 'yes' then they have a chance."

Cloud did actually appear on a Nintendo console before smash 4, it was spinoff game but he did appear non the less.

Cloud most certainly appeared on Nintendo consoles. Kindom hearts games for exsample.

Well there goes the chances of Jotaro showing up

I wonder what he means by impossible. He can say that he will never let it happen, so i guess in that sense it is impossible

Thank God. We gotta keep some kind of semblance to this roster. I wish I could say this means people will stop requesting crap like Goku and Naruto. But people will still request and find ways to convince themselves those characters still have even the slightest chance.

mrperson0
Sun Nov 11 18 02:50pm
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If Katalina from Granblue truly gets in as DLC (I hope not), then any and all semblance of the roster will be thrown out. She never appeared on a Nintendo console. Also, to be frank, Dragon Ball actually does have a strong history of exclusives on Nintendo console, and Goku, *gasps*, is a fighter!

Luke Skywalker and Mickey Mouse also have a strong history of exclusives on Nintendo consoles too. Does that mean they should be in Smash as well? No. Because they aren't videogame characters. They are characters from another medium that have videogames just like Goku.

I agree Katalina is a terrible DLC choice. I didn't even know what Granblue was until yesterday when I looked it up. But at least she is still a videogame character. Cloud and Snake got in and while yes they have a tiny history with Nintendo but for the most part they both felt like Playstation mascots. So in my mind the whole "needs to have a history with Nintendo" rule has already been broken with their inclusions (something that I really hate but then again I don't care for 3rd parties in Smash in general..)

mrperson0
Sun Nov 11 18 04:11pm
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"Luke Skywalker and Mickey Mouse also have a strong history of exclusives on Nintendo consoles too. Does that mean they should be in Smash as well? No."

I dunno man, are their games fighters like Dragon Ball? No?

"Cloud and Snake got in and while yes they have a tiny history with Nintendo but for the most part they both felt like Playstation mascots."

Cloud, yes, Snake, not really. He had two exclusive titles on Nintendo consoles where he was the main character.

Nonetheless, it is pointless to talk about this. According to GoNintendo, somehow, Interview from 10 years ago = "maintains" lol. People can change their mind within 10 years (like Nintendo on mobile games).

I think Goku would be a cool addition as a fighter in Smash. His style fits in perfectly and he has some flashy moves and all. And is pretty iconic, but not as much from games, of course.

I mean, if you want a Smash Bros. with manga characters, there's Jump Superstars and Jump Ultimate Stars on DS. If not, there's J Stars Victory VS and the upcoming Jump Force.

The "requires everyone's cooperation" part makes it sound like he doesn't want to deal with the rights holders for manga/anime characters, or that it would make the process more complicated and expensive.

Bandai Namco actually has licensing rights right now for DBZ. But does that mean they can allow Goku to appear in Smash Bros, or does Toei Animation have to be consulted too? Sakurai probably only wants to work with game publishers.

It’s more to do with Smash being a celebration of video games and what Nintendo for the most part has created through out the years.

"But does that mean they can allow Goku to appear in Smash Bros, or does Toei Animation have to be consulted too? "

Bird Studio (company created and maintained by Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragon Ball) and Shueisha are the ones who owns the rights to Dragon Ball.Those two would need to give their express consent for Goku to appear in Smash, then Bandai Namco can go all out.

It's just not on the Japanese side. Licensing rights for America and Europe would have to be sought out.

Funimation has the US rights to Dragon Ball Z/Z Kai. CSC Media Group has the UK rights to Dragon Ball Z Kai. And in Australia Madman Entertainment has the rights to DBZ Kai.

If there's a deep entanglement of red tape to get the rights, Nintendo won't go through with it as evident by the 007 license and Goldeneye 007 N64 (rights are split between Eon Productions, Nintendo, RARE, and now Microsoft -- Activision was a part of the rights tangle with Goldeneye 007 Wii before they dropped the 007 license).

"Licensing rights for America and Europe would have to be sought out."

I believe that Bandai Namco would be able to handle all of that, seeing that they pump out new games every now and then, and they are working on Ultimate after all. Think the main hurdle would be Bird Studio and Shueisha.

actually, Toei doesn't have to be involved at all.

Game Rights are with Bandai Namco (Bamco), the only people they have to get with them on board is Shueisha. The people who own "Weekly Shonen Jump" and Dragonball's publishing rights. Also Akira Toriyama's permission would be needed for a project like that. Bamco would say yes, Shueisha I feel would be on board with this as well. It's Toriyama who would be the wild card.

I personally would love Goku, but if Sakurai is blocking manga for real, then I'd be 100% ok with a Dragon Quest Hero, OR Crono as a rep from Square.

it gets us a Toriyama character without the fuss, and it's a game created piece.
Crono being the more "ideal" pick.

Please.. If any non video game character deserves to be in there.. It's Kamen Rider #1 not fricken Goku.

This is absolutely brilliant news.

Uhm... This is a 10 year old interview. Back then Ninty said they would never go mobile. The chance is there, but I am not expecting it though. Kinda would be fun with Goku though, I'll admit!

Good job GoNintendo!

Other sites are reporting ths too. Seems like some people spotted it it now and it gained attention...Or something.

Eh, feels like these other sites are following the leader. Guess this is how "Fake News" truly spreads.

They should put in Android 21 just to mess with people.

Nah, Xeno Goku would be a better choice.

I'm glad that this has been reiterated. I've grown weary of hearing Goku/Shrek for over a decade now. It was never funny or interesting, but it was this thing that people have held on to no matter how many times they were told "No".

At this point, I think it's more people keeping the memes alive than getting it through their heads that the entire character list is, and has always been, characters that directly originated from a video game. Not licensed characters that made their way into a video game.

Let them go, already.

the thing is, this *wasn't* reitterated. Rawmeat just posted an article that dug the quote up from 10 Years ago.

This means absolutely nothing.
This was back at a time, Sakurai said no to ridley due to his size, and Nintendo saying No to mobile.

People change their minds.

You can not want the character, but in all reality, its not up to us, we can only request and show we want something. Its up to the makers to go out, meet with the people who own x character and then let Sakurai work a moveset.

If they cooperate well, then well.
Bam, a character gets in, Video Game origin or not

Link, Mario, Samus, the Inklings and the Pokemon have appeared in manga. Sakurai is taking these characters out, right?

Rawmeat, this felt kinda dumb to run.

This is from 10 years ago, and Sakurai hasn't made a recent comment about it.

I get not everyone wants a Manga character, but Sakurai is known to change his mind, Ridley afterall is a prime example. Please only bring up RECENT information if he's gonna deny them.

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