Super Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai has revealed in the latest edition of Famitsu that he though Cloud was the most obvious choice for Final Fantasy representation in Super Smash Bros on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. He thought about other characters in the long-running RPG series but concluded that Cloud would be the best man for the job.
Nomura: When we first talked, I asked “are you sure you’re okay with Cloud?” He’s not a character from a new game, after all.
Sakurai: But on the other hand, if you think about who to add from Final Fantasy, it’s hard to come up with a choice that’s not Cloud. We could have used Terra or Bartz, protagonists in their own right, but I feel like there would be some people who wouldn’t know who those characters are.