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If I'm being cynical, I would say that Nintendo would be foolish to have anything but a Nintendo character as the final smasher.
I added it to the list. Note that this list is just predictions I’ve seen. It’s not in any way comprehensive.If Hell was to freeze over and Sony got a rep, personally I'd go for Ratchet (& Clank) over Kratos. Much like Crash Bandicoot the series has Japanese appeal, not to mention being a lot closer to Smash's CERO rating.
The MGS games are all rated M, and Snake is there too.So I read this elsewhere, but it does seem hold true, but for any series where the games are typically rated 'M' for Mature, if there's a costume added to Smash it's billed as "Smash Bros x Character" instead of "Smash Bros x Series/Game".
So far we've had:
-Smash Bros x Altiar (Assassins' Creed)
-Smash Bros x Travis (instead of No More Heroes)
-Smash Bros x Dante (instead of Devil May Cry)
-Smash Bros x Dovakiin (instead of SkyRim)
-Smash Bros x Vault Boy (instead of Fallout)
The only exception I could note is the Persona 4/5, which were both rated 'M' in the west, but had the lesser CERO 'B'/'C' ratings respectively in Japan. In the trailers they were billed as:
-Smash Bros x Persona 5
-Smash Bros x Persona 4
However, I should note that the other "x Character" games I mentioned above were all rated CERO 'D' (Mature Equivalent) or even CERO 'Z' (Adults Only Equivalent, but they actually use it instead of treating it as a ban).
I imagine this approach avoids the need to potentially re-evaluate the Smash's age rating when it claims to be crossing over with a typically 'M' or 'D'/'Z' rated franchise.
So I was discussing this with someone, and they pointed out that Bayonetta was just billed as Bayonetta, and near as I can tell the games are rated closer to the M equivalent in Japan. Though she was added to the Wii U version, while all the current crossover's with the name changes are from Ultimate. Of course the game's names are also the character's names, so I'm not sure what the alternate naming could even possibly be. After a bit of digging I did find an article mentioning how the addition of Bayonetta almost forced them to have to revaluate the rating in Japan at the time. So maybe the naming change was put in place for Ultimate to avoid any potential issues.
I am extremely intrigued by that little note and wish to know more because I clearly missed some anecdote (but also I don't want to be one of those YAY! ANOTHER ANIME SWORD-Y BUT THIS ONE I HAVE A PERSONAL CONNECTION TO here).Alis - Phantasy Star (Sega #4, Sakurai fav.)
Apparently Sakurai won a contest and was able to meet with the developers & contribute ideas to Phantasy Star II, and that inspired him to get into game design. I just did a search to see if I could find more details, but all that came up were references to it on Smashboards & Resetera. All of the biographies and articles about him that I found start with his work at HAL. If anyone else has a good source or more details, please share.I am extremely intrigued by that little note and wish to know more because I clearly missed some anecdote (but also I don't want to be one of those YAY! ANOTHER ANIME SWORD-Y BUT THIS ONE I HAVE A PERSONAL CONNECTION TO here).
Snake was in Brawl, which didn't have any DLC, but he skipped Smash 4 (Wii U / 3DS), where DLC was introduced. The MGS games are typically rated CERO Z in Japan, so yeah, that would definitely be in line with the M rating by the ESRB. Also recall that Snake explicitly does not use firearms in Smash Bros, just explosives.The MGS games are all rated M, and Snake is there too.