ByKatie Granger, writer at
MP Staff Writer, come to bargain.
Katie Granger

So you've probably heard by now that this week sees the introduction of the last two new characters to the massively popular Nintendo fighting game [Super Smash Bros. Wii U](tag:3766492).

Bayonetta, from her self titled series, and Fire Emblem Fates's player-character Corrin join the roster as of February 3rd, but not everyone is happy about this.

After the results of last year's Smash Ballot disappointed some fans there were some grumblings about Nintendo's decision to include yet another Fire Emblem character in a roster which already boasted six characters from the relatively less-popular series at the expense of sidelining characters from older, more popular franchises.

And some fans aren't taking this injustice sitting down, as noted on Reddit's r/SmashBros thread where a lot of chatter has sprung up recently about raising awareness for a character fans feel deserves to be included in future Smash games after being sidelined in the recent ballot.

I speak of course of Star Fox's Wolf O'Donnell, leader of the Star Wolf mercenaries and rival to series protagonist Fox McCloud.

So a Reddit thread simply entitled "Wolf" sprang up about a week ago to address this perceived snubbing by Nintendo not including Wolf in Super Smash Bros. The purpose of the thread is to gather feedback regarding an infographic put together by Reddit user shane3x and graphic designer Brendan Parsons.

The infographic is a pretty nice bit of work, both design and information wise. It details not just a brief history of the Star Fox series itself but collates an argument as to why the character of Wolf O'Donnell "should be included as a playable fighter in any future iteration of the Super Smash Bros. series".

It's quite a read, arguing for Wolf's inclusion on the basis of both his individual skills and his position as a representative icon of both the Star Fox series and Nintendo anti-heroes as a whole. You can check out the full infographic in all it's glory here via Imgur.

Wolf in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Wolf in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Wolf was included in as an unlockable character in 2008's Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii on the basis of his popularity and the "high demand" amongst fans for his inclusion, according to Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai. And these claims certainly seem backed up if the Reddit fanbase is anything to go but (not to mention the large amounts of fanfiction and fanart that get thrown up when you Google the character - don't ask).

Sadly the current Super Smash Bros. roster is now complete with the addition of Bayonetta and Corrin, so when and if Wolf is realised as a Smash character in all his glory it probably won't be until the next iteration in the series releases. But we can hope.

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