Reggie’s remarks on the Nintendo Switch eShop were not the only highlight of his E3 2018 interview with Waypoint. The interview also discussed the fan support for a playable Waluigi in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. There was a lot of joking around, but Reggie did eventually say that Sakurai “will be aware of the groundswell of support that appeared for a Waluigi. And in the end it’s his decision to make”. Here’s what was said:
So, you’re sitting in front of Mario Tennis Aces poster. I need to know your main is?
[Forcefully, while holding back a laugh] WALUIGI.
OK, well listen… Why does Nintendo hate Waluigi then?
I… Oh- CLEARLY-.
[laughing] The Washington Post says-
You saw the headlines!
CLEARLY, Nintendo does not hate Waluigi. Because here I am with him as my main character. I mean look, we’re making every character that’s ever been in a Smash Bros. game available in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
[Laughing] But not Waluigi .
[With faux exhaustion] You would think that would be enough to satisfy the fans. But noooooo! The fans have to focus in on one character that isn’t part of the series and to demand their inclusion.
So, one of the good things about the way we approach E3 is when it’s all said and done we step back. We look at all of the feedback and share with the devs and certainly Mr. Sakurai will be aware of the groundswell of support that appeared for a Waluigi. And in the end it’s his decision to make. Just like when we were getting ready to launch the Wii U and 3DS version there was this groundswell asking for Reggie to be a playable character in the game. I mean…