How do you appease gamers?
It’s a riddle for the ages, but the reality is, you just can’t. During Nintendo’s E3 press conference on Tuesday, the fun-loving gaming company finally provided more details on the highly anticipated Super Smash Bros. sequel.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 12, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the largest Smash endeavor that Nintendo has ever taken on and will feature a roster of every prior Super Smash contestant. Yes, even Solid Snake.
Unfortunately, even that wasn’t enough to appeal to fans of the quirky fighting series. You see, Ultimate may feature every fighter ever to enter the arena, but there’s one vital component missing.
That’s right – Waluigi. Why this is a big deal for gamers actually dates back to before the announcement to Ultimate, probably even further back than the Wii U entry. Gamers have been asking for Waluigi to be included in the roster – and why shouldn’t he be? Mario, Luigi, and the Plumber-in-Red’s counterpart, Wario, are playable fighters.
Nintendo: Everyone is Here! pic.twitter.com/BrbZsuOCsf
— th ️ t patr ️ l inaba @ DMC5 HYPE TRAIN (@GenjiShitmada) June 12, 2018
Waluigi, unfortunately, has always been relegated to an assist trophy. Heck, even Dr. Mario made it past Nintendo’s quality control. Whatever the reasoning is for once again leaving the purple mustachioed fiend out of the fray, Twitter was not happy with the reveal.
— Sir_stride (@sir_stride) June 12, 2018
One user even pointed out that Nintendo dug the knife deeper into Waluigi’s back by using him during the reveal of some of the game’s new features.
Not only was Waluigi de-confirmed but they disrespect him as they do it. pic.twitter.com/d3dskXhzN4
— Jacob ‘n’ Stuff (@Jacob_Pinecone) June 12, 2018
Waluigi still isn't playable but now you can end his life and it counts as a point
— J E (@joethegran) June 12, 2018
WALUIGI IS NOT PLAYABLE IN SMASH, BUT NOW WE CAN CAUSE HIM PHYSICAL PAIN
WHAT A HELL OF AN UPDATE
— Mister Hayden (@MrHaydenMyers) June 13, 2018
I can't stop thinking about how disrespected Waluigi got today.
RIGHT after establishing the concept of echo characters and introducing Daisy, they show Waluigi as an assist trophy and KILL HIM
Then Ridley gets in pic.twitter.com/1YBmmR5wNQ
— Joshua Wittenkeller (@TheJWittz) June 13, 2018
The snub is such a big deal that even the Washington Post covered the story. It’s a story for the ages, apparently.
Waluigi was robbed and humiliated https://t.co/ooYf6GdG5A
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 12, 2018
“A wronged, strangely sexual antihero who suffers one injustice after another.” -The Washington Post on Waluigi pic.twitter.com/rxFLSRngIx
— Jennifer Unkle (@jbu3) June 12, 2018
The Washington Post's article on Waluigi is Very Very Good pic.twitter.com/gBxkSVpXVf
— Anthony Dungan (177 DAYS REMAIN) (@TheDarkestLink) June 12, 2018
Finally, a good op-ed https://t.co/C5e4YiU4mA
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) June 12, 2018
Twitter’s response to the lack of Waluigi ranges from spiteful to hilarious.
Nintendo too scared of Waluigi’s raw sexual energy to include him in the Super Smash Bros. roster.
— Robert Gordon (@Robert_Gordon_) June 12, 2018
Who has suffered the most?
100% waluigi ▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇
0% our troops
963,347,821 votes • Final results
— FREE ISABELLE (@justmonikas) June 12, 2018
I feel so bad for Waluigi. Can you imagine a party, where EVERYONE is invited except you? Your asshole kinda-brother who farts on everything and eats all the food and drives his super loud motorcycle is invited and NOT you
— Jesse Nowack (@Nowacking) June 12, 2018
Maybe it’s not Nintendo’s fault, though. As Best Bout Machine (@brooksasanoun) points out, it could just be a personal choice for the tall man.
waluigi was asked to be in smash yet again but he respectfully declined because he's a pacifist who just wants to play tennis with his friends :^)
— BEST BOUT MACHINE (@brooksasanoun) June 12, 2018
Hm. That reminds us of a song.